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(In response to the Brandon School's ...

(In response to the Brandon School's restructuring of elementary schools.)

I am tired of year after year hearing about how the Brandon School system is having to restructure because of its failure to effectively budget.

Please tell me how laying off hard working individuals, specifically teachers, is going to help improve our school district. Are we really helping our students / children by increasing their class sizes? Is there any benefit, other than a monetary one to restructuring the elementary schools into the proposed options? Breaking these schools up into 2-3 grade levels per school is only going to instigate problems. Do you really want your child to be in 7 different schools by the time they graduate? What about families that have more than one child? Think about how difficult it would be not only for the parents but also for the children having to go from school to school. It seems to me that the school itself losses its sense of identity and community.

Why is it that the "proposed solution" is said to help save teachers' jobs and yet by carrying out this plan it eliminates almost 7 teachers? What needs to happen is for the Board of Education to sit down with the "higher ups" downtown and the administration to come up with a better solution than laying off the teachers, custodial staff, and anyone else involved in the development and growth of our students /children. Layoffs seem like a temporary solution but it only hurts our students chances of receiving a quality education and enjoying their time in school.

charlie xavier
April 30, 2012

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    Show Some Support
    May 08, 2012 | 10:50 AM

    The individual who wrote this response letter obviously cares about those who are a part of the Brandon School District, students, teachers, and parents included. The only solution offered in the original article that made sense as far as keeping our teachers, custodians, and those who we entrust to help groom our children into outstanding new citizens was to decrees the budget by 10%. I propose we take it a step farther and maybe even increase the percentage in which we decrees the budget. The teachers have been asked to take pay freezes and even cuts year after year. They have also been asked to increase the amount they pay for the insurance. We cannot keep taking from the individuals who we have intrusted with our children. Maybe this means that we might loose funding for certain extra curricular activities but I would rather sacrifice these areas than loose academic chances for our children. If you want to show support for your communities school staff I urge you to go to the meeting on May 10th at the central office building and voice your concerns and or objections to the cutting of teachers, custodians, and school staff.

    B. Banner

    Bruce B
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    Big Changes
    May 16, 2012 | 01:58 PM

    Not sure what is going on with this whole situation, but my feelings are: How is it better for our kids to come to school on buses driven by a different bus driver ever day, to a different school every year they change them around again, to see different custodians, lunch helper, teacher, aids and ect...each day with larger class rooms that overload our teachers so they have no time to help each child with an issue...how is this really helping our children? HOW? Where is the security in consent change? You rather outsource every job that was filled by local people that paid taxes and filled homes, shopped here in Brandon...make them lose their jobs, homes, friends, to move out our town that creates vacant homes and more to save a little money? How is this right?

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