The following two emails; one from a concerned parent Lynne Sanders and the other from Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Member Rhonda Lennon were posted on Jeff Taylor's Meck Deck Blog in response to his post "Pete Gorman Still at Large" which is here.
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:50 PM
To: Rhonda Lennon
Dear Ms. Lennon:
I wanted to write to you to voice my concern about the probability that CMS will not be able to fund middle school sports next year. My daughter, Megan, is a 7th grader at Francis Bradley Middle School and currently plays on the Girls’ basketball team. Megan made making the Bradley team her goal in the 5th grade and she never wavered.
She knew she needed to keep her grades up to play sports and that was all the incentive she needed. She made the A-B Honor Roll this semester…while playing basketball. And the Bradley Basketball and Cheerleading teams have a combined GPA of greater than 3.0.
When Megan hung her report card on the refrigerator last night, she noted that next year she probably would get all C’s because there wouldn’t be any basketball. That saddened me….How many other kids are thinking the same way?
Please reconsider the middle school sports option.
From: Rhonda Lennon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:10 PM
To: Sanders, Lynne L
Find me $1.2MM and I will be happy to, but I cannot cut teacher positions to pay for MS sports.
Its sad that your daughter isn’t self motivated enough to want better than C’s on her own and not because of sports.
CMS Board of Education
Cedar Posts has asked Ms. Lennon to confirm, respond or clarify as to the content of the email. No reply as of yet.
Cedar's Take: I don't have a dog in this hunt. Never have, as my son attended Union County Schools and Charlotte Latin, but all I can say is WOW! A parent writes you and this is how your respond?
Please read the rest of the exchanges and Jeff Taylor's response here under the comments section of the Meck Deck Blog.
Photos help tell the story but Cedar is not sure which photo to use:
On the left Lennon's school board bio and campaign photo or on the right the recent school board photo. With the understanding that Ms. Lennon is at least 50 I'd guess the one on the right.
Update: Still no reply as of Tuesday morning.