Editor’s Note: The following was submitted to District 3 School Committee member Scott Wadland, School Committee Chair Adam Freudberg, and Mayor Yvonne Spicer. The letter was then submitted to SOURCE as a letter to the editor. It is published as received.
FRAMINGHAM – Good Morning Scott, I am a resident in your district and wanted to write you out of deep concern.
Teacher moral is at an all time low in Framingham. This is no secret to me and the whole community as its been reported that over 180 teachers and staff left FPS last year and currently many are looking to leave mid year.
As I watch the school committee meetings and see the out pour of teachers and parents step up to the podium to speak to you all, I see sincerity not alternative motives. I see passionate & professional people coming to you and the rest of the board asking for your help & support to make things better and get FPS back on track. The latest comments made by the Dr. Tremblay, reported in the MW Newspaper, have me worried. If teacher moral was already low how will those remarks sit with teachers now? How can teachers walk into work with high energy, enthusiasm & confidence knowing that the Superintendent, their leader, has little trust in them?
I fear we are going to loose more fabulous and experienced teachers. I fear those comments and the dis connect the administration has with the staff are burning the passion & excitement right out of the first year teachers. I am worried our property values will start to decrease.
I was at the vet with my dog a few weeks ago and a mother told me she is moving her family to Holliston. I was with my son at My Gym last month and another mom and I were just talking about Playgrounds in the area and said “oh you live in Framingham, I heard the schools are having a lot of trouble.”
I know of another parent who has chosen to pull their child from Kindergarten at Stapleton and home school.
FPS is starting to develop a reputation that is not positive. We are heading DOWN a slippery slope and need our School leaders to get us back in the right direction.
Martin Luther King Jr. said “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” The city needs the Superintendents of the FPS to do just that. It is time Dr. Tremblay and his large team of Assistants pull the district back together, not tear it apart even more. I know in my heart the community will support its teachers!
Thank you for listening,
District 3 resident of Framingham