This School Partnership Doesn't Skimp On Democracy

The title of your article on the Boston University-Chelsea Partnership, "Democratic? No. Effective? Yes" (Social Issues, Apr. 7), should have been changed to say "Democratic? Yes."

The reason the school committee has not overruled any decisions is because there were discussions between both parties before the decisions were made. We have public sessions at all the school committee meetings for community input, as does the Boston University Management Team.

The partnership has taken time to develop, and the wrinkles are being ironed out. If I did not think or truly believe that we were going in the right direction, I never would have made the motion to extend the contract.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Douglas A. Sears, who has been the most positive superintendent I have ever known, we have come a lot closer to our goals than ever before. He has taken the politics out of the school system and is concentrating on the educational component for our children, teachers, and administrators. He has truly been a diplomat in this community in cementing relations under very trying times. I have never known any other superintendent to put in the hours he has to assure our children's educational and safety needs are being met.

Elizabeth A. McBride


Chelsea School Committee

Chelsea, Mass.

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