Teaching qualifications

Letter to the Editor – 07/04/22

Dear Editor:

Just when I think I’ve seen all the ridiculous decisions of the Colleton County School Board, they surprise me once again!

A study was conducted on salaries and organizational structure. The cost of the study was $44,000 – the cost of a year’s salary for a teacher studying for a master’s degree.

Below are the recommendations.

Increase class size: Everything I’ve read shows that academic excellence results from smaller classes.

2. Add more variance to school start times. For example, a parent has a 2nd grader, a 1st grader, and a 10th grader with three different start times at their schools. The parent also has a job. Please explain how everyone is going to be in the right place at the right time!

3. Reduce on-call staff by a third. Bathrooms are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you place a student in a trashy environment, they will treat them as such.

4. Remove authority from principals over custodial staff in their schools.

5. Change the hiring policy for more diversity I teaching staff. Sounds good, but shouldn’t teachers be hired on the basis of their qualifications? Are we back to the days when a person’s race determined their eligibility to get a job?

6. Install Wi-Fi on buses so students can do their homework. Good idea but the current Commission decision prohibits the use of electronics on the bus.

7. Move multiple positions to report directly to the superintendent. This breaks some basic principles of management.

8. Eliminate less popular classes. So, finished physics, soldering or plumbing? What message does this send?

Parents and voters must demand better.

Silence agrees with these decisions.

Susan Keith

Walterboro, South Carolina