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Does experience count at KCS?

June 27, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

Keene Central School Superintendent Cynthia Johnston is using her prerogative to shift several elementary teaching positions. One of which is the kindergarten teacher.

Erin Perkins has been teaching Kindergarten for 23 years at Keene Central. She has dedicated herself in doing an outstanding job. The young students just starting in an all day school environment have special needs.

Miss Perkins has learned over the past 23 years what these needs are and has carried them out exemplarily. When the students leave her grade they are very well prepared to make the transition to the next grade level.

Why would any superintendent who had the student’s best interest in mind, take a teacher with 23 years of experience and put her in a third grade position? All the young students coming to start their lives at Keene Central will be deprived of the best start they could possibly have. This is a very unjust decision.My sole concern is for the children and what is the best environment for them.

So many people talk among themselves. Please if you feel the children will be deprived in this situation, call the Keene Central School Board members and let it be known.

Your presence at the school board meeting on June 28, will also send a message that this decision is unjust and the children are more important to you. They can not speak for themselves.

This is a small community and we need to show 23 years of experience does stand for something, especially in our small school system. Here are the numbers to contact school board members:

Jim Marlatt, 576-9159; Teresa Cheetam-Palen, 576 -9574; Matt Donahue, 576-4483; Kathy Regan, 576-9752; Ann Whitney, 576-4353

See you at the board meeting!

Peggy LaRose

Keene Valley


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