Wednesday, June 5, 2013
School Committee has failed the children .... By Joanne Marques
I am most concerned with our music department, along with the fine arts department. I have a daughter at New Bedford High School in the chorus, concert band, drama club, marching band and show choir — and a straight-A student to boot — and a son at elementary level in band, as well. Cutting any one of these programs will not only hurt our students but our community, as well. The students in these programs are your finest kids! And I can say through this whole year with all the concerts, plays and competitions, there were only two School Committee members present, and I know as I don't miss anything that my children are involved in. So I thank Mr. Shea, Dr. Fletcher and Mr. Oliviera for being present. How can you cut any of these programs when you are not present and see how hard these kids work and that this is their passion?
Finally, our slogan "Where are you heading?" will no longer exist if these cuts are made. Our students will lose interest quicker than before. I always felt that you, as the School Committee, were to have the students' best interests at heart. That is your job and that is why we voted some of you in — and once again you have failed each and every one one of our kids. You all should be ashamed and embarrassed.
In closing, I will keep fighting for my kids along with other parents and our great teachers because apparently you continue to fail at this. It is time that we as parents and a community stand together and in 2016 when we can vote again. Remember, change is needed!
Posted by NBEA