Letter: Need more class supplies
The roots of education in the Midwest go back to country schoolhouses. The farmers who served on the boards of education made sure their school teachers had the classroom supplies they needed to educate the students, plus coal to keep the buildings warm in the winter. Those necessities were provided for first.
The Hudson Board of Education seems to have forgotten its roots. They don't appear to remember that their first priority is to provide for the proper education of students in the classrooms.
Next year classroom supply budgets will be cut by 15 percent. That's on top of a 10 percent cut this year and a 10 percent cut the year before. In three years all teachers have lost a third of their supply budgets, while the student population has significantly grown over the same period. Our teachers are forced to do without supplies, or to buy them out of their own pockets. Has one single school board member questioned these cuts? No.
At the same time the school district continues to spend on non-essential items. Administrators take trips around the globe to check out other schools. More administrators with long titles are hired at the district office to dream up new goals, strategies, programs, practices and policies. Counselors are sent to conventions for "professional development." A highly-paid athletic director is hired. A 25-minute "advisory time" is added at the beginning of every high school student's day. Etc., etc. All these luxuries come at a considerable cost, and the school board approves the expenditures. These things are nice to have, but they are not essential to running a school.
Despite all the modern educational technologies and methodologies, it still boils down to the teacher in a classroom. That's the fundamental definition of a school. If our teachers are not provided with the supplies they need, we should just shut the schoolhouse doors and go out of business.
The Hudson school board members should remember their basic priorities. They should no longer neglect their essential duty to teachers and students. We need to increase classroom supply budgets back to sufficient levels, even if some luxuries must be cut.