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Readers Write: Committed to the classroom

Alder Creek Middle School Sixth Grade Staff

This letter is in response to the article printed in the Sierra Sun dated September 9, 2008. The sixth grade teachers at Alder Creek Middle School would like to address both Superintendent Steve Jennings’ and Trustee Monty Folsom’s comments regarding the work to rule decision made by the teachers throughout the district.

In light of the resolution presented and passed by the Board of Trustees at the board meeting of Wednesday, September 3, we are surprised by your suggestion in the Sierra Sun that in some way teachers “hurt the students” or “sacrifice the educational experience” of students.

This resolution passed by the board stated that the TTUSD Board of Trustees is committed to working together collaboratively to reach agreement in contract negotiations. However, the tenor of your statements in the Sierra Sun (9/9/08) are counterproductive to a collaborative process.

Both of your quotes infer that some teachers may be sacrificing the education of students by merely meeting the expected contractual hours and duties. In our case, the 6th grade teachers have spent countless uncompensated hours organizing and supervising Woodleaf Outdoor School each year, without additional support from the district. For over 17 years, these teachers have actually sacrificed personal and family time, and in some cases their spouses’ income in order to make this educational experience a success. This type of sacrifice is above and beyond contract hours and duties.

We, as always, are committed to providing a rigorous academic and creative educational experience within our classrooms, which meet the diverse needs of our students.


Alder Creek Middle School Sixth Grade Staff

Ms. Vicki Decker

Ms. Sue Mock

Mrs. Sandy Leatherman

Mr. Edward Hilton

Miss Betsy Hansen

Ms. Sara Colborn

Mrs. Sue DeCoite

Ms. Stephanie Bacon

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