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School open house

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2003

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the past I have participated in many Juneau school open houses. These have never been required as they occur long after the school day is finished, but most teachers donate the extra time to meet the hard-working parents of our students. I enjoy talking to parents and filling them in about the classes I teach, as well as gaining valuable insight about their children's needs. This year however I will not be in attendance during JDHS's open house. The teachers in the district are working without a contract and though I will continue to give 100 percent during the school day to my students, I will spend the evenings home with my family until the Juneau School District and our school board choose to meet and settle a modest contract with its teachers. If you would like to visit with me, please stop by or e-mail me and I will try to accommodate you. If you are as tired as I am of the district office wasting money on things like "temporary administrators" hired to do the work of our full-time administrators, then call the school board and superintendent and tell them so. I believe the money would be better spent on things like: kindergarten and activity buses, smaller classroom numbers in elementary, supplies to teach with and, of course, money to help slow the effects of inflation, especially toward health insurance where teachers pay $238 per month for moderate coverage. You can find the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for all school district employees and board members at www.jsd.k12.ak.us. In addition, remember to vote on Oct. 7 for school board candidates that truly value education and value teachers, not the incumbents whom are seeking re-election.

Kevin Hamrick

Juneau



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