school's citizens finance committee may be hand-picked, but it is not hen-pecked. I have been a member of the citizen's finance committee since its founding five years ago. The members have views that represent the community. I have observed that the school district changes very slowly but that the thinking of this committee has had a substantial influence on the School Board.
The community may recall that I once authored a letter which appeared in the Hudson Hub-Times suggesting that the school district file for bankruptcy if a levy did not pass. At the time the district was raising wages when Hudson incomes were falling. This was not a position advocated by the School Board or administration. When the levy did not pass, the district got to work on cutting costs as suggested by the committee.
For the entire time I have been on the committee, I have advocated market-based wage scales for district personnel. After years of talking about this in finance committee meetings, the School Board at the beginning of this year announced market-based wage scales for administrators. The School Board is listening to logical arguments of reasonable people.
Market-based wages are essential to having a faculty with the skills to prepare students to pursue college degrees in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. These are the college degrees which have real value in today's economy. The fact they have value means that skilled young teachers of these subjects can leave the district for more money in industry. Not paying industry competitive wages means that Hudson cannot maintain the quality mathematics and science curriculum it needs.
As long as I am a member of the finance committee I will continue to advocate for policies that make economic sense for Hudson students and citizens.
Cecil C. Wristen,