I am responding to a letter by elementary teacher Cathy Monteiro in which she found fault with "Peg Duffy and others who continually complain that teachers make too much money and that the board was foolish in granting us an overly generous contract."

To the editor:

I am responding to a letter by elementary teacher Cathy Monteiro in which she found fault with "Peg Duffy and others who continually complain that teachers make too much money and that the board was foolish in granting us an overly generous contract."

I have personally attended many board meetings and district coffees and can say I have never heard Peg Duffy complain about teacher salaries. She has commented on teachers' as well as other district employees' benefits, encouraging the board to seek greater employee contributions. She has urged the district to live within its means.

Monteiro wrote, "I expressly told the board that I was speaking in response to comments made by Peg Duffy."

After listening to Cathy Monteiro's comments at the Feb. 28 board meeting at least three times, I heard no indication that she was "speaking in response to comments made by Peg Duffy."

Monteiro did go into great detail about the amount of her salary she spends for her students and said the amount the district provides for classroom books was "minuscule." I do find interesting her comment that she (a teacher) believes "taxes are not unduly burdensome."

I applaud Monteiro for caring about her students and spending her salary to add books and other learning tools to her classroom. Perhaps she should have put as much effort into fact checking before writing her "scapegoat" letter to the paper. I encourage readers to actually visit the district website and listen to Monteiro's comments.

Jo Ruhl

Westerville