It also stinks that the Athletic Director is not being quoted. The chain of command with the superintendent doing all the talking is ugly.
Furthermore, I don't like that the policy that they NEVER talk about personnel matters to the media. The guy worked with great reviews for the district for decades. There are no problems. The professional reply is to be honest. Say something like, "Neil Gordon has been a great coach. He has done nothing wrong on the job. There has been no cause for termination nor ethical fumble on his part at all -- not in the slightest."
Clear the air on the history with people who have done good -- if not great -- jobs in the past.
Part of leadership is about management of the future. The board has the right to open positions as contracts expire. But objectives can be set. New measures can be recorded. Performances can be supervised.
Notebook: Parents at root of Gordon decision: "Vecchio also claimed some district residents are unhappy because Gordon hasn't won enough championships and that he was looking to become Penn-Trafford's coach.I'm going to take a leap of assumption here and blame a few parents for kicking up a storm in that situation. It generally boils down to some out of control parents.
When told Penn-Trafford's coaching position isn't open, Vecchio said, 'Well that's what we've been told.'
Furthermore, the parents are not able to be put back into good places because the school administrators are so weak. The administrators are not grounded. They have little minds and little capacity to talk about values and character and lessons of life.
Schools today are in such a mess. I heap most of the blame on school administrators. And, those at the top are the one's who have the biggest burden.
Of course everything is political too. The school boards are bonkers in many situations.
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