I would like to add my voice to the May 14 news article, "Parents: Changes hurting students, teachers." Both of my children have attended Polk School from grades K-5 and 6, ten years apart. We have seen several principals and changes come and go. The decision to move Mr. Merkley out of Polk after only two years is terrible. Without parental input or explanation, moving Mr. Merkley abruptly sends a questionable message to our children. Students and parents respect and appreciate Mr. Merkley's personable and energetic leadership. The school's appearance and student/parent morale have improved. Academic standards have risen. How in only two years, with one set of end-of-level test scores, can the administration measure success? It seems the worst fears and reservations we had about a superintendent and school board who have no educational or teaching background or experience have come true.
As voters and parents, we need to urge Mr. Smith and the school board to revisit their decision concerning Mr. Merkley and what is best for Polk School. It would not be the first time the school board had to reverse another disastrous decision which affected Polk School adversely in closing Taylor Elementary School five years ago, only to reopen it two years later at a much higher cost. These judgement errors are paid for by the students, teachers, and parents.