Letter to the editor

Letter: When actions speak louder than words


At the April 19 DCSD board of education meeting, I witnessed the debacle that unfolded (in spite of yeoman's efforts by directors Lemieux, Ray and Vogel to resolve the issue) over the now infamous March 4 encounter between board directors and high officers Judith Reynolds, Meghann Silverthorn and Ponderosa High School student Grace Davis (organizer of the March 9 teacher turnover student protest).  Subsequently, I also reviewed the audio of what clearly was an only thinly veiled attempt by adults Reynolds and Silverthorn during their meeting with Davis to exploit their positions of authority to intimidate this 16-year-old into reconsidering the planned demonstration. Thankfully, and admirably, she remained un-intimidated.

Since then, I've been trying to find just the right words to express my consternation over this regrettable episode. When one considers the larger constellation of issues beleaguering this district, however, of which this, disturbing as it is, is only emblematic, words indeed seem insufficient to the task.

See the following recent headlines regarding just a few of those issues:

  • "School board members face intimidation probe"
  • "Voucher program faces new challenges"
  • "Douglas County School District adds rifles for security staff"
  • "School district, state agree on repayment"
  • " Teacher turnover in Douglas County School District rises above state

•  "Ponderosa High students demand explanation for departing teachers"

The list goes on, as those who have followed the longer-term debacle know, and sadly, still seems endless.

Clearly, no words are needed.  Actions such as these speak - and compellingly so - louder than any words can.

Sheldon Potter

Highlands Ranch


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