Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Letters to the Editor

April 19, 2007

To the editor:

On behalf of the 2007 After Prom committee, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the businesses and individuals that donated merchandise, food and money to help make "After Prom" such a fun evening for our Baldwin High School students.

We appreciate all those "kids" who entertained us while shooting three-point shots at the basketball games and those individuals who funded them. We couldn't do it without the parents who contacted businesses, picked up prizes and food and helped with all of the responsibilities at the bowling alley.

It is wonderful to be a part of a community that supports its young people and makes an event like this possible. Thank you Baldwin City.

Sheila Vander Tuig
Lori Krysztof
2007 After Prom Co-Chairs

To the editor:

Why didn't the workers fix the bridge? When I grow up I am going to get a job to make enough money to buy wood and rebuild the bridge.

Jordan McMillen
Age 5

(Editor's note: Jordan McMillen is the brother of Trevor McMillen, grandsons of Danny and Becky McMillen. Trevor had a letter to the editor in last week's issue on the same topic -- the demolition of the "Kissing Bridge that occurred recently in northwest Baldwin City.)

To the editor:

Parents and patrons of Baldwin schools need to get involved before it is too late. We are at risk of losing excellent teachers in our school district. Why? Compensation. Our teachers are working without a new contract and have not had a raise. Health insurance premiums have risen significantly. Our compensation is falling behind nearby schools.

The Primary Center is losing a wonderful, highly regarded teacher that has been dedicated to this school district and community for over 15 years. We know it had to be a difficult decision for her to make, but it is about taking care of her family financially. There are many rumors about the number of teachers considering leaving. We hope it is not true.

Our school board and administration have done an admirable job with the financial issues we faced this year. We appreciate all their efforts. Now we need to dig deeper to find the money for the staff. Every expense in this district needs to be justified. Do we have positions or activities that could be eliminated? Is it time to look at consolidating buildings? Do we need to increase student participation fees? Do we need to raises our taxes? Are there other solutions? These decisions will be very difficult, but it is even more difficult to accept that some of our best teachers are leaving. We need to pull together as a community and look at what is best for the entire district of 1,450 students. Contact your school board, district office and administrators. Let them know your thoughts and ideas. Then when they do make those tough decisions, support them.

It may not be too late to save those teachers that are interviewing elsewhere. The deadline for turning in letters of resignation is early May. Please, do something!

And to the teachers and staff... thank you for all you do for our children. You are very much appreciated. We hope you stay!

Ed and Joanne Kite
Chris and Kisa Nichols
Rebecca Sudja and Kelly Hockey
Doug and Samantha Cheek
LeighAnne and Joe Bathke
Marc and Kim Bergan
Brent and Kara LaTessa
Jason and Randa Piper
Eric and Christina Weber
Eva Durand
Christy and Boyd Lund
Andrea and Matt Mozier
Jennifer and Ken Hayes
Meghan and Darren Othick
Chris and Julie McKinney
Christi and Hank Darnell
Christy and Shawn Mahaffey
Stephanie and Ian Black
Gina and Mike Zimmerman
Amy Adamson
Sara and Doug Barth
Becky Jardon
Betsy Armbrister
Debbie and Darren Wallace
Dana Clem
Misty and Darren Owings
Tod and Rhonda Wehrman
Toby Ebel

To the editor:

On behalf of the Baldwin City/Baker University Community Wellness Committee we would like to thank the Baldwin City Recreation Commission for underwriting the Wellness Festival this year. It was the largest and best event in the six years that it has been held, with more than 500 people attending.

We were also thrilled with and much appreciated the response of other Baldwin City and Lawrence businesses for their support in helping to fund the Festival. Sixty-two exhibitors were on hand to inform and present to the Baldwin and surrounding communities the health and wellness related services available for them in this area. We look forward to continuing to provide this important community service in future years.

Ruth Sarna, RN
Kelly Newton
Co-Directors of the Wellness Festival

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