Attempt to diminish Little Compton’s middle school bears watching

Attempt to diminish Little Compton’s middle school bears watching


To the editor:

There is cause for concern for the future of our school and the education of our children in Little Compton. At the last meeting of the Little Compton School Committee, it was mentioned publicly that Wilbur-McMahon’s Middle School was to be restructured. Two pink-slipped teachers who taught grades 6 and grade 8 were laid off that evening as a result of not being recalled. These layoffs are in addition to the recent elimination of a full-time computer technology teacher position that served grades K-9 and a reduction of hours for a band teacher.

It seems that the teaching staff for grades 6-8 will be diminished from six to four teachers. This represents a reduction of one third, in addition to the loss of a highly accomplished and experienced computer technology teacher delivering the curricula.

There has been some discussion that the computer technology classes may be taught by two to three teachers and/or a library specialist (non-teacher) working part-time in that capacity with possibly limited or no experience teaching computer technology. The details of the plan are yet to be released by the School Committee and superintendent but the prospects are concerning.

The School Committee’s next meeting is to be held on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at Wilbur-McMahon. This is a great opportunity for concerned parents and citizens to hear of the School Committee’s plan and to voice their concerns.

Ellen Lynch Kinnane

Little Compton