I'm appalled at the cold, callous firing of a teacher's assistant position at Nestucca High School.

As a parent, I was attending a celebration party the last hour of the last day of the school year, June 9. It was a party for the Living Skills/Special Needs students, their parents and staff. We were celebrating the retirement of their dedicated teacher and of the students' transition out of the school's education program.

Superintendent Connie Kennedy entered the room and informed Terry Butler, who was conversing with parents and students, that her position in the NHS Living Skills class would not be available to her in the fall.

I understand many job cuts have been made in Nestucca Valley School District, but to terminate your position in front of your peers and students is outrageous and humiliating. It stripped the employee of her dignity.

This is not in character with the ethics of Nestucca Valley School District and the community that we have strived to instill in our students, the impressionable minds of our future.

Superintendent Connie Kennedy should have handled the termination of this position in a private, professional manner.

Pearl and Patrick Ireton

Pacific City

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