Rye School Superintendent Frank Alvarez today sent an email defending Rye High School Principal Patricia Taylor from a series of charges leveled by an anonymous poster on on a local news web site.
Here is the email:
December 17, 2013
Message from Superintendent Frank Alvarez
It has been brought to my attention that a blog recently posted comments from an anonymous individual regarding Mrs. Patricia Taylor, Rye High School Principal. The posting is clearly intended to discredit and embarrass Mrs. Taylor.
As a district, we consistently assess all serious, legitimate complaints. But absent any credible evidence or the opportunity for a face-to-face discussion to understand the issues fully, allegations such as those posted on the blog lack substance. Any complaints, if legitimate, should be addressed to the Superintendent of Schools. I am always happy to meet and discuss matters that are of concern to our school community.
For the record, I believe that Mrs. Taylor is performing effectively during an incredibly challenging time for public education. New teacher performance assessments, more rigorous testing and fiscal constraints create stressful challenges for our schools. More than at any other time in our history, school leaders are asked to balance a number of high level priorities while attending to the increasing social and emotional needs of our student population. Mrs. Taylor has continued to demonstrate her ability to meet these challenges.
[The posting was made on the local AOL Patch web site.]