2011.05.11 Kylene Spiegel: Surprised Kay Johnson was passed over

Written by David Green.

As a former student, athlete and alumni of Morenci, I can’t believe that Ms. J [Kay Johnson] was not more highly considered for the principal job. How can someone who has given so much to the school, community and students not even be considered in the top three? The more I think about it, the more it upsets me.

Morenci is always talking about saving money and for some reason they aren’t finding the best ways to do it.  Maybe they do not realize that by hiring Ms. J back, they will only have to pay her a third of the actual salary because she is technically retired. Then with that extra money, maybe we could actually hire specific teacher’s full time and avoid laying off teachers.

I am disappointed and slightly embarrassed by the actions of the panel and think the panel should have taken more time with their decision. Most of all, I would like to apologize to Ms. J—I think you deserve better and thank you for all the students you’ve made better as well as the community of Morenci as a whole.

– Kylene Spiegel

Tiffin, Ohio

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