Just a few short months after being sworn in, new school board directors Vogel, Ray and Lemieux were able to secure the survey that community members had been requesting for more than four years. Tuesday night (April 18), the results of that survey were shared at a Board of Education meeting. I knew that the pay and evaluation structures created by district administrators were controversial, but I was shocked to learn what a low opinion our professional educators had of them.
Many of the people hired into our district administration over the past six years have little to no experience in education. Perhaps this is why 83 percent of our licensed teachers do not believe that the pay structure the district created retains and attracts quality employees to Douglas County. Since 2010, I have watched many, many teachers and building administrators leave our county for greener pastures. More are leaving this year. It's past time for us to address the problems in our school district - starting with respect and adequate pay for our teachers!