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November 1, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Nov. 1, 2012

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Parent writes of failure in leadership

As a parent of children now old enough to understand and react to the tumultuous events brought about by the leadership of the Greater Clark County School system, it has become increasingly difficult for me to try to “rationalize” the events of the last two weeks, let alone the last 12 months.

How do you explain the expulsion of an administrator who has brought about real and positive change at JHS; not only in academic achievement but in the demeanor and daily operation of the school.  Then, to find out that the superintendent, pressed to appoint an administrator to fill that hastily created vacancy, chooses an assistant principal who, almost one week prior to his appointment, had been arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of shoplifting.

How can our school corporation leadership be so out of touch with current events that this travesty of ignorance and lack of follow-through was allowed to happen.  Was the zeal with which the Board and Administration chose to move against Mr. Sexton so overwhelming that they failed to “see the forest for the trees?” Was their desire to remove him from his position so intoxicating that they chose to install an accused thief in his place?

This failure of leadership must be reigned in.  Our community cannot afford to continue to endure these negative events that detract from the positive and uplifting accomplishments of our students.  This administration has clearly lost focus and is mired in issues that erode from the primary mission of our school system: OUR CHILDREN!!

More than ever before, we have an opportunity to effect real and positive change.  Please remember to vote on Nov. 6 and do not forget to turn your ballot over and vote for CHANGE!!

— James H. Wesp, Charlestown



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