From Judy Schreck:
A group of parents from Forest Lakes Elementary came together in order to advocate for their children in regards to changing the before and after care provider at the school. I would like to take this time to thank Ms. Langrehr and the panel in the decision to keep the YWCA for our children as there are many parents and children that were affected by the decision.
The process of deciding on the daycare provider for Forest Lakes was a very painful one for many of us. We have a community where parents are certainly involved and passionate about their children’s education and school programs with a longing to be involved in the decision making process. As one of those parents involved in advocating for our children, I can say that it was by no means meant as a personal attack to anyone. We simply stated our concerns and asked that the process be reviewed. Unfortunately, we noticed many negative comments about teachers and the YWCA staff which was unfortunate. The group of parents that reached out to the public regarding this situation were not expecting the teachers or the staff of the YWCA to get caught up in this. This process had absolutely nothing to do with the quality of our teachers at Forest Lakes Elementary or the staff of the YWCA and we regret that they were brought into the situation.
Although I’m so pleased with the results of the committee vote, I’m asking the Harford County Board of Education to look at the process for deciding the before and after daycare provider for the schools. The parents of the community should be the voice for deciding the before and after care and truly feel that they are being heard in the process. For whatever reason, here, there was a disconnect. I’m asking that we allow the parents to vote in making this type of decision that will directly involve our children. Since this process started, I have heard many parents from other schools also voicing their concerns about various programs where they don’t feel they are involved in the decision making process. This is not meant as an attack to anyone, simply a review of the processes. I’m hoping this will help all the schools in Harford County to come together and make changes.
Now, I’m hoping that the Forest Lakes community will put this behind us and come together as a community as Ms. Langrehr so wonderfully stated during the meeting this evening. We have a wonderful group of parents and teachers that have deep concern for our children. And I’m sure that I can speak for many parents with a sincere “thank you” to all the wonderful teachers of Forest Lakes for their great work and support of our sons and daughters. And a “thank you” to the staff of the YWCA for the care you give to our children.