Editorials

What in the world is going on at Mount Vernon ISD?

What in the world is going on at Mount Vernon ISD? The posting of a special called school board meeting at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, January. 5 has set the entire community into an uproar.

Superintendent Gregg Weiss will be presenting a recommendation to terminate Brad Floyd without pay for good cause. What that cause may be has been fodder for the gossip mongers.
Superintendent Weiss stated he was unable to “share information that would bring light to the subject” because of employee confidentiality rules. The vacuum of information boggles the mind. Without knowing the cause of this action, it is almost impossible to take sides. Was there some sort of impropriety taking place? Was it a personality conflict? Does it boil down to money and reducing next year’s budget by terminating tenured employees?
Coach Floyd has been the girls athletic director and head Lady Tiger basketball coach for 18 years and is just three wins from having 500 career wins. Unnamed sources have shared that Floyd has been under a microscope recently. Coach Floyd has told others that he does not know what “good cause” this action is based upon.
Superintendent Weiss stated, both last summer and on Tuesday, that he is not cleaning house, but it is starting to appear that way. He stated that he has come across things that should have been dealt with in the past, but were not.
Since Dr. Weiss came on board last March, there has been a tremendous upheaval in administrative positions. The first to go were High School Principal Kelly Baird resigned in May, then Counselor Lou Colvin was reassigned and resigned in July. No cause for these abrupt actions were released. When Assistant High School Principal Karl Whitehurst learned that he was being reassigned, he tendered his resignation. Long time theater teacher Terry McGonagill resigned soon after and was replaced by a teacher who rarely showed up to work and was terminated a few months into the semester. 
June Malone who worked as the business manager for MVISD for 28 years resigned in the middle of budget preparations last summer. High School Dean of Students Sherry Keys resigned the first week of August. Elementary Principal Jennifer Sumrow was reassigned to Mrs. Keys’ position and two new administrators were hired for the elementary. High school secretary Tammie Dickson tendered her resignation on Monday. And who knows how many teachers may have left the district or may be looking to leave in the near future?
We may never get a straight answer to any of these questions.