The Statesman’s editorial, “West Ada Tarnished..,” claims that West Ada’s “dysfunctional patterns developed over the past ten months could have irreparable damage on teachers and students.” That’s interesting. I teach in West Ada and would like to reassure the Statesman editorial staff and readers that the teachers and students are not being damaged by board actions. The board appointed a new superintendent who has taken the time to meet teachers and establish that we are more than just names on an employee list; that we and our students matter to our district leader. I never even met either of the previous superintendents in my 15 years in the district. It seems that the editorial staff would like the public to think that we aren’t in good hands and that our schools are in turmoil. We aren’t. We care about our students just the same as we did ten months ago. The daily operation of the schools in our district is being maintained by many competent and caring individuals. The editorial staff should be better informed before publishing assumptions that tarnish our reputation.
MariAnne Batten, Boise
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