VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT OF TWINSBURG CITY SCHOOLS
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We, the undersigned Parents of children who are attending or have attended Twinsburg City Schools, have composed this letter to express our dissatisfaction with the current Superintendent, Mrs. Kathryn Powers.
This letter is an expression of our “Vote of No Confidence” in Mrs. Powers and her ability to run our schools. We understand the severity of this decision and did not arrive at it hastily.
Twinsburg City Schools has always been a district to be proud of, one of where decisions were made on a collaborative basis with the best interest of our students in mind. Twinsburg City Schools has always been a district that experienced great vision from our leaders, and teachers were given the respect and support to achieve our goals.
Throughout the past few school years we have had concerns regarding Mrs. Powers’ leadership specifically concerning trust, collaboration, decision making, vision, her lack of respect for parents and staff and communication. We also believe that Mrs. Powers has failed to abide by Twinsburg City School District Bylaws & Policies.
In Bylaw & Policy 1200 Administrator Ethics, it is stated that “each administrator should maintain standards of exemplary professional conduct and conform his/her behavior to the code of ethics set forth below as adopted from the American Association of School Administrators’ Statement of Ethics for School Administrators by: A. making the well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision making and actions;…G. avoiding the use of his/her position for personal gain through political, social, religious, economic, or other influences”.
It is also stated in Bylaw and Policy 1230 Responsibilities of the Superintendent: “The Superintendent is directly responsible to the Board of Education for the performance of the following duties and responsibilities:…J. communicate effectively with parents, citizens, and community groups; secure their input, involvement, and support for school programs and initiatives K. maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, professional practice, administrative effectiveness, and financial responsibility of the District”.
She has not created a safer school environment, but instead has created a toxic environment for both students and staff. Without the recognition of mistakes or the willingness to listen to parents or her own trained, competent teachers, there is no hope for learning or improvement and thus no way forward.
We feel she has a lack of attention to, preparation for, or appropriate prioritizing of, the academic requirements and interests of our entire student body. As well as a failure to recognize and respect the expertise of the educational professionals in the building.
We feel she has inconsistency in application of rules and an ongoing lack of respect toward many of the parents. A school cannot run successfully with a one-way avenue of communication. Even when input is sought, there is a failure to follow through or a total disregard for the ideas of many; when communication occurs, it is too often delayed and incomplete. There is an overall feeling that we as parents are losing ground all the time. We need a different, more solid leadership. The moral is just too low and we feel it is time for a change.
For these reasons stated, we the undersigned are voting “No Confidence” in Mrs. Powers and hope and believe that you as a leader and role model will make the right decision and chose what is in the best interest for the children.
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