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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 | I am a parent of a fifth grader who attends the Childrens Museum School. I am also a self taught artist and have participated with various community events and sell my work out of my home. I chose the museum school for my son because of its innovative curriculum and the way that art is infused into each child’s daily activities. I am so disappointed and saddened at this recent turn of events. I feel strongly the museum board is not fully aware of the benefits that the school offers.
The communication between the board, its president and the Children’s Museum Executive Director Rachel Teagle, is sorely lacking. The board has made decisions and taken votes on the fate of the museum with no communication or collaboration with the school or its parents. I attended the first and only meeting the that the museum director and board president agreed to earlier this week.
I found the attitude from the Teagle, to be both defensive and hostile toward the parents and staff of the museum school. The parents and staff at the museum school are more than willing to work towards a mutually beneficial solution to this situation. I ask that the community rally to support the schools continued presence at the museum and I ask that the board educate themselves about the school, communicate with the parents and open their meetings to the public.