To The Daily Sun,
Laconia schools, teachers and students need our support. Laconia teachers have one of the lowest pay scales for teachers in years 3-15. The low salary results in teacher turnover rather than retention.
As evidence, nine teachers are leaving the school system this year. Many are leaving due to the low salaries and seeking jobs with other area school systems. In addition, Laconia cut $1.6 million in last year's budget and $850,000 in this year's budget. Budget uncertainty just adds to the pressure of working for the Laconia School District.
The proposed teacher contract is fair and not excessive. It doesn't exceed other area schools; it just becomes competitive. The increases are spread over five years to minimize the economic impact on the taxpayer. Additionally, the contract includes a health care contribution that steps up to 10 percent by year five which is in alignment other New Hampshire school systems.
I want the Laconia School District to have a stellar educational reputation rather than the reputation of a district of budget cuts and turnover. Join me in advocating support for our children and our educators by attending the City Council Meeting on Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in City Hall on Beacon Street East.
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