It must be tough to run a small school district in a tiny community that has seen little growth in recent years. It makes setting budgets difficult and makes providing raises to deserving employees even harder.
However, what the Westmorland Union Elementary School District has offered its teachers — a 2-percent raise — does not seem fair. We foresee teachers leaving the district as a result of such an offer and such a small district cannot afford to lose qualified teachers.
Because of relatively low pay and other factors, Westmorland already loses many young teachers, who after a year or two on the job move to better-paying districts. That problem will only get worse if such an offer stays on the table.
The district is clearly struggling financially as a result of declining student population and other issues. We realize the district probably cannot offer teachers what other school districts have offered.