Invest more in teachers, not superintendent salary

info@islandpacket.comMarch 24, 2013 

It is mind-boggling to me that the Beaufort County School District has hired and is paying a new superintendent one of the highest compensation packages in the state.

Of course, we want the most qualified person, and I am sure Jeffrey Moss is terrific, but we have classes at elementary schools approaching 30 students in a class. That is horrible. What happened to smaller classrooms for more individualized learning?

There are elective classes at the high school with 30 to 40 students in them. Is that giving our students a reasonable learning environment? The district has cut and cut and cut and cut teacher positions every year for the past five to eight years. Yet we can pay a superintendent one of the highest salaries in the state?

When will we get it that we need to spend our money on our students. We need more and better teachers. Money should be spent on teacher development, training and continuing education. We live in an ever-changing world, and what teachers learned in college hardly applies these days. We need to help them be not only better teachers, but top-notch teachers (each and every one).

Good luck to the new superintendent. I hope he brings a sense of fair play and team building to our district. We need a leader, not a dictator.

Phyllis Neville

Hilton Head Island

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