I would like to start by commending the local municipalities that participate in the Student Summer Employment Program. This is a great way for students to earn more than minimum wage towards furthering their education.
I would, however, ask the local municipalities to consider adopting, or in some cases, re-adopting the “once only rule”, unless of course there are not enough applicants to fill the available positions.
I understand there may be several variables to consider; such as cost implications in the training and supervising of these young applicants, and I can appreciate that there may be some cost savings in some of the positions to have a student return for a second or even a third year, however, in the spirit of fairness, I feel every young citizen should have a chance to secure one of these employment opportunities.
I would be surprised if the majority of the local citizens do not feel the same way, and really, is it not citizens’ tax dollars that are paying these wages?