Most citizens are unaware that Keene teachers are working without a contract this year. Because last year’s negotiations were unsuccessful, Keene students and teachers now lack the safeguards and security a contract provides. Who among us would want to work or be educated under these conditions?

Keene has a strong tradition of supporting its public schools and its teachers. If you are a current parent, a parent of alumnae, a former student or anyone who has benefited from positive interactions with our teachers in our school buildings, on our playing fields or at extracurricular events, please attend the Tuesday, Nov. 13, school board meeting to be held at Keene High School at 6:30 p.m.

Your presence at this meeting will send a message to SAU 29 administrators and the Keene school board that you appreciate and respect our teachers, and want them to have a contract that reflects the value they bring to our community.

A fair contract for Keene teachers is first and foremost about doing what is best for our children. But it is also about maintaining our city as a place where people want to live and work. Both the well being of our students and the vibrancy of our community are at stake.

SUSAN FRATUS

32C Stonehouse Lane

Keene