An open let­ter to Mar­cus Ta­bach­nick

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Dear Mr. Ta­bach­nick, I tu­ned in­to the LBPSB’s Coun­cil Mee­ting on Mon­day, April 26th via the web­cast. I was real­ly ve­ry di­sap­poin­ted to learn that the Ad­mi­nis­tra­tion and Coun­cil of Com­mis­sio­ners of the Board have de­ci­ded to place a new prin­ci­pal with Fo­rest Hill Sr. for the 2010/11 school year.

Mme Mor­ris­sette came to Fo­rest Hill upon the re­ti­re­ment of M. Klein. It is ne­ver ea­sy on a com­mu­ni­ty to em­brace change, and the Fo­rest Hill com­mu­ni­ty is no ex­cep­tion. Mme Mor­ris­sette came in­to our school like a whirl of fresh air and caught more than a few of us off-guard. There were gro­wing pains, but she conduc­ted her­self with the ut­most sense of class and pro­fes­sio­na­lism, even du­ring some dif­fi­cult times.

Over the last two years, I have been given the op­por­tu­ni­ty to see Mme Mor­ri­sette in ac­tion.... and I have been blown away by the amount of ca­ring, com­pas­sion and com­mit­ment she shows to­wards her stu­dents, tea­chers and com­mu­ni­ty.

Mme Mor­ris­sette is the type of prin­ci­pal you want figh­ting for your chil­dren. She does what she says and says what she does. She is not afraid to di­sa­gree with pa­rents if it is in the best edu­ca­tio­nal interest of the child and she teaches the chil­dren about conse­quences and res­pon­si­bi­li­ty.

Mr. Ta­bach­nick, I’ve of­ten heard you say that “it is all about the chil­dren”, so I am won­de­ring why the LBPSB’s Ad­mi­nis­tra­tion and Coun­cil would de­cide that this would be the best time to take away a trus­ted friend of the chil­dren and in­tro­duce a new prin­ci­pal in­to a com­mu­ni­ty that is going to be ex­pe­rien­cing ma­ny, ma­ny changes wi­thin the next 2 years.

Wi­thin the Fo­rest Hill com­mu­ni­ty, I’ve heard from ma­ny, ma­ny pa­rents who are ap­pre­cia­tive of Mme Mor­ris­sette, and of course, there will al­ways be the cho­sen few who are in di­sa­gree­ment... Per­haps these are the people who don’t see the need for rules and pro­ce­dure, or feel that said rules don’t ap­ply to them. I tru­ly hope that this is not an ins­tance of the squea­ky wheel get­ting the grease, be­cause then the LBPSB would be fai­ling not on­ly the stu­dents of Fo­rest Hill and the Fo­rest Hill com­mu­ni­ty, it would be fai­ling it­self.

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