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13 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Second Place Winner (tie) in High School Division - Senior Class We are going to give the Pirates the Hook Second Place Winner (tie) in High School Division - Freshman Class Scaring our way to a Victory First Place High School Division - Sophomore Class - Run Avon into the Woods Second Place Winner in Business/Organization Division - Burke Bap- tist Church - 101 Deimations We Spot a Cougar Victory Third Place Winner in Business/Organization Division - Bill's Bar The Cougars will Freeze The Pirates to Victory LETTER TO THE EDITOR supporters alike, knowing that many Continued from Page 12 would have read a letter in a news- First Place Business/Organization Division - Hospital/Clinic - Hocus Pocus paper portraying him as a slippery Dakota school administrators' pay There were eight (8) sound reasons fellow opposed to a pay raise for ranks 17th to 20th in the nation, given. All 8 showed his great con- teachers. His opposition, however, South Dakota ranks 37th in the na- cern for his neighbors, his district was to the tax increase proposed to tion in money given to its schools and all South Dakotans. I encour- fund the teacher pay raise-the larg- per student and 1st in capital out- age you readers to obtain a copy est tax increase in South Dakota's lay per student (meaning construc- of that newspaper and reread these history. A 1/2 cent increase sounds tion and maintenance). Schools in reasons. His words in that column, small, but it is a 12.5% expansion South Dakota rank 1st in the nation "I believe in teachers and appreci- of the sales tax. In what could be in reserves with almost half a billion ate what they do for our children. considered a politically courageous dollars put back. Perhaps some of Something will be done for teacher statement, Lee Qualm did point out those monies could have been redi- pay, but I am not sure what it will that many who will be paying the rected into actual teacher pay with- look like at this time." are not the tax make less than the educators re- out the need for a tax increase. Ad- words of a teacher pay raise hater. ceiving the raise, ditionally, there are ten (10) states They are the words of a thoughtful The Blue Ribbon Task Force that spend less than South Dakota representative. appointed by Governor Daugaard on a per student basis but pay their He has stated repeatedly that did find that South Dakota teach- teachers a higher salary. How do any pay raise for teachers should ers' pay ranked 51st in the nation, these ten states do it? Could South come from a reallocation of funds Can these rankings be taken at face Dakota learn from them? already in the budget. And, in my value? Was the data submitted by As state elected officials do, personal opinion, a tax increase each state used to compile average Rep. Qualm has a weekly column in should be the last source for funding salaries actually comparable, or was the newspapers of his district during if some other source can be found. the Blue Ribbon Task Force corn- session. The column of February I do not want to pay more taxes if paring apples to oranges through 17, 2016 stated plainly the reasons there is an alternative. Please re- no fault of its own? There are other behind his opposition to the tax in- member that in March 2015 a 6- rankings of interest, as well. South crease bill as it was then presented. Continued on Page 14