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