SE Cornerstone board asked to ‘do the right thing’

To the Editor:

The wheels of justice turn very slowly, and in the case of a demoted teacher and principal, this time has been extremely damaging to himself and his family.

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Audrey Trombley, chairperson of the (Southeast Cornerstone) board, who despite her long experience on several boards in and around Weyburn, has, in my opinion, fallen prey to blind acceptance of decisions of those individuals charged with the oversight of the operation of the school division.

Being a “rubber stamp” chairperson without thorough investigation is again, in my opinion, a dereliction of duty.

It seems that Mrs. Trombley doesn’t realize that the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) are employees of the board and are not in a position to dictate. Sadly, this seems to be the case in this situation.

It has come to my attention that the school division has appealed the judge’s decision in this case. As has been previously suggested, there were other options available.

This begs the question, who is paying for this appeal? Is it coming from the local budget, or has the Saskatchewan School Trustees Association stepped up with monetary or legal assistance?

Regardless of the answers, the fact still remains that, in the end, the costs are coming out of our pockets! How much more time and money needs to be spent to correct a poorly-handled situation by the members of the board of the Southeast Cornerstone School Division?

When looking at the entire picture, I feel that the whole situation is a result of a terrible decision by the board, a decision which has shaken the confidence of the taxpayers of the division.

Now here we are faced with a problem with no easy solution. Can we trust the decision makers at the top?

All I ask is, at this time, that the board will do the right thing to correct an error which should never have occurred, and show the courage and thoughtfulness to make things right.

Rick Wanner, Weyburn