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Here are a few thoughts about our child's and our own experiences at Mountain Elementary School: In our opinion, Mike Katko has been the best principal in a long time at Mountain Elementary School. We have lived right next the school for about 10 years, and our boy attended there from K-6 grades.
Mike has many strengths, including an open mind, he is very kid-centric. He is there each morning to greet the children; he knows them by name. He pops into classrooms during the day just to check in. He has what we consider to be a rational attitude about the importance of education -- we agree it is huge.
He is a children's advocate. The kids love him -- and you don't usually hear these types of words about a principal. He allows the teachers freedom to teach without micro managing. This trust appears to have blown up in his face.
We live next door to the school, and he is also a good community neighbor.
It was distressing to hear that there was a possibility that Mr. Katko would get cashiered. It was even more shocking to read a newspaper article in the Monitor about these rumors. What is going on? Did anyone bother to ask the parents?
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