Parents who pay school official salaries deserve some respect |

Parents who pay school official salaries deserve some respect

Dear Editor,

For a while now I have wondered why some school districts have problems and why some school districts are the worst places to send our children. With the recent problems at Central High School, you would think school district officials would do whatever is necessary to keep this kind of incident from happening. I now understand why these incidents continue to happen.

Our school officials are no longer available when we are available. We now must rearrange our schedules to meet with them. Excuse me? There should be nothing more important than getting with parents at the parent’s convenience. Like our school officials, we must have jobs to pay bills; many parents work an hour or more away. When parents are dealing with layoffs, taking days or even half days off from work is not an option, as Mr. McKee’s secretary wanted us to do.

I was appalled to hear that our superintendent, according to his secretary, had no time for us, unless we were willing to work around his schedule. Since he works from 6:30 a.m. and is so busy during the day, she will not schedule meetings after 5 p.m.

I think not! We property owners pay the district officials’ salaries. Meetings with the parents should be his top priority. When children’s lives are being threatened and teachers are harassing children, the superintendent should stay after 5 p.m. to meet with parents. Mr. McKee, you need to remember where the majority of your parents work. It’s not two minutes away like your job.

School District 16 officials work for us parents. We elect the people into office that can hire or fire you. Keep that in mind. I think it’s time that us parents remind School District 16 officials who pays their salaries.

Do we need another Columbine or Germany incident to remind district officials how important parents’ input should be?

Any parents experiencing the same things we are, please send mail to, in the subject line put “fed up with the officials of school districts.”

Wendy S. Lough


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