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Houghton Lake Schools Superintendent Placed on Paid Leave

There are 695 comments on the WWUP-TV Cadillac story from Mar 29, 2011, titled Houghton Lake Schools Superintendent Placed on Paid Leave. In it, WWUP-TV Cadillac reports that:

Northern Michigan's News Leader has learned that Houghton Lake Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy has been placed on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave.

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Concerned Parent

United States

#1 Apr 5, 2011
It is un-nerving that our Elected School Board can put the Superintendent on Non-disciplinary leave without any reason. What happened to Due Process?
concerned parent two

West Branch, MI

#2 Apr 7, 2011
Why is it that it is kept a secret with what is going on. He was doing a good job in February and now he isn't. We have the right to know, we vote the board in and they are not doing THEIR jobs!!! The principal of Collins Elementary has had lots of complaints on her but she is still around!! At least Mr. Murphy was doing something for the kids and our schools!!! I AM VERY MAD ABOUT THIS!!
VERY Concerned Parent

Prudenville, MI

#3 Apr 8, 2011
There are elementary school children that are still afraid to use the bathroom at Collins because they were told that there were cameras put in there to keep an eye on them! Nothing was done about THAT! I find it hard to believe that Mr. Murphy has done anything to that extent to deserve suspension...and if he has, why don't we know what it is????!!!!!!
Also concerned

United States

#4 Apr 8, 2011
I also believe the board has handled this whole situation wrong. Mr. Murphy has been defamed over this incident. Why now do we need to pay for two superintendents. Why can't Mr. Cryderman continue as acting until this is resolved. Has the attorney been given a deadline as to when the investigation needs to be done so he does not rack up the bill to our school district. I could go on and on... The bottom line is the board errored in judgement again causing embarrassment to Houghton Lake School District. Just like when a past board about ran us into bankruptcy several years ago. Time for change on the board.

Kalamazoo, MI

#5 Apr 8, 2011
I will be at the next school board meeting and so will about 200 other voters. Mr Harned the board president has a lot of explaining to do about how he runs this board and is involved in operational matters of the school, violation of the open meetings act (which is a misdemeanor offense), inappropriate conduct with the collins elementary teacher and many other problems directly related to him. The people of this school district will get our superintendent back and will vote the two incumbents out of office this may. Vote for McGregor and Mead this next school board election in May. These two candidates have not taken special interest money from groups like the MEA!
outraged in HL

Grayling, MI

#6 Apr 8, 2011
I am outraged that this is happening...there are soooo many people in the HLHS that should have retired years ago...Mr Murphy was doing an outstanding job...he should stay and the rest should be fired!!! How dare they do something as underhanded as this...WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS CHILDISH BEHAVIOR.
interested neighbor

United States

#7 Apr 8, 2011
It's great that there are so many people following this story and vowing to support Mr. Murphy. I hope they follow through with those promises.

I would also caution people, because, since we don't know the details of the allegations, the board may be following the law perfectly given the circumstances of the allegation. Hold your board accountable, but don't assume anything in advance.
OLLS Parent

United States

#8 Apr 8, 2011
When our family moved to Houghton Lake there was a lot of concern regarding the Teachers Union Contract Ratification and changes in the Board of Education. It seemed to be the focus of the entire community at the time. It was then that we determined that the best education for our child was at OLLS. We know that when our child enters eighth grade she will attend Houghton Lake High School. It is very important to us to stay in tune with what is happening within the public education system. Since Mr. Murphy was hired he is always willing to listen to our concerns as well as provide input so that we make the right decision for our child’s education. Mr. Murphy is an advocate for EDUCATION, he has brought about needed change, made improvements and has been actively soliciting feedback from the community. He believes EVERYONE has a voice and he listens. We support Mr. Murphy 100%.
Keep our Superintendent

Kalamazoo, MI

#9 Apr 8, 2011
The board commits a violation of law and are still on the job. Mr Murphy is "accused" of something non-criminal in nature and is immediately suspended by this board while they are committing their crime. This board needs to be suspended not Mr. Murphy.
Outside looking in

Kalamazoo, MI

#10 Apr 8, 2011
What is going on in our neighboring district? All the rumors and speculation are going to destroy the HLCS district, so sorry. Seems like this mess could have been avoided if the board would have handled things differently. Sounds like they made some major mistakes if they were looking out for the best interest of Mr. Murphy and the children. I do respect the right for them to "investigate" a complaint, but the board also need to follow the law. What possibly did this man do if its non-criminal? Does everyone get paid when there is a complaint filed on them? I think your community needs to take a stand and it sounds as if you are. Apparently Mr. Murphy has done a lot of good things for your kids and he is really liked! Good luck to your schools and stand strong!
Confused and upset

Mio, MI

#11 Apr 8, 2011
I agree with concerned neighbor...you must use caution with your accusations. With that being said, I'm also upset because I have seen the many good things the entire Murphy family has brought to the HL school district. The secrecy is wierd, to say the least since it's a non-criminal complaint. I hope that while investigating, the board/lawyers/community is diligent enough to also investigate some of the other complaints mentioned above. How sad for HL, dragging themselves through the mud again. Other districts face similar problems without all the negative publicity.
Outraged Parent

