Personal affront

I am compelled to write a letter to the editor for the first time in my eight years as Superintendent.

As the Superintendent of Schools in School District 63 (Saanich), I am always pleased with the extensive positive coverage that the News Review provides our schools and our district.

However, I am compelled to write a letter to the editor for the first time in my eight years as Superintendent. I do so in response to a letter published from a grandparent, in which she mentioned a teacher by name and referred to an issue of concern that had been dealt with by the district. The writer should be aware that the matter was dealt with thoroughly and confidentially using processes that are afforded citizens in a civilized society.

She was unhappy with the outcome, which is fair and understandable, but in saying so, concluded with the statement that she hoped three named individuals (including myself) could sleep at night.

When we hear students speak this way, we intercede on the basis of such a comment being a personal affront and potentially a threat.

I am of the firm belief that the News Review should have removed that element from the letter as is your right and, I believe, was your responsibility.

Keven Elder

Superintendent, School District 63


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