The Upper Arlington school district states that if the proposed additional levy is not approved, 65 teachers will be separated.

To the Editor:

The Upper Arlington school district states that if the proposed additional levy is not approved, 65 teachers will be separated.

A review of the budget indicates that this will happen only if the compensation packages for the remaining employees continue to grow at a rate that exceeds two to three times the rate of inflation.

Thus, the school district appears to have set the priorities. The first priority is to keep central Ohio's most generous compensation packages for school employees growing at an already unsustainable rate. This will be done at the expense of the number of teachers and the curriculum.

In short, unsustainable growth in compensation trumps curriculum. An interesting way to extol excellence, don't you think?

Send a message: Spending as usual is not what the voters had in mind last year. Vote no on Issue 52.

William E. Gabel
Upper Arlington