Dear Editor:Eben Harrell’s article, “Early release days frustrate parents” (March 16, Aspen Times), presents a short-sighted view of a tremendous benefit to our children. As a single parent, working full-time, I fully support the decision that was made by the school district.Having participated on the selection committee for the elementary school principal, I learned firsthand how proper planning and interaction among the staff allows them to be more effective teachers. During this planning time, they are able to collaborate with other teachers in their same grade and work with the teachers in the next grade. It is also a time for them to more judiciously plan and carry out the week’s and annual curriculum for our children.Every candidate we interviewed stressed the value of planning and team time. The teachers who were on the elementary school principal selection committee fully supported this and wanted more time.When I look beyond the juggling of my work schedule that I will do for the next four years on Wednesdays to accommodate this decision, I am grateful that my two children attend Aspen Elementary School. I know that they are in a top-notch learning environment with teachers who are being given a chance to perform at their best. In the long run, the children of Aspen Elementary School will benefit from this decision.A grateful, not frustrated parent,Lisa ChilesBasalt
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