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Board decision shameful

Posted: April 8, 2010 10:10 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
I would love to see an article published showing the impact removal of the commencement activities will have on our community. I feel the committee may have neglected to see the financial impact this will have on local business as well as the parents' financial support to our schools.

This is a time when our children are looking for stability. Not only is the William S. Hart Union High School District facing budget cuts, parents are losing jobs and families are being forced to make budget cuts. These children look to the school for stability.

Does the district not realize how this will impact it financially? Parents fill the gaps, support and rally to approve board measures and raise funds to support our schools. The great force of "community" pulls together to overcome obstacles.

Our children have struggled to meet the No Child Left Behind Act standards. They have raised the bar to meet standards with our district and deserve the prestige of a commencement ceremony. I believe the school district is sending the wrong message to our children.

While offering classes such as "Choices," the district is leading our children, and we the parents have worked alongside them as partners. They are losing their No. 1 supporters.

Have they lost sight of what school is? Schools were established for the children. Let's get back that focus and utilize this opportunity to come together as a community.

We are a community. Why not rally together for the support of our city, local businesses and have confidence in the parents and community to pull together during this difficult economic time?

It's a shame. The information was only shared with eighth-grade parents. A memo should have been sent to all elementary schools as well as middle and high schools.

How dare the board make a decision with out the voters' support. Let's not forget how they came to office. They plead for our support during election time and through fundraiser events, and decide the children and families don't matter.

Shameful. We plead to you to continue to follow up and help our voices be heard.

Editor's note: The decision to cancel eigth-grade promotion ceremonies at Hart district schools was made by school principals and parent advisory groups.

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