Let's look at some facts. When the Ohio Elections Commission found Superintendent Clark guilty of violating state election law in 2013, he equated it to running a red light in the middle of nowhere. Is he saying it's OK to break the law if no one is watching? Is this the message you want from our schools' leader to our impressionable children and district staff?
When School Board member Jim Szabo sensed things weren't right about district leadership operations he made a legal public records request to conduct some research. He uncovered emails showing on at least two occasions Superintendent Clark referring to local citizens as a pig. Is this the behavior you want from the leader of our schools?
The public records uncovered by Mr. Szabo also show Superintendent Clark recommended the Board not respond to a district parent's concerns. Is ignoring district parents the kind of behavior you want from the leader of our schools?
I wonder what exists in records that haven't yet been uncovered. My guess is a lot more bad behavior.
While Superintendent Clark has done some good for our schools, we can't have him being disrespectful to those who disagree with and/or challenge him. These are our schools. Ongoing bad behavior shoud not be tolerated from somone leading our children's education. The Board is considering a renewal of Clark's contract. Perhaps in the future with a behavioral change it should be renewed, but not now. First we need to see improvement.
Residents should attend the Feb. 21 School Board meeting to make their voices heard. As Chairperson of Citizens for Strong Nordonia Hills ' Schools and a proud parent of two district children, I urge you to support not renewing Superintendent Clark's contract. Our community and children deserve better.
John E. Brachna, Sagamore Hills