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Letter to the editor: Poor choice by school board


At its April 17 meeting, the Douglas County Board of Education voted to finalize a $260,000 contract with its new superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tucker.  What does school board President David Ray mean by telling the local paper that the new superintendent will have "'unique' skill sets, talents and gifts that will help the district move forward," and then hire an Ohio administrator with an abysmal report card of mostly F's (in “Progress”, “Prepared for Success” and “Gap Closing”) and D's (in Achievement) from his last job? (See http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=044677.)

Why would the BOE hire a “leader” for our large 68,000-student district who had already so dismally failed to improve education in his last district of only 5,600?

Why in the months-long professional “executive search” process did the BOE and their executive searchers not know until just days before the April 17 meeting that finalist Daniel Clemens was named in a federal lawsuit accusing him of not vetting a teacher who sexually assaulted a student?  

Why is the only common thread among the three superintendent finalists that each helped pass a big bond and mill levy tax in their school districts, and coincidentally that's exactly the school board’s plan for the November election? Why should DougCo taxpayers give more money to a BOE that picks a superintendent to lead our schools who has already failed miserably? Why should we trust a board that puts our kids’ learning and educational needs last to distribute any new taxpayer funds equally and equitably to public charter schools and neighborhood schools alike?     

Joy Overbeck



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