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The teachers have steered the ship

April 12, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I graduated from Lake Placid High and shortly thereafter moved out of state and was gone for nearly thirty years. When my son was struggling in kindergarten in a "big city school" system, I knew we had to do something to help him. That school system was not able to get the job done.

Now there were other factors involved in my move, but one of the biggest was that I was sure that my son would get the help he needed. The Lake Placid School District, most importantly the teachers, have been nothing short of amazing. From elementary school to middle school I have worked closely with his teachers. I wish I could name each and every one of them but I fear I may leave someone out. The teachers need to know just what a great job they have done and continue to do even amid the controversy. Thank God that the teachers can steer the "ship" even when the administration can't run it and can't even get along with each other.

The new proposed budget is considering doing away with the high school principal and other teachers. I am not a lawyer, but let's see. The EEOC just issued a ruling in favor of the high school principal and the superintendents idea is to abolish the position. What are the long term ramifications to that move and what will it ultimately cost the district?

The public will never know all the facts and I hesitate to make a blanket statement, but the problem I see is that in my six years of being back in the school district, the school board and the superintendents have been the problem. The teachers have done an amazing job. The people causing the problem need to leave and we all know who that is.

Support our great teachers.


Diane E Kirby




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