In answer to the article published on Gage Junior High School and me ("Junior High Principal Is Transferred After Faculty Complains," Times, Sept. 4), I would like to submit the following letter.
During the 5 years I was principal, the instructional program accomplished new heights; I invited community participation and I was instrumental in planning for campus expansion and a new building program.
Although 125 teachers left during this period, the quality of instruction improved. The retention of dedicated new staff enhanced the quality of education. Gage provided for adult, family literacy classes on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. I arranged for basic skill, computer, ESL and amnesty classes because of my belief that the children can be helped more when the parents are prepared.
Since Gage's student population of 3,178 and 247 staff is the nation's third largest on a 10.8-acre campus with 65 classrooms, the physical impact had to be addressed. Thus, I started 5 years ago to bring new construction and rehabilitation, and to acquire an additional block.