We, the undersigned parents and students of the Riverhead Central School District, are concerned about the district's plans to hire a new Latin teacher. While we can only assume that this is a result of increasing enrollment in Latin, it is worth noting that the success and popularity of the program are directly related to the success and popularity of the existing teachers. Many students enroll in Latin with the specific intention of being taught by Ms. Custer and Dr. Greenberger, and they all deserve that opportunity.
We ask that the district reconsider this new hire and instead find a way to expand the program from within. We ask that, if at all possible, the district find a way to allow the existing teachers to teach any additional sections that need to be added. Should that not be possible, we ask that any expansion of the Latin program be undertaken with the full cooperation of the existing teachers, so as to ensure the continued integrity of the program.
The Latin program is a feather in the cap of this district, and every step should be taken to maintain its high quality and standards.