An open letter to Marcus Tabachnick
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.