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  • Wednesday, June 25, 2008

     

    Metro VIEWS: An open letter to the OUSD Trustees from a member of the Greeley Parent Advocacy Group

    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OUSD TRUSTEES
    FROM A MEMBER OF THE GREELEY PARENT ADVOCACY GROUP

    "I have been preparing myself for superintendency for years,"
    -Renae Dreier, upon her promotion from middle school principal to superintendent in Redding, CA (Record Searchlight August 11, 2001)

    Dear Members of the OUSD Board of Education,

    Although I hope Dr. Dreier will indeed leave our school district I also feel obligated to caution you about her. There have been many disappointments under Dr. Dreier's "leadership". We drafted a vote of no confidence but never submitted it.

    Ultimately it is my sincere hope you will do what's in your students’ best overall interests and not let Dr. Dreier dictate curriculum without sufficient recess and play in kindergarten classes.

    Below a sampling of community comments after teachers in our district were surveyed. Teachers dared not openly share their concerns out of fear of repercussions so a number of us read comments on their behalf. You can access some here: Teacher Comments District 6 Board Meeting 10/23/06


    or visit the Coalition for Better Education and scroll almost all the way down to the area labeled:
    Read some comments from District 6 school teachers
    District Six Board Meeting October 23, 2006

    (with links to all comments from District 6 Elementary, Middle and High School teachers).

    The HEARING OF PERSONS included:

    * John Reimers – Expressed concern over the High School Diploma program cutting the number of students and not offering any program to students who dropped out who are now older.

    * Mimi Marshall – Expressed concern over snack/recess issues with the Kindergarten program.

    * Don Perl – Read aloud “Words of Wisdom” by Trinicia Everett

    * Jefferson Lee – Expressed concern over changes in the District and amount of testing.

    * Blake Muhlenbruck – Read aloud comments from teachers, and expressed concern that the Board is not adequately informed.

    * Sylvia Martinez – Read aloud comments from teachers.

    * Lori Maag – Expressed concern over open communication and collaboration between the District and the Greeley Education Association (GEA).

    * Laura Manual – Read aloud comments from teachers.

    * Julie Hockley – Expressed concern over number of students late or tardy, and the Kindergarten program at McAuliffe Elementary.

    * Bob Locke: Expressed concern over the District’s leadership.

    * Vicki Heisler – Thanked Wes Tuttle, principal at Meeker Elementary for his support during the changes. Expressed concerns of teachers over the changes in the District.

    * Ava Jensen – Expressed concern over teachers comments in GEA survey.

    * Connie Jensen – Read aloud comments from teachers.

    Sincerely,
    Conny Jensen
    Greeley Parent Advocacy Group

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    Comments:
    Thanks for posting my letter! Parents and teachers in your school district need to know what may happen if Renae Dreier gets too much control!
     
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