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April 17, 1969

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A delegation of parents attend- ed Monday night's meeting of the District No. 1 school board and presented a petition with 95 sig- natures askin,g the board to re- consider its decision not to re- new the contract of ~Mrs. Gladys Longpre, local kindergarten teacher. The board, after hearing com- ments by members of the delega- tion and a statement from the Sundance Education Association, agreed to an informal meeting for Mrs. Longpre at a special meet- ing of the board ,Monday night. The petition, signed by persons favoring the teacher's return, said that Mrs. Longpre has adequately demonstrate,d abililie~ as a good teacher and asked 1o have her rehired for next year. Appearing for the SEA were Don I,ee and John (;aylord, mem- bers of the association's profes- sional rights and responsibilities committee. The SEA statement asked thai: the board grant ,Mrs. ,Longpre a hearing since she bad not request- ed a hearing in time to comply with the law. Richard Maey, ,board president, said the teacher in a letter to the hoard, had requested a 'hearing. However, he said tile board had moved not to grant a formal hear- ing. He said a formal hearing would entail attorneys for ,both sides and would be fairly costly. Concensus of opinion among the delegates speaking was that Mrs. Longpre has done an excel- lent job of teaching the kinder- garten children during her seven years. Ma.cy said that Supt. Gerald Wolfe had recommended that Mrs. I,ongpre be rehired for next year but that the board made the decision not to renew her contract. In answer 4o a query, 'he said the chief complaint made against the teacher was that she was too hard on children. ~(~wever, ~he said there had been other com- plaints. ttowever, IMacy said the board has an open mind on the subject and has discussed the mattter thoroughly, lie said the board :e Receives COg Tax Cigarette tax money, based on February sales, has been distrib- u,ted o cities, towns and counties in the state by the Wyoming De- partment of Revenue. From February sales, Sun-