An open letter to the Coos Bay Schools Board from a concerned voter / taxpayer:
Dear Coos Bay Schools Board Members:
It has been reported by The World newspaper, and perhaps by others, that you have acknowledged the existence of turmoil within the schools system – turmoil alleged by complainants to have been caused by the Coos Bay Schools Superintendent; that you have accepted formal complaints from educators and others regarding the superintendent; that you and outside counsel have spent considerable time conducting a thorough review of complaints content; that you have interviewed complainants desiring such face to face interview; that you have provided a written response to each complainant; and that you have concluded investigative matters regarding the schools superintendent.
One of the weakest traits of a leader is an inability to make a decision. Based on facts made known, many of us voting, taxpaying, citizens believe that, in the interest of taxpayers, students, faculty, administrators and staff, it is appropriate that the schools superintendent be replaced. It took less time to understand the origin of the Etruscan language than you have spent on this matter. Please don’t waste my tax dollars, or yours, proceeding to the next level. You conducted a search for a schools superintendent; you narrowed your search to an overqualified long time local teaching professional, Greg Mulkey, and to an unknown from outside of the area. Ultimately you decided the unknown was better than the known. Perhaps some of you now regret that decision.
Mr. Mulkey, a former student of local schools, a local teacher, an administrator, and a team player, ready to take command was one of two finalists considered to be qualified. If he still seeks the position, there is no reason to believe that Mr. Mulkey would not rise to the top of the superintendent candidates list again. He remains a known – more so than ever. He enjoys the enviable loud vocal support of students, subordinates, faculty, peers, taxpayers and local business owners.
A decision and immediate closure of this matter please. More months of hiding under the legal protective umbrella called “executive session” with discussion and results undisclosed to the public are not required. Don’t waste your time and our tax dollars searching for another unknown outsider when the clear choice to lead our schools is here and ready to bring peace to our edge of the planet.
17 October 2015
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