Save Stratford

The parents of Stratford Landing Elementary School are seeking to establish new leadership at the school due to heightened safety concerns as a result of a lack of proper leadership. The parents believe new leadership at the school is necessary to:

     * Preserve the safety of our children;
     * Eliminate the behavior distractions in the classroom that prevent learning  
      opportunities;
     * Regain stability in retaining top teaching talent.


Although there have been problems with the administration at SLES for many years, the administration has for the past several months shown gross negligence in the handling of serious social incidents, including bullying. The approach to handling these incidents has left matters unresolved, and has even included victimizing the targeted children. 

The administration’s lack of proper action for serious behavioral issues has left teachers to address these problems in the classroom, which in turn has taken away from valuable teaching time for ALL students. 

On top of the above safety issues, SLES loses significant staff year after year because the atmosphere created by the administration is neither supportive nor creative. Teachers are publicly demeaned during staff meetings and disgraced in front of their class by the principal and vice principal. Teachers are not supported nor mentored in a way that is creative or conducive to learning. The most recent survey, taken by FCPS, reflects the demoralization of the staff. 

The signatures below show support for this effort, either for these reasons, or other reasons that individuals may have.

It is our intention to present this petition and other supporting documentation to Fairfax County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Cluster 4.

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