Farrell attack undeserved
February 27, 2002
We are surprised and appalled by the attack on Tom Farrell and the Aspen Middle School. We would like to state here that Tom, his administrators and the teachers have our full confidence.
Our three boys recently completed four years each in the AMS and, before that, six years in the elementary school. During this time, Nancy spent countless hours volunteering, substituting and teaching art part-time.
From this experience we feel that we are extremely well acquainted with the school and the majority of its staff. From our experience, we are impressed and pleased with the hardworking teachers, with the principal, Griff Smith, and with Tom Farrell. They are all strong advocates for and supporters of the kids in the school. We feel our kids and their contemporaries have benefited greatly from their time in AMS.
We have been extremely appreciative of Tom’s energetic support of sports and club programs, his strong educational stand on drug and alcohol abuse, the strength of the academic programs, and his effective management of the public school administration and teachers. We also understand that Tom has received quite good performance reviews.
Furthermore, we are a little confused by the timing of this attack – while he was out of town on sabbatical and unable to defend himself during this initial onslaught. We don’t think that this is an example of the open and frank dialogue that Tom has advocated in this school system.
Finally, we really believe it would be detrimental to the school community, especially to the kids, to lose the energy, vision and communication skills of Tom Farrell.
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