I see another debate has arisen concerning the cost of in-service training classes for Ken-Ton teachers. Although it is important to ensure that tax money is used efficiently and effectively, I feel another point of view must be heard.
I have four children and have had continuous, direct experience with Ken-Ton schools at alllevels in four separate schools over the past 14 years. I find it hard to believe that there is a finer school district anywhere.
With one or two minor exceptions, the teachers have proven to be talented, well-informed in their subject areas and, most importantly, highly committed to the well-being and education of the students. Time and time again I have seen Ken-Ton teachers go the extra mile to do a good job. It is clear to me that they love what they do and are driven to be the best teachers they can be.
I have no relatives who are employed by the school system. My only interest is in recognizing good education and encouraging its continuation. If our objective is to create a mediocre system, there are plenty of models to emulate.
At a time when complaints about the mediocrity and deficiencies of school systems are commonplace, we would do well to encourage those teachers who do an exceptional job.
Robert D. Lonski Kenmore