Re: Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis’ Viewpoint (TNT, 2-1).
I first would like to acknowledge that being a superintendent for a large urban district is by no means an easy feat. However, I cannot help but question the effectiveness of Jarvis’ leadership in managing the Tacoma Public School’s budget.
It is not shocking that the district is obligated to make budget cuts in a time of financial crisis. However, it is very disturbing that a comprehensive high school that serves more than 1,000 students could be subject to close.
It is completely ridiculous to expect the community to roll over and accept the closure of Foss. If closing Foss is on the table this late in the school year, I believe it speaks volumes as to how Jarvis has managed the Tacoma School District. The community ought to question whether or not we want that kind of leadership making decisions for our children’s futures.
The bottom line is that Jarvis, along with the district office, handled this situation completely insensitively and with the lack of compassion. If closing Foss is the best option, then why not prepare the school staff, students and families in advance, so they could best prepare for this unfortunate decision. Why did the Foss community have to find out when the world found out?