Iraq Deployments Being Felt in the Schools
Donald J. Slater, the principal of William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn., was ready to relax in November 2003 after leading his staff through a rigorous evaluation required for regional accreditation.
But not long after ushering a group of evaluators through a weeklong visit, he learned that the 1,600-student school would be temporarily losing a key administrator: Mr. Slater himself. He had been called up to serve in the Iraq war.
A 12-year veteran of the National Guard, Mr. Slater had a month to prepare his school and family for his absence. He spent more than a year in Balad, Iraq, as a major with the 118th Area Support Medical Battalion, providing services to American soldiers and civilians as well as Iraqis. He returned to...
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