Thank you for reporting the recent resignation of Dr. Henry from the Camdenton School District.
I hope you will continue to cover the story and unravel the reasons that an outstanding administrator and educator would want to leave a district in a thriving, beautiful location like the lake.
My mom graduated from Camdenton High School in 1950.
Since then my brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and I have all enjoyed the benefit of an exceptional education from a district that is unparalleled in the state – known for academics, athletics, and well-rounded programs in which any child can flourish.
Districts like Camdenton thrive because they are forward-thinking, always growing, always leading the way. But make no mistake: the school is a business, and like many businesses, attracting and retaining intelligent, hard-working staff members is critical to its continued growth and success.
As Mary Kay Ash from Mary Kay Cosmetics said, “People are definitely a company's greatest asset.”
It is therefore so disappointing to see a few school board members (see Sunshine reference in title) bent on dissonance for the sake of dissonance, determined to hold the district back, interrupting business and driving key employees away.
I am sure that the board members are good people, have their own best interests at heart, and have convinced themselves that inserting themselves into the business of the school board is, well, their business.
But whose students are they representing when they fight AGAINST federal funds to help the district, fight AGAINST the core curriculum, and other key school initiatives?
It should only take a moment for the rest of the parents, business-owners, and others in the lake area to look around and cry foul at these board members’ archaic, outmoded, selfish motives.
Just take a look at the outcomes.
What have they accomplished?
They slow down the district.
They interrupt school business.
They stand in the way of progress.
They are followers, not leaders.
And very worst of all, they are driving away valuable administrators – and soon, teachers – from a district that needs these types of employees to continue to grow and succeed.
Do the RIGHT thing.
And do it quickly.