- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)17
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
The price of secrecy
Not too long ago in this space, when Dr. David Scala announced his plans to leave his post next summer as superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District, we suggested that in his short tenure he had restored a sense of stability to a chaotic district. Indeed, Scala may have improved some areas, but it now appears the handling of the district's finances raised serious internal questions.
Neither board members nor Scala want to talk about why the superintendent's contract was abruptly terminated. Instead of explaining why Scala is no longer in charge -- he's on administrative leave until his contract officially terminates next month, the board has chosen to clam up. This is a critical time for the district in terms of public perception. That's a lesson the board should have learned when it fired Scala's predecessor.
The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place soon. It would be good to have the air cleared about this superintendent before a new top administrator, once again, has to deal with public perceptions formed in a vacuum.