United States

#12 Apr 8, 2011
I am still in shock. How can our community still be in the dark as to why our school board felt the need for such a drastic measure? Our community is left only to guess what this suspension is for....which leaves room for unnecessary accusations and finger pointing. We deserve facts, and as taxpaying citizens, DO NOT want to pay another superintendent one dime, much less huge legal fees that are sure to accumulate! Make the board accountable, give the lawyers a time limit, and for God's sake ~ spend some time investigating the root of these "complaints" and the people behind them. I would bet money Mr. Murphy will come out of this looking like a hero in the end!
OLLS Parent II

Roscommon, MI

#13 Apr 8, 2011
I have seen Mr. Murphy in action...all has been positive involvement in school, sports and community. He is actively involved and has brought a new aspect to our school district....ACCOUNTABILITY!! I do believe that this has made many teachers unhappy.....too bad! I feel that many of the teachers in Collins have forgotten what they started teaching for in the first place...the CHILDREN!! We need to come together as a community of adults and see to it that the children are first at all times!
concerned parent two

West Branch, MI

#14 Apr 8, 2011
I agree with OLLS parent as well, when I fist moved up here a few years ago and had to place my children at collins I was mortified. They it's as if they are at boot camp. having to whisper while at lunch, i have witnessed children being screamed at for not paying attention in the lunch line. THESE ARE CHILDREN!! School shouldn't feel like a prison to them. If you don't like kids, then you shouldn't teach. I am really ready to pull them out and go some where else. As stated before Mr Murphy seemed as if he was changing things for the better. KIDS COME FIRST!!!
School of Choice

Hillsdale, MI

#15 Apr 8, 2011
I moved my children out of the HL district after filing complaint after complaint on the office staff and principal at Collin's Elementary. Why are they allowed to treat people this time and time again? I agree with concerned parent two, it is like a boot camp and more. I know people make complaints, but nothing ever seems to happen. WHY? There seems to be no accountability. It's also the most unwelcoming school I've EVER been in. I guess when they continue to lose kids and money, maybe they will figure out why people pull their kids from that school. Good luck getting somewhere...I never did!
concerned grandparent

Traverse City, MI

#16 Apr 8, 2011
It seems that all problems keep pointing back to one person. The principal at Collin's Elementary. There have been complaints after complaints about her. She needs to go in the military or something. I agree with the above. It is like boot camp and the kids aren't allowed to be kids while in school. Shut up and sit down. Don't touch each other in the hall way. I know of several incidents that my grandkids have come home all upset about school. One times specific when some kids were messing around in the bathroom and the principal announced that she was going to have cameras installed in all the bathrooms so she can watch what is going on. My grandaughter came home in tears. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN? Someone has way too many conections or something. EVERYONE is expendable. Lets do what has needed to be done a long time ago. Oust the principal and half the board and keep Mr Murphy. He has done much more than anyone else has, maybe because he isn't affraid of "someone"..........
Change Agent Supporter

Houghton Lake, MI

#17 Apr 9, 2011
We live in a changing world and I am one person who understands that is Mr. Murphy! We can no longer let sub par performers flourish because they choose to bully. Those days have come to an end, as I will not be bullied and will invest the time to make changes. The Board will surely not bring anything to this meeting, but afterwards will understand the public support for our Change Agent... Mr. Murphy.
black cloud reigns

Grand Ledge, MI

#18 Apr 9, 2011
Regarding the school of choice; i do believe that we currently have over 100 students taking advantage of soc. I wonder if we look at the dollars and cents of this "bleed", if something will finally be done.? Pam Akin has been boasting to teachers and parents for months that Kevin Murphy would be gone by the end of the school year.

United States

#19 Apr 9, 2011
I wonder if they will bring back Superintendent Injasoulian know that Murphy is out.
Mad Parent Time 2 Change

West Branch, MI

#20 Apr 9, 2011
As a parent of 2 kids one with special needs here in the HL Schools. i have found that Pam Akin, some Teachers, and the Board just care about the kids and whats best for them. I know that Pam has friends on the school board and teachers union reps, That will help cover up stuff for her. The problem last year with her telling the 2nd and 3rd grade girls that cameras were being put in the bathroom to watch them, should have been all that was need to FIRE her. But like so many other things nothing happened to her. I have been in contact with a Attorney in the problems i have had with Akin and her bullying. I am not one to be bulled around and i have put my feet firmly into the ground and hunkered down for a battle with the school and broad to remove PAM AKIN from the Principle of Collins. If you or anyone u know have had problems with being BULLED by these people that think they can do whatever they want. please contact me on the post and i will let u know who to call Tuesday after talking to the Attorney afternoon... BRING Mr. MURPHY BACK AND GET THE ONES THAT HAVE CAUSED THE PROBLEMS!!!

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