Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Superintendent should not be a bully

    For anyone still wondering why we paid $600,000 to release our former Blaine County School District superintendent from his position, I suggest you go the school district’s webcast of the latest school board meeting.
    At about the 50-minute mark, you will be able to see his leadership style on full display. A school district that has a no-tolerance-for-bullying policy cannot tolerate that behavior in its adult models, especially in the superintendent’s office. This practice definitely constitutes a “difference in philosophy,” the reason the board gives for the former superintendent’s termination. I want to thank our newly reconstituted school board for the courage to make the changes that needed to be made and to soldier on, with integrity and vision for a better school district future.
    The search team for our new superintendent is coming to town soon. It is our job as community members to help the board to choose the best superintendent we can. Go to the Blaine County School District website to participate in the community-wide survey regarding the qualities and qualifications we are looking for in our new superintendent. Then stay posted. Community participation in the selection process is the key to finding a truly great superintendent that can, above all, lead with respect for all—school employees, the public and the board.
Pamela Plowman


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