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Most, but Not All, Teachers Appreciative

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A week ago Sunday the Pine City School district conducted an open house for public tours of the building addition and upgrades at the elementary school. It went from about 2:00 to 4:30, with a short program at 3:00. All in all the school district did a good job of completing what the project approved by the voters in the district.

I hesitate to bring this up, because this is the East Central Truth Detector and some of my information is second-hand. But first I’ll say that most of the faculty and staff seemed appreciative to the public for approving the ballot question and the spending on the addition and upgrades. However, it got back to me that there was some grumbling among some faculty and staff that they had to give of their “personal” time on a Sunday to come in to their workplace. And I did personally witness one teacher who abruptly ended a conversation with a high school student (former student of the teacher) and headed for the exit at exactly 4:30.

Now, it seems I remember going to parent-teacher conferences a few weeks prior to Election Day the year the ballot question appeared. Faculty members were wearing buttons encouraging a “yes” vote – for the kids, of course. Faculty members asked voters to approve of the project. I wouldn’t think it would be too much to ask for faculty and staff to take a couple hours of their “personal” time to show their appreciation to the taxpaying public who will be paying for these upgrades for the next 15-20 years.

Faculty and staff with this kind of attitude has allowed the public employee union mentality dictate their attitudes and behaviors, in that they think it amounts to involuntary servitude if they are asked to work one more minute than they’re contract says they should. (I’ve often said that the most dangerous place to be is between a government worker and the exit at quitting time.) Again, I’ll say that most school employees seemed genuinely appreciative for the upgraded facility. But those who felt personally inconvenienced for being asked to show a little appreciation to the people who pay their salaries should re-examine if they are in their profession for the right reasons.