Letters to the Editor week of 7/5/07


Open-door meetings

Dear Editor:

As a proud graduate of the Class of 1978 of Switzerland County High School and superintendent of our schools, I have a vested interest in our community. I know that the recent discovery of embezzlement of school funds has a great impact on the public perception of our school system and of my performance as superintendent.

For that reason, I will begin holding open-door meetings in the Jefferson Craig library on Mondays through much of the summer.

I am sensitive to the concerns of parents and taxpayers. I hope to provide a forum that will give people more than a few minutes so that meaningful dialogue can take place.

Please join me on Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Jefferson Craig library, starting July 16th for coffee and conversation. If you have questions about the embezzlement situation, I’ll tell you what I know. If you have other questions about curriculum, long-term facility plans, all-day kindergarten or other issues, I’ll be happy to share information.

These meetings are not a substitute for the policy-making role of the school board. They will, I hope, give us an opportunity to earn the confidence of our community. Of course, I will not be able to discuss individual situations involving your child or others. That’s for private meetings. I will discuss issues, policies and procedures that affect education in our county.

The first meeting will be on July 16th with subsequent meetings on July 23rd, July 30t and August 13th. Once school starts, monthly meetings will be set up with times and location to be determined at a later date. I look forward to seeing you.

Tracy Caddell

Superintendent of Schools