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We need teachers, not CEOs

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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00 am

We need to stop creating CEOs within our school districts and concentrate on schooling children.

In the article "Lodi Unified School District’s business officer gets a fresh title, new duties," Lodi News-Sentinel, Jan. 26, it states, "The business side is now sorted into two senior positions, with three tiers of directors beneath them. No one lost a job in the process and no one's pay was cut." That one job, at $150,000, would pay three teachers' salaries. Have we lost track of what school is for, or are we just in the business of creating more jobs and spending money?

I don't think the taxpayers passed this bond in November so the district could create more executive positions. A new job opened up in the food services department to manage nutrition requirements, develop menus and train new cooks. No wonder the cost of schooling has gone up. People in high positions spend their time and taxpayer money deciding what to buy next. That seems like a no-brainer, with no end to the money.

We need to get back to basics and cut the overhead, not figure out how to add to the debt. We might be surprised at the cost savings. If we don't do something now to control costs, it might be that Lodi Unified is too big to stop. I don't see money allocated toward children's education without somebody who has nothing to do with primary education wanting to get their hands on it.

Spend that money on teachers, not executive positions that only take from children's education.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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