Setting a budget for the next school year, when the funds aren’t there, had to be very trying. The staff layoff had to be a difficult conclusion.
I realize (and hope others do, too) that, after many years of declining funds, you've turned over every last rock in hopes of not making cuts in the classroom (thank you for that). The staff layoff isn't what any of us wanted; unfortunately, I understand that it was your only option at this point.
If we (parents, guardians and others) want this to change, we have to stop taking a back seat and make some noise. We need to write or call our state representatives and tell them we want more funds (for our children’s sake).
You know the saying: "The squeaky wheel always gets the oil" — it's true! If you don’t know where to begin, get in touch with a school board member, a school principal or the PTA — they can all help you. We need to stop this downward spiral before it affects our children!
— Vikki Szymas, Spring Lake Township