The Ethical Educator
This month's dilemma:
The Retributive Board MemberScenario:
An administrator is moved from a principal position to a less critical administrative role in the central office after several years of poor performance on the job. The new superintendent, as part of an administrative reorganization, transfers him to a department led by an individual with high expectations of all staff. The transferred administrator, seeing what is likely to happen, retires but then runs for the school board. Once elected, he makes it clear he intends to press for nonrenewal of the superintendent and the resignation of the supervising administrator. The superintendent assumes the other board members are unaware of the circumstances surrounding their colleague’s underperformance. With his contract up for renewal, what should the superintendent do? Read our panelists' responses here.
Last month's dilemma:
Three months after
the yearbooks are distributed, a parent meets with the high school
principal and superintendent to complain her daughter’s photo had an
offensive word superimposed in her hair. While it’s difficult to spot,
everyone in the small, rural community is aware of it. The mother wants a
total recall of the yearbooks and a 100 percent reprint of books, paid
by the school district, for eventual exchange. Based on modest returns
after a month, the superintendent realizes the impossibility of
retrieving every yearbook and wants to order a third of the original
number. The mother of the distraught girl is threatening legal action.
How should the district respond?Read our panelists' responses