I am an assistant principal at Netzaberg Middle School and am not writing as a spokesman for the school system. This is only my personal opinion. Since publishing "DODEA head accused of abusing authority" (article, Oct. 9), you have not provided any follow-up for your readers. Here we are two weeks later, and we have not seen so much as a blurb on this subject.
Gosh, after having nearly an entire page dedicated to this topic, what is going on? Please, let us know.
Seriously, the spin on this article was ridiculous. It was mind-boggling to me how this story warranted so much attention, especially with the published "allegations" being unfounded. I perceived the story as a front-page attack on Department of Defense Education Activity Director Shirley Miles, one that was orchestrated by some seriously disgruntled individuals. In fact, I am confident that she will be absolved of many (if not all) of these so-called abuses of authority.
Miles has been committed to ensuring continuous, ongoing improvement throughout DODEA. She has worked with team members of all levels to implement a system of continuous school improvement that supports highest student achievement.
Military personnel and their families face unique challenges involving adjusting to frequent moves and, of course, the stress that accompanies deployment of loved ones to areas of combat. Miles’ leadership has been instrumental in implementing a uniform curriculum, one that enables students to transfer between DODEA schools and to pick up as close to the same learning point as possible within the curriculum.
It is well-known that DODEA employs the best teachers, so it is amazing to ponder what high levels of academic achievement that students will be attaining in the future.
Parents and other stakeholders deserve to know the facts. You should use more discretion before putting unfounded information to print.
Vincent KroegerGrafenwöhr, Germany