2011-04-07 / Letters to the Editor

Asks board to ‘put students first’

I am very concerned with the current situation that is taking place in our school district. I am not sure of the exact allegations that are being made about [Superintendent] Mr. Kevin Murphy other than it has been stated that they are “non-criminal” in nature. I feel as a taxpayer that I, as well as the community, have the right to know why an administrator is being placed on paid leave. It appears that there has been a violation of the “Open Meetings Act” and that details of the resolution were not disclosed to “avoid embarrassment” to Mr. Murphy. However, by not disclosing the resolution, this is not only a possible violation of the law, but it is causing the community to question the timing of the allegations and motives of the board of education.

With that being said, I can say that it has been a pleasure watching Mr. Murphy bring hope and excitement to this school district. In my 23 years in this community, I have never witnessed a superintendent as passionate for the students and its members. In his short time as superintendent, he has drawn the spotlight back to the priority, students first. He is involved in many areas in the community and visible “everywhere,” that alone speaks louder than any words.

Mr. Murphy has not only worked hard to move this district in a positive direction, but he has brought much needed change and wonderful ideas for the teachers, staff, students and community in a “teamwork” approach. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on his community forums and his enthusiasm is not only infectious, but exciting. He has continued to move this district in the right direction with his “treat every child like your own” attitude. Being a good leader means that sometimes you have to make unpopular decisions. Mr. Murphy has not been afraid to make decisions, always putting the student’s welfare as a number one priority.

As a taxpayer, I trust that the board of education will also put the students first and resolve this issue in a timely manner. I also trust that the issue at hand will be “fully” investigated from all angles at minimal cost to the taxpayer. It would be a shame to lose a great leader and to see Houghton Lake Community Schools fall on financial hardship once again due to “allegations.”

Nancy Normile

Prudenville

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