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Walled off

June 3, 2012
Morning Journal News


I feel compelled to write a reply to Bill Gray's letter putting down United Local Schools once again. As someone who coached and taught 36 years in the United school system, I feel as though I'm qualified to offer an opinion.

When I was first hired by the United school district in 1976 there were many people who donated their time and resources to make United a special place to teach and work. Bill Gray was one of the more dedicated boosters involving the sports programs, especially football. Bill's support was greatly appreciated by all involved. Gold footballs and championship teams followed everyone pulling together as a team.

Years later something happened to sour Bill Gray's relationship with United and he seems now to be a person who thrives on conflict. Proudly he led the campaign to defeat the new school levy and now his unfair assessment of United's Wall of Fame.

United's Wall of Fame was started to show United students what other graduates from United have gone on to accomplish in their lives. A wall to inspire them to make positive contributions to their community and lives. A positive symbol that has been unfairly depicted by Mr. Gray.

Bill, it's time to bury the hatchet and once again put your time and effort in keeping United Local Schools number one.

Bob Shilling




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