Today I returned from what is unfortunately becoming a “rite of spring,” an informational meeting about how much money our school district will lose next year. This makes our sixth.
Certainly, as a teacher who is concerned about her students and job, I find it very depressing. However, my husband and I have two children enrolled at Penquis Valley, and we wonder whether we’re doing them a disservice by keeping them enrolled in this district they like so much.
SAD 41 is looking at yet another loss of several teachers and programs if the next round of budget cuts go through. This is on top of the more than $1 million we’ve already lost over the last few years. And, the l995-96 school year could be the most devastating yet. If we’re “lucky” we’ll only lose between $200,000-$300,000.
Our district is bare bones now, and we worry about what good colleges will accept our children when they haven’t had the opportunities that southern Maine districts can offer. Just compare and see. The differences are stark! We aren’t asking that those schools have less, only that the children in our district can have an equal education. That certainly isn’t the case now.
Why do legislators believe children in northern Maine deserve less? Contact them and ask. Lynn Weston Brownville Junction