Casiglia feels the school system is on the “right track,” but she is concerned that the school board has made decisions without doing the proper research and without ensuring their decisions are in line with the turnaround plan. As examples, she cited a vote to end a college preparatory program at Salem High and the recent — and controversial — vote to end the extended-year program at Saltonstall.
“To me, that wasn’t thoughtful, that wasn’t good planning,” said Casiglia, a dental hygienist and active school parent. “Where do we go from here?”
In general, the challengers appear to feel the city needs a School Committee that sets high goals for the superintendent and system, provides stronger leadership and oversight, creates a culture where parents and teachers can become excited and committed to turnaround, and sees the current situation not as a crisis, but an opportunity.
With many parents watching and worried, a lot is at stake, they said.
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