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Wake up Sunnyside

It seems that some of the administrators at Sunnyside High School are afraid of good things. They had a good student that they did not allow to walk at graduation.

They had a good family move 1,500 miles to teach and coach there two years ago. The oldest son was a sophomore, and he actually took that pre-calculus class that Mr. Barr couldn't take. Right now he is ranked seventh in his class, earned the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, is active in band and baseball, and is the National Honor Society Parliamentarian. The daughter is taking advanced math classes, active in band and golf, and is currently submitting some of her poetry to a local magazine. The youngest boy is starting the eighth grade, having scored the highest score in his class in a mathematics post test, and is active in band, baseball and golf. The mom was nominated for a Golden Apple Award in Sunnyside, and won the Red Apple Award this past year.

That leaves me. I might not have been the best coach or teacher, but I did work hard at my job, and did come in with 17 years of good evaluations. Unfortunately, my lesson plans weren't good enough, so I was told by Mr. Hart that I would not work at SHS again, and Dr. Cole fully supported him. They were willing to give this all up to get rid of me.

Understandable maybe. I am an adult and can adjust. But to start messing with the lives of students like Mr. Barr is clearly over the line.

Wake up Sunnyside. You are too good a community and too good a school to let someone ruin it for you. Make sure the administrators are serving your needs, not theirs.

/s/ John Gutierrez, Farmington, N.M.

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