Letters to the Editor

FW trustee travel; Bad construction; Assaulting teachers

Viana Armstrong, left, and Christina Lediaev try to salvage school materials at the storm-damaged Donald T. Shields Elementary School in Glenn Heights, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.
Viana Armstrong, left, and Christina Lediaev try to salvage school materials at the storm-damaged Donald T. Shields Elementary School in Glenn Heights, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. TNS

FW trustee travel

As the mother of four children attending schools in the Fort Worth district, I applaud and congratulate Board President Jacinto Ramos, VP Christene Moss, VP Ashley Paz and Trustee Tobi Jackson on their hard work and forward thinking! (See “Fort Worth’s school trustees spent thousands more on travel last year,” Sunday)

Glad to see that our board members travel to and attend national gatherings that share initiatives to improve urban public schools. Also glad to see them travel locally to participate in activities and address issues that are relevant to our district.

As our city grows and the FWISD is faced with the task of providing quality education for a growing number of students, it is refreshing to see an energetic and motivated group of elected officials serving our community with such dedication. Money well spent, I think.

Rainey Dukes, Fort Worth

Bad construction

Where were the original city and/or county building inspectors who approved buildings not built to code? (See “Inspector finds substandard construction in tornado area,” Saturday)

The reporter made sure to name the contractor, but it is ultimately the city's responsibility to ensure that the contractors do the job.

The city needs to force contractors to repair the problems and not provide any additional building contracts until they fix the other problems.

All of this is is especially important when it comes to homes. Hold the city responsible — and the contractor.

Hendley Kessinger,

North Richland Hills

Assaulting teachers

Assaulting a public servant is a third degree felony, as TCU quarterback Trevor Boykin learned.

Too bad Fort Worth school district staff doesn’t get the same protection.

Neither students who assault teachers nor teachers who assault students are properly handled.

A middle school teacher was assaulted by a student early this year, sending the teacher to the hospital.

The teacher has a damaged shoulder. The assaulting student? Three days’ suspension.

Violence is violence.

Ann Sutherland, school trustee, Fort Worth

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