As both a product of and a first-year teacher in the Auburn School Department, I consider comments made by members of Auburn’s citizen group and the Sun Journal both personally and professionally discouraging. I came home to Auburn after earning my degrees because I believed in the goals of the school district.
I agree that taxpayers have the right to know where their money goes, but why is it that every time tax issues arise, people immediately start scrutinizing school spending?
The City Council recently approved the building of (another) parking garage. Our city hall is now modern and handsome, which is more than we can say for our city’s school buildings. Starting pay for teachers is lower in Auburn than in many comparable towns (many of which have lower taxes).
And, lest the Sun Journal or anyone else think that teachers don’t understand the effects of higher taxes and tighter pocketbooks, I assure you that many teachers have to get summer jobs to survive.
We deal with the issues students face at home on a daily basis. Every day I am more impressed with the dedication and tireless efforts of my colleagues. I’ll feel confident sending my son to Auburn schools. But, if the careers of successful teachers continue to be called into question, and being a teacher in Auburn becomes much more difficult, I fear that motivated teachers might bypass our city for better-paying, more supportive towns.
Is that what we want for our children?
Marissa Moreau, Auburn