Probably because the PI had an editorial a couple of days ago about the whole situation at Broadview-Thompson over the teacher abusing children, there were a number of letters to the editor. All were in the vein, " Why weren't (aren't) the principals/administrators involved being held accountable?" It's a fair question; if ever there was bad judgment used, it's here.
From a letter by Dan Reeder:
" The district's response? Mandate staff training about 'reporting suspected abuse.' According to your article, at least 15 teachers and staff members made at least 30 reports to the principal and assistant principal of the school about the sexual misconduct. Sounds to me like staff members already know how to report."
There was a long letter from former SEA president, John Dunn, who said:
"And yet, the article goes on to say that two of the school administrators accused of failing to act on warnings about the perpetrator's behavior are still employed by one school district. For God's sake why were they not terminated for not taking actions that are required by state law in reporting such allegations to their supervisors and the proper state authorities?...I have witnessed investigations and hearings of termination for far less egregious behavior of school employees. The P-I should be calling for an end to the "Good Old Boys and Girls' Culture" of school administrators."
Tough talk. I didn't attend the Board meeting last night; I wonder if there was any mention of this at all? I would guess the district is waiting until after the court case involving the former principal, Terry Skjei, is settled.
But the district can't just pay out the money, say they'll do better and call it a day. Parents are trusting administrators every single day to watch over their children. The fact that this kind of thing extends up the ladder to high school administrators not calling police when assaults take place is troubling. Administrators can't be, and legally shouldn't be, making these decisions on their own.
Which leads me to wonder; was it just the principals? Did any of these principals go to their education director or to the CAO at the time and ask for direction? It's not like principals were never asked about life at B-T. When ed directors, who make regular visits to schools, came to Broadview-Thompson and asked "so how are things here?", what was the answer?
I have to wonder what the parents at View Ridge where Terry Skjei is now principal think. I'm sure Ms. Skjei can't say anything to these parents with her own lawsuit pending.
If the district waits long enough, this might go away. But they should do better than just say that there will be more staff training. If everyone in this district is "accountable", then that includes school administrators.