Readers congratulates newly elected board

9:37 am | November 9, 2012

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate Mrs. Booher, Mr. Isaacs and Mr. May on their election to the Elizabethton city school board. Though there were several other fine candidates as well, in the end, the objective here is to continue to pursue excellence for all of the students.

A letter I recently wrote to this newspaper has generated a good deal of dialogue, which I feel is a good thing. I realize that the city schools have had an excellent reputation and used a poor choice of words ‘in the past’. That was not my intent.

I will always believe that the teachers and students are the heart of any good school system. I taught for many years before coming here and have been a volunteer in the system for 10 years now. Each day, I see the teachers giving their heart and soul to their students and pursuit of knowledge. I came from a system where representatives from the administration, teachers and school board met together monthly and all felt equally valued. I served in all three capacities at one time or another. School board members were often in our classsrooms. And, so that is my experience.

I do wish the new board all the best in their coming deliberations and the difficult task of determining just where the most urgent needs of the schools are – whether overcrowding and loss of special subject classrooms, updating science labs or sports facilities.They will have tough decisions in prioritizing, addressing and funding these needs.

And finally, a big congratulations to the wonderful Betsy Band and its director, support personnel and the all-important parents. What a tremendous achievement!

Susan J. Peters, Elizabethton

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