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American Heritage Dictionary - Discipline: Training that is expected to produce a specified character or pattern of behavior, especially that which is expected to produce moral or mental improvement. A state of order based upon submission to rules and authority. Punishment intended to correct or train.

The Ohio Elections Commission ruling that schools superintendent Dr. Joe Clark violated state law when sending an email to district employees asking for levy donations serves as an example as to the intent of discipline.

Let's believe that the superintendent acted independently and wasn't influenced externally by persons or groups. It would take a willing suspension of disbelief to think that with all of Dr. Clark's experience that he didn't think this action was at the very least unethical, or at the worst illegal.

Dr. Clark used the example of running a red light on a deserted highway in the middle of the night to justify his action and claimed it "caused no harm.'

This statement indicates to me that he knew exactly what he was doing. Am I to understand then that Dr. Clark picks and chooses the rules and laws he wishes to obey? Does this attitude exist at other levels in our district?

There is no denying that Dr. Clark is very active and involved with the district and is working to make it successful, but it has to be done the right way.

He must be the example both in public and behind the scenes for district employees and students.

The legitimate complaint by Citizens for Strong Nordonia Hills Schools and subsequent finding Clark broke the law by the Ohio Elections Commission is an action no different from any parent who at some point disciplines their own children to modify inappropriate behavior.

Jim Szabo, Macedonia