Letters to the Editor

Reduce staffing at administration office, not in school libraries

I have been hearing from many parents, teachers and librarians about the budget cuts to North Kitsap School District. I am dismayed at all the cutbacks but especially the relocation of district librarians.

I have been volunteering for a few months at Breidablik Library. I am constantly amazed at the wide range of questions answered, help and encouragement offered, the safe haven found at the library through the staff. Given the social issues encountered daily by many students, the library offers many students a comfortable place to come, to not be bullied and harassed. Who will continue to help teach our children how to use all this new technology? The librarians play a vital part.

At Book Expo America in New York City in May, authors, publishers, librarians and booksellers came together to discuss the value of  reading and books. Many famous authors (notably local author Sherman Alexie) say what and who saved them in childhood was their library full of books and their wonderful librarian.

To cut back or share a librarian’s time between schools, in my mind, is making the budget cut in the wrong area. NKSD scores are not stellar. To reduce staff who, in addition to their teachers, help students continue to learn and achieve in their studies, is a mistake.

Yes, I know cuts need to be made. Many specific areas I have been told about have been considered, but what about further cuts in administration on Caldart Avenue? I hope a further review of all non-teaching staff is completed again.

As a community member — yes, who does business occasionally with our fabulous  NKSD librarians — I hope the NKSD takes another long look at the budget prior to making these cutbacks permanent. I truly believe the loss to our students and ultimately to our community will be devastating and felt for years to come.

Suzanne Droppert, owner
Liberty Bay Books
Poulsbo

 

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