'We can see through that'

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This letter is to those school board members who were involved in the superintendent search, starting with Steve McNeal.

McNeal brought in Dr. Tom Johnson, principal from the high school, as his assistant and groomed him for the superintendent. McNeal and Todd Cabelka left the district for several reasons, including being under fire for their lack of outreach and recruitment and diversification of staff to mirror the community.

The board welcomed Dr. Johnson with open arms. How much did that cost the district? Dr. Johnson hit the floor running, went out and brought in two assistant superintendents to assist him in running the district. Everyhthing was going well, but unfortunately Dr. Johnson's health pulled him out. He lost some time, and Dr. Darrell Williams stepped in and ran the district. Dr. Johnson took a leave and later resigned. Dr. Williams continued to oversee the policies and the administration of the affairs of the district, including generating funds for the grow your own scholarship fund that sat around for some 10 years after a friend committed $10,000 to kick off the fund. Maybe the board no longer wanted the fund.

The search firm and hiring of the next crop of candidates, with all three were flawed and the board dropped all three. How much did that cost the district? The board continued on with their search to bring in an interim superintendent for a year. He stayed nine months. How much is this costing the district, when you already had a qualified person running the district? Then you go bring in a person with no superintendent experience. Ray Charles can see through that. Have you provided Dr. Williams his employment evaluation?

Walter Knight

Beloit

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