Does Smith deserve all the praise he gets? |

Does Smith deserve all the praise he gets?

In regard to your editorial entitled “Education: Count on it” (SDN July 29), I agree the voters need to reauthorize the mill levy in 2004.

A good education is priceless, but I wish I were more certain that the students of the Summit School District are receiving one.

A very careful reading of the three articles praising Wes Smith, the retiring superintendent, shows that he does not claim that all the problems, especially in the high school, have been solved.

Perhaps Smith has improved the finances of the school district, but does he deserve all the adulation that he was given in your three articles?

When former superintendent Nadine Johnson resigned, I don’t remember any such praise for her tenure.

It is also a fact that a school board member does not send his children to Summit schools.

We would be more assured that our students are being offered a quality education if the academically able and ambitious students were actually attending school in the Summit School District.

And we will be glad to pay taxes to support a good school system, including the special mill levy.

It is not simply a matter of money or facilities, as your editorial implies.

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