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Hamburg schools setting bad example for students

I have never been so disappointed to see one of my favorite teachers from high school caught up in such a disgusting waste of time and resources. Martha Kavanaugh taught me my senior year of high school for Participation in Government. She taught me to always stand up for what I believe in and treat others with respect. What has happened to this influential woman who helped me gain confidence in my interest in politics just five years ago?

The fight involving the Hamburg School Board is one of the most absurd stories I’ve ever heard. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work in less than five years. I attribute my success, determination and dedication to do the right thing from my formative years at Hamburg High. How terrible for the current students, including my brother. They are missing out on seeing a dedicated group of adults work for the common good of the district.

Participation in local government is an important civil duty we have as citizens of this country. How can we expect our children from Hamburg to ever know how to help the school districts they will live in in the future? It’s terribly sad that they are seeing such a failure of the system. It’s reckless on all levels and a grave disservice to our youth.

I would be happy to elaborate on my thoughts and suggestions for the board. I have extensive training in conflict resolution from both my formal education and my work as a social worker. There is a better way to live. Kindness matters.

Molly M. Harrington, M.S.W.

Hamburg