My daughter is an 11th grade student at A.R. Johnson High School. I am just one of many parents who are very upset with the school. I do not know all the details, but we deserve answers.
The principal, Dr. Dorothy Gandy, on March 21 notified a handful of very respected and qualified teachers that they were being transferred. It has all the teachers very upset ... As the professionals they are, I hope that the teachers can continue to educate our children.
Remember this: Teachers are also human. How would you feel? Students are having to witness everything that is taking place and are extremely upset also. As parents, we are being told it is none of our business why the teachers are being transferred.
When it affects the education of our children, it makes it our business. They even went around to the classrooms and removed the teachers' computers. How can the teachers teach under these conditions?
On March 24 students began taking the graduation test. Classes were interrupted when the computers were removed. The atmosphere is not very test-friendly right now.
We chose A.R. Johnson, and they chose my child. As a student with good grades and attitude, my daughter is holding up her end of the bargain by being the student that A.R. Johnson wants. We expect better from this school.
These kids are there to learn, and to make something of their lives. Dr. Gandy handled this situation very unprofessionally. There are many more problems at this school. Dr. Gandy and her assistant are being escorted around by a security guard. It is obvious she does not know her students very well. These are extremely well-mannered kids...
It seems that ever since Dr. Gandy was appointed principal, the spirit of the students has been broken. Parents, please get involved. Make your voices heard. The education of your child is at risk.
Mary Cowart, Augusta
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