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Article about new principals missed mark

© St. Petersburg Times
published March 23, 2003

Editor: New principals bring talent, diversity to district, March 10 Times:

After a great deal of contemplation, I am writing this letter. It concerns your recent article on the appointment of the three new principals in our district. My question becomes, why the need to write such an article? If it had not been for the hue of their skin, the article would not have been written.

It was not stated that each of these persons had gone through a lengthy process to even become one of the many persons on the list for principal or that each had been chosen as one of the final three applicants at more than one school in the district. The qualifications of these new principals had nothing to do with the hue of their skin. They have studied and worked very hard to accomplish their goals.

Not once in the article did you ask people who had worked with them about their outstanding achievements and abilities. I have had the opportunity to work with two of the persons. They are both tremendous professionals and should have been chosen.

Remember, we are looking for the best person to accomplish the goal of educating our children. The ethnic background of the school population should not be a major factor in this process. It is a bonus to have someone able to speak more than one language in a leadership role.

I truly feel that superintendent Wendy Tellone has done what was needed to attain this goal. We who work for the schools and those living in this community should be very proud.
-- LaTreetha E. Sharpley, D.S. Parrott Middle School

County deserves A-plus for condition of parks

Editor: I am so glad that Parks and Recreation director Pat Fagan is pushing to get Pedersen Park put in for the benefit of Hernando County. We really do need more swimming areas and natural, family-fun parks.

As I am writing this, I want to give Hernando County an A-plus for the condition of the parks and ballfields. Everything is so well-kept and clean.
-- Edith Vinson, Spring Hill

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