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Letters to he Editor

January 08, 1999

Professionalism needed

To the editor:

After reading Dec. 24, 1998, Herald-Mail article "School Board wanting to make better use of time," I suspect that the school board members are unable to communicate with each other or understand what function a council, commission or group meeting serves.

After the review last year of the school system maybe the board in place at that time should have been given its walking papers the same as the past County Commissioners were.

Paul Bailey should not have to tell leaders of our community to better prepare themselves for meetings. Anyone who has ever attended any work session or participated in a classroom environment knows that no solution to a presented problem will be agreed upon at that same meeting. Participants must be made aware of the situation before any meeting in order to discuss the problem and formulate ideas and remedies.

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Andrew Humphreys and Doris Nipps pointed out that unless this happens, impromptu discussions with no remedy causes unnecessary delays in board meetings.

The discussion point of the board's micromanagement of the school system should be a no-brainer. I have stated in an earlier letter that any board's function is to set policy, not supervise. The School Board hired Herman Bartlett to supervise the school system, so let him do so. Oversight is the receiving of reports either oral or written on the daily operations of any organization, not directing the daily operations of an organization.

According to this article, the school board members continue to act as individuals and not as a group. One upmanship attitudes do not benefit our school children in any way. It can only cause harm.

Remember, folks, you sought election touting your professional skills. Do any of you function in this manner in your daily lives or your day jobs? I hope not.

Jaime Trujillo

Keedysville

Poor conduct

To the editor:

I understand an assistant principal of a school is supposed to be an disciplinarian. What I have a problem with is actions of one assistant principal at a local high school. The actions and conduct which resulted in a trial is unexcusable, as a matter of fact, it's worse than anything that most students would even think of doing. I'm referring to a situation that happened at a school dance in one of our local high schools on Oct. 9, 1998, at Clear Spring.

I was at the District Court in Hagerstown on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and I heard first hand how an assistant principal and her date conducted themselves in court. I am very concerned that my grandchildren would have to be under an assistant principal such as that particular one. She is to serve as a channel to help lead our students and to be a good role model. The evidence that was brought forth and her conduct that took place shows she is not a good candidate. I think the school board should order a full investigation. Evidence that was revealed was very alarming. I was glad Judge Spence gave them a good old fashion scolding. Thank you Judge Spence on behalf of all of the parents and grandparents.

Now I would like to see the school board do whatever is necessary to see that that kind of conduct never happens again in our schools.

J. Gladhill

Clear Spring

Fine show

To the editor:

With creativity, imagination and a gentle touch of holiness and reverence for the Christmas season, the students of Corpus Christi School under the direction and guidance of Betty McClure, music director and Mrs. Winters, band director, gave an outstanding performance for parents, teachers, friends and relatives in a most inspirational Christmas concert entitled "Prince of Peace" on Dec. 17.

On behalf of Corpus Christi parents, grandparents, teachers, students and friends of Corpus Christ School, we extend our gratitude to all those who helped to make this concert such a great success.

Mr. & Mrs. James Burkholder

Chambersburg, Pa.

To the editor:

The Christmas season saw a heartwarming activity at Steamtown National Historic Site when trainloads of children and parents rode steam trains from the visitor center through the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad yard in Scranton, Pa. to the Center Core - roundhouse, turntable and museum complex.

Three special trips covered the hours 4:30 to 9 p.m., every day, from Monday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998. Three standard coaches were limited to 65 persons each and they were sold out a week in advance.

As a National Parks volunteer, I boarded one trip, joining a lady and her granddaughter of 10 years who graciously helped this old hobo open that little tab on his cup of hot cocoa. (They were half-full as an aid in avoiding spillage. None was reported). I also accepted a cookie but declined a second offer from a young lady who later led the coach of revelers in singing Christmas carols. All this while underway.

There also was a gentleman volunteer who came through the train on occasion to confirm that all went well.

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