In this challenging time of economic downturn and public outcry over the financial scandals, especially the AIG bailout and "bonuses," we are proud to have a role model at Silverado Elementary School, someone willing to make personal sacrifices in order to ensure that the education and safety of our children are not compromised.
In an unprecedented gesture from a civil servant, longtime Silverado Elementary School principal Ms. Pat Evans has volunteered to essentially forgo part of her compensation for administrating the school, (a portion of her salary as Evans is a split appointment employee) for the 2009-2010 school year in order to preserve the century-old school.
In addition to making her own sacrifice as a gesture of support for the school, Principal Evans has helpfully pointed out that a certain percentage of the school's secretarial and custodial services can be paid out of the Kindergarten Readiness Program.
Instead of ignoring her offer, the OUSD board should recognize for what it is: a selfless act that puts children first.
The board has in Ms. Evans an employee who more than fulfills her job description.
In Pat Evans, they have the beginnings of a solution to the crisis facing the district.
While not every administrator is in the position to make the kind of sacrifice Pat Evans is willing to make, the district leadership should be looking at what can be chopped from the top in order to serve the students.
The OUSD budget approved at the last board meeting totaled $244,597,788.00.
We believe that the budget can be and should be reconfigured to address Silverado Elementary's estimated negative impact of $151,000.
The proposal of Principal Pat Evans should be part of that plan.
We can make this work.