[box]by Emily Constance / North Haven Patch[/box]
Ridge Road Elementary PTA Co-President Cheri Gibson confronted Superintendent Robert Cronin at last night’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, demanding to know if social workers, guidance counselors and special education teachers were prioritized on a list created for refilling recently vacant positions.
“The resources that help kids grow and feel safe, you’ve gotten rid of,” said Gibson of the decision to let go social workers, guidance counselors and special education teachers. “Taking away these sends the message that they’re not important. Kids have to deal with things we didn’t have to deal with when we were kids. The constant cyberbullying and mean girls they have to deal with…it’s not easy being a kid in 2012.
“The staff cuts made will directly impact every child in North Haven in some way,” said Gibson.