Following is the history of our correspondence with the board of education regarding the plaques of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights that we offered as gifts to be displayed at two of the schools.
In our letter of Oct. 10, 2001 to Dr. Inserra we expressed our interest in presenting two plaques displaying the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the students, faculty and administration of Weber Middle School and Paul D. Schreiber High School. In a phone call from Dr. Inserra in early November, he said the board had requested more specific information.
In our letter of Nov. 5, 2001 to the board, and Dr. Inserra, we spelled out the details (size of the plaques, material, wording). He suggested that we hold off having the plaques made until the board officially accepted the gift.
On Dec. 13, 2001, we sent another letter to the board and Dr. Inserra requesting a decision. In January, Dr. Inserra contacted us and said the board had not yet taken up the matter.
On April 8, six months after our original offer and four months after our last letter, we sent another letter to Dr. Inserra and the board requesting a decision.
On April 15, an e-mail was sent to Mr. Sussman requesting that our offer with the details the board requested and received on Nov. 5, 2001 be placed on the agenda.
Our understanding is that you, Mr. Sussman, as president of the board, have the responsibility of setting the agenda. Paraphrasing an anonymous English author, "Our well-intentioned offering has been made, you have let it tarry too long in the vestibule of your mind without giving an answer - procrastinate no more. Neither apologies nor pieties are appropriate, respond and have it done with."
Ellen and Donald Parker