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Letter: Attendance influences results

Posted: September 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.

In response to the Sept. 18 article that appeared in The Signal regarding absentee (Sulphur Springs School District) board member Sheldon Wigdor, I questioned one of the district’s previous board members shortly after this appeared in the paper and they admitted that the board members receive a monthly paycheck and have their medical, dental and vision benefits (and those of their families) paid by the school district,

According to the district’s own website, Mr. Wigdor has only managed to physically attend three of the past 25 official meetings for an attendance rate of 12 percent of those three, he departed two early.

I’m wondering if students and employees are able to get away with this kind of “absenteeism”?

Add to this the fact that this is occurring in a school district that just passed another bond, whining about lack of funds, and will most certainly push the education funding initiative(s) slated for the November election, I’m sure readers can draw their own conclusions.

Given that the Sulphur Springs district consistently has the lowest test scores overall of schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, I’m wondering if this is part of a deeper problem — it certainly is not advantageous to the kids.

I’m pretty sure the other local districts (all of whom are performing better) would never permit this.


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