An Open Farewell Letter to The Superintendant, Emmanuel Caulk

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Updated: October 22, 2015
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Dear Manny,

I thought I could let you fade into the Kentucky limelight without writing a public farewell. My friends told me to let things go and “stay classy.” I say, how “classy” would I feel not standing up for what I’ve been fighting for. Plus, I believe in doing the right thing!

I do appreciate us having the opportunity to meet two months ago. There is no denying the fact that I am the one responsible for making it happen. Despite my ill feelings for you, I admire the fact that when you speak people listen! You have a powerful presence and a likable nature. Is that why your income just nearly doubled? Personally, I see no other accountable reason.

Your secretary canceled our first appointment. She told me there was a sudden death in your family. My heart felt for you. After all, my two daughter’s dad died suddenly, and we suffered when our world turned upside down. Why did you tell me the following week you cancelled because of seasonal allergies? Why lie?

At “our meeting” I asked if you would read the article I wrote. (http://thebollard.com/2015/02/05/going-public-versus-going-postal/)You told me you didn’t read the paper. Wow! How pathetic? But, isn’t it equally pathetic that NO Portland Public School employee responded directly to me about what I wrote? Nobody! Not one word. It feels strange to me because I confront every complaint at my job with respect and compassion. I treat people as my equal. At the close of our meeting I asked one last time if you would read the article since you are “in charge of PPS.” You said you would “for me.” I don’t know if you read it but once again….I got radio silence!!!

Personally, I think you should consider holding your OWN A$$ accountable instead of kissing the ones you see fit or useable. We all make mistakes. Start over. I tell my kids mistakes are fine and perfectly acceptable if we learn from them. You screwed up by dissing me and other parents here in Maine! I hope that a QUARTER of a MILLION dollars motivates you to do the right thing down in Kentucky. I have told the concerned parents who have contacted me that you are a politician and shouldn’t be trusted. I hope you prove me wrong. Parents will advocate like madmen for their kids, you should listen not dis them!

One of my daughters is sad you are leaving and wants to say goodbye. I told her I’m not sure how quickly you are going but I thought pretty fast! I will try to bring her to you. If you do see her, be reminded that you did NOT do right by her and someday she will know this! For now, I will “save face” and let her believe the two of you are “buds!”

Christine Arsenault

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