Baltimore schools need decent work spaces to attract good employees

May 02, 2012

Enough with the criticism of the costs associated with renovating and furnishing the city school system's headquarters office ("Critics seek more oversight of renovations at school district headquarters," April 30). The rest of the story should have described how long it has been since the offices were renovated or new furnishings provided.

Have you seen the conditions of some of the city buildings and the furniture in them? I'll bet if the public toured the offices of the media in the city they would see lavish furnishings and state of the art electronics and technology. That's so they can attract the best and brightest employees and to keep them in Baltimore.

Why wouldn't the public want the best qualified individuals working for city agencies as well?. They are not going to keep good employees if they have to work in dilapidated buildings with hand-me-down furniture.

Next time you read an article about serious issues in any city agency and you ask yourself how that could happen, it may be because the individuals working in that agency were not the best qualified or were not happy with their working environment.

The actions taken by the city schools should be considered investments in the future of Baltimore and its citizens. A happy employee is a productive employee.

Gary Hornbaker

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