I understand that the News Journal has limited space to expand upon ideas and quotations, and therefore I want to put the statement above into context. My conversation with the News Journal yesterday after the meeting was on a number of topics, including health care, the fund balance in our benefits account, and also the teacher who was facing termination.
With respect to that situation (employee discipline) I told the PNJ that operational issues and personnel recommendations are the purview of the Superintendent. With respect to terminating employees, we do in fact have a say in these matters, and I told the PNJ that I was briefed on multiple occasions about this particular employee and the circumstances surrounding her termination in the days prior to the meeting. I felt comfortable making the motion and also voting
for the termination based upon the facts presented to me in this case.
Now, with respect to how the schools are operated---Individual schools and the operation of these schools are the responsibility of highly trained, well paid principals and these schools operate under the framework of school board rules which we as a body (the school board) create. But in terms of us, as individual board members butting-in and telling principals at individual schools how they ought to operate—that is outside of our lanes. The principals report to a director, who in turn reports to an assistant superintendent, who in turn reports to the Superintendent. Operational issues at schools need to follow that chain of command, period.
I do not speak for my fellow board members, but I do speak for myself and I stand by my statement. If we are going to insert ourselves into the operational aspects of schools--- this is a mistake. We should not micromanage and we should not get that deep into the weeds.