Reader questions superintendent's agenda

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM.

Shame on you, Mr. Eddie Dixon!

The new superintendent appears to have a personal agenda — not in the best interest of the students!

Mr. Dixon reassigns competent and effective principal at Bethlehem School without just cause or explanation.

Parents, teachers, and students were surprised and disappointed to unexpectedly learn of a change in administrative assignments given to Mr. (Zeb) Brown, Principal of Bethlehem School.  This decision was made at the School Board Meeting on Tuesday night, Dec. 11th, with little or no discussion, when Mr. Dixon asked school board members to vote for the “lateral transfer” of Mr. Brown to another position in the District Offices. 

In an unannounced and spontaneous meeting held Wednesday morning at Bethlehem School, Mr. Dixon’s only response to his decision was simply that he could not say.  When asked for any further explanation — there was none he could give.  No listed improvements were given and no investigative measures are being taken.  This decision appears to be made solely based on self-interest measures of Mr. Dixon.

Through an uphill battle, and despite personal attacks from a small group of individuals, Mr. Brown has consistently held teachers, staff members and himself at Bethlehem School more accountable to their jobs — expecting higher performance levels in what they are being paid to do.  For approximately 95 percent of the staff, this new standard has been welcomed, supported and appreciated.  Evidence and statistics of improvement in student performance and academic effectiveness is already being seen.

Mr. Brown has consistently shown a genuine interest in the success of the students at Bethlehem School and has gone to great lengths to help provide the best academic opportunities possible for our students.  In addition, he has opened the door to parents and interested community members who have skills and talents — helping to provide additional learning and educational opportunities in a friendly environment for our students. 

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