Support the staff at Pittsville High School

Support the staff at Pittsville High School

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Megan Piotrowski started this petition to PIttsville School Board

Dear Pittsville School Board Members, 

I am a proud graduate of the Pittsville School District, concerned resident and ardent supporter of our community's school and educators. 

I am speaking on behalf of the 328 people who have signed this letter in agreement, because they, like you all, want to see the students in our schools succeed. I’ve seen first hand the powerful impact teachers can have on students’ academic success. However, the current atmosphere in our high school does not seem conducive to the academic success many have achieved through the help of the wonderful educators Pittsville has been blessed with over the years. Many of the current staff feel isolated, unsupported, disrespected, and belittled by the current administration, and are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation. This is not allowing our esteemed staff to be able to provide our current students with the high quality education our small community has been able to provide for such a long time. This toxic working environment is also resulting in numerous staff stepping down or leaving the district, which further impacts the quality of education for the students.

Recruiting and retaining teachers in remote rural school districts is a major challenge for administrators across the country, so our school has been unique for many years, in that it has had numerous staff members for 20+ years in addition to be alumni themselves. Considering the current negative environment, this ability to retain staff is in jeopardy, with many considering early retirement or moving on to different school districts.

In short, our close knit community, which we all pride ourselves in, is at a crossroads. Do we choose to lose ourselves in a quagmire of contracts and regulations and allow our high standards and expectations to continue to devolve in a downward spiral or do we band together to support the staff that has been so loyal to our students and community for so many years, providing quality education to allow people such as myself the foundation and encouragement to seek and achieve higher education to become doctors, lawyers, welders, artists, and teachers?

I am forever a firm supporter of the Pittsville School District. It is a large part of who I am as a person today, and it pains me greatly that these positive parts of me are at risk for becoming tainted through lack of compromise and compassion between our staff and administration at the high school. I recognize that these matters are deeply difficult and hard to manage and that there are multiple sides to every issue. I just ask that we reflect on our own quality experiences with our high school educators and administrators and think about whether the students at Pittsville are experiencing that same quality now.

I thank you all for your time, service, and consideration, and recognize that you are all valued members of our community, just like our teachers have been and should be. Thank you. 

 

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