Massena school district must move on without...
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#1 Mar 22, 2012
Heres a recent editorial from the Lake Placid area newspaper. Does it sound familiar to anyone in Massena?
"Schools must move on without...
February 23, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley
Randy Richards should step down immediately as superintendent of the Lake Placid Central School District or be fired by the board of education. It's sad to say that, but really, any doubt about the necessary course of action should have been dashed by the confluence of two turning points this week:
1. It was revealed that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled against Mr. Richards in a complaint filed by middle-high school Principal Katherine Mulderig. Mulderig's lawyer confirmed to the Enterprise Wednesday that the EEOC ruled Richards engaged in gender discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.
So that's done, and essentially, Mr. Richards was found guilty - not of a crime, but of conduct unbecoming of a school superintendent.
2. Robert Schiller, a former principal of Lake Placid Middle-High School, handed a petition with nearly 600 signatures to the board at its meeting Tuesday night. The petition calls on Mr. Richards to resign.
Six hundred people. Granted, the Enterprise hasn't yet gotten a copy of the petition to verify Mr. Schiller's description of it, but if it's true, as we expect it is, that's almost as many people as voted in the last school election. It's almost as many students as attend Lake Placid schools. In a small town like this, when that many people say to do something, you'd better do it.
That number makes it pretty hard to claim that the chorus calling for the superintendent to step down is a noisy minority.
This is not going to blow over. The people of this community need to move on - without Mr. Richards.
He should recognize the nature of the situation and resign. If he doesn't do so very soon, the board must fire him.
In defending its superintendent, the board has been driving against the wind of public opinion and has lost the trust of many - perhaps most - parents, taxpayers, employees and students. Awful staff morale is just one of many shadows cast by this dark cloud, our sources tell us.
Nevertheless, up to this point, board members could logically defend themselves with the argument that they were presuming innocence until guilt was proven - which was generous of them, since Mr. Richards admitted he used unacceptable language with Ms. Mulderig to denigrate her and the female faculty of Lake Placid Elementary School. Board members could also reasonably stand by their (unpopular) opinion that Mr. Richards had done much good for the district, which they said outweighed his mistakes, which they saw as minor.
But this week's two developments change the scenario and make it abundantly clear that the board needs to change course. Its members are, after all, the elected servants of the public, and the public has spoken clearly.
If the board does as the petitioners ask, we think the people of Lake Placid and Wilmington would welcome it back into their trust. Despite their emotion, even the most passionate protestors have shown great community spirit in pleading with the board to listen to them.
But if, after all this, the board continues to defend Mr. Richards, it may isolate itself beyond recovery. As bad as things are now, they would get worse. It's when people give up all hope in their public servants that democratic societies get truly ugly."
#2 Mar 22, 2012
I just want to know how these a-holes get appointed to positions of power.
#3 Mar 23, 2012
People want to go to work and do exactly what they want. They teach their kids to do what they want with no respect for authority. Maybe they need to start doing Satellite schooling at home for the kids. It would cut down on taxpayer money. Parents would have full responsibility for their children making sure to get their education. This country has seen the factory workers go. Next will be jobs like the schools. You can't see why?
#4 Mar 23, 2012
because generally people who seek power are a-holes, and power feeds their narcissism.
#5 Mar 23, 2012
As usual people believe everything they read as gospel. The boe is supporting him because the alleged allegations are not true. He made one comment in private conversation and no one knows how it was said and taken out of content also no one knows what she said because they cannot comment so they can twist the story anyway they want. She is an incompetent leader and the community had a petition turned in on her last October and they did the same thing to the two previous superintendents. So do your homework. They have a union president who wants to be in charge and reports everything to the certain community members and they put there own spin on it to get the support because after all if its in the paper its got to be true!! Also they never reported that when they went thru title iv hearing that he was found not guilty of discrimination which of course never made the papers. He has not been found guilty of anything if u know anything ave out eeoc they strictly look at her complaint only there was no hearing and they did not hear his side they said that is just the step they have to.do that will let them be able to.file a lawsuit so no he was not found guilty and she has not filed a lawsuit yet. So please before u r so fast to judge people make sure u have the facts. There r always two sides to.every story. She is definitely not innocent as u might think by reading a one sided story
#6 Mar 23, 2012
Just so u know I am also a community member and have lived here all my life our community does bot welcome outsiders at all there is a certain elite group that wants to run the schools, churches, community events etc. they just ran a pastor out of town also. They do not want to.deal.with change at all and want everything to be the same status quo . We all know that with the way budgets are today it can't be that way. I am embarrassed by why is going on here and feel that Dr. Richards is trying to make some positive changes to our school and feel bad that he is having to.deal.with mean vindictive people. It doesn't look good on our community at all the last superintendent only lasted 8 months before he was ran out of town. there is a problem here but its not with our superintendent.
#9 Mar 24, 2012
I'm starting to agree.
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