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REQUEST TO DELAY BY ONE YEAR TENURE GRANTING DECISION FOR MS. MARGY LEININGER, PRINCIPAL OF TRAVELL ELEMENTARY UNTIL MAY 2010 UPON COMPLETION OF STANDARD 3-YEAR PRINCIPAL TENURE REVIEW PERIOD.
 
 
We, the undersigned parents, request that the standard three-year time period for performance as a principal within the Ridgewood school district apply to Ms. Leininger, Principal of Travell Elementary.  Travell’s principal’s 3-year performance completion date will be June of 2010.  We ask that Dr. Fishbein and the Board delay this tenure decision until May 2010 and allow for Travell community input.   We understand that her having teacher tenure was a factor behind offering an expedited tenure decision after her serving only two of the three years required of other principal tenure candidates. 
 
We firmly believe that teacher awarded tenure in no way confers upon them the ability to be an administrator, particularly in the leadership role at the center of a principal’s responsibilities.  In fact, the District’s defined job descriptions and responsibilities for a principal and teacher are completely different.  The leadership, and interaction skills required between teachers, students and parents to successfully carry out this administrative role are different and many do not exist in the teacher job description.  A three-year proving period for all principal tenure decisions is warranted as this District’s administration has so wisely set as the standard.  We firmly believe that a decision to delay tenure consideration until May 2010 for the Travell principal position is in the best interest of our children and demonstrates prudence by the superintendent and school board.  The superintendent and Ridgewood school board have an obligation and a history of protecting and serving the needs of our children.  They need now to follow those same standard guidelines that have proven to be effective for past principal candidates.  The Travell students, teachers, parents and community deserve the same three-year time period to vet the performance of their Principal as tha t which is followed by other Ridgewood district schools.
 
We request that concerned Travell community members meet with the superintendent to provide input in support or in dissent of the tenure decision for Travell Elementary school’s principal.  Given time is of the essence, we request this meeting take place no later than Friday, April 24th (1 school day prior to the tenure awarding Board Meeting on May 4th, 2009).
 
 
Respectfully submitted by the below Travell Community Taxpayers

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