, Salem, MA


July 13, 2013

Letter: Cutting school year at Saltonstall ‘a big step backwards’


All Salem students deserve the best education we can offer. No one questions that. We should be finding ways to add time to the school day in every school. We should be offering quality summer programs to all students who would like them. The current administration, with School Committee support, has planned a summer program that benefits additional students. That’s wonderful. Why take away a summer program from those at Saltonstall? The money saved by shuttering Saltonstall for the 10 additional days in its year is a small amount that will not make a significant difference in the district’s other goals. Eliminating a good thing is counterproductive and a big step backwards.

Please keep the extended year at Saltontall School.

Margaret Voss Howard, Ph.D.

Retired principal

Saltonstall School

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