NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
My recent letter “School district must keep taxes in mind with talks” never was meant to diminish education or the importance of good teachers.
My only intention was to make the public aware that it is our tax dollars that fund public education.
A good school board and administration have the responsibility to provide our children with the best education possible, within the confines of what the taxpayers can afford.
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to realize that a lot of us still living in New Castle are hurting financially. Look at our neighborhoods and streets, and ask if we can afford higher property taxes. I know I cannot.
Our district is already heavily in debt and we are in the process of building a new school that will add millions to our debt. Government’s debt is taxpayers’ debt, those of us who pay taxes.
As for Jenna Mozzocio’s letter, “Paying teachers poorly is an expensive proposal,” are we really paying teachers poorly? Mozzocio and her husband are employees in the New Castle school district. Their combined salaries and benefits cost the district, my guess, around $200,000 a year.
This might be low, if they served more than 16 years in the district and are receiving their $20,000 jump step in the 17th year.
There is no reason for me to believe they are not good employees. Do I believe they will leave education if there are no monetary benefits in the new contract? My answer is a resounding no. For her to suggest otherwise is unrealistic.
We know that the taxpayers in New Castle are spending $40 million a year on public education. How much more are we going to need and where is the money coming from?
NEW CASTLE —
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