Letters to the Editor: Week of May 30, 2013

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Republican women thankful for sacrifice

On behalf of the Hanover Republican Women’s Club, I would like to express our gratitude for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
This Memorial Day we hope all  paused to remember these noble men and women.
We also pray also for those who currently serve and are in harm’s way.

Liza Bradford, president
Hanover Republican Women’s Club

Sulser’s experience warrants board seat

I started teaching at Patrick Henry in 1980, and have been at Lee-Davis for the past 28 years.
As the considerations continue regarding nominations for our local school board, I would like to state why I support Norman Sulser.  I believe that the greatest qualification for serving on the board is extensive knowledge of the daily demands placed upon our students, teachers, and administrators.
Sulser has served as one of the most requested substitutes for the past 12 years at Lee-Davis. During this time he has worked 12 times as a long-term sub where he performed all functions (planning, creating quizzes/tests, grading, supervising students during non-instructional activities, calling parents, performing duties, making copies and entering grades) associated with full-time teaching. His assignments have included most subject areas, including three of the four subjects that our students have to take and pass SOL tests to graduate. He has covered all levels of student ability, including self-contained special education, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.
Sulser is an effective leader with eight productive years on the Hanover School Board. He is a dedicated community servant, with 24 years as an auxiliary Hanover Sheriff. He is an honest, respected gentleman; just ask anyone who knows him. If what is stated above does not convince you, ask any of the three Lee-Davis principals he has worked for. He is highly qualified to serve on the Hanover School Board.

Marty McDonnell
Mechanicsville

Responsibility for supervisor’s pay rests with a higher level

Amid the deserved popular anger over the revelation that Hanover County supervisor Elton Wade currently receives $41.25 per hour for his part-time work as a school crossing guard, it is important to keep one thing in view.
The fact that Hanover County Public Schools superintendent Jamelle Wilson has an employee who is simultaneously her subordinate and – by virtue of his elected office – her superior was an untenable situation from the beginning, and one in which she and her predecessors should never have been placed.
That distinction belongs to Mr. Wade himself, to his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, and to the Hanover County School Board—all of whom also bore responsible for oversight, and none of whom (unlike Jamelle Wilson) faced the risk of termination for exercising it.
There are many questions still to be answered, but Dr. Wilson should not be made to die for other people’s sins.

Joseph Pierro
Mechanicsville

Editor’s Note: Members of the board of supervisors do not have the authority to terminate school employees.

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