Letter: Public input highly encouraged at School Committee meetings

Published: 2/18/2019 1:29:48 PM
Modified: 2/18/2019 1:29:50 PM

I have been accused of trying to eliminate Public Input from the school committee meeting agenda. This is simply NOT TRUE. I welcome and highly encourage public input, I always have and always will. I had many questions at the last meeting but due to the turmoil taking place at the end of the meeting I had to wait until the close of the meeting to consult with school counsel Fred Dupere. My questions had to do with setting aside time for public input and what the options might be. It makes sense to me that the public input should coincide with the agenda item so all parties could be heard.

I have worked in the Athol-Royalston School District for 41 years, 31 as a teacher and 10 as a school committee member. I am very proud to say there are many educators serving on your school committee. I can also say that each and every one of the 10 members on the committee have donated countless hours to providing the best possible education for the children of Athol and Royalston, with most choosing a direct and respectful approach. The children deserve our best efforts.

Please remember kindness is not a weakness and will take you to where you want to be quicker than hostility.

Thank you for your time,

Deborah B. Kuzmeskas

Chair, Athol-Royalston School Committee    



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