My remarks, as written, were presented as a public comment made to the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, Education Subcommittee, April 20, 2011:
Hello, I am Matthew Patulski, a GRPS Montessori parent and a member the GRPS Montessori Taskforce.
On behalf of the task-force parents, we want thank the district for executing the Montessori marketing survey. Without scooping the details, I just want to say it validates what we have known for along time: there is interest in Grand Rapids for a high performing, public Montessori High School. This interest transcends, income, race and region as long as there are Montessori trained staff teaching Montessori curriculum.
To do this, we must start at the top: Hire a dedicated Montessori Principal or Program Director…