Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Here in the real world
Last night was the school board budget meeting for our district and I went along with C and a few of the other teachers. Times are hard everywhere. It wasn't a pretty sight, seeing the deep cuts in already minimal programs.
The librarian from the middle school was there, I have always liked her. I have often seen her in the community doing things with her daughter, often at the ski mountain and one time in Portland at a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert. When my youngest was at the middle school--not much of a reader but with a budding interest in climbing--she found him a book (which he actually read) about a 15 year old boy who climbed on Mt. Everest. I think that is what librarians are supposed to do--help people discover books as vehicles for the imagination or as tools for discovery. Her job was cut. Times must be very hard for a middle school, whose very population is at a crux where a good book could make all the difference, to cut a librarian.
Gas went up 13 cents a gallon while we were gone and a new property tax estimate increased our property tax by $600 a year--and still it hurts to lose a librarian at the middle school.