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10/9/2012 11:22:00 AM
Please vote for change on Grand Canyon School Board of Directors

To the editor:

Parents and community members, we all have a wonderful opportunity this coming November 6 election to make a necessary and vital change in the Grand Canyon School Board of Directors.

There are three positions up for election this fall, and four candidates running. This election will help determine the direction of the school in upcoming years, which is important if we are to bring back a high quality of education at our school, and if we are to prevent further mass teacher and staff turnover. This past spring, 17 staff members (out of 48 listed on the website at the time) left the school. The two years prior, a total of 31 left. This large turnover is alarming and deeply troubling.

Even if you do not have children in the school, please consider supporting the children and teaching staff of the community by educating yourselves on the issues and the candidates. A healthy school is a vital part of a thriving community.

We cannot expect high-quality, consistent education when the teachers are viewed as disposable. Quality teachers are the lifeblood of the school. In summary: teacher turnover hurts children.

We hope that you will join us in endorsing and voting for candidates that will help bring change to the Grand Canyon School Board of Directors this November.

We encourage you to pass this information on to other Tusayan and Grand Canyon voters. Thank you, and please get out and vote this fall during the general election.

Andy and SuZan Pearce

Grand Canyon

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: To Bob

Bob - you are100% correct - the School Board, Sanitary District Board, Chamber of Commerce etc- they are primarly vehicles for political gamesmenship...new blood would be nice instead of just representatives of the local "nobility"

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Blasi

You are absolutely right Andy and Suzan! How unfortunate that this governing board is used as a political posturing platform like every other board in this monopolized community. This ancient cronyism culture needs change and needs it now! Therefore, I have voted accordingly. It will take a collective effort and an abundance of courage…Still yet to be seen here regrettably.

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Hill

THE Canyon Can't Keep Teachers?
As a teacher for 35 years, and as a hiker in The Canyon for each of the last 32 years....wow. If there is a problem of teacher retention at the home of the Phantoms, there really is a problem. Yes, many of the best young teachers are choosing to leave the profession, and yes, fewer of the good students are choosing to become teachers. But, if The Canyon can't keep teachers, what can? I glad I'll be retiring in 6 years when I hit 67. Mike Hill Wisconsin

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