Pat Lon , who has served on the DevCom for several years, provided this website a copy of an email she wrote.

From: Alvaro Lon [mailto:l****]
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 1:13 AM
Subject: Letter of concern August 31, 2006

Dear Mr. Navasero and Members of the Board of Trustees,

It recently came to my attention that I was removed as a member of the ISM Development Committee without my knowledge. The fact that I was eradicated is not an issue for me as I am sure, or at least I hope, that there were valid and justifiable reasons behind the decision. I am however extremely disconcerted at the method and lack of common courtesy demonstrated by Mr. Navasero in his actions and ultimately, my removal as a member of the committee.

At the very least, not only as a longstanding member of the committee but as a person, I feel that not only do I have the right to know if my membership is to be revoked but I also deserve the respect and consideration of being informed accordingly.

I do not consider myself to be difficult. If another individual is better suited to take my place on the committee then I will back them up 100% and would be more than willing to submit my resignation freely. Or if it happens that the board feels that I am not fulfilling my duties as a member, then again, I will resign without having to be asked. After all, the purpose of the committee is to enhance the development of the school and if someone else can do a better job than I can, then more power to them, I give them my full support.

However, I did not receive so much as a phone call informing me of the recent changes. With all the means of communication available, one would think that a simple note would be easy enough. I did not receive one phone call, letter, e-mail, not even so much as a text message letting me know of the changes that had been decided on.

With the caliber of the individuals on the ISM board, I am tremendously disappointed at the behavior and thoughtlessness of Mr. Navasero in his complete disregard of protocol and basic manners in this particular situation.

The purpose of this letter is not to gripe about my personal circumstance but rather to urge you, as Board Members, to be more aware and more concerned about your current practices and professionalism with regards to change implementation. As a parent, it worries me to see adults that are supposedly role models for my children, act in this manner.

At the end of the day, our primary objective is to provide the best environment for our children, one with exceptional academic standards and innovative ideas that promote the growth of a well rounded person. If our so-called leaders cannot even show basic common courtesy and essential, fundamental principles, then what kind of role models do our children have to look up to? I genuinely hope that the current board finds a way to get over their issues and place what’s more important first - our children.

Because of all the problems that seem to be surrounding the current board, not only has my trust in the way that the school is being handled diminishing, but my previous optimism in the board’s ability to improve our situation, whether it be organizational, financial or otherwise has begun to wane. I have been an ISM parent for almost 12 years and I can honestly say that under the supervision and guidance of capable hands such as Mr. David Toze, our school has come a long way. I would hate to see that progress come to a halt due to a board with a lack of understanding of our school’s mission and vision.

For the benefit of everyone involved – parents, students, faculty and the administration, I implore that we come together so that something can be done to make this situation right again.

Yours truly,

Pat Lon
ISM Parent