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To the Editor:
I was shocked when I read the article in the January 19 edition of The Valley Reporter stating that a candidate for principal had withdrawn his application because of the unfriendliness and hostility of a faction of the faculty. I don’t have any firsthand knowledge of what happened in this process, but as a parent, I am very concerned if the people to whom I entrust my children cannot behave appropriately. I intended to write a letter to the editor for the next edition of the paper but didn’t get to it.
I expected to see several letters expressing concern. There was only one published letter, the point of which was to caution us against assuming that the candidate’s reaction to the faculty was accurate. It is never a good idea to jump to conclusions. However, when a red flag goes up, it is important to pay attention.
We rely on and pay the faculty at Harwood to teach our children. The reality is that they not only teach academics in the classroom, but they also model behavior and social skills both in and out of the classroom. If their behavior and social skills are not appropriate, then our children are getting a bad lesson. There is a wonderful group of teachers and staff at Harwood. There are also teachers and staff who should not be there. We are not protecting the terrific faculty, staff and, most importantly, our children by letting this red flag go by unheeded.