Valley Viewpoints

An apology and thank you

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, I attended the Fulton City School Board Meeting, in which I spoke in the second public forum session. The topic of discussion was a recent board policy that resulted in two of our administrators to be reassigned.

Near the end of my time I made comments and assertions directed at the board Vice President, Dan Pawlewicz. The comments made referenced to what I believed was Mr. Pawlewicz’s voting record on a personnel issue a few years back.

The next day it was suggested to me that I check facts on his voting record, I did, and I found out that my assertions were not correct. In fact, his voting record on that issue were completely the opposite of what I said it was.

I would like to publicly apologize to Mr. Pawlewicz and to his family members who were in attendance, for misrepresenting his voting record.

I have since had the chance to meet with Mr. Pawlewicz to personally apologize, and he could not have been more civil and gracious. I wish to thank him for that, I sincerely appreciate it.

It’s quite possible that I will speak on some other issue at a FCSD meeting in the future. When that day comes I will check my facts before I speak, not after.

William S. Cahill III

Oswego

Family is not a flaw in school policy issue

On Tuesday evening I attended a public forum session of the Fulton Board of Education.

The main concern discussed was the “mandatory” changing of principals in our district. Two school buildings in our city, Volney and Lanigan, were effectively, efficiently, and tenderly cared for by their principals.

The individual schools were knit together cohesively under the leadership of these men. Both Mr. Briggs and Mr. Hendrickson are diligent workers, dedicated educators, faithful husbands, loving fathers, and beloved principals … excellent leaders for communities of growing and learning children preparing for life.

There was no ugliness, no danger, no problem to be solved. The fact that two wives were working under their husbands’ leadership was a beautiful example of the way a district SHOULD work. … individuals and families striving together to accomplish the highest possible goals.

If these same two principals had been unfaithful to their wives and families, and had married teachers in OTHER school buildings, there would have been no outcry, no building changes made. How clear it is that WISDOM did not drive this policy.

The FAMILY is God’s idea. … a PERFECT idea. It is a STRENGTH in our personal lives, AND in our city.

The institution of the family should never be considered a weakness to be avoided, or a problem to be solved. Any policy adopted to hinder the proper working of the family in society is a flawed policy, a policy that can and should be changed. To adopt a policy because other districts are doing so, is a sign of weakness.

How quickly we will lose our freedoms, our values, and our goals by following instead of leading. To lead a district in the way of absolute wisdom is the only way to TRULY lead. Let wisdom be our bottom line in every decision made.

A Reminder To The Fulton Board of Education:

According to law, YOU are the elected leaders of this school district. ALL employees are under YOUR direction. YOU have the privilege of studying the unchanging precepts of life, learning the desired direction of the community, and establishing valid and beneficial policies.

It is an awesome task. Lead well.

Darle S. DeLorme
Fulton

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