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It is with great dismay that I am writing this letter questioning the EDHS administration’s honesty. The principal, Matt Barnes, met with about 40-plus parents, students, grandparents and other members of the community. He was ill prepared for the meeting (showing up wearing clogs and casual attire).
Community members asked him why he had disassembled the Historic All League Wall of Fame which has been proudly displayed for the past 30 years.
Mr. Barnes seemingly does not respect our traditions, our history, or our community’s wishes. He was not honest to the community members at the meeting who thought his ideas were concocted to achieve his goal, which was not to put the pictures back up no matter what.
Community members called him weeks prior to this meeting and we were told all different reasons for his decisions. It almost appears that he has some unidentified hidden agenda. He told some of us he took them down because the pictures were old. He told others that he didn’t have enough wall space.
He told others that the volleyball team wanted a “Wall.” I have never witnessed a principal of a public school bound and determined to have it his way, regardless of the truth.
At the meeting on April 4, 2013, his final, final story did not ring true with the members of the community. After listening to him thoroughly, we told him that we support anything that was positive for students, however, don’t take down the only real All League history the school has.
He was curt, inconsistent and lacking candor and integrity the way he wouldn’t answer many questions. At one point, a community member had to say to him, “Answer my question.” Mr. Barnes caused more public concern after the meeting was held than before.
I feel El Dorado High School could be placed in more capable hands.
It’s a “no brainer.” Put our All League pictures back up. Our history and traditions need to be respected.