Petition calls for board to resolve differences with superintendent
Editor's note: This accompanied a petition that was signed by about 135 people and was submitted to the Basehor-Linwood school board at Monday's meeting.
The events that have taken place during the past two weeks have seemed like a bad dream.
The action taken by the USD 458 school board has been very difficult for many people to understand. Many members of the community have supported all of you and want to be able to support your decisions, which determine the fate of our future: the children of the Basehor-Linwood schools.
The "privacy issue" has blocked our ability to know what has really taken place. That has left many people asking why? Why? Why? Is the school board really ready to toss out all that has been accomplished during the past three years?
Are we to believe that any problems that may exist are insurmountable?
Surely it doesn't have to be an "all or none" proposition?
It is evident to those who have come to know her that Superintendent Jill Hackett expects superior performance from her staff. She is a person with high goals and believes reaching them is necessary to keep our district moving forward. Sometimes the path to greatness is not an easy one. Like a coach from this very district once said, "no pain, no gain."
There will be growing pains along the way. Like raising children, you have to make decisions that are best for your child in the long run. Losing Dr. Hackett would not be best for the children in this school district in the short or long run. In order to achieve the lofty goals Dr. Hackett has for this district, we need to let her lead and have a board that will back her. She is the person who is in the district on a day-to-day basis.
Under the leadership of Dr. Hackett, this district has produced a list of many achievements that have not been bestowed upon this community for some time, not to mention the cohesiveness that has begun to form between the two communities of Linwood and Basehor. These things should not be taken lightly or ignored.
We ask that you reconsider your decision to rescind her contract. We encourage the school board and Dr. Hackett to come together and Dr. Hackett to come together and consider the facts, discuss any serious problems that may exist and see whether there is a way to resolve them so that our school district does not have to suffer the severe setbacks that will surely take place if we lose her. Just like a marriage of several years, things are not always perfect -- you have to work things out. This is a never-ending "work in progress."
You have all said at one time or another how lucky we are to have someone like Dr. Hackett. Please take some time to think it over. Are you ready to throw everything away that has been built for three years?
Below you will see signatures of citizens who urge the school board to reconsider its decision to rescind her contract and to work toward a solution that will allow Dr. Hackett and the board to continue working together for our students.
Concerned Citizens of Basehor-Linwood USD 458