I have never known a finer group of people than the teachers and parents of St. Michael School, Frostburg. Children who are educated there, as mine were, receive not only an education high in academic standards, but in moral standards as well.

Every teacher knows and cares for each student, and parents are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the school. A true meaning of the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

However, it seems all the hard work, commitment and devotion of St. Michael parents, teachers, students, former parents and students, and church and community members wasn’t enough to keep the doors open.

In spite of the state-of-the-art school and equipment, the devoted teachers, and the positive impact of the school on the community of Frostburg, the Powers that Be (and I don’t mean the supernatural ones) have decided not to support the school.

I’m grateful for the education my children received at St. Mike’s, and I’m sorry that future generations won’t have that opportunity. The students are learning the sad lesson that real values are sometimes pushed aside when dollar signs appear.

I have nothing but love and respect for the staff and parents of St. Mike’s; unfortunately I can’t say the same for Superintendent Valente and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Mary Moran

Frostburg

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