Letter: Yes on recall, yes on Scarborough school budget

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Supporting a recall of three School Board members is not an easy decision and one I thought about long and hard before I agreed to help facilitate this initiative. Our youngest child graduates from high school this spring, so the last thing I expected was to be embroiled in school district politics.

I’m involved because an incredible principal was forced to resign for no substantive reason. I am involved because teachers I respect reached out to me the day the resignation occurred. I am involved because the Scarborough school system has been an integral part of the successes of both of our children and of the futures they both seek. I am involved because I want those students who follow to have the same opportunity, and the proficiency-based education movement is a monumental threat to that opportunity. I am involved because I have been a teacher for 26 years and empathize with the stifled voice of our educators.

The School Board refuses to acknowledge that Principal David Creech was wrongfully forced to resign, or address it through their supervisory responsibilities over the superintendent. The board hired a first-time superintendent who, in less than two years, has cultivated a toxic school community. The three members up for recall have been intractable in their refusal to address these concerns. On May 8 I will vote to recall, and on June 12 I will vote yes on the school budget. Please join me.

Amy Glidden