Dear Dr. Thiery:
I have learned through students at HKHS and Facebook that Mrs. Diane Stanley’s position at the high school faces elimination. I hope you have read the many wonderful comments from current and former HK students – some who didn’t even have Mrs. Stanley for a teacher – in support of the role she serves at school and in the community.
Both of my children have had the pleasure of being in Mrs. Stanley’s classes and both benefited immensely from her knowledge, wisdom, compassion and care. From basic computer class, which is an out-dated graduation requirement, to Personal Finance – which should be a graduation requirement – to Accounting and Business Marketing, my son Trevor has enjoyed and excelled in all of these classes. When I have met with her for parent-teacher conferences Mrs. Stanley has exhibited a vast knowledge of my son and his work and his ability – they weren’t just empty words!
The loss of Mrs. Stanley would be detrimental to the students at HK. The school system seems to offer a myriad of art and other social classes that, although appealing to many, don’t provide the necessary life skills classes that Mrs. Stanley and the Business Education department offer. So much more could and should be offered to our students in terms of preparing them for the next phase of their lives – living independently. There should be greater emphasis on the internship program which can give a student direction for the future.
I implore you and the Board of Education to reconsider and revamp the high school business education program so that more of these types classes fit into a student’s schedule. Very often a student cannot take a class and is placed in a section of a subject that bears little interest to them or has little practicality in life. It may be time to look at all the courses offered at HK to be sure that the needs of our students are being met - not just their needs in grades 9-12 but there needs when they leave the HK community.
Class of 2012 and Class of 2009 parent.