Kudos to the Pilot for reporting on the recent exodus of some key school district staff.

Unfortunately, this raises questions in the mind of voters about how well the board is managing the schools, which are so critical to the success of our young people. 

Should we be concerned? Is this seemingly large turnover a normal annual event? If so, is it normal compared to other districts or is something wrong here?

Have we recently elected a board member nobody can work with? Is there a “toxic working environment”? Are salaries not appropriate for the size of our district? 

Or is this nothing to worry about? 

Investigative journalism is needed to get answers for our voters and taxpayers. The Pilot did ask, and was refused explanation because the most recent deal was agreed to in secret.

You would think the compensation package would be the most secret part of it. But, no! We were informed that $100,000 is six months’ compensation, equivalent to $200,000 per year. Surely that number is questionable in itself.

Most importantly, the motivating reasons are being kept from us.

Recently there has been steady improvement in the performance of our schools, although they still face continual problems with drugs and the weirdly ever-present need to “align curriculum.” I would hate to see that improvement eroded. 

I’m looking to the Pilot, and to the school board, for more clarification.


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