Organizers Pull Glenfield School Parent Petition To Reinstate Principal

BY  |  Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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The petition created by Glenfield Middle School parents to reinstate Principal Charles Miller, which to date has 481 signatures, has been updated by the organizer. She explains that Mr. Miller asked them to stop the efforts, as it would possible hurt his chance to find future employment:

We spoke with Charlie after our petition gathered over 450 signatures. He was more than grateful, appreciative, and moved by all of our efforts and by all of the letters and comments that were generated by the petition. However, pursuant to what we believe is a non-disclosure agreement with the Board of Ed, he is not permitted to speak to anyone about what transpired. He is also concerned that any more publicity that might be generated by our efforts might hurt his chances of finding future employment. Right now, what he needs most is a job to support his young family.

We assured him that we would stop our efforts, but that if he had a change of heart, he knew where to find us. We, of course, hoped that the Board of Ed would get wind of the swell of support for him and do something of their own accord. To date, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

3 Comments

  1. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  May 23, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    This principal was forced to resign because of a gun incident at a public school. How is it possible that the Board of Education puts a gag order on this? This is completely opposed to public responsibility and accountability by the Board of Education.

    With all due respect to Mr. Miller, parents and community members are entitled to a full explanation of what took place, what Superintendent MacCormack did do (or did not do) during the time of the gun incident and what the Board of Education members did during that time.

    Many parents and community members have called for transparency, but no information or accountability is coming forward. Even if Mr. Miller does not wish to be supported (or is not allowed to express his true wishes) for reinstatement, the parents and community should continue to pursue this by requesting Superintendent MacCormack and the BoE to account for their responsibilities during that time.

    Creating a scapegoat is not a solution to child safety.

  2. POSTED BY paolo  |  May 24, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    In many termination situations an incentive is offered for the person to “go quietly” and refrain from legal actions. The incentive is often additional pay, extended benefits, and a good reference, etc

    I don’t know if that’s the case here, but Mr Miller has asked to preserve whatever privacy he has remaining in this mess.

  3. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  May 25, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Indeed we do not know why Superintendent MacCormack and the Board of Education want to keep Mr. Miller quiet regarding the presence of a gun in a Montclair school and their actions or lack of actions.

    Superintendent MacCormack’s privacy, the members of the Board of Education’s privacy, and Mr. Miller’s privacy in no way trump the right of parents and the community to know what happened and did not happen and who is truly responsible.

    These are all public employees. It concerns a gun among grade school children. Something is being hidden from the community by the Superintendent and the Board of Education. This lack of accountability is not acceptable, no matter how you twist and turn “termination situations.”

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