To The Daily Sun,
As proposed, the LHS Band would be reduced to an after-school club that will quickly lead to the end of a wonderful instrumental music program that has been built up over the past decades.
On Tuesday a large group of students, parents and educators met with the Laconia School Board to ask them to reconsider. Not only were they shown that there are many other no-cost options — but they heard the compelling personal stories of why this program is so important and why it must be preserved in its present form.
Young people pay much more attention to what we do than to what we say. We tell them that when confronted with difficult problems that a true leader brings together all those with a vested interest and that together they will develop new and creative solutions. Unfortunately what our students have seen has been those in authority taking unilateral action without looking to others for collaboration. This is the wrong lesson for them to learn.
It is my hope that the school board and the school administration demonstrate true leadership and invite students, parents and their professional staff together to develop better solutions.
My fear is that they will claim they do not have time and will resort to exercising authority in the form of command/control in a way that is anything but collaborative in nature. If they do they will not only lose a wonderful instrumental music program, but they will have missed an opportunity to demonstrate to our students and the community at large what real leadership looks like.
I hope that they choose to lead by example.
LHS Band Parent
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