The Clay Community School Board of Trustees met Wednesday to discuss a wide range of topics, however the community had other plans.
"I understand that people don't always get the answers they want," Clay County resident John Brush said to the board and packed room. "But I want to know where the people are that complained, why are they not here?"
Brush was one of many speakers who voiced their opinion on the decision made by the school board during the Dec. 4, special session meeting. The 4-2-1 vote, in favor of the non-renewal contract of North Clay Middle School Principal John Allen and the resignation of Clay City Elementary Principal John Russell was accepted.
Supt. Dan Schroeder commented on the evaluation system for area principals.
"Some principals received either a two-year contract or a one-year contract," he said. "Those who only received a one-year contract are not on probation."
Teachers representing principals who did receive a one-year contract made comments on behalf of the affected principals.
"I was on the committee that recommended and selected Sheryl Jordan," Jacqueline Dalton said to the school board with members of Staunton Elementary staff standing behind her in support. "She has united to the staff and implemented a positive behavior initiative to teach our students on how to become respectful and productive citizens."
Steve Hoopingarner also remarked on behalf of the Van Buren Elementary staff.
"We stand behind Gail Williams as principal," he said. "With her guidance we have been united to provide and promote a positive environment for the students."
Board Member Terry Barr thanked everyone for coming and informed those in attendance that even though they are elected by the public, discussions concerning administration evaluations are not made public.
"I would like to encourage the principals to get with the board for discussion," she said.
Board Secretary Jennifer Kaelber commented on being at the receiving end of the negative and even some positive comments being made in a negative way.
"I've had difficulty sleeping and I don't take my responsibility lightly," she said. "We can't discuss personnel issues, but I want to reinforce that the students and their teachers weigh heavily on my heart.
The next regular school board meeting will be Jan. 8, 2009, at North Clay Middle School in the Media Center at 7:30 p.m.