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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jackson Residents should be outraged...

The resignation of the Jackson Elementary School principal comes as no surprise. He did the right thing.

Had this man been allowed back into the school, I believe that area residents would have been a force to reckon with.

The question are these..

How did he ever get into the Jackson Elementary School in the FIRST place? Who decided that his prior conviction that required him to take ANGER MANAGEMENT and BATTERER'S INTERVENTION classes "would not impact job performance." ??????????? (Click on title to link to full article.)

JACKSON RESIDENTS SHOULD BE OUTRAGED that more was not done to protect their very young children from someone with a background such as this. And a PRINCIPAL nonetheless, whose standards of conduct should be upheld with the utmost scrutiny. What is the example that has been set before them now? Do they feel they can "trust" their authority figures at the school? Do Jackson PARENTS feel like they can trust the decisions made on their behalf concerning the hiring of personnel within their public school?

The Jackson children were placed at risk with poor decision-making. Someone needs to be held accountable.


Anonymous said...

As I recall from previous articles, the timeline for the various components of the situation were compressed into a few days. He was interviewed, offered the job, arrested for the 2005 incident, signed the contract, charged, and then went to court, etc. I think the actual court case & sentence (i.e, "anger management" classes) came up after the contract was a done deal. Dr. Herdrich did not hire him knowing that he had an anger management class requirement pending, because at the time the contract was signed, the requirement did not exist. And as Dr. Herdrich said, if that had been the case, she would have consulted with legal advisor before proceeding with hiring.

You need to do background research - otherwise you sound like you are just pulling your "facts"/misinformed opinions out of your butt.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

The opinion stands. No apologies here. Talk to the local media if you don't like the reporting. Action should have been taken regardless of time frame. Period.

Sounds like you aren't thinking about the children. This guy does not need our protection. The school board should be going to great lengths on behalf of the community.

Anonymous said...

None of his behavior issues has anything to do with his job performance. They were outside of the work day. There is a bible verse about not casting stones. You should take that to heart.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

What someone does outside of their work day has very much to do with who they "really" are. So are we to assume that people who are on the list of sexual offenders should be qualified for positions within our schools and among our schoolchildren? This is not casting stones. This is being wise and protective. If we commit an act, we have consequences. His consequence would be that he should seek employment in a field that does not jeopardize minors.

Anonymous said...

He is not a sex offender. He drank and drove, a mistake for sure, but that did not and does not affect the children he was responsible for on a daily basis.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Um, let's see if you're right..

Rammed the back end of someone else's car.

Court-ordered to take anger management classes.

Court-ordered to attend batterer's intervention counseling.

Disclosed court case upon applying for current position, but did NOT disclose consequences above.

Ignored and resisted police officer.

Charged with OWI.

Charged with resisting arrest.

Glad he resigned. Hope he gets help - somewhere.

Anonymous said...

What does any of that have to do with his day to day job performance? It was all done away from the job.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Why do school bus drivers have to pass a criminal background check? What they do on their own time does not affect whether they can drive a school bus or not, right? I mean, if they are pedophiles, it's okay as long as they aren't doing it on the bus or while they are driving, right?

So why do we bother? We are talking about who we TRUST our children with.

Integrity = can be seen as a virtue in that accountability and moral responsibility are necessary tools for maintaining consistency between one's actions and one's principles, methods and measures, especially when an expected result appears incongruent with observed outcome.

Anonymous said...

The pedophilia argument you use is not appropriate here. Sexual assault in any case is a felony. Drunk driving is a misdemeanor. So, from a legal point of view they are not the same and to throw that out there is a strawman.

Now if someone comes to work drunk then it is an issue. That is not the case here. These things have nothing to do with on the job performance. As a parent in Jackson I have had nothing but good experiences with Jeff Baas. Many others feel the same way.

There are many people that lead different private lives than they portray in their public lives. I'm not saying that is a good thing but if they are performing adequately in their professional lives their personal lives are not a reason for which they can be removed from employment.

Not all people are pillars of virtue and morality, but they still perform well in their jobs. I choose to treat others as I would want to be treated. Sort of a Golden Rule approach. I also choose to turn the other cheek and be as forgiving as possible. So, when someone is not a pillar of virtue I can still be civil to them and work with them.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Again, you are missing the point.

When one is placed in a position of authority, is high profile, and has children entrusted to his care, his level of integrity and overall example, both in the workplace and outside of the workplace, need to be considered.

I believe in the Golden Rule approach, as well. If I could not deliver a background of trustworthy behavior when seeking employment that envelopes the day-to-day care of children, I would hope that I would be held accountable to the consequences of my behavior and move on responsibly.