Petition to protest the termination of Social Science teacher and athletic coach Joseph Diekevers sign now

Due to budget concerns the West Ottawa school board has delivered several employment terminating pink slips to our local teachers. This petition is an attempt to save the job of one of these teachers, Mr. Diekevers. He is both a Social Science teacher and a Varsity Football coach. We, the undersigned, are concerned students and citizens who urge our administrators to act now to withdraw the termination intent of one Joseph Diekevers. We request his position as social science teacher and athletic coach be maintained in the coming year. We request this with the best interest of the West Ottawa student body in mind. We also request that the school board look at some of the alternatives to saving the district money with respect to other pending pink slips. Some examples are provided.
1. If the schools were to be in session for 12 extra minutes a day (two extra minutes per class period), schools would be allowed to be released for summer break 5 days earlier saving $166,665.00 per building per year. The money saved from adding 12 minutes every day to one building will pay the average teachers salary for 2.5 teachers with change to spare.
2. It costs $34.00 per year in electricity usage to run one computer. Nearly 75\% of the energy used is to operate the monitor. According to a study conducted by Arizona electric service if all computer monitors were set to go into sleep mode when not in use the average district could save at least $175,000 per year. Even being conservative, this could still save an additional 2.5 teacher salaries.

3. A study done in Canada revealed that students that took tests in natural light vs. artificial light scored 31\%higher. So if all tests were done in natural light the district could save eight cents off of the electricity bill every test. It doesnt sound like much but if with one quiz/test per week, 5 classes during a week, for 200+ classes at the high school, the high school campuss could save over $1,500 a semester. Money saved and higher test scores by turning off the lights and having the blinds open during quiz/tests.

There are more alternatives available to avoid the job loss of good teachers. We the undersigned urge the school board to open brainstorm sessions to the affected public to discuss these alternatives and others. We the undersigned further believe that the West Ottawa school board should withdraw the pink slip of Mr. Diekevers and should strongly consider and work to implement one of the alternatives to meet the districts budget demand.

"Little Known Energy and Conservation Facts." Apsenergyconservation.org. Albuquerque Public Schools District Energy Conservation Program, 02 Mar. 2006. Web. 18 June 2011. .

"Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 May 2011. Web. 18 June 2011. .
"Technology." West Ottawa Public Schools. West Ottawa Public Schools. Web. 18 June 2011. .

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