Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Recently the Lexington-Richland 5 School District wanted a new superintendent, and so it hired one. Only it didn't.
It contracted with a business to run the school district. It contracted with HeartEd LLC, Akil Ross' education consulting firm, according to The State newspaper.
A former school superintendent, Stephen Hefner, and others didn't like that move, and a complaint was filed with the district's accrediting agency, Cognia..
And what is the response of Lexington-Richland 5?
It is suing the former superintedent.
The State's updated article yesterday included this statement. "Board member Nikki Gardner argued the lawsuit needed to move forward to deter politically motivated action agains the board and the superintendent."
She is wrong! Her position has a chilling and silencing effect on a statements, comments and opinions of those who disagree with decisions made by a school board.
A school board should hire only a live person who is personally and individually accountable for his actions.
Next we'll have principals and teachers who want the district to contract with their corporations. And, after that, a student will incorporate a business and have it show up (or not) for classes and tests. How would you ever administer detention to a student's LLC?
Check out the homepage for L-R5: lexrich5.org The first link that caught my eye was "Meet the Candidates for Superintendent". Aha! The undated page includes "Dr.Akil E. Ross, Sr." Looks like his consulting firm is NOT a candidate. The other candidates ought to make a big deal out of that!!!
Why is that link even on LR-5's homepage?
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