A call for information

Published 10:32 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It has been nearly a month since we used this space to communicate our hope that more information would be disclosed as to why the Charlotte County School Board opted to not renew the contract of Charlotte County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy Leonard past June 2017.

Since that editorial, nothing substantive has been brought to light.

The Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) system enjoys an outstanding reputation. We grant that this has been true for some time thanks to the excellent stewardship of multiple superintendents, but during her tenure, which started in 2013, Leonard has done her part to continue that positive legacy.

Just citing some recent highlights for the school system, Eureka and Phoenix elementary schools, Central Middle School and Randolph-Henry High School received “Fully Accredited” statuses for the 2017-18 school year for meeting their benchmarks in English, mathematics, science and history, just as they did the year before.

The Gazette reported in October 2017 that CCPS was updating its security equipment after receiving a $100,000 grant awarded by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who awarded $6 million to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs throughout the state.

A recent school board meeting reportedly drew a standing-only crowd.

“The feeling the other night was that the majority of people are just wondering what in the world is going on, and there has to be a reason why they are doing this, but we don’t know what it is, and I don’t think that’s right,” said retired teacher Sue Watts, who worked for CCPS for about 30 years.

We repeat our stand that the school board needs to disclose details as to why it opted not to renew the contract of a superintendent who has successfully carried on the rich legacy of Charlotte County Public Schools.