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Reinstate Hemmen as principal

Dear Editor:

Our son was a student at Glenwood Springs Elementary School from kindergarten through fifth grade. We have experienced Sonya Hemmen’s leadership, interaction with students, parents and teachers. She has done nothing but truly care about each one – both present and past. She believes in no child left behind … and knows each student personally to make sure none is.

Even though our son is no longer at GSES, Mrs. Hemmen still checks in on him. He knows she is a safe person and if he ever needs someone to turn to, he has told us that she is one of those people. He may not be a GSES Grizzly any longer, but she still cares about him, his education and well-being. She always tells the kids that even as Cougars or Demons, they are still Grizzlies deep down inside.

Knowing Principal Hemmen on a both a professional and personal level, I do not have any idea of what Ms. Haptonstall thinks Principal Hemmen could have done that would warrant her removal from her position. And during CSAPs? Seriously? Please explain to me how this benefits any student. Students knew she wasn’t there. I am sure they talked about it. And how could they concentrate on CSAPs with that?

I find it interesting that the morning after the suspension, Mrs. Pelland addressed the Roaring Fork School District employees, as seen on their website, discussing the many difficult budget cuts. And one cut that was noted was a principal position. Is Principal Hemmen’s suspension due to the budget situation?

We implore you to tell the school board to direct Ms. Haptonstall to reinstate Principal Hemmen immediately. This suspension is unfair, unjust and just plain wrong. And it does not support our kids. What happened to the District’s philosophy of “Our kids are worth whatever it takes”?

We support Principal Sonya Hemmen because she is a dedicated, hardworking, caring educator who wants nothing more than to see her students succeed – at her school and in life.

Please reinstate her immediately so she can continue on her mission to do this.

Don and Jenny Cutright

Glenwood Springs


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