Principal Reassignment Benefits All Children

The situation at Thacher requires Catherine Zinni's talents in special education and ELL. I am confident she will accomplish great things there as she did at Willett. The entire system and all children in Attleboro will be better served by the change.

The following is addressed to current and future parents:

I didn't receive until late in the day Friday. I wasn't on-line again until late Sunday night when I was reviewing our materials for the school committee Meeting Monday, .
My apologies as I would like to have been more proactive about contacting you over the weekend, particularly the Willett PTO to hear your concerns.
I understand that it is disheartening for Willett parents to see Ms. Zinni move to . She has been great to work with and will be sorely missed. I was looking forward to my son spending his kindergarten and elementary years with Willett under her principalship.

The situation at Thacher requires her talents in special education and ELL (English language learners). I am confident she will accomplish great things there as she did at Willett. The entire system and all children in Attleboro will be better served by the change.

She does not leave Willett orphaned and alone—there is a strong community of volunteers and staff who I hope will see this as an opportunity to build on what has already been accomplished and do even greater things with Ms. Campbell, who brings a great deal of talent, the necessary skills, experience and drive to this position.

I did not have a chance to investigate the superintendent's appointment until late Sunday and before making any judgments on this issue, I wanted to hear more about the reasoning behind the decision and about the individual taking on the principalship at Willett.

Now, I look forward to my son experiencing Willett under the direction of Ms. Campbell. I appreciate your committment to Willett and to Ms. Zinni and I hope that your concerns were addressed at Monday night's meeting. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly. I'll get back to you as quickly as my schedule permits. Thank you respectfully and sincerely.

(508) 558-1564

Chris O'Neil is the Ward 3 representative on the Attleboro School Committee

Sarah Curtis June 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Listen I want answers....Where are they??? I don't like being ignored??? Any other parents out there want to chat about the school committee and their failure to assist us with major serious issues??? Aren't they the Superintendent's boss???? And who's the SC's boss??? Cause I'm done, over it!!!!!! This is going further than the Sun Chronicle this time!!!
Art Myer June 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
All these people commenting here don't know the truth about C. Zinni. If you want the truth, go to one of the ASEPAC meetings. There is not a single parent who says anything good about Mrs. Zinni. These are the parents of special education kids who need help. Mrs. Zinni makes them feel like they and there kids are crap and scum of the earth. This is the real Caterine Zinni. Don't believe me? please attend an ASEPAC meeting.
Jerry Chase July 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Why am I thinking that the residents of Ward Three are missing Robert Hill ?
Jerry Chase July 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Is it fair to think that, under Mrs. Durkin, Attleboro Public Schools have had "more turnovers than a bakery" in terms of educational professionals leaving said system? Does not this high turnover rate speak ill of top managment, by definition?
David Bozzi July 03, 2012 at 10:26 PM
"This issue is about consistency, transparency, collaboration and providing the best support services for our children." - Thank you. Exactly.


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