I was dismayed to read the portrayal of me in Saturday’s edition of the Marietta Daily Journal, headlined “Top school administrator may be out.”
Please know that I am proud of my and my team’s thorough internal investigations conducted during my more than seven years with the school district. At no time during my tenure with the school district was it my decision whether to terminate or not terminate any principal. Decisions to terminate an employee have always been made by the chief human resources officer and then approved by the board. The decisions to terminate or discipline principals have always been made by the CHRO and superintendent after consulting with legal counsel and approved by the board after discussion in executive session and voting on the issue in public.
Every organization must have a fall guy to take the heat when political criticisms arise. In this case, I am the fall guy.
I was surprised at the abrupt conclusion of my employment with the district for budgetary reasons since I and my team had been told only three weeks ago by the head of Human Resources that the central office administration had no concerns about the way my team conducted investigations. During that meeting he was in fact very complimentary of our processes and the thorough investigations conducted.
Our investigations are all digitally recorded and subject to Open Records for anyone to review. I have never been told of any concerns with my job performance or with the way investigations were conducted by anyone in administration, and my performance evaluations have been excellent.
The superintendent has never spoken to me or any of my staff during his tenure with Cobb and has never even been inside our office to inquire about how we operate or for any other reason.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have never been one to engage in District politics. I have always made decisions based on facts and on what was best for the children attending Cobb schools.
My former boss who held this position before me once told me that the truth does not matter, what matters is perception; he said if someone says something about you loud enough and long enough, even if it is not true, people will believe it. It appears he was right.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond.