Former principal addresses LPCS board

Guest Viewpoint

When those who can make decisions to change the current circumstances and direction of the school district fail to do so, how can they be supported? The challenge is great and time is of the essence.

The Board cannot ignore the above-mentioned incompetency. The Board cannot ignore the many comments shared by a variety of people at the Board's meetings and in the press. The Board cannot continue to ignore the 600 community members who signed a petition calling for Dr. Richards’ resignation.

The Board cannot ignore the pending budget vote in May which, in my opinion, is in danger of not passing, not due to cost to taxpayers, but due to failed leadership and inaction on the part of the BOE.

It will be the first time that I vote no to a school budget.

The Board cannot ignore the most important resource any community has: its children and their education. I would refer the Board to the many high school students who demonstrated their discontent at the end of a school day, the letters to the editor by students, and the presence of some of Lake Placid High School’s finest at BOE meetings.

The lack of competence and the current basis of decision-making for the school district is dangerous, and it is taking the schools in the wrong direction. Decisions need to be made based upon value to students and not on cost alone.

You have heard, but have not listened to your constituents’ message.

There is a solution. The community would support the Board in its effort to remove the current Superintendent of Schools.

Like Nike says: Just do it!

Robert Schiller

Lake Placid

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