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Time for honest discussion

There is plenty to be positive about at Carbondale Elementary School. The teaching staff is outstanding; the students are generally very hardworking and well-behaved; and the diversity of the student body provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn about understanding and appreciating cultural differences, the kind of education that is critically needed in today’s world.

However, if we truly want our schools to continue to be excellent institutions (and not just to have a positive public image) then we need to acknowledge areas that need improvement, and not simply paint them over with a pretty face.

Suzie Romig’s article on the recent restructuring of CES implies that it was a smooth transition accomplished with plenty of parent and teacher input. This is simply not true.

Speaking to a representative sample of parents and teachers would reveal that the process by which these changes were made was not adequate. The majority of teachers were given no opportunity to provide input into the decision process (despite teachers’ repeated, and unsuccessful, attempts to meet with the principal). And there was not one meeting to inform parents about these changes, let alone “address parents’ concerns about the changes” (as Romig’s article states).

It’s time for the district office to acknowledge this mistake and to set up a meeting including the principal, teachers and parents and run by an outside mediator to air concerns about how recent changes were made and to come to some agreement about how such decisions will be made in the future.

CES is an excellent school, and I want it to stay that way. Ignoring problems when they do arise may help the school’s public image in the short run, but it will only hurt the true quality of the school in the long run.

Marisela Pinela


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