Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Resignation

Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Resignation

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Alice Wheelis started this petition to Pleasant Valley School District and

This petition is being written on behalf of students and parents of Pleasant Valley School District. We as parents and taxpayers have a responsibility to protect our students and their education.  We as taxpayers are requesting the resignation of Dr. Lee Lesisko from his current position as Superintendent of PV School District. Since Dr. Lesisko began his position as Superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District back in April our students have suffered. His neglect is deeply concerning. On numerous occasions you can find him passing the blame on others or just out right bluntly lying to our community. Let’s take the last 2 board meetings into account to prove his lack of care or diligence to help our children receive the education that Pleasant Valley has to offer. The district waited until the third week of August to announce the plans for reopening. Of Course, parents were waiting to hear what the options were that were being offered. At the board meeting on August 27th Dr. Lesisko admitted that there were 1,200 students enrolling in cyber and that our program can only accommodate 500. He went on to explain to the board and the community that he had enough supplies to accommodate 800 of the 1200 students and that the other students would be accommodated in some form. When Sue Kresge, a member of the board, confronted the Superintendent about the lack of materials for cyber and asked when he knew and what he was going to do about it, his answer was disappointing and frustrating to even members of the board. The Superintendent admitted that he knew back in April 2020 that there were only enough materials for 500 kids but communicated that it would be resolved. He also stated that any student wanting to attend would be accommodated but that he could not predict a pandemic. In April, the physical school shut down, how was this not predictable? It is negligence to not begin to prepare for the possibility of the pandemic keeping us virtual to start the next school year off only a few short months later. Due to his lack of knowledge, he was forced to push back the start of cyber school for the district by a week. It was on September 4 when the board members received an email at about 12:10 pm notifying the board that PV Cyber enrollment had been capped at 800 students, the link removed from the website and informed that anyone who enrolled after Aug. 27 at 11:59 pm “did not make the cut”, that they would be notified as to what needs to be done next. The parents and students found out this information through the Pocono Record at around 12:52 pm. That is not open communication or transparency which are qualities expected of a leader such as the superintendent of a school district. As of the meeting on September 10th when asked if those parents and students had been notified, our Superintendent admitted that he still has not reached out to those parents and that he had the list but he was trying to see who he can accommodate. If I am doing the math correctly there are 1,200 students wanting to be enrolled, 800 are making the cut, that should leave 400 students not knowing their fate with PV Cyber Academy.  The gifted programs are no longer available, this too was not communicated to the parents. The students in cyber are not even being given all the necessary equipment to succeed. We are dealing with missing textbooks, being told there is no need for printers when there definitely is and no way of contacting anyone to get it handled. Phones are going to voicemails; emails are being ignored and this is who we want to have in charge of our student’s future. I know for a fact that there are many of us who want better for these students. When do our voices get heard, when do they realize that we want better, and we are not going to settle for less? We are standing up for our students and that’s what we expect of the board members, the administrators, and teachers of this district and we are seeing nothing but a lack of commitment, a lack of communication, negligence and the list can go on from our Superintendent. So as you can see, this superintendent either blatantly lied to the board and the taxpayers about the situation, knowing parents would have pursued schooling outside the district or he is grossly unfit and incompetent to be assigned as the Superintendent of our district. There is only one solution to this issue and that is to resign and allow our district to find someone that is competent enough to not only lead our great district but is able to handle the new technical requirements in a remote age and in a pandemic that is not going anywhere in the foreseeable future.

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