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The Dansville Online
  • Way-Co teachers should share sacrifice

  • After attending the Wayland-Cohocton Central School Board Meeting on Monday night, I have some observations that I think are important. I believe I have always been publicly supportive of the hard-working teachers and staff at the school and know many of them personally. I realize that they have suffered many cuts and chan...
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  • After attending the Wayland-Cohocton Central School Board Meeting on Monday night, I have some observations that I think are important. I believe I have always been publicly supportive of the hard-working teachers and staff at the school and know many of them personally. I realize that they have suffered many cuts and changes over the past few years that have created hardships. But, I also believe that times are changing and these changes have hit every sector of the public in New York state as well as most private businesses. It’s more the norm than the exception that everyone is paying more for benefits, getting smaller raises or not getting raises at all. Some of us are paying more for health insurance, receiving less coverage and not getting a raise next year.
    The reality is we need to continue to make sacrifices for the good of the students and the school. People need to remember that when Wayland and Cohocton schools merged, larger than typical raises were received. Everyone shared in the good financial times so now everyone needs to share in the difficult financial times.
    Administration made a contractual concession and will be eliminating one administrator, which I applaud. It’s time for the teacher’s union to make a concession for next year’s budget. I’m talking about saving core teacher or teaching aide positions and programs such as science, special education, sixth grade teacher, pre-K special education program, elementary teaching aides, etc. that really affect the education of the students at the school.
    At the meeting, Mr. Wetherbee, superintendent, stated that if everyone in the district took a wage freeze then the school could get through the year without any layoffs. This statement tells me that administration is also willing to take a wage freeze, if necessary. This across-the-board freeze needs to happen so that Wayland-Cohocton students can continue to receive a good education and preserve vital jobs in the school district. I believe the teachers now need to rally together and come up with a plan that will save additional teacher and teaching aide jobs.
    Sue Cotter
    Wayland
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