Letter: Advocate for our students

Advocate for our students

Editor of the Reformer:

Chesterfield School has always been held in high regard because of the support that we provide to all students. We go above and beyond to educate each child as a whole person through various unified arts, hands-on activities, and lessons that go above and beyond the standards. This is possible because of the support of all staff members that are proud to say they work at Chesterfield School and support its mission statement.

Our instructional aides are instrumental in delivering quality education to our students and in meeting their diverse needs. Each child in this building benefits from their support. They are an integral part of each classroom, even if only there for short periods of time. They provide small group instruction, help with behavioral issues, provide assistance for personal care and other physical needs, assist students with directions given by the teacher, facilitate interactions between students, adapt lessons under the teacher's guidance, and execute other important yet unseen tasks for the classroom community. Of equal importance, they build relationships with the students. Because of their support through interventions, we have been able to keep the number of students receiving special education to a minimum.

At the budget meeting on March 12, 2016, the administration proposed a budget that would eliminate five aide positions. In response, voters added $88,000 to the budget for the specific purpose of restoring two of these aide positions. At the most recent board meeting, it was indicated that while the taxpayers voted to add these funds back into the budget, it is the board's discretion to determine how to spend this money. This means that it may be used for something other than the original intent of the budget amendment.

It is imperative that you attend the next scheduled board meeting on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield School library to have your voice heard. The School Board has the authority to reinstate aide positions, and we hope you will join us in advocating for the interests of our students.

Chesterfield Education Association Keene, N.H., May 27


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