Focus on Issues That Matter Most

Dear Editor:
I’m reassured knowing that the Dispatch, Tom Bundros and Rhoda
Bress are ever vigilant in their focus of all the important issues
at Gilroy High School.
Dear Editor:

I’m reassured knowing that the Dispatch, Tom Bundros and Rhoda Bress are ever vigilant in their focus of all the important issues at Gilroy High School.

Where would we be if we allowed students’ time to be wasted so haphazardly at once-in-a-lifetime field trips and through the tolerance teaching “Day of Silence”?

And boy, I have to tell you, without that new cell phone policy, I bet teachers would be at a complete loss as to how to manage the disruptions. It’s good to know that our illustrious newspaper and school board know how to manage their time, resources and energy for the betterment of our school system.

So, it comforts me to know that they have sniffed out yet another imposing threat to the Gilroy High School students. The infamous “tardy sweep” policy, which issues an immediate consequence for an immediate rule infraction, is an obvious waste of instructional time. How dare the administration infringe on 5 to 10 minutes of class in order to teach a handful of students that ignoring all three of the bells, plus Mr. Corzo, is unacceptable. This, “the most counter productive and ludicrous policy ever created'” as Chris Morsilli stated in his column, is obviously not the way to make an effect on student apathy towards rules and expectations, is it?

Oh wait, I read that tardies have dropped from 16,000 to 2,500 per year. That would in essence mean that instructional time, for the whole, has actually been saved. But no matter, the policy must still be changed to protect the learning environment of even those few impertinent students!

Well, at least our school board members and the Dispatch aren’t focusing on and bringing to light some of those more pesky Gilroy High School issues such as underfunded ($75 per teacher per year for instructional tools), overcrowded (35-38 students), outdated (damaged and decades old desks) classrooms, listless and disrespectful students or uninvolved parents.

Now that would be a true detriment to our local high school and perhaps the ultimate waste of time.

Susan Felice, Gilroy

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