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GMWS Petition to Keep Mr. Seavey

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We, the undersigned Green Meadow parents, students, and alumni, were saddened to hear about - and upset about the circumstances surrounding - the removal of Mr. Seavey from Green Meadow's music department.

As parents who have been, and continue to be, committed to Green Meadow (financially and otherwise), we request that you reconsider this decision and allow Mr. Seavey to continue teaching music at the school. Over the past few years, we have observed his passion for teaching music, his positive energy and interactions with the students and parents, and his ongoing involvement at the school and in the community at large. We believe Mr. Seavey is an asset to the school and the community, and that he adds tremendous value to the school, especially in light of the importance that the Waldorf curriculum places on music education. We feel that this decision could affect5 the school's reputation for music, as well as enrollment in the coming years.

As students and alumni, we have observed and experienced first hand Mr. Seavey's passion for teaching music, his professionalism, and his involvement with the school and the community (for example, Helping Hands). We feel that it would be a huge loss for us, for the school, and for the students who come after us if Mr. Seavey were to leave Green Meadow.

We are disappointed with the way that this was handled by the administration and communicated to the Green Meadow community. We have spoken with Mr. Seavey and ascertained that, contrary to the email that was sent to all of the parents announcing his departure, it was not in fact Mr. Seavey's decision to leave. So it is difficult for us to understand what could have justified this change. We respectfully request that the administration or the Collegium (whichever is appropriate) hold and open meeting for parents and students in order to clarify whether this decision:

* Was based solely on finances: We request further information about this explanation, as Mr. Seavey's position was eliminated and, in fact, Mr. Pernice is taking over his role. We would like to know if there might be anything we could do to help him continue working at the school (for example, many parents have offered to raise funds for a salary).

* Was based on factors other than finances: For example, did poor performance or some other factor result in Mr. Seavey's being fired? If so, no such indication was made in the email sent to the community.

We are requesting more details about how this decision was made so we can understand the dynamics that led to this disruption in our children's music education in order to evaluate whether Green Meadow is the right place for us going forward.

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