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Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
at 08:55 PM
For Immediate Release
Contact Information: Jane Allen Telephone: 574-825-9425 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight, the Board of School Trustees for Middlebury Community Schools, by a unanimous 4-0 vote, cancelled Northridge High School German teacher Kevin Pack’s probationary contract, effective immediately. Because of a previously scheduled commitment, one board member was unable to attend the entire private conference held by the school board last evening. Consequently, that board member abstained from participating in the deliberative process and the vote on cancellation of Mr. Pack’s contract.
Middlebury Community Schools expects and demands that its teachers be proficient and try to do their best when educating our students. These efforts include effectively delivering lessons to students, conducting appropriate assessments, and timely grading. The efforts also include making responsible choices about material provided or shown to students, treating fellow colleagues and students in a non-combative and respectful manner, attending appropriate meetings and conferences, participating in scheduled activities that benefit students’ educational development, and generally conducting themselves in a professional manner. Most importantly, Middlebury Community Schools expects its teachers to place it students’ educational growth and needs as a first priority. Unfortunately, some teachers do not meet those expectations; Mr. Pack was one of those teachers.
Pursuant to Indiana law, before the school board could take tonight’s final action, certain procedures and due process had to be followed. Depending on the choices made by the teacher, that process can take as long as forty-five days. To avoid any allegation that the school board and administrators are biased or that an outcome is predetermined, it is prudent that Middlebury Community Schools not comment on an effort to cancel a teacher’s contract until final action is taken. Unfortunately, some members of the local public and media did not understand or did not appreciate this sensible course of action, insinuating larger reasons for Mr. Pack’s removal from the classroom. Many of the rumors spread and other reasons implied were simply false. Mr. Pack was merely a poor teacher, whose overall performance regressed throughout the school year and showed no potential for improvement.
If at any future time our students, parents, employees, or patrons need to know for safety reasons the status of a particular teacher or employee, they will be alerted in the most expeditious and appropriate fashion. If a teacher or employee is being disciplined or dismissed because of simple sub-par performance, Middlebury Community Schools will respond when final action is taken and as required by Indiana law. To insure the integrity of the teacher or employee’s rights, no comments will be made until due process runs its course.
Superintendent Jane Allen stated: “Many of our patrons understand and support Middlebury Community Schools’ reasoning in handling personnel matters in this manner. We thank you for the confidence that you have expressed and displayed in our school corporation. Rest assured that we take serious our obligation owed to you to educate and protect our community’s young people.”
TO INSURE AN ACCURATE, THOROUGH AND FAIR DISSEMINATION OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS PRESS RELEASE, IT MAY BE POSTED ON THE SCHOOL CORPORATION’S WEBSITE, DISTRIBUTED TO ITS STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS, AS WELL AS ALL EMPLOYEES. ADDITIONALLY, THE SCHOOL CORPORATION MAY SHARE THIS PRESS RELEASE WITH ALL SCHOOL PATRONS IN ITS REGULAR CORPORATION-WIDE COMMUNICATION.