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Letters: Schools' priority shouldn't be pay raises

Schools should invest in children

Many of us sit idle as we listen to our Pasco School Board members report to us year after year that we are facing a deficit. Now, they want the taxpayers to fund $3.5 million for noninstructional personnel raises not covered by Tallahassee. This raise is a permanent budget increase when our district does not have the money.

I feel Tallahassee was in the wrong in not giving all employees a raise. But taxpayers' backs should not be used to balance the raise.

The school superintendent thought changing class times would be a great idea to save money, but in the end, it directly impacted the citizens. It should never have reached the point of parents crying foul for the district to return Deer Park Elementary to its normal schedule. We're also so broke we are not going to follow the class size amendment and risk fines. But we want to find $3.5 million for raises.

I ask for $60,000 for Wiregrass Ranch and Wesley Chapel high schools so that lacrosse can be recognized as an FHSAA sport for both boys and girls. I am met with rejection every step of the way.

School Board members have stated sports are an important part of a child's success in education and development. Sports also are a deterrent from illicit activities and help with time-management and increased grade performance. Parents, you see where we are headed. Our children are not the priority.

If we got to choose how that money is spent, I would hire more teachers so that we were class-size compliant. I would lobby for lacrosse to be a FHSAA-recognized sport. Would you not invest that money in your children? I would. Let's work on making the schools about the children.

Anthony Perugini, Wesley Chapel

Crime story was a bit too detailed

A recent article explained how a person or persons broke into a fenced enclosure at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville and made off with a utility vehicle.

The article stated the crook or crooks simply removed the electric meter from an adjacent building to disable the alarm. What are you going to do next? Print a list of proper burglar tools and where to purchase them?

Thomas Karcher, New Port Richey

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You may submit a letter to the editor for possible publication through our website at tampabay.com/letters, or by faxing it to (727) 869-6233, or by mailing it Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You must include your name, address and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity, taste and length.

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