The outpouring of support for Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston has been moving to say the least.
At last week’s special called meeting many members of the community turned out in support of the embattled Poston. They rallied behind him in a show of support or force depending on where you fall on the issue of his contract renewal.
But why did it come to this?
The answer is simple. Some things never change.
Through the years I have seen the board members act like bullies. From having college graduates lobby them for jobs to pushing educated professionals around when the majority of the members lack any secondary education the BOE has exerted its muscle.
And it is occurring again.
When the board began the search that placed Poston in charge of Campbell County Schools some of the board members, or at least one of them, knew he was the man they wanted.
For several weeks Rector Miller spent a great deal of time at the Christian Academy of Campbell County, where Poston was the principal at the time. It can only be speculated as to what the visits were about but given Poston was later appointed to the director’s position we can assume there was some wooing. Now here we are two years later and the relationship has soured.
Miller recently proclaimed Poston was an “outstanding Christian” with “integrity that is unsurpassed.”
But yet Miller, Eugene Lawson, Johnny Creekmore, Johnny Byrge and Sarge Collins wanted to discuss the process of finding a new director last Thursday.
Just curious- what is it the board is looking for?
The BOE can bring in a new director every year if it chooses. They can dazzle them with promises and make glowing statements about them all they want. However, until the BOE members learn their place in the system it won’t matter. The BOE doesn’t run the system. They are an advisory board. The members have fiduciary and oversight responsibilities. They are not charged with the day-to-day operations of the school system.
This issue also lies deeper than the egos of the BOE members.
There needs to be a cultural change in the county. Education was once valued and teachers were respected. Parents must step up to instill these values in their children. It truly does begin in the home. If this county could begin to make that shift then we would truly develop a generation of leaders.