Comment by Pamela Sutton
Sanford/Lee County Truth Seekers Facebook Group
If the BOE itself isn’t going to follow its own policies, why have policies in the first place? Every school administrator signs in their contract that they will uphold board policy, or at least that’s how it was when I was a principal just three short years ago.
Additionally, I promise you that as a principal I was expected to uphold and adhere to board policy. Ethical behavior is a standard school administrators are evaluated upon according to the state evaluation system, which makes ethics an important component for all school leaders.
All students are expected to adhere to the Lee County Schools Code of Conduct, which is directly based on board policy. All teachers and other school employees sign a code of ethics when employed by the district and are expected to adhere to board policy.
I say all this to make the point that if all students, teachers, school administrators are bound to following board policy, the very least the BOE should do is follow and adhere to its own policies. When the BOE does not follow its own policies, how can it suspend teachers for not following policy? How can students be suspended for violating the code of conduct?
This creates a huge double standard. I have to wonder if any teachers or other school employees suspended for violating board policy may have grounds for litigation because the BOE does not adhere to its own policies?
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