Thursday, February 18, 2010
I don’t know who you are. I am sorry that you are afraid to give your name; we have been very respectful of everyone’s opinion. If you would like to talk to me personally I am available; simply email me at email@example.com, or call my home phone. It is in the directory and I would be happy to set up a time for us to meet or talk.
The petition is just that: a petition. Do you support it or not. If you don’t, don’t sign it. I removed your name from the petition and placed your comments on the blog because it looks like you don’t agree with the petition. I did not remove you, I did not censor you, and I did not tell you to send your children to another school because you and I don’t agree. So, far over 81 families do support it and have a right to their opinions, as do I.
Like many families, we want to try to put an end to intimidation. Your comments like: ”it’s some parents who are misinformed about the extents of their rights.”, “you all have created a public personal vendetta”, “You pay tuition for a service to be provided, and if that service is not aligned with you, you go find it elsewhere”, and ” Take your kids out of ESCS” Whether you know it or not, these are threats, this is intimidation and it is wrong. I am not easily intimidated, but I know a threat when I hear one. Let me address one of them.
You pay tuition for a service to be provided, and if that service is not aligned with you, you go find it elsewhere”. Do the parents have no say in their children’s education? Do the parents who are the “consumers/buyers” have no say in the service that is provided? Does the school not need to listen to recommendations or concerns of the parents? If 81 families signed the petition do we all have to find another school? Can’t we work together to improve the school we have? Why is working to make things better a threat? Why is speaking up when you feel a wrong has been done, followed by threats? Isn’t this how we got into this issue in the first place?
I think part of the problem here is that the parents don’t have representation on the board of education and there is no process to air issues that a parent might have with the decisions made at the school. I know that you don’t think “we have that right”, but I think it’s a pretty good idea to have at least a resolution process so that perhaps issues like these don’t have to go to the bishop or the superintendant.
We wrote the email and organized the campaign because we felt that the decision was wrong, and unjust. I assure you I am a pretty shrewd guy, and no one “baited” me. We felt that we had no other choice as good Catholics and members of the church, school and our community to speak up. I am sorry that you do not agree with us, but you are welcome to voice your opinion, just as we have voiced ours.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The school has been a blessing until the point that Mrs. Penn was employed. Since that time we have watched the school be destroyed. We remained quiet because we have been bulllied and intimidated by Mrs. Penn repeatedly. It is time to speak out because care about the school and the parish that represents it, even though we only have one year left for our second daughter that attends the school.
In this economy, I'm sure there are other family's (like ours) that are struggling to make the committment to provide a CATHOLIC education for our children. Coach O'Shields and his wife have been a cornerstone to our school and children. Both of our daughters have told us, that in time of need, they have always felt confident to go to Coach O'Shields and he has guided them in a christian way.
I know there may be reprocussions from Mrs. Penn (as always) when you challenge any of her decisions, but we would not be good CHRISTIANS if we did not stand up for the O'Shields, as they have been NURTURING ROLE MODELS for our children for the past 10 years for our children. In closing, I say don't renew Mrs. Penn's contract and renew Mr. Pendelton's contract and bring back the excellence that the school was before she became principal.
Fr. Bob has been a wonderful pastor, and has recently helped our family thru times of need, and I know he has the best interest of our childrens school and parish in mind. I know once he see's the concerns and realizes the truth, he will make the appropriate decision. In His Name, Bill and Laura Whitstine
In our opinion ,there should be a zero tolerance for bullying ESPECIALLY in a Christian environment.
We also understand that there was a more serious incident that took place during school hours some weeks ago that if true went far and beyond simple bullying.
Folks. This is our school and unless I'm mistaken, the principle and teachers work for us. Even the hint that some families have been bullied and perhaps run off is completely unacceptable. We're now if fear of our school's administration should we voice our concerns? Wake up people!
I hope that you have your children enrolled at ES because you know the real value of a Christian education. For many of us it is a huge financial burden and one that we gladly bear. However, is it possible that many of us have allowed ourselves to fall into the trap that just because our children are in a Christian environment we assume that all is well? I certainly don't mean this to come across as an elitist statement but I know that most of us are probably more involved in our kid's lives than many. But apparently that's not enough and we're missing something. Are we all too busy to take notice or do we just assume that should an issue arise it will be addressed as we would like it to be addressed.
There is apparently a group of parents that meet to discuss textbooks and perhaps curriculum for the upcoming school year. But my understanding is that this happens after the textbooks have already been purchased. What's the point? Shouldn't this be happening prior to a purchasing commitment? What happens if there is objection from some of the parents? Too late. Would the books simply be returned?
I am guilty of also not making this enough of a priority to answer much differently.
Much like our government and elected officials, if we simply stand on the sidelines as interested but unengaged observers, we deserve what we get.