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TECC Parents United

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Dear Honorable Members of The Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry:

We are TECC Parents and Alumni, speaking with a unified voice in the interests of our children, TECC, and the Trinity Episcopal Community. We are writing to express our tremendous concern with recent events we feel disserve these interests. We provide this for your consideration in order that you may understand our unified position and to assist in working together toward solutions.

We firmly believe the faculty and present curriculum at TECC are outstanding.

2. We believe equally firmly that TECC’s leadership over the past five years under Liz Harlan has dramatically contributed to the excellence of the faculty and the curriculum, and that a TECC with the advantage of Liz Harlan's leadership is significantly stronger than without her.

3. We also believe that Liz Harlan has excelled at more closely linking the TECC and Trinity communities through service efforts, namely the Thanksgiving food drive for ACTC, outreach with the Ark Preschool for homeless children, helping to start the monthly family chapel service, and sharing information about Church services and events in her communications with parents.

Based on how Father Saunders has handled his relationship with the TECC community, including direct dealings with parents concerning recent matters, we have no faith in his ability to oversee the school or appoint a school director who has the best interest of our children as top priority.

5. We believe the decision between Father Saunders and Liz Harlan to "part ways" is one that very seriously impacts the program TECC families have committed to and, as such, rises above the status of a mere personnel decision. We believe its timing and the manner in which it was decided by both parties runs counter to the interest of the Trinity Episcopal community.

6. We believe the current organizational relationship between TECC and the Rector's Office has contributed to the current disharmony and deserves reconsideration.

7. To reduce the risk of future disharmony, we believe that representation from a reconstituted TECC board should serve with voting interests on any committee empowered to affect the operations of TECC.

8. We believe a
TECC under Liz Harlan’s direction could maintain strong relationships with parents of alumni for the benefit of the entire Trinity Episcopal Community.


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