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To the Editor:
I was a science teacher at Harwood Union for 33 years and worked with nine different principals and many different teaching colleagues before my retirement in 2010. I am also a district resident who values the excellent education provided to our students at Harwood. We are fortunate to have a faculty and administration whose efforts demonstrate devotion to assisting young people toward a productive and successful life after Harwood.
Last week’s article in The Valley Reporter about the withdrawal of the candidate for principal left me puzzled, concerned and uncomfortable. Over the years, I have witnessed and participated in many different issues with their associated discussions and debates at Harwood. Although some of them have involved passion (not a bad thing) related to one’s viewpoint or concern, I cannot remember ever feeling that a faculty or a faction of the faculty was openly hostile based on an educational issue. In fact, I often have been impressed by the ability of the faculty to speak directly to the issues in a way that allows a situation to be resolved.
It will be unfortunate if people who read the article were to presume that the “unusually hostile” and “unfriendly” description of Harwood faculty is typical rather than one person’s interpretation.