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Education is always changing and change is always difficult

I am bothered by the vote of “no confidence” by the Summit County Education Association (SCEA) regarding Dr. Lynn Spampinato.

My wife and I taught in Washington state during five decades and retired in 2001. We have witnessed many superintendents come and go.

In every instance, our local education association was involved in the hiring process of our new superintendent – hand in hand with the school board.



I would assume this was the case here in Summit County. Through the interview process, it should have been very obvious that Dr. Spampinato’s goal was to raise the academic excellence of the students of Summit County.

Isn’t this everybody’s goal? In a district this size, Dr. Spampinato probably wears two hats. She is not only the curriculum leader but also the financial leader responsible for the budget.



She has an obligation to the teachers and students to direct decisions regarding curriculum (i.e. reading and math programs) and to the taxpayers to make sure the districts funds are used in an efficient and appropriate manner.

Sometimes this requires cutting programs and/or staff if the budgeted dollars are not available. This is always a difficult decision but it happens every day in the world of business.

I have never met Dr. Spampinato, but I did have a phone conversation with her and the math curriculum leaders regarding the materials being considered for a new math adoption next year for the elementary grades.

Having experienced one of the possible adoptions, I wanted to pass on comments from school principals and curriculum directors from our home district.

Dr. Spampinato was very receptive to input on all of my comments. I was impressed by her questions and her interest in following up with more questions at a later date.

I currently work with a young mother of two Summit School District students who is very active on school committees and parent groups. She speaks very highly of Dr. Spampinato.

Education is always changing and change is always difficult.

Joe Best

Dillon


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