QUIGLEY: Our Schools Superintendent, Administrators & Teachers Deserve Our Thanks

Submitted by Dan Quiglely, Greenwich RTC chair

On February 24th, our seven-year-old told my wife and I with pride that he had completed his 100th day of school this year. After giving him a well-deserved high five, I thought it might also be a good moment to thank our Superintendent, Principals, administrative staff and, of course, our teachers for their combined efforts in educating our children this year. While other towns had opted for virtual learning only, Greenwich has led in making in-person learning a top priority, while also vastly improving its distance learning product.

The past year has been difficult for all of us. Last Spring, during the beginning of the pandemic, families struggled through the new, stressful reality of virtual learning and the uncertainties of what would lie ahead for our children.

With the beginning of the new school year, we were both excited and nervous when given the choice to opt for in-school or virtual learning for our son. Deciding on sending our only child back to school was not an easy decision to make considering the challenges posed by the pandemic. We appreciate that GPS was in the position to give us the choice.

Providing Greenwich parents with these options was no small task. Our Superintendent, her staff and our teachers needed to create a learning environment that would be safe for students and teachers alike. They have weathered temporary closures and the constant threat of in school transmission, which have upended the normality of the school year. What they accomplished deserves the acknowledgement and thanks of all parents. In unusual times and unknown circumstances, they have delivered.  We are particularly proud of the teachers and staff of Julian Curtiss where our child attends school.  

As the Chair of the Republican Town Committee, I have frequently been outspoken about how our school administration and BOE handles its fiscal affairs. However, when I see our GPS system distinguish itself in such a positive way, I will be equally outspoken in giving credit where credit is due. It is with that in mind that I offer my heartfelt congratulations and thanks to all of those whose time and efforts produced the success our children are experiencing in a very trying environment.