Parents of South Middle School students sent a letter this week to district administration, listing numerous concerns with interim South principal Diane Lynch. Several of the concerns were immediately refuted by administrators and school committee members, who said they’re based on “misinformation.”
BROCKTON – When Diane Lynch took over last fall as interim principal of South Middle School, district Superintendent Kathleen Smith said she was “pleased” Lynch would be with the school community this year.
Some members of that community have been less than pleased.
In a letter obtained by The Enterprise on Tuesday, South Middle School parents cited a number of concerns with Lynch, some immediately refuted by school administrators and School Committee members.
“We feel the role of the principal and her leadership should make the students and the staff feel welcomed and supported,” the letter reads. “We are hearing negative comments from our children this year, like, ‘This is the worst year at South.’”
The concerns listed range from “humiliating” strategies of enforcing dress codes, to eliminating yearbooks and commemorative T-shirts, to less principal visibility in school and at parent-teacher conferences.
Despite the letter, Smith said she feels strongly that Lynch has been “excellent,” and School Committee members said they’ve heard no parent concerns until now.
Lynch took over as interim principal in November, after former Principal Kevin Karo left South to take the athletic director job at Brockton High School, and former…
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