The ship is sinking because Mr. Olson has not been allowed to put his plan into place yet. The city council will make the right decision and put his plan into place, and then the ship won't sink, but there will be some adjusting by the shipmates who have skated by long enough.
Dance with you? No!
Where is our superintendent when all these decisions are made? Why is there now the "administrator shuffle" being danced instead of cuts at the top? Be honest. How much did you save?
The Brainerd School District has cut $378,864 from administration, or 14.3 percent of the administrative staff for the 2008-09 school year. This is one of two staffing areas with the highest percentage of cuts. Other staff reductions included: Teachers, 11.7 percent staff reduced; educational assistants, 6 percent staff reduced; secretaries, 14.3 percent staff reduced; and custodians, 13.4 percent staff reduced.
Do you hear us now?
Class of '08 tried to talk to the school. We tried writing you. We wrote letters. You would not listen. You cut classes we need to explore future careers. You fired teachers who made learning fun and who care about us. We, along with the help of friends, got balloons to bounce at graduation to protest your plans. It may not have been the best way but we tried others. After all, when more funds became available, you created new classes and programs not to benefit us. How appropriate was that?
Get the message?
I have written to Vox Pop more than once. I always sign my name and I hope they feel free to use it. I believe you have a right to speak your peace and express your views. When I pick up the Brainerd paper, the first thing I read is the Vox Pop. To the readers who write in and don't like it, don't read it! Maybe I don't like sports but I don't tell the paper to get rid of sports. Do you get the message?
Since the rowdy disrespectful ones attending graduation evidently weren't taught respect and manners at home, the graduation ceremony, and it is a ceremony, will soon be destroyed by their bad behavior. What a disappointment for all who worked hard and looked forward to this important milestone. Yes, clapping and cheering for the grad upon receiving his diploma is acceptable but the continual talking and noise of the audience and other disruptions is not acceptable. School administration, what are you going to do about it?
To quote Abby
Too bad the complainers of the graduation didn't just stay home and watch. It would have opened up more space. My child graduated that night and I couldn't have been prouder of that entire class in a cramped gym and they were respectful. So what? They had some fun bouncing "balls." There were a lot of older parents and old people there. To quote Abby, "Sometimes when people grow older, they lose the knack of communicating with younger people."
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