The investigated reporter in me always has me looking beyond the headlines in an attempt to find the reasons why?
Buried in the story of the recent firings I have noticed a hint that some of those removed Thursday may find their way back after July 1, when the school will have new money from the state.
So, was the firing a way to bypass the union contract for tenure and rid the school of non-performing teachers and of those who were vocal about the poor performance of the school board? The next few months will tell us more as those who are asked back will be kept hush-hush.
The biggest surprise to the community was the firing of popular band director Brian Cass. Mr. Cass during the removal of Dr. McCoy was very vocal in his opposition to his removal and wrote many interesting posts on this blog standing up to the boards decision. Did this cost him his job; I certainly want to believe not, but I have my doubts.
I know of another who was removed was not a favorite of the same board member and I truly believe that board member had a vendetta against both of them and that is the reason they are gone; certainly not based on non-performance or seniority.
It’s one thing to lose your job because you can’t do it, but it’s another and a shame when you lose your job because you are out spoken and you are only trying to do your job and are willing to fight for your students.
I understand board member Brent Nichols voted against the dismissals, and board president Patrick Vanderslice did not vote, period. Of course he doesn’t have to vote unless in the event of a tie, but I think he should have gone on record to show whether or not he supported the boards recomendations.