In the Pepperell Free Press issue dated May 11, I was misquoted by the reporter covering a Pepperell town boards meeting held May 5. When I was discussing Superintendent Marshall’s goal of improving our school system, I did not say that adding Chinese to the high school language program was a “fool’s dream” — it is not an expression I use. Quotes must be taken directly to be included as such.
I would never call someone working hard to prepare our students for the 21st century a fool. I believe your reporter tried to summarize my opinion and missed the mark. My comment was referring to the timing of proposed improvements and when they might attract school choice students. I appreciate our new superintendent’s interest and work toward updating and improving the breadth of course selection available to our high school students.
As a Finance Committee member, I also strive to make sure we can meet the budgetary demands of all the town departments. While a number of the superintendent’s plans are needed and could be exciting additions to our children’s education, I felt that the current budget situation will make it very difficult to accomplish these changes now.
I trust if I am quoted in the future, it will be accurately done.
W. BURKE BERO