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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Residency should be required

  • On Nov. 20 our Leavenworth School Board will consider residency requirements for top school administrators.
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  • To the editor:
    On Nov. 20 our Leavenworth School Board will consider residency requirements for top school administrators. Any employment agreement should require those employees to live in the district in which they have their jobs. All of them earn far more than the average citizen. We need some of their high salary dollars spent in this community.
    By living in our community they would help pay our property and sales taxes not those of some other school district.
    Also, one would find them spending their income in our hardware or grocery stores and parents could visit with them and voice their concerns.
    Living here makes these people who are so important to our families know us. It would go a long way towards showing that our schools are good enough for their children too.
    It is senseless talk that we cannot get top quality administrators if we require them to reside within our district.
    There is no reason to think that the people living in Leavenworth are less capable than those living elsewhere. Requiring residence in the district does not mean administrators cannot be hired from elsewhere with the condition that they reside in the district once hired.
    A number of long-time-in-our-trenches teachers could show the current administration quite a bit.
    Besides, the School Board is elected to oversee the superintendent who is to carry out the Board's policy.
    Taxpayers expect no less. The Board can start being in charge of getting more tax dollars into the classrooms and less into the administration (fewer 'Generals' and more 'Soldiers') by requesting a professional audit by the state. It comes with no charge to our school district #453.

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