You recently reported on administrative raises in the Northridge School District.

To the editor:

You recently reported on administrative raises in the Northridge School District.

It's no wonder the community doesn't trust the school system. The mantra of the Northridge board and administration has been, "There's no money." Programs that benefited students were cut, several teachers and other employees lost their jobs, special education services were gutted and the teachers' union agreed to a total pay freeze because "there's no money."

Where did the money for these raises come from? With so many cuts that have affected the students, was there no better use for this money?

Board president Dann says of these raises, "We have good talent and we want to keep it." It's a shame this logic cannot be applied to the talented and dedicated teachers who are in the trenches every day providing direct services to students.

In the interests of full disclosure, I was a special education teacher who lost his job last year at Northridge due to cuts. I am now happily employed in another district, but I still care about my former students and colleagues, and they deserve more respect than this.

Daniel Melvin
Columbus