Principal deserves community support

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 20, 2014 

They say that the best teachers never stop teaching.

Kudos to Hilton Head Island High School principal Amanda O'Nan for her handling of the recent prescription-drug problem at the high school. Her policy of transparency and candor is a teaching moment from which many, including some of our elected politicians, can learn.

Kudos, too, to superintendent Jeffrey Moss for re-introducing the topic of random drug testing for our student-athletes. When I served as an assistant football coach and later as a member of the Beaufort County Board of Education, I supported the idea of random drug testing as did several other coaches, teachers, and board members.

Unfortunately, the very high cost of such a program at a time when "no new taxes" was the hue and cry, and the logistics of fair implementation, buried the idea.

If we, individually and as a community, truly regard our youth as this nation's greatest asset, then each of us, and the community at-large, in whatever way we can, need to give every support of which we are capable to principal O'Nan, our teachers, and our youth.

Working together, we really can find a better way and revitalize the American dream.

Robert J. Arundell

Hilton Head Island

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