Dear Editor,

My name is Bert Wartski.  As I await the Superior Court Hearing (August 17th at 2 pm at the Old Hillsborough Court House), I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has written letters, given speeches, provided testimonials, talked about, Facebook-ed, and spent their time and energy to stop my transfer and that of Anne Thompson.  

The response of the parents, students, and the community has been overwhelming and very humbling.

I am saddened to think that my time at CHHS might be over. For the past 19 years, I have made CHHS my home.  I have done my best to provide the best educational experience in my classroom and at CHHS.  I’ve been told that my involuntary transfer is not about the teaching.  As an educator and parent, I can think of nothing else it should be about.

I’ve been asked why I’ve been fighting this transfer.

To those outside of the CHHS community, the opportunity to move to a “better school” should be taken immediately.  Why complain?

For the past 19 years, I have become part of a community.  My blood bleeds black and gold.  I love CHHS and through the course of my tenure, I have worked to make it a better school.  I am part of the Tiger Family.  I have a desire to finish out my career at CHHS, continue to teach the curriculum I have built during 18 of my 25 years in the classroom, and have my daughter attend the school that I have grown to care so much about.

This is what I don’t think the central office understands.  The CULTURE of CHHS goes beyond being a school.  We are Tigers.  For better or worse, for rich and for poor…we are a family.  To think that after 19 years I will no longer be part of the family, is what hurts.

In closing, I would like to thank you again.  In this summer with its many ups and downs, you have all provided a lot of support.  Come join us on August 17th at 2 pm at the Old Courthouse in Hillsborough.

Bert Wartski