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Letter to the Editor

Writer Calls for Edgefield County School Superintendent’s Resignation

web posted March 11, 2009
Dear Editor,
When a fellow citizen wrote and suggested that we should watch the scores of our schools and their possible downturn, it was suggested we wait and watch during the next two years. It is imperative this community gets involved and demands the Superintendent’s resignation NOW!
There is a worrisome trend being set by the current Superintendent.  And if you look hard enough, you will find that the last two school districts the Superintendent came from were an absolute reflection of her feckless management.
However, what is more disturbing is this Superintendent has been consistent in putting her own agenda, her own personal gain, her own performance evaluation and elevated statistics above the safety and welfare of our children.  As parents, we should all be outraged that the Superintendent regards her own achievement above the lives of our children.
Recently, we have seen how the Superintendent handles incidents in our schools involving threats of violence, and more recently, the Superintendent has withheld information from the School Board regarding incidents involving weapons and drugs in our schools, and when questioned by a Board member, she stated she forgot, not once, but twice.  Is this what we pay her $125,000/year for-to forget?  It appears her lapse in memory is more directed at protecting her reputation and statistics and not our children.  If memory serves us correctly, the previous Superintendent briefed the School Board on all incidents, most of the time, before the ink was dry on the incident report.
The cavalier attitude demonstrated by this Superintendent towards violence, weapons, and drugs in our schools cannot, and should not, be tolerated, and the parents of this community should be outraged.  Moreover, maybe it is time to circulate a petition to have her removed, and we should petition the Department of Education in Columbia, SC.  This cannot continue.
Although the taxpayers would have to fulfill the Superintendent’s contractual obligation when the Superintendent is removed, we all know the value of the Superintendent’s contract is a paltry sum compared to the life of even one child, regardless of ethnicity or which part of the County the child resides.  PARENTS-WAKE UP!

Jim Jackson


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