Originally Published: October 14, 2015 6 a.m.
There it was, right there on the front page - Override money will go toward teacher salaries.
I realize schools would not be schools without teachers. My wife was a teacher for many years in Phoenix. I was a PUSD employee for many years in a classified position. I understand the relevance of teacher pay; so does their Union. I believe there was a special bond passed that specifically dedicated monies towards teacher pay. These monies are in addition to any PUSD allocation of funds for teacher's salaries.
While an employee of PUSD, I tried to bring to the attention of the Superintendent and of certain members of the school board that their quotes in The Courier were an insult to the other employees of PUSD. It seemed that whenever salaries are spoken of, it was synonymous with teacher. Obviously, my attempts to educate the board failed; teachers only comprise 50 percent of the employees of PUSD. As dismal as the salaries are for teachers of PUSD, it does not compare to the salaries of the classified employee. Teachers, while very important, could not do their job without custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries, nurses, bus drivers, administrators, cooks and servers. Let's not forget the teacher aide. Why can't PUSD board members make the transition to speaking about PUSD employees? After all, half of the staff of PUSD are not teachers and they have been often overlooked for salary increases for years.
I feel strongly enough about this inequity that I would not support the current proposal the district has up for vote. Since approximately 45 percent of my property tax goes toward schools in one form or another, I believe the district needs to be more fair to their employees. I have no other method of showing my displeasure than withholding support.