Editor’s note: The Index-Tribune received more than a dozen letters regarding Lorna Sheridan’s story, “Justin-Siena Ousts Principal,” from Oct. 24 and below are a few of the first to come in. We’ll run more in coming issues, as appropriate.
Biggest mistake in Justin-Siena history
EDITOR: It is day two of “The Judgement” and I do not know where to start (“Justin-Siena Ousts Principal,” Oct. 24).
Let’s just start by saying that someone made a horrible decision and let’s see how we can work to move forward, and reverse what could be the biggest mistake in Justin-Siena history.
As I look at the Board of Trustees, you all carry job titles of what most of us would consider successful people. Whether you are a president of a community bank, a CEO of a medical clinic, an attorney, a founder, or a brother or sister serving the people of a faith-based community, you will completely understand what I am going to say.
John Bordelon is the “glue” that keeps the Justin-Siena community together, growing and, most of all, striving to be the best we can be. He has come into a community that dearly needed help for its students, but also for the teachers, staff and administration. We all know that if the very glue (that has made the difference) is removed from a product or so-called group, the cohesiveness goes away and we are left with something that is dysfunctional.
My son Jack Breen is a senior at Justin. He has thrived beyond belief under the advice from John Bordelon. He took my son and taught him to have his own beliefs, power, leadership and, most of all, how to be the best person he could be. He encouraged Jack to be a part of LSL (Leadership), and also included him in the rebranding of the schools motto, which we all know as “All Heart.” John Bordelon reminds me of my dad who taught at a school 40 miles away called Marin Catholic. He taught there for 32 years and was one of the legacies of that school. He passed in 1998. There is not a day that I don’t run into a past student, teacher, or friend of his that has a great story of “how Mr. Breen changed my life.” This is what John is doing for these kids. He is mentoring them for the day to day, college, and their futures.
It is beyond belief, that the person who is responsible for all of the uprise in the last three years, can get fired in a moment’s notice for not rolling over to be the current President’s “yes man.” That is not what the parents of Justin-Siena want. We want change for the better, and this one was the exact opposite.
I say this with the utmost seriousness. As the Board of Trustees of Justin-Siena, you each are responsible to the community and the future of the school. That being said, do you want to be known for the Board that was responsible for the demise of this institution?
I suggest this. Have a board meeting and listen to John Bordelon, and the community to which supports the school. Without great leaders, teachers, administration, kids, and parents who fund all this, Justin-Siena is no more.
John Bordelon makes us all better people. Please revisit this decision before permanent damage is done.