Letter to the Editor: Writer Says 'Enough is Enough' With Care4Eagle Group
A former Farmington Public Schools teacher and administrator says the battle over the sale of Eagle Elementary School should stop.
To the editor:
Enough is enough. I can’t say it any more clearly than that.
As a FPS (Farmington Public Schools) former teacher, administrator, and a long-time resident of Farmington, I care deeply about the education of the children of our two cities. Over the years, I have observed our Board of Education make difficult, complex and important decisions in a number of areas. Their responsibility is tremendous. And the hours they spend gathering information and deliberating over tough choices are countless - far more than most community members realize.
That’s why I say to the Care4Eagle group, “enough is enough.” Like many of the community members I’ve spoken with, I’m appalled at the depth of the animosity shown by members of Care4Eagle and the amount of time they’ve stolen from consideration of the real educational issues facing our school board. I’m also very alarmed when I consider that a member of our current board, Dr. Murray Kahn, is a part of Care4Eagle, especially when I review on YouTube some of the comments he made while seeking election to the board.
Care4Eagle has had their day in court, and the court decided that the school board at that time acted appropriately in handling the sale of Eagle Elementary to the Islamic Cultural Association. To accuse Karen Bolsen and Howard Wallach of bribery is slanderous. Anyone who knows these two dedicated and passionate public servants finds this accusation absurd – and a measure of the desperation of Care4Eagle as they continue to distort the facts, divide the community, and distract from the business of educating our children. And let us remember that in Farmington, thankfully, our children come from a wonderful variety of racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Our school board serves them ALL.
School will start in just a few weeks. It’s long past time for the Care4Eagle group – including Dr. Kahn – to let this issue go, and, if they truly care about the children of Farmington, to allow the school board to move forward, unencumbered and free of harassment, as they guide us through another school year.
Mary E. Brown