I would like to respond to Erin Hansen's letter calling for Amy Kendziorski's removal as principal of Escalante Middle School (Herald, May 26).
My children have been or are Escalante students, and I have found Kendziorski to be an excellent administrator. She has been responsive to all the educational concerns I have had.
I have experienced nothing but true professionalism from the teachers and administration at Escalante. Both of my children have excelled academically there, as evidenced by excellent performance by both on state and national tests administered by the school district. As for the field trips - skiing and movies - based on my experience, the permission slips that are to be signed by a parent give the parent the option to deny permission to attend the activity. The permission slips are sent home with enough notice to allow some research on the activity. On trips that cost the student's family money, it has been my experience that there has been an option to request financial assistance. Many of the trips are used to reward good behavior and, as a sad reflection on our society, are some of the only rewards that seem to work.
My children have recounted only a few instances of fighting - not the constant fighting Hansen mentioned. Many times children "fight" at school, and then when a parent is told about the fight, it may be unintentionally exaggerated to suggest greater intensity to the conflict than what actually existed. It is difficult to fully understand or judge the situation mentioned at the end of Hansen's letter as the information is secondary information. The outcome to the conflict is not described in her letter.
Because of educational privacy laws, the administration cannot defend its actions, and thus we have no insight into the process used to deal with the fights mentioned. We are extremely dismayed by the suggestion to remove Kendziorski.
Melissa, Joseph & Shannon