Charlotte Valley School: Flagless

From today’s Letters in The Daily Star:

I just returned home from another school event at the Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport. Once again, at this event, there was no American flag displayed nor was the Pledge of Allegiance recited. Whatever happened to the custom of honoring our country before school events? When I was growing up, we did so at the start of any school event.

As my wife and I left the school, we asked the principal, Mr. Whaley, where was the flag and why did they not pledge to the flag at the start? He really had no idea on what to say by the totally lost look on his face. Then he said, “Well, we do it in the morning.”

In this time when our troops are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for our freedoms, I think it is the least we can do to honor them!

We were asked to please vote on the school budget before we left, so we did, and voted no. We cannot support a school administration that does not have the decency to honor our country and troops.

Displaying the American flag isn’t too much to ask. Given the state of our country, CVS demonstrates poor taste in their choice to relegate the flag to the status of, “Well, we do it in the morning.”

Some of us are Americans 24 hours a day, Mr. Whaley – including weekends!

But I’m not surprised that Principal Edgar Whaley was disinterested and largely unresponsive. It’s a rare thing for a member of the public to question an administrator.

Here’s what Mr. Whaley could have – and should have – said to the concerned couple:

“You’re right, there wasn’t a flag here and we should have one. I’ll take care of it immediately. Thank you for letting me know.”

Unless, of course, he has no interest in the issue – then he could have been just as honest and stated that. Instead, these folks got a dismissive response.

If one wants to contact CVS, they have to check a box stating “I would appreciate a response.” One would think that a polite response, or at least an acknowledgment of having received a note, would be standard. Not so:

I’m not going to pretend like the display of the American flag is going to make or break a school system,  and CVS has its share of problems that won’t be fixed by a flag. But it’s precisely these little things – small things that are important to the community, are easily fixed, and over which a school has total control – that need to be taken care of promptly.

I’m not about to check a box to let someone know that I expect my comments to be taken seriously, so I guess I’ll have to call tomorrow.

And to CVS or anyone else, you can get a flag flown at Mt. Vernon for a scant $49.95.

5 Responses to “Charlotte Valley School: Flagless”

  1. Well, countries and flags are a lot like gods and prayer – if he really needs the prayer, he’s not much of a god.

    As for the pledge of allegiance, it seems folly to think forcing a bunch of minors to mumble an oath they are neither old enough to comprehend or commit to is some sort of honour.

    Finally – demanding that someone pay honour to someone else by that very act renders hollow any honour that may thereby follow.

    Honour is freely given, never demanded, never required.

  2. Stephen,

    I think you misunderstand the role and purpose of prayer, but I suppose that’s a discussion for another time.

    Having a flag present at an event is a far cry from “demanding” anything.

    As always, your comments are appreciated.

  3. Edward Caffray says:

    As the author of the letter in the Daily Star I would like to thank you for posting it here in an open forum.

    We have been in the CVCS school district for over 15 years now and have watched it decay from a place that kids use to love to something they loath each day. The current administration seems to care little about the community and it shows.

  4. Cheyenne Donnelly says:

    being a former student of charlotte valley central school, i recently found out that the principal with no principles, did not say a word, or have a moment of silence for those who lost their lives on September 11th, now as i believe it is a national holiday right? every other school in the sorrounding area had a moment of silence, but Charlotte Valley did not. I am Appaled by this and i think somethng should be said.

  5. Justin Hughes says:

    I have now had the experience of meeting with principal Whaley twice now . I found that he is about the biggest fake that there is. He likes to make threats when you question his integrity. Most of what he is getting paid for is handled by his sidekick ,Jennifer Henderson which leaves him totally clueless on alot of the subject material that is brought up at meetings. This man is a joke and should not be in charge of anything more than a used car lot.Thee staff has even been trying to get him ousted which says alot about this man. As a taxpayer of Charlotte Valley,I am ashamed that this man has been allowed to continue his job as principal.

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