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Save the Trinity Highschool Library

Email the Trinity Area School Board and ask them not to eliminate a librarian in order to fund extracurricular activities. #savetrinity

Save the Trinity Highschool Library

Email the Trinity Area School Board and ask them not to eliminate a librarian in order to fund extracurricular activities. #savetrinity

Washington County, Pennsylvania - In April, the Trinity Area School Board made the disastrous decision to eliminate the high school librarian position. They voted 7-1 to take this unprecedented action while also, that same night, voting to increase coaches’ and extracurricular sponsors’ salaries from $379,538 to $418,671, an increase of $39,133. This means that to fund these extracurricular activities, they are cutting the directly educational resources, like well-trained staff, that Washington County Students depend on to be successful in their academic achievements. This decision comes on the heals of last year's vote to cut its annual $26,250 donation to Citizens Library from its over 51 million dollar budget. In comparison, Canon-McMillan is giving $123,000 a year to Sarris Library.

School libraries are incredibly important to academic life and study after study have proven that fact. Over the past 20 years, numerous studies have shown that elementary schools with at least one full-time certified teacher-librarian performed better on state tests. In a 2010 study conducted in Colorado, more children scored "proficient" or "advanced" in reading in schools with a full-time, credentialed librarian than those without. In an article published in 2015, the authors reviewed a multitude of studies that consistently show that students who have a full-time librarian in their schools perform better on their reading and writing scores than those who don’t have one.  One study, "Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards", revealed that students with full-time librarians in their schools are almost three times as likely to have “advanced” writing scores, compared to those students without full-time librarians.

We can't let the school board take away this resource for our students!

Voting in favor of the motion to eliminate the librarian position were directors Penny Caleffe, Thomas Durbin, Frances Eates, Kerrin McIlvaine, Sean Dobich, Gregory Rudman and Jennifer Morgan. Opposed was Frank Golsky. Director Edmund Trapuzzano was absent. We need to send them a message that these cuts to the educational services of Washington County Students will not be tolerated.  That’s why we’re asking you to use this form to send them an email to let them know how you feel.