This is in response to the letter "Orange Teachers Are Defended" (April 22).
I applaud Eleanor Stafford, and others like this dedicated teacher, for giving freely of her time and talent to try to educate the general public about the plight of California's schools. However, I would like to clarify a few points.
Orange Unified School District schools are safe, and students have adequate supplies with which to complete their course work. In addition to monthly safety checks by principals, the conditions at each school are monitored regularly by the district's safety committee and its maintenance department staff. All health and safety problems are remedied immediately.
Following the passage of Proposition 13, the district's custodial staff had to change from cleaning classrooms daily to cleaning them every other day. This was due to budget cuts that caused the Board of Education to eliminate many custodial positions.