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Letter: Don't use scare tactics on parents of students

Scare tactics are no good

What a slick and well-orchestrated act of deception by the Roseburg School Board to scare the families of students who attend four of our elementary schools. What a cunning move to use fear to stir the local populace into voting our less-than-outstanding school system more revenue on the heels of the resounding defeat Umpqua Community College suffered when it sought increased taxation from Douglas County property owners.

Initially, only two schools were being considered for closure. They were Green and Rose. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they add two more to the list, two more neighborhoods to scare the vote out of.

Superintendent Parsons stated that in the past 10 years, there has been a drop in the number of students attending Roseburg schools because people are moving away. Does anyone think this trend is going to change with more families moving here? Reality indicates the declining enrollment will continue and it makes sense to close one of the schools.

Before any tax levy is attempted, the Board of Deceptors must let Roseburg know which school will be closed. Quit playing games with people’s lives!

People of Douglas County, don’t be duped into voting more money for an education system that is wasteful and bloated with way too many administrators. No more money for local schools, instead of laying off teachers they need to both scale back the outrageous salaries administrators are being paid and eliminate many of these unnecessary managerial positions. Clearly, their leadership is not effective as evinced by the nothing-to-brag-about state testing scores our kids are exhibiting.

John H. Holiday


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