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Letter: Superintendent’s raise seems out of line

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

And the purpose of school is?

After reading the article of “Students: Retain D-424 Teachers,” in the April 23, 2013, edition of the Daily Chronicle, it seems that it is more important to give District 424 Superintendent Joe Burgess a sizeable increase to his salary and his insurance (for his entire family), than it is to retain teachers, numerous support staff and freshman sports.

After all his current salary is not too shabby and definitely not in the poverty level of income. How can the leader of a school district that is having budget difficulties consciously accept a six-percent increase for three consecutive years?

Yes, it was offered to him by the school board in the month of December which also is questionable. Why would they make such an offer in December when the budget for 2013-14 was not finalized?

The school board also needs to be held accountable. Our teachers, support staff and students deserve much, much more. And if Mr. Burgess was not satisfied with his current salary, there are many other school districts that employ superintendents.

Submitted by citizens interested in the real purpose of school – the students!

Gert Wylde, Alice Butz, Ramona Noyes, Pat Anderson, Barb Satterfield, Barb Worst, Jane Diana, Cindy Busch, Roland Wylde, Kathy Harrulle, Doug Decker, Vicky Vosburgh, Shannon Wilkinson, Mary J. Johnson, Patricia K. Brown, Robert D. Brown, Curt Bugia, Darlene Wifle, Lynn Tucker, Mary Tucker, Donald H. Worst


Note to readers: This week, the District 424 school board announced it would be recalling many of the teachers it had planned to lay off and reinstating the freshman sports program at Genoa-Kingston High School.

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