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Today's Letters: Administration has been excellent

Published May 9, 2007


It has come to my attention that there has been criticism of the current administrative team at Palm Harbor University High School. I would like to add my voice.

There are many who have been here longer and know it better, but I have experienced all three of the administrative teams at PHU. Each has been excellent.

The current team has been in place for less than a year. Criticism - especially off-campus criticism - is premature at the very least. The criticisms that I have heard voiced are also contrary to what I have experienced.

Principal Herman "Doc" Allen is just as competent, intelligent, aware and in control as any of his predecessors. He is visible, available and attentive. He gives his entire attention without bias; he listens to the entire message and considers its content deliberately. He is scrupulously fair and courteous.

That he allows his team members to do their jobs without micromanaging does not mean that he is out of touch with them, but merely that he knows and has confidence in their abilities. It is my experience that he is right in that judgment. It is a solid team that works well together. Each member is competent and evenhanded.

The implication that Pat Balance and/or Bob Heintz are retiring because of any negativity toward the new team is not only insulting to the team, but it is insulting to Pat and Bob. Both of these excellent educators have dedicated long careers to this system.

It is what my mother would have called a tempest in a teapot.

Betsy Baze, teacher, Palm Harbor University High School

Keep lake clean

The amount of trash - food containers, plastic bottles, plastic bags - in downtown St. Petersburg's sparkling jewel, Mirror Lake, is disgraceful.

If the city is going to allow the feeding of the homeless on the shores of Mirror Lake, then the city needs to be responsible for cleaning up the trash and garbage in the lake.

Richard King, St. Petersburg

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