Stay Classy, HPSD
I’m torn by this one.
On one hand, I have heard not so good things about Hanover High principal Andrew Samuelson. To be fair, I have never met the guy or had any interaction at all with him, but I trust the people who have shared stories with me.
That said, when Lindy Lingg puts her hands on a TV cameraman and Al Moyer loses his cool because they can’t control the message (something they have been unable to do without TV camera being involved), it’s hard to focus on the actual issue here.
So instead of a clearly communicated administrative leadership plan in Hanover, we get stories of inflatable genitalia in the cafeteria work area, police asking the media if they want to press charges against the school board president and no clear picture of the direction the board and leadership has in mind for the district.
In other words, things have spiraled out of control on Moul Avenue.
It’s a public hearing, folks. You’re going to lose this fight every single time. I don’t care what the solicitor who you pay to represent your interests says, it’s a public meeting and cameras are allowed (even if the anchor person says Hanover is in Adams County). If you can finagle a way to have them removed for the moment, yelling and pushing them out never, ever, ever, ever works, especially when the people you are supposed to be leading don’t like a lot of the other decisions you have made recently.
All of this obscures the important issue of Samuelson’s performance and future within the school district. Maybe he did cause some problems, but if workers really had an inflatable schlong in a high school and, he didn’t feel the administration did enough, he kind of has a point.
Then again, if he really objected “to a gifted student’s request to take more than eight course credits and get an exception to the district’s graduation policy,” as The Evening Sun reported, I hope they gave him bad reviews. The roadblocks the district seems to put up for bright students continue to flummox me.
But, like I said, we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about the board and administration losing control of things because they don’t always get to make the rules. That never works out well for anyone.