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I am writing to express my profound dissatisfaction with the lack of a timely response from Paul Vicinus, the superintendent of West Hartford schools and all the members of the West Hartford board of education regarding the institution of a policy to name sports fields or facilities after worthy alumni, former coaches, or other deserving members of our community.
On September 7, 2023, I submitted an inquiry regarding how one goes about requesting to name a sports field after an esteemed alumnus. Regrettably, the initial response I received on September 14, 2023, stated that there was no official policy in place, but assured me that I would hear from someone soon. It is disheartening to note that despite two additional follow-up emails sent on October 2nd and November 5th, I have not received any response or acknowledgment to my additional inquiries or that a new policy has been created.
As an engaged member of this community, I strongly believe that recognizing the contributions and achievements of our esteemed alumni and community members through the naming of sports fields or facilities is an essential and meaningful endeavor. It is disappointing that such a seemingly straightforward task has been met with silence, bringing into question the leadership abilities of those to whom my initial inquiry was addressed.
Not only does this lack of response reflect poorly on the individuals in question, but it also hampers our community’s ability to honor and celebrate the individuals who have made significant contributions. Moreover, it undermines the transparency and accountability that we expect from our educational institutions.
I implore the superintendent of schools and the board of education members to rectify this situation promptly. Timely communication and engagement with community members are crucial for fostering a sense of trust and collaboration. I trust that our education leaders understand the importance of addressing such concerns and taking necessary actions to ensure that our community’s values are reflected in the policies that govern our schools.
I kindly request that you publish this letter in your esteemed publication to bring attention to this matter and encourage a timely resolution. Our community deserves open dialogue and responsive leadership, and I believe that by shedding light on this issue, we can initiate the necessary changes for the betterment of our educational system.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I remain hopeful that my concerns will be heard and addressed promptly by Paul Vicinus, the superintendent of schools, his staff, and the board of education members.