Letters: ‘A good gig’

Mike Murray campaigns for provincial Liberal and federal Conservative parties, then complains about cuts?

School board chair Mike Murray says non-stop cutting is demoralizing.

School board chair Mike Murray says non-stop cutting is demoralizing.

Editor, The News:

Re: Budget hurts school district (The News, Feb. 20).

Mike Murray and his crocodile tears, please.

He campaigns for the provincial Liberal and federal Conservative parties, then complains half-heartedly about cuts to the education system.

There is no money for principals, but there is for trustees.

From $12,070 in 2009 to $20,899 in 2013, for ‘Mr. Wonderful’ himself. Sounds like a good gig, to me.

Meanwhile, laying off critical staff (clerical, maintenance and custodial) on the same wage scale as trustees, but working full-time.

In my humble opinion, Mr. Murray sees himself as extremely important and the boss at SD42, but really is a figurehead.

All while retreats for professional development and executive meetings are being held at tens of thousands dollars, never mind catering costs of nearly every district event.

Believe me, it’s huge money.

As a Taxpayer and parent in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district, I feel this should be made public.

Go to the SOFI reports at SD42 for verification.

Dan Bertrand

Maple Ridge