“I don’t know how canceling it will help,” McElwain said. “And nobody has been able to explain it.”
Fabrizio, who is in his first year at the school, emphasized that the decision was made by the faculty and school council, which includes several parents. He said the decision was made after much research and discussion. He said most of the negative comments he has received are not from within Ipswich or even Massachusetts.
“People don’t like change,” he said. “All our decisions are student-centered, they are hard decisions, but we think they are right ... sometimes you have to make a big change to move forward.”
Superintendent Rick Korb said he supports the school’s decision and explained the intent was to set an example of excellence for students. It is not to support an “everybody gets a trophy” mentality, he said.
“The honors assembly was not canceled,” Korb said. “It was simply moved to a daytime ceremony so students could be recognized and honored in front of their peers.”
He would not comment on the discussions sweeping across town and on the Internet about the changes.
“People are entitled to their opinions and I respect that,” he said.
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