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School 72 Leadership

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Lorraine Elementary School #72 is the home of many wonderful things! We have an extremely active PTO, excellent parent-involvement, an active PBIS team, a huge Bully-Free Initiative, an annual 5k race, excellent academic achievement, and we are growing. Last year 200 new students joined the Lorraine Family, as well as over 25 new staff members. We have many successful programs at Lorraine including a huge Read Across America event.

At this time, however, we have been notified of some drastic changes being made to our leadership team. While we are proud of Mr. Miklas and the opportunity that has been presented to him, Lorraine Elementary still needs his guidance and expertise!! With the additional expectations from the State and the District, and the challenges of a growing school community, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO CHANGE OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM.

We, the Lorraine Community, are concerned about the incoming administrative team. The District has decided to assign a Principal and an Assistant Principal from the SAME school, which happens to be a NYS Priority School. The Principal had to be removed from that school BY LAW, because she has been there for 3 years, and it is a low-performing school. It is virtually unheard of for the District to transfer two administrators from one school to another (together). However, that is what the plan is for Lorraine.

We must question:
WHY bring two administrators from a priority school to Lorraine?
WHY change what we know is already working at a fast-growing school?
WHY does Lorraine have to endure administrative changes every few years, while other schools have the benefit of consistent leadership?
WHY must our children pay the consequences for the lack of success at another BPS school?

PLEASE KEEP THE 2013-14 ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM (Mr. Miklas, Mrs. McCormick, and Mr. Drouin) in place at LORRAINE ELEMENTARY #72!! We are NOT done yet. Our students NEED stability and consistency. Our students DESERVE to stay on track and remain a school in good standing.

Please sign our petition, which will be presented to the Board of Education at the next meeting with public comment. It appears it is the afternoon of August 6th.

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