Lunch period could be sacked

More than a quarter of the teachers could be gone, along with busing, athletics, art and music - even students' lunchtime - under a budget-cutting plan being considered by the Amanda-Clearcreek Board of Education. Full Story
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Jeff

Canal Winchester, OH

#102 Mar 26, 2011
reynolds wrote:
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I already lived it. As a high school student. Before free lunches and other government hand-outs. I sat in a lunch room (actually it was an outdoor, roofed area) in Arizona and ate an inadequate meal while numerous other teenagers around me used their money to buy lots of goodies for lunch. And I'm here, alive, to tell about it. I did not starve to death. At one point there was nothing to eat at home but some corn flakes and some ketchup. We survived. No government handouts.
I'm sure you enjoyed every minute of it, too.

I live in a high poverty area where school lunch is the best meal a lot of kids get all day. I can't imagine sitting in a classroom all day with a grumbling belly.

Amazing how we can shoot missiles into Libya at a million dollars each, yet people sit here and complain about feeding school kids.
Mom

Westerville, OH

#103 Mar 26, 2011
Jeff wrote:
<quoted text>Would you do it? You don't sound very caring. Would your kids share their lunch?
I've got news for you: plenty of caring people are already stretched too thin, already give to charities, and don't have much left to give.
Look I know you have a big heart and you want to help all of the needy kids, I get that and I understand. But if people are stretched too thin to give to charities, don't you think they are stretched too thin from being over taxed? There are too many programs our govt is paying for that are "good ideas" and "nice" programs to "help" others, but are beyond the scope of what govt is created for & charged with doing, and that collectively have caused our taxes to become so high. I personally believe these free & reduced lunch programs are part of the mission creep because schools aren't supposed to be charity institutions.

If we didn't rely on govt so much for taking care of society's problems, I really believe more people would step up and do it. Too many people in this country have become conditioned to believe govt (funded by our taxes) is responsible for everything. It's not! It has to change because our country is broke!!
In the middle

Sunbury, OH

#104 Mar 28, 2011
First off, I feel as if teachers are surely overpayed, they work 9 months out of the year and 8 hours a day, and never on weekends or holidays, I work basically 360 days out of the year, 60ish hour weeks, EVERY WEEK, and have for years to provide for my family and I make right around what they make, yet I won't get anywhere near the benefits or RETIREMENT that all of these teachers make. Cut some money there, not cut teachers altogether, save the great art programs and fun classes my kids have grown up with. They deserve them. I feel like if you are going to cut money, cut it smart.
George

Canal Winchester, OH

#105 Mar 28, 2011
In the middle wrote:
First off, I feel as if teachers are surely overpayed, they work 9 months out of the year and 8 hours a day, and never on weekends or holidays, I work basically 360 days out of the year, 60ish hour weeks, EVERY WEEK, and have for years to provide for my family and I make right around what they make, yet I won't get anywhere near the benefits or RETIREMENT that all of these teachers make. Cut some money there, not cut teachers altogether, save the great art programs and fun classes my kids have grown up with. They deserve them. I feel like if you are going to cut money, cut it smart.
I know an elementary teacher who makes $32,000 a year, and that's with over 30 years of experience. That isn't an astronomical salary.

As for you, perhaps you should have gotten an education, then you wouldn't have to work so much. Don't try to take away from others because of your poor choices.
In the middle

Sunbury, OH

#106 Mar 31, 2011
George wrote:
<quoted text>I know an elementary teacher who makes $32,000 a year, and that's with over 30 years of experience. That isn't an astronomical salary.
As for you, perhaps you should have gotten an education, then you wouldn't have to work so much. Don't try to take away from others because of your poor choices.
As for poor choices, no, I graduated high school, and decided not to attend college but to go and work early on in life. I make decent money but work my ass off for it,this is something my father taught me from an early age, it's not about poor choices, it's what I choose to do, I take pride in having a good work ethic, and I could live in a trailor park somewhere. and work 30 hours a week, no problem with that, but I want a little more for my family. Not to tell you my whole life history but that grinded my gears a little, I have a steady job and choose to do this. So theres the dispute to the whole "try to take away from others because of your poor choices" thing.

Teachers, although do work hard, make the same amount as I said working 9 months out of the year. No,$32,000 a year isn't astronomical(but you have to remember this is really for 9 months work too), but teachers who have worked at this school a long time make $50,000 a year, and continue to make money even after they are retired. Then they still complain that they had a pay freeze the past three years. I attend the levy drives and q&a sessions, so this is where the info is coming from in case people were wondering. This is what frusterates me the most is all of these teachers, who I FEEL are overpayed are complaining. In the way the world is today they should be happy to have work and have a job. The school, in my opinion should not cut teachers and extracurriculars all together but instead lower some teachers pay. If they are not happy, they can attempt to find a job elsewhere, the best of luck to them. I know some teachers in the district that are so passionate about their career that they would just be happy to be able to teach at such a fine school district.

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