By the same token, his approach to his job of being the guy whose name and reputation are on the line with regard to the smooth and efficient operation of our schools has been outstanding. The job of being superintendent, by its very nature, requires some snap decisions – particularly with regard to the safety of our students. The job becomes particularly tough when foul weather hits or is about to hit. Doc has always put the safety of kids first. If there was any question about whether to cancel school or not, he has consistently opted not to take any chances, and for those of you who have children in this school system, you know it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The nature of the job also requires making tough decisions when there’s a problem with student behavior. When there’s any kind of problem, it ultimately lands in his lap and without hesitation, Doc has always remained fair, firm, and objective. He has always gotten the facts before taking action, but once it’s clear to him what happened – regardless of the incident – he has been decisive.
One of his most outstanding achievements during his tenure here was the creation of Opportunity School to help young people complete the necessary courses to earn their high school diploma. There are all kinds of reasons why a young person might not finish high school. Doc and the Board recognized that not every student does well in the traditional classroom environment. It was also recognized that without a high school diploma, the prospects for a decent job and a rewarding life are almost nil. So, the result was the creation of Opportunity School, from which several students have already earned their diploma that otherwise probably would not have.