Not long ago, Lee McFerren, Wilkinsburg superintendent of schools, asked the community for his support ("Wilkinsburg's New School Leader Wants Support From Community," Aug. 19). At that time, my husband and I pledged support to the new superintendent but also asked him to consider all options (including a possible merger with another district in the short run) while working through the multitude of issues that have faced the district for many years now.
Needless to say, we were completely dismayed to read the Sept. 15 article "Wilkinsburg Educators Treated to Retreat at Nemacolin." Mr. McFerren's decision to spend lavishly on himself and his administration comes as a "slap in the face" to residents of the district who are already stretched too thin by high property taxes and lack of quality education for the children of the district.
Unfortunately, we can no longer in good conscience offer our support to Mr. McFerren. Given the financial challenges the district is facing and the tax burden placed on the Wilkinsburg property owners, we believe the limited public funds available should be more prudently managed.