Lonergan told the Cazenovia Republican she only “hopes her job security at Cazenovia is not threatened when budget season comes around next year.”
It is sad for the community that the teachers’ union imposes tenure for teachers of young children, requiring school administrators facing a budget squeeze (which will occur from time to time) to fire a teacher with the exceptional qualities of Lonergan in favor of teachers who are less capable.
Such a practice, over time, leads to mediocrity.
While administrators have undoubtedly made some budget cuts in the areas described below, it is amazing that there are no reasonable alternatives to firing Lonergan if a school budget cut is required.
With declining enrollments optional school maintenance, travel budgets, spending money for the full number of the latest vehicles, salary increases, maintaining the budgets for all sports, extra-curricular activities and indirect costs, are all seen as having a higher priority than Lonergan.
That is a sad picture.
Retired teacher, administrator