photo by Boyd Loving
I was sad and disappointed to learn of your resignation. You have been an amazing leader for our district and you deserve better than the treatment you’ve received from the two new board members. While you know my wife Stacey well, and I’ve been more in the background, I’ve observed your performance with nothing but respect and appreciation. You have a gift, and your leadership skills were never more important than these last six months. I read all of your weekly Covid emails, and always enjoyed your “personal touch.” I especially liked your letter about Dodgeball and the quotes. I’m a huge movie fan as well- to quote Red in Shawshank Redemption, “Every man has his breaking point,” and your decision, in the light of the behavior of the two new board members makes complete sense.
I hope you realize that the two new board members do not represent the majority of Ridgewood. They are a small but loud group, and the vast majority of village residents support you and the teachers and administrators do as well. Your resignation letter clearly “took the high road” regarding these new board members. But, I believe with an effective, organized approach, we can force them to resign. To continue the movie theme, have you considered a Hoosiers, Jimmy Chitwood reverse moment? “If they stay, I go” “If they go, I stay.” If you were willing to be public about this situation, I think there’s a chance we can force their resignation and replace them with rationale, thoughtful board members.
I urge you to reconsider.