Resignation doesn't tell all the story
On behalf of several members and taxpayers of Southington, I would like to ''educate'' the rest of our township about the disrespectful decision that the Southington Board of Education made concerning superintendent John McMahan.
Per the Tribune Chronicle dated Feb. 21, "Southington superintendent turns in resignation,'' school board President Bob Baugher said, ''The board will meet to discuss options including whether to hire a full-time, part time or shared superintendent.''
What Mr. Baugher failed to share is the reason behind McMahan's resignation. The BOE decided against renewing McMahan's contract. Many employees were in favor of not renewing his contract because McMahan took responsibility and fulfilled his duties. McMahan followed policies and procedures and if the employees did not comply, well, then as any employer, disciplinary actions follow non-compliance. Not having structure and professional expectations taken seriously from past superintendents, he became disliked by several employees.
McMahan went over and above for the employees, students and this community. How many superintendents know every student by their first names? McMahan would proudly agree to that. He has proven to be the best that has come to Southington schools. The BOE is making a huge mistake in not becoming partners with him as expected and letting him go.
To share a few of his ''duties'' from the Ohio Board of Education website:
3. Policies and Governance
l Review, develop and recommend policies for the district;
l Implement and continually assess policies and practices;
l Identify and respond to societal and educational trends that affect the district and community;
l Advocate for children and families;
l Model and expect professional conduct.
To prove McMahan has gone over and above his responsibility and dedication as superintendent, here are just a few facts to share:
l He took a substantial pay cut to commit to our school system;
l Only being employed for two years, he was wholeheartedly committed to finish his career in the district;
l Held the gala before the start of the last two school years and invited the community to tour the facilities;
l Developed the outdoor classroom for use by all grade levels;
l Brought online classes to the district to avoid losing funding and students to other charter or online schools;
l Created the outdoor math and science lab that was featured on a local TV news station;
l Created the memorial gardens located between the Chalker Building and the 1907 building;
l Brought ALICE training to the district;
l Brought the historical bell from the original site and had it put on display in the outdoor classroom;
l Enhanced the landscaping at the new facility;
l Attended every cancer benefit held in the school facility and generously donated to those in need;
l Bought groceries for struggling families (from his own money)
It is time that the community speaks out and acknowledges the executive decisions being made as well as the whole truth being told.