Published Friday, January 04, 2013
You have probably heard the words “It takes a village to raise a child.” Some sources say those works come from an African proverb. The words were adopted as part of the title of a 1996 best-selling book by then First Lady Hillary Clinton. “It Takes a Village” was also the title of a children’s book by Jane Cowen-Fletcher, published in 1994.
If we take some liberty with those words, we say “It takes a village to educate a child.” In our community we do a decent job of educating our children. We could do better, but generally our school system, parents, business community and other partners are committed to providing a solid education for our young people.
t’s important to have good educators if we are going to have a quality school system. We have good educators in Coweta. It’s important to have a committed staff of support people working in our school system.
An issue in Coweta schools in recent months and years has been some disgruntled school staff employees -- cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians and others -- who have not received pay raises in recent years.
Some of these workers have been outspoken about the need for raises.
Some have taken their case to the school board. Other have remained quiet. Some question why these people are speaking out.
This week, we received this Sound Off comment from a seemingly dedicated worker who is part of the village striving to educate our children:
“I have been a cafeteria worker for 23 years. Yes, I need a raise. Yes, I consider it a career. And I probably feed your children and grandchildren every day. I would love for you to come and join me in the kitchen and fix food for 600 every day. I’m sure it’s the only good meal some of them get each day.”
We applaud this individual for the commitment to helping feed our students each day. Thank you for being a part of this village striving to educate our children. You are an important asset to our schools and our children.
We know you and others need a pay raise. We hope as the economy improves our school board will be able to grant you raises.