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November 10, 2012

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Nov. 10-11

READER CHEERS

... for Jeffrey Ramsey of the Floyd County street department of painting stripe across Silver Creek bridge on Providence Way.

— Charlie Wyzard, Clarksville

READER JEERS

... to Mickey Thompson of the New Albany Street Department for not yet striping the street from Beharrell Avenue to the bridge on Providence Way. With school in session, cars all over the road.

— Charlie Wyzard, Clarksville

READER CHEERS

... to everyone involved in making the Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial a reality.

I would like to especially thank Paul and Cecelia Roerig of Brummett Monument, Bower and Associates, Inc. and Jeffersonville Parks, Street and Drainage Departments. I would also like to thank the following committee members who gave of their time and talent for this great project: Beany Smith, Linda Wright Dennis, Laura and Tim Jones, Mike Smith and Chad Armstrong.

This special memorial is located at Riverside Drive and Clark Street in Jeffersonville.

— Sandy Knott, Jeffersonville

READER JEERS

... to Dr. Andrew Melin for removing James Sexton as principal at Jeffersonville High School but allowing him to remain as principal at Clark County Middle/High. Does one school count and the other not?

Mr. Sexton was given the very difficult job of turning around a failing school. He did that 150 percent and should have been rewarded — not removed. Did he make some mistakes along the way? Of course. We all make mistakes. But removing him merely because he and Dr. Melin have “different management styles” is unacceptable. I do not believe, after only 45 days on the job, that this was solely Dr. Melin’s decision. No newly hired superintendent would make such a major change without his board’s prior approval or direction.

I want to publicly thank Dr. Stephen Daeschner for having the courage to bring someone of Mr. Sexton’s caliber and expertise to JHS even if it were only for a short while. JHS is a better school for having had Mr. Sexton at the helm. To both of these men, it really is “all about what is best for the kids”.

I applaud the students who spoke at the board meeting and I applaud Mrs. Kraft and Mrs. Christensen for standing up for what is right and saying “no.” And, to Mr. Sexton, I am truly sorry that we do not have an administration and board who put kids and their academic achievement first.

— Alice Butler, Jeffersonville

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