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May 7, 2013

Sexton involuntarily transferred by Greater Clark Schools Board

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JEFFERSONVILLE — MOVING ON

Donna Spence, a Jeffersonville resident, spoke to the board during the meeting about her feelings on sending Sexton to New Washington Middle/High School.

She said Sexton’s services as Clark County Middle/High School have been more than effective and hated to see his move.

“He’s doing the job our children need him to do, but apparently, this board is not through disrespecting Mr. Sexton,” Spence said. “Let’s make him drive the greatest distance possible to make him remain at GCCS.”

Sexton said the drive from his home in the east end of Louisville is about 50 miles one way. But he said that won’t prevent him from showing up at work at the beginning of the next school year.

“I’m not resigning,” Sexton said. “If directed after all the debate and all the legal questions about the contract, I’ll report to New Washington. I do not believe the contract’s been followed.”

Sexton said he’s going to consult with the Greater Clark Education Association to see if he’s been fairly treated under the contract the district negotiated with them in July 2011.

But Frank Denton, president of the association, said there may be a hitch in the fine print for Sexton. Under the contract’s definition of school employees for representation, principals and other administrators are excluded.

“We don’t represent him,” Denton said. “He cares about what’s happening to him and he’s trying to do what he can, but I don’t think our contract says we represent him. We wish him well. If he changes back from principal to a teacher, I hope he joins and we’ll represent him.”

Before the meeting, Kraft said it takes a special kind of person to deal with children who are in the situations common in alternative programs. She said Sexton fit the bill and doesn’t know why administration doesn’t see it.

“I can’t figure out why, when we have the student body in two high schools that have gone to bat for this particular principal ... and the staff from two high schools that go on record as saying they support this gentleman and they want to keep him in that position, then we move him to neither of those positions,” Kraft said.

Melin said he wasn’t sure what Sexton’s salary would be after the move, but said it would fall in line with other teacher salary schedules based on his degree of education completed and years of experience as a teacher.

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