I am writing this letter as a concerned parent of a child who attends Everett High School. I am a lifelong resident of this city and I am deeply saddened by what has transpired since Superintendent Tahiliani has become superintendent of the Everett Public Schools. The students have been through enough. It is time to heal and move on.
These students have lived through a pandemic and then a lockdown at EHS. This happened because there was a lack of security and a lack of deans in the school. Then there was the walkout last year led by our own administration. This caused divisiveness and a lack of safety to our students.
Our superintendent did not try to de-escalate the situation. Instead, she went on to promote it and spoke in front of city hall in favor of it. The lack of responsibility continued with the latest protest, where students were marched to show support for the Superintendent’s efforts to have her contract extended. This further encouraged an unsafe situation for our children. My daughter and her friends had no idea for the reason of the protest. They stated they just wanted to get out of class.
A contract is an agreement that is made with an ending date. Her contract shouldn’t be extended. Its time for a change. She has caused racism, hatred and a divisiveness among everyone in the community. This superintendent continually states that she is transparent and communicates with the parents, faculty, and students of this city. In all the times I have tried to contact her, I never received a response from her or her office.
Where are the teachers, administrators, and other staff members who have similar opinions of what’s going on in our schools on a daily basis? It was stated at the school committee meeting that they cannot address the school committee unless they get permission from the superintendent. I would think that they would know more than the same people who speak out at every meeting. Some of them do not live in the city or have children who attend Everett Public Schools.
I give the six school committee members who voted with the facts that were told to them by people who couldn’t speak for themselves because of fear of retaliation. They are our elected voices and are trying to do what’s best for the school system. Let’s put the politics aside and start thinking of what is best for the students of Everett. We need to hire a new superintendent for the Everett Public Schools.
A Concerned Parent
(Name omitted out of fear of retaliation)