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Posted: April 16, 2010 6:17 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Although I have been quiet on the issue until now, I wanted to voice my opinion in support of the William S. Hart Union High School District's decision to cancel promotion ceremonies for middle-school students.

I admit my children will not be affected by this decision, because my youngest son is about to graduate from Hart High School in June.

However, as a member of the community who is feeling the impact of this horrendous California economy, I am strongly in favor of cutting "unnecessary" expenses from the budget so money will be available to pay for crucial educational services and materials.

I understand that eighth-grade parents and students are disappointed, but promotional ceremonies after two years of schooling are not a justifiable expense when our schools are in dire need of money.

How can parents believe that spending up to $40,000 for these ceremonies is more important that paying for actual school supplies, books or teacher/staff salaries?

Do these parents realize schools do not have the money to pay for items such as colored paper or specialty paper to print certificates or student awards?

Do they know that for this school year, most, if not all schools in the district lost at least one staff member because of the economy?

Do they understand that every assistant principal in the district got a pink slip, which means these highly dedicated individuals may not have a job after this year?

When we had the money, eighth-grade promotional ceremonies were nice, but now that we are facing years of funding shortages for basic educational needs, I applaud the district for doing its best to cut the programs that least impact the quality of education.

Thank you, Hart district, for doing everything in your power to provide the quality of education that we tend to take for granted.

Thank you for expertly managing the increasingly diminishing funds you receive from the state.

Thank you for having the fortitude to make these difficult decisions that most of us know are best for the district, even when some of the more vocal parents grumble and complain.


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