Friday, March 25, 2016

I apologize. I forgive.


I encourage Mr. Bill Baird to come back to the table for discussions about things that are truly important to the success of our school district. I strongly believe that my continued leadership is part of that equation. So, I hope we can get back to school business and find common ground on issues of concern while agreeing to disagree in a professional manner when, at times, it is necessary to do so.

This district is successful due to great processes in place for decades, amazing employees, talented students and a supportive community. We have had a moment of public humility, but we do not have to continue down this path. You will not see calls for more drama played out in the court of public opinion from me. No, my desire is to work together to overcome this chapter and continue to make decisions that are consistently in the best interest of our students, our schools and our community.  

I was disappointed that our Board-Superintendent Agreement was violated and that this difference of opinion was taken to the media without giving our entire Board the opportunity to work together. It was important for me to ensure that the allegations of wrongdoing were corrected in this public forum. But I regret letting my emotions lure me into the drama of calling for resignations. In reality, no individual Board of Education member should be calling for a superintendent’s resignation, and I certainly have no authority to call for an elected Board member to resign. I let the emotional aspect of this incident overrule the intellect in a moment of weakness.
Let's reel this back in, Bill and get back to working out differences. I thought we were doing that last Thursday (at our March 17 Board of Education meeting) and during numerous individual meetings these past few weeks, but somewhere it went off course again. I'm ready to work together. As I stated to this Board of Education on March 17, we need to apologize and forgive in order to move forward.

I apologize. I forgive.