Samuelson Out at Hanover
Hanover’s school board voted 8-0 with on abstention (more on that later) Monday night to demote Andrew Samuelson from co-principal of the high school to language arts teacher. I’m pretty sure the demotion is to a middle school teaching position.
I say pretty sure because, in a pretty dirty move, the board did not include this item on the agenda so I can’t be 100 percent certain my memory is correct. As I said before, I have no dog in this hunt since I have never dealt with Samuelson, but since he was there with his wife and child, this obviously was not a last-minute decision to vote tonight.
To not add it to the agenda is just petty in my opinion. I don’t see what purpose it served except to keep people from coming to the meeting to see what happened. In this day and age, there’s no reason to not have 100 percent updated agendas on hand.
Now about that about abstention. Darlene Funk chose not to cast a vote in this matter. I can’t fathom what would lead someone to abstain from this decision. You either think he should stay in his position or you think he should go.
There were hours and hours upon testimony. There were, obviously, executive sessions with deliberation. Unless there is a personal relationship that I don’t know about, all an abstention in this matter tells me is that she’s not qualified to make decisions for the school district when push comes to shove.
But it’s done. Kind of. According to a tweet from Heather Faulhefer, he says he will accept the position, but will also appeal the ruling.
I’ll blog more tomorrow sometime about the rest of the (rather uneventful) meeting.