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Letter to the editor

By Staff | Mar 18, 2008

To the EDN:

I am writing this letter as a follow-up to the Betty Fernholz letter published on Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Daily News. I also believe that all school administrators should live within the school district they work in and be visible within the community.

There are hundreds of thousands of dollars going out of this community every year with these administrators.

Now Superintendent Dick Magnuson puts in the paper that he is getting a proposal for a contract for custodial services from FBG Service Company of OMAHA, NEB. That can only be translated one way–more tax dollars going out of town!

Not only that but this move would outsource the jobs of people who do live in the community and are paying taxes. The majority of the custodial staff right now would like nothing better than to take pride in their jobs but due to circumstances beyond their control it’s about impossible.

I think another issue is that the parents of students feel secure with school personnel they know and trust. What happens to that security when out-of-town strangers are hired to keep the schools clean? This move has two drawbacks: loss of tax dollars and loss of jobs for local employees, some of whom have been with the district for many years.

Is that the thanks and gratitude deserving of staff who have devoted their loyalty to the district? Remember these are the same people who supported the call for the most recent bond issue and one-cent sales tax.

Jeff Gruhlke

Estherville