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Instead of focusing on teacher pay, let's look for funding sources

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To The Daily Sun,

I am submitting this letter in response to the two letters Belmont resident Don Irvin submitted last week.

Teacher pay isn't the problem. One of the largest expenses of any business is personnel. You contend we are among the higher-paid teachers. You could investigate this at http://education-places.startclass.com/l/2521/Belknap-County-NH. It shows that teachers in Belknap County make less than average for the state of New Hampshire. The last link is prepared by the State Department of Education. Shaker ranks 94th, Inter-Lakes ranks 37th and Gilford ranks 49th. Look at both starting and top-end salaries comparisons. (https://www.education.nh.gov/data/documents/teach_start15_16.pdf)

I agree property taxes need to be addressed. Wouldn't a better use of time and energy be how we can improve funding sources? There is a bigger problem we may soon face. School choice will funnel these same tax dollars from public to private institutions. We will be forced to make do with less. I use to work for another district in New Hampshire. Every year they sent a bill to the U.S. government to pay for their mandates. They never received any compensation. The point is we need to find alternative ways to alleviate the tax burden. SB-2 isn't the answer. It allows ill-informed, sensationalized letters to provide information.

Sharon Hampton

Belmont