To the Editor:
As a former Marlborough High School student and the brother of a high school junior, I am ashamed of the way that the school district has had its reputation tarnished by this superintendent. The superintendent I speak of is Dr. Anthony Pope. He came to the school district with a message of hope, a vision of turning Marlborough Public Schools into a world class school district; instead it has become a world class laughing stock.
Every morning, I open up the news and find yet another story about my former school district that leaves me wondering where the leadership is. Whether it is the mysterious firing of an assistant principal, accusations of assault on a teacher or accusations of bullying and intimidating students, Dr. Pope seems to be at the center of all of this drama.
I have watched school committee meetings for the past few months on local TV and instead of addressing the issue, the school committee has tiptoed around it. Students, teachers and concerned parents have come forth with legitimate complaints, and while some of them may not be true, just the idea that one of them could be true should call for an investigation from the school committee.
A lot of speculation has come about regarding whether the school committee is concerned about the well-being of the city and the school district or the well-being of their positions. I second this speculation. A lesson many of us are taught at a young age is to admit when we make a mistake. Perhaps it is time for the Marlborough school committee to admit they made a mistake and show the taxpayer-funded Dr. Anthony Pope the door just as he did to a well-respected assistant principal.