A message to the voters of the WMRSD communities

To the Editor:

At a recent White Mountains Regional High School (WMRHS) Booster Club Meeting (the school - affiliated organization that promotes and supports high school athletics), we discussed the consequences of losing "above and beyond" teaching staff resulting from a third "NO-vote contract". Losing current staff due to insufficient pay is not an alternative that we are willing to live with for our students and our high school. As an organization, we whole-heartedly support voting YES to the teachers' contract (Article 3) during the upcoming March 13 White Mountains Regional School District (WMRSD) voting process.

For district families who have brought youth up through the WMRSD athletic system, we know that eventually we will all "bleed Spartan Blue". Until entering high school athletics, we may sport red or green spirit colors but in the end, we come together as one - the WMRHS Spartan Nation displaying our blue and white pride! The question could be asked in relation to the teachers' contract: how much blood are we willing to draw from the professionals who give day in and day out to our students? There are many who give countless hours to their classrooms and we applaud these champions. Academics are a top priority for our district and we believe that we have what it takes for success. We also know that as parents of high school athletes, there is a handful of staff who shares other gifts as coaches and adult mentors. These teachers are the ones who motivate our student-athletes to run faster, shoot more accurately, improve a batting average, jump higher, increase confidence levels or compete with greater passion! This specific group of teaching staff, as well as the best of the rest, is the ones we do not want to lose!

High school teachers like Zach Babcock, who not only stepped up to the plate as a first year teacher to coach basketball, but also serves as a junior class advisor, and spends time motivating his social studies students to dream big! Or how about veteran teacher Lori Spencer who is seen with her camera covering most high school events to support the WMRHS yearbook student team, which is just one of her many extra-curricular advisor roles!

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