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What will Beaumont's departure cost?

Editor:  The following letter is addressed to George Abbott, Minister of Education:

Dear Mr. Abbott: I am a resident of Langley Township (for approximately 34 years). Our last child graduated from Brookswood Secondary in the year 2000.

For the past few years, I have watched with dismay the deterioration of our school district. I know that some terrible financial mistakes were made a few years back, and I thought that with the help of the government our school board was getting itself back on track and moving forward.

I understand that some people were very upset with the financial bungling of our school district, and that they wanted Superintendent Cheryl Beaumont fired.

I assumed that the reason her contract was renewed before this last election was because no one in their right mind would want to deal with our district, and we were unable to find a new candidate.  However, I was also under the impression that Beaumont was working very hard to make some wrongs right.

The fact that she has been let go before her contract is due bothers (and quite frankly angers) me very much.  As a taxpayer, I would like to see a full disclosure of Beaumont’s payout.  How is this going to affect the programs in our Langley schools and how will it affect me as a taxpayer?

I no longer have any faith in the trustees who were elected, and make a request that the government intervene with this district as soon as possible.

Jennifer Webster,


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