For those of you who haven’t heard, some of our elected school board members have taken it upon themselves to make the decision not to renew our present superintendent’s contract. And I say some board members, not all of them.
For our elected board members to push a decision like that through without community involvement is wrong! Elected board members need to keep those who elected them informed on decision they are making — decisions that will have an impact on all of us, on our school district and our students.
Recently, it was said in a local newspaper article that our present board president called superintendent (Tracy) Hook on the phone and asked him to turn in his resignation because there (would be) a 4-3 vote not to renew his contract. Luckily for us, superintendent Hook did not turn in his resignation. He indicated to the board president that he was never given a viable reason for what he was doing wrong, or had not done, to be asked to resign.
We presently have a superintendent that is very approachable and is passionate about our school district, staff and students. He’s had considerable experience, having served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and superintendent. We are fortunate to have someone with his experience, background and resources be interested in us. He has come out of retirement and truly wants to be here to direct our school district.
All of his accomplishments during his short time here were listed and pointed out in a recent board meeting. He has the ability to foresee great things happening in the future of our school district and for our students.
Several of us in the community are at a loss as to why some of you board members feel he’s not deserving of another contract? We haven’t heard any good reason yet. What we have heard is that it is of a “personal nature.” Board members’ personal conflicts have nothing to do with the business operations of our school district. If this is so, you need to set aside your feelings and begin acting in a professional business-like manner instead.
This subject will likely be discussed at the next regular board meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Colfax-Mingo Jr/Sr High School Media Center). It would be nice if the community would show up and get an answer to this decision the board is making ... and express their application to Mr. Hook for the good job he is doing.