Shenandoah County Teachers Sound Off at Public Hearing

By: Charmayne Brown Email
By: Charmayne Brown Email

Emotions were high on Tuesday. Teachers, students and parents sound off at a Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The meeting was packed and the crowd kept growing. One-by-one teachers, students, and people from the community went before the Board of Supervisors. They want teachers to get raises.
But at Tuesday's public hearing, this crowd's frustration comes from an editorial written by Board Supervisor Cindy Bailey. It speaks to her thoughts about teachers' positions. The editorial didn't set well with most of this crowd. Teachers feel the editorial was belittling and degrading.

Teacher Dottie Edwards says, "there are those in here tonight that hold us in low regard if not in down right disdain."

The editorial states: "A step down off their pedestal may allow them to understand that not everyone is afforded good health insurance, bad weather days off, guaranteed salary income, or retirement."

Many say, while teachers are grateful for their jobs, they desperately need a pay raise.

Ben Freakley attended the meeting and has grandchildren who attend Shenandoah County Schools. He says, "Shenandoah County teachers deserve the highest respect we can give them because the treasure of America in their hands. Our teachers develop that young talent. We give our kids those teachers all day long and I don't know of a higher calling."

Tuesday's public hearing was just for comments from the community.
Members of the board didn't speak at all, but this was one of the largest crowds they've had in a long time.

WHSV will follow this issue and let you know if the teachers get the raise so many are fighting for.


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