As a parent who has three children in this school from preschool, I am so upset to hear about the change being made with Mr. Belton’s position. He is a wonderful person and an excellent asset to Henry E. Harris. I have personally dealt with him for situations and he is always thorough and respectful and makes sure the children are always put first and taken care of. Mr. Belton is not just a person that shows up to do his job every day. He knows the children personally, can tell you who their siblings are, and what activities and sports they participate in. I can honestly say that my children will be devastated with him leaving our staff. He is a kind hearted person that the children look up to and try to be more like, which I am so thankful for. While being kind and friendly to the students, he is also firm with them to show them authority and that is why they respect him. He inspires them to continue working hard and to try hard on an everyday basis.
The Board of Education is not simply reassigning Mr. Belton; they are pulling away a positive role model for so many children that have been with him for a while. I believe that he will be a great asset as part of the Board of Education regardless of his position. However, I also believe that he can be much more influential and effective as our vice principal; which would be more beneficial to us as a community and more importantly much more beneficial to our children.