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Board must resolve issue

September 19, 2012
The Leader Herald

The Gloversville Enlarged School District's administration was dealt a difficult hand this year as it tries to raise graduation rates and remove the district from the state's "focus" list - which basically labels the district as one needing to make improvements.

In addition, the district must adhere to new standards, including the Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers and principals. There are new policy requirements under the Dignity for All Students Act, and the district is trying the new grading policy adopted by the board last spring. The district also is getting acquainted with its new superintendent, who has a full plate of work ahead of him.

The students, teachers and administrators obviously are facing many challenges. Effective and cohesive leadership is a must.

Unfortunately, there appear to be deep divisions among the school board members.

Board of Education member Robert Curtis last week suddenly called for board President Pete Semione to resign, "at the very least," from his position.

Curtis did not go into details but said the board needs to raise its standards for accountability. Curtis said all of this during the public-comment portion of the board's meeting.

Another member, Joseph Andrews, replied "yes" when asked if he'd been threatened by Semione. He did not elaborate.

All of this occurred while Semione was not in attendance. Semione did not attend the meeting because he was ill, the board announced at the meeting.

We feel left in the dark along with the residents and taxpayers. Those accusing Semione will not reveal publicly what he's allegedly done. If there was wrongdoing, which the board president denies, why are the other board members silent?

Voters who elected the board members have a right to know why the president - whom the board elected last spring - is now being asked to resign his leadership position.

If board members have no legitimate gripe, all they are doing is creating a distraction, and this is no time for distractions, especially if they stem from personal squabbles.

We hope the board can resolve this situation soon and move on to matters that affect the education of the district's students.

 
 

 

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