I’ve lived in this community for most of my life and have two children currently attending Rising Sun Schools. I have seen many injustices over the years and have not raised a voice.
However, there has been one that has occurred recently I am unable to understand it and do not think it can be quietly swept under the carpet.
As a result I am writing this letter to make sure the community is aware of what is happening with our school system.
Our guidance counselor at the high school recently resigned from her position.
In the search for a replacement, our superintendent found a candidate that had all the credentials needed, is well liked by our students, and has prior experience counseling.
Our superintendent spoke with this individual about applying to this position, and also to our principal to see if it could be worked out with the school year quickly approaching.
The superintendent and principal agreed that this individual would be a good fit for our school. Together, they proceeded to present their recommendation to the school board. Then, as a good school board should, they wanted to look at different candidates as well.
They began interviews, and in the interviews they discovered there was only one candidate with all the correct credentials, degrees, and experience in counseling that they were looking for.
The candidate was a teacher at our middle school. He did have one requirement in his accepting this position.
This was to finish his commitment to our students by finishing this fall season, which had already begun with practices.
The teacher was told by our school board that this was not possible. The only way he could have the position was to cut all ties with his current role, as soon as a new person was hired, even if this was midseason.
Instead of accepting the most qualified individual and working with them, they were unwilling to respect his wishes to uphold his commitment to the students.
Being the caring teacher he is, he could not let down his current students. The school board knew he would decline the position because of this.
Now, they have asked the state for an emergency permit to accept a person without the qualifications or the correct credentials.
This is unfair to our students and it will have an impact on their lives. They deserve a qualified individual to be there when counseling services are needed.
I’m not sure about anyone else in the community, but I would rather have a qualified individual that cares that much for their students, than someone who is unqualified.
So my question to this community is, are the people we have representing us on our school board who we want looking after our students and their well being?
Or when it’s time to vote this November should we look at this injustice before marking our ballots?
I do want to say that from my understanding, not all board members were against this teacher, but the majority of them were.
I would like to thank the two board members, the superintendent, and the principal of our school for trying to do what is best for our children even when the majority of our school board does not.