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6 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) Cape High principal explains position The following is a letter to. the Cape community: I do not believe it will be possi- ble for me to express, in text or speech, how appreciative I am for such a spontaneous demonstra- tion of support of me, both per- sonally and professionally. I am truly humbled by this experience. Since the day I began as princi- pal of Cape Henlopen, I have been asked many times, "How long will you stay as principal?" That has been the direct question or some variation of it on many occasions. My typical response has been as long as the community wants me here. To this day, I have not had any intention or desire to stop be- ing the principal of Cape Hen- lopen High School As an admin- istrator, I do not have tenure nor do I believe in it anyway. I under- stand protocol and administrative policies. I work at the pleasure of the superintendent, the school board and the community I serve. My plan has been to continue do- ing so as long as this community is satisfied with my performance and allows m'e the privilege to serve When I was told in January of the decision to remove me as principal of the high school effec- tive July 1, I knew I needed to tell my family, Cape staff, parents and students. Too many times we find out information through rumor or other avenues. I felt the taff and community deserved better than to hear it from anyone other than me, and I did not feel additional time needed to elapse. In fact, I made a commitment to several staff-members and parents that I would let them know if my status was ever going to change. There have been questions re- garding why this decision was made. As an educator for nearly 25 years, I have never met a harsh- er critic of me than me. For every year of my career, I have always felt that there were things I could have done better and areas in which I could have improved. That certainly has not changed since becoming the principal of Cape Henlopen High School. Every year, I could have written an essay on things I could have done better. Throughout my ca- reer, however, others have main- tained a confidence in my ability to be an effective educator and school leader. Before I became an assistant principal in Maryland, the middle school staff where I worked peti- tioned the superintendent for me to be the principal. Of course that could not have happened without experience as an assistant princi- pal; however, I was assigned as an assistant principal. A few years later, while serving as assistant principal at Sherwood High School, I did not apply for the principal's position when it be- Continued on page 7 Thee snow storms Yeh, rea have given my husbaad !'pride a real appreciation of for prime real estate, ownerships" Editorial )) Learn from February blizzards ince our last snowfall ended Wednes- S day, Feb. 10, state and municipal road crews and many others have worked tirelessly to get secondary roads open so Cape Region residents could get to the store and restock ahead of yet another approaching storm. Emergency response to the past two storms includes more than 600 missions by Delaware National Guard. It also includes farmers and private businesses who showed up to plow roads and parking areas; medical facility em- ployees who stayed at work overnight so they could work the next day;, and retail employees who kept the doors open at places like grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores and phar- macies. Most people seem to agree the re- sponse to the storm has been outstanding, par- ticularly considering Delaware has little experi- ence with this much snow. At the same time, the magnitude of the last two blizzards provides a learning opportunity emergency officials must not pass up. It's criti- cal that everyone who had a hand in respond- ing to this emergency take time to write down what worked and what could have been done better. Then, as soon as feasible, representa- tives from all emergency-related agencies should get together to objectively assess the re- sponse. Was snow-moving equipment distributed ap- propriately before the storm hit? Was equip- ment deployed efficiently? Were parking lots ready when the first driving ban was lifted so. people could safely get provisioned? Should drivers have been warned off the roads earlier to prevert abandoned vehicles from slowing plow operations? Howcan mail safely be deliv- ered when plows have piled snow in front of mailboxes? In Sussex County, among the most vexing problems were back roads that drifted shut al- most as soon as they were plowed. While snow fencing went out of favor years ago, part- ly for liability reasons, February's blizzards might cause officials to rethink their cost-bene- fit ratio The purpose of this exercise would not be finger pointing or faultfinding but rather identifying how we can better respond to any type of disaster. At the same time, we can all hope this latest learning opportunity is not re- peated any time soon. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Fomey, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor, Laura Ritter, news editor.; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THE "FLYING SAUCER" off Eagles Crest Road north of Lewes is surrounded by snow from an early-morning storm Wednesday, Feb. 10. Web Poll )) Readers see rise in hea00care costs Have your healthcare rates gone up recently? Yes, a lot 55.1% Yes, a little 26.9% No 18% The total votes counted were 361. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 16 No. 73 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dnfcapegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom(ccapegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 ke mery(ct'ca pegazet te.com Associate Editor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredma n@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Eltingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com NEWS Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh@capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 kspence@capegazette.com Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 leah@capegazette.com Rob Kunzig, Ext. 335 rku nzig@capega zette.com Editorial Assistant, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane A[banese Eric Burnley Chris Antonio' WEBMASTER Catherine M. Tanzer webmail@capegazette.corn PHOTO PRODUCTION Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven Billups PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Norma Parks, Ext. 309 n par ks@capegazette.com CLASSIFIED Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sbarr@capegazette.com Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike@capegazette.com ADVERTISING Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 cindy@capegazette.com Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson@capegazette.corn Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 amandal@capegazette.com Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch@capegazette.com Steve !.hotsky, Ext. 313 stevel@capegazette.com PRODUCTION STAFF Chris Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Kristin Cornell- Edwin Krumm Betsy Hopler CIRCULATION Joni Weber joniweber@comcast.net Glenn Vernon Scott Vickers Email for news, letters: newsroom@capegazette.com Email for advertising: production@capegazette.com Email to subscribe: subscribe@capegazette.com Email for web: webmail@capegazette.com" About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294), known office of publication at 1758S Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958, is published every Tuesday and Friday by Cape Gazette Ltd. 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