Consider ramifications of
supporting actions of superintendent
By Wendy Gierard
June 13, 2006
Never mind that the recall election was FIVE years ago, the
one thing that is not recalled in the latest round of rehashing
the past is the fact that five board members were recalled by
the MAJORITY of Ketchikan voters, not by one person alone and
not by one segment of the community. The petitions alone had
signatures that spanned generations and political parties. Attacking
one person for the actions of many is really uncalled for.
With that said, I do hope the
School Board seriously considers the ramifications of supporting
the actions of the superintendent. My child will be in the high
school next year, not because she is a ninth grader, but because
the District never found an acceptable solution to the Schoenbar
issue, other than a piece-meal approach.
In the latest situation, the School Board has the opportunity
to be proactive and guide this district in a direction that supports
students, staff and administrators. If the School Board wants
the public to believe they are looking out for our students'
best interests, they will not allow the seemingly random act
of the Superintendent to demote the principal of the high school.
This district has had enough chaos and upheaval in the last three
years. The one stable factor has been the High School, the administration
at the high school and their willingness to incorporate, first
White Cliff, and then middle school students into their building.
The only other question I would ask is WHO was the Superintendent
planning to appoint to the job of high school principal? Is
there someone more qualified in the district? Is the District
planning on doing an outside search, incurring the cost of advertising,
interviewing and relocating a new high school principal in tough
budget times? Is there any planning or long term thought process
for the district when it comes to personnel hiring?
I would really like to see the School Board lead this district
into the future on a positive note; with positive relations between
parents, teachers and administrators; and with the goal of doing
what is best for our children's education so that Ketchikan can
be proud of our School District.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Lifelong resident. Currently a concerned parent with children
enrolled in this district.
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
Write a Letter -------Read Letters
E-mail the Editor
Stories In The News