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TACOMA: Closure plan reflects leadership gap

Letter by Delia Orosco, Tacoma on Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:33 am with 2 Comments »
February 2, 2011 11:33 am

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?

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  1. Kevindot1 says:

    I understand that the idea of closing Foss is hard to take. But, to suggest that secretly telling the Foss community before the public, when it is a public matter, is ridiculous. Ridiculous to imply that it would have somehow been easier to take. And, to question the leadership[ of Jarvis because he had to come up with a pretty tough plan, is also ridiculous. Foss is the smallest of the Tacoma area high schools. Would you propose closing a larger one? Or, where you make up the budget gap at? The recession is not Jarvis’ fault. But, it is his to deal with. I would make sure you put your anger in check before damning another citizen in this public way.

  2. David1964 says:

    The only reason this made it to the public before it should have was because a News Tribune employee was in attendance at the meeting where the board and superintendent were merely discussing ideas. This idea may not have ever been a possibility upon the next discussion, but the media jumped the gun and made it the centerpiece, upsetting the community unneccessarily.

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