To the editor:
As a Lake Placid resident, mother, and former teacher and coach for the Lake Placid Central School District, it is disheartening to read of the questionable future of education in our town.
There are many resourceful members of our community, and we need to try some of their ideas. Major changes need to happen, and it will not be easy.
Young and new people bring fresh perspectives and ideas to our community. We need to try these new ideas because fear of change is how we ended up in this situation in the first place. As a teacher and coach, my suggestions fell on deaf ears because “that’s not how we do it here.”
As curriculum is streamlined and jobs cut, what opportunities will be left for our children? But education is also more than curriculum. Our young teachers play a valuable role with our students, connecting to how they feel and how they deal.
A well rounded community is not only made up of seasonal residents, retirees and tourists. We need more young families and professionals in Lake Placid. Laying off new teachers will leave a void in the district. Young families like mine are scared of our dying community. Young people are being forced out: first by job losses, second by the uncertain future of quality education in Lake Placid.