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Attend meeting to question NUHS’s changes for the worse

In my 53 years as a Nevada County native, I have never written a letter to the editor. As a concerned staff member of the Nevada Union High School District, I feel it is necessary now to express my concerns about recent sweeping changes made at Nevada Union.

I was quoted in the April 19th edition of The Union as stating, “I don’t think I have ever seen morale at a lower level than it is right now.” I stand firmly behind this statement. Almost the entire administrative team at our site has been dismantled. This will leave a huge leadership void for curriculum, testing, facilities, personnel and athletics. Marilynn Keeble, the current principal, is resigning to become assistant superintendent of Butte County Schools. Some vice principals have applied for positions in other districts, and Mike Cartan has resigned as athletic director. These are all dedicated, top-notch educators who have spent as many as 20 years in our district and will be snatched up by other districts in an instant. We, as a staff, were not informed about these changes and we were not made aware of any master plan that would have necessitated all of these moves.

I would like to publicly thank all of our administrators and our athletic director for their professional approach to a job well done and for their countless hours of dedicated service to our students.

I would also like to address Diane Correll’s comment that principals only stay two or three years. Tenure of the past few district administrators reflects quite the opposite: Marilynn Keeble’s combined tenure, 111/2 years, Kurt Stenderup, 101/2 years, Earle Conway, 23 years and Dick Werntz, 16 years.

It is time for the public to start asking questions. If you are concerned about the continuity of quality education in this district, please contact board members and attend the next board meeting, tonight at 6 p.m. In the Sierra Foothills High School cafeteria. It is time to assess how district decisions are made and time to include teachers and parents in the decision making process.

Linda M. Miller

Nevada City

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