Parent Erin Heenan said she didn’t understand why there seems to be such “negativity” toward Saltonstall. “If our MCAS scores aren’t what they should be ... then tell us how to improve ...” she said. “Just don’t shut the door on what you think is a wasted 10 days ...”
Several parents praised the program at Saltonstall, where children are grouped in multi-age classrooms, take part in a “Friday Club” taught by parents and community members, and learn based on an educational theory of multiple intelligences using a variety of teaching methods.
“I feel that taking our program away is a premature decision and is based solely on financial value and not on the value of our families and community,” PTO Treasurer Pam Rochna said.
“If anything, extended year is a model we should be trying to extend from Saltonstall to the other schools, as well — to make them that much more competitive and make Salem that much more desirable a town to live in,” said Josh Turiel, a Saltonstall parent and city councilor.
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