Letters to the Editor

Damaging cutback

On March 13, the Madera Unified School District board voted to eliminate the four certificated librarian positions in the district. What were they thinking?

Students come to the library to find information, read books, use the computers and do their homework. Librarians teach the students to access, evaluate and use information for their projects. They select books and electronic resources to meet the standards required by the state. Librarians are curriculum specialists. It comes as no surprise that study after study correlates strong school libraries with student achievement.

In an era of academic accountability, librarians are integral to the educational process. The Madera Unified board did not consider the academic needs of the students when they made this decision. What were they thinking?

Janet Claassen

Retired library media teacher

Madera High School