To the Editor,
During the height of election season, newspapers and online news sites are filled with letters to the editor in support of -- or against -- certain political candidates. As we approach October, the mudslinging is starting to ramp up, which has inspired me to point out something positive happening in our community.
I want to take a moment of personal privilege to commend the teachers, staff, and our new principal, Mr. Frank Arnone, for ushering in a smooth start to the school year despite the remediation issues happening at Osborn Hill School.
Over the summer, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Title and Mr. Arnone kept parents informed of the PCB issues at OHS and apprised us of information as they gathered it. Fortunately, we avoided the contingency plans that were put in place to relocate to a different building and were able to start school on time.
Although our children don’t have use of their gym and probably won’t for quite some time, plans are in place to establish a temporary gym and our kids have been able to take advantage of the beautiful weather outside in the interim. The art rooms, which were being used by two kindergarten classes, have been reopened. Progress has been steady, and for that I am very grateful.
Despite the adjustments at school, the teachers and staff have implemented innovative ways to provide students with their art, gym and music classes. Under less than ideal conditions, they have been able to provide our children with their full curriculum. If there is a silver lining, it’s a lesson to our children that life does not always go as planned and we have to make the best of what comes our way, and do so together as a family. I’d like to again express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Arnone and all of the wonderful teachers and staff at OHS, who have helped make this transitional period a positive experience for our children.
Erin Harrison French
Mother to Lauren, first grader at OHS