This evening, CC Times Education Reporter, Theresa Harrington, has posted online that Dr. Steven Lawrence, MDUSD Superintendent, has FINALLY provided an "official" statement. Thank you Theresa for keeping us up to date. I am curious though, did he just issue this statement to you? Or did the MDE community receive this too? Sure wish there was an apology in there somewhere. See her blog here, and statement below:
“The district has received questions regarding information discovered about Dr. Nugent, a candidate for one of our principal positions that was filled July 1, 2010. When filling positions in the district, the district follows standard protocols, including exhaustive written applications, oral interviews, credential checks, reference checks and subsequent background checks. In this case, our customary protocols did not discover negative information that was readily available in a simple Internet search. Consequently, the Board of Education was not aware of negative information which was discovered by a board member after the candidate’s appointment. In the future, the district will augment our process with a comprehensive Internet investigation prior to candidate recommendations going to the Board of Education. In light of the latest information, Dr. Nugent has withdrawn his name from consideration for any of the district’s open positions. The district will immediately conduct another search for a principal for Mt. Diablo Elementary and will work closely with that community to find a suitable candidate.
Steven Lawrence, Superintendent
Mt. Diablo Unified School District”
Does anyone find it curious that he mentions a Board Member discovered the "negative information?" Does he mean a board member brought it to his attention after it was brought to light on a blog? I know that they are engaging the MDE community in the interviews now, so that is good news, albeit rushed (tomorrow), but it's a start. And thank you Dr. Lawrence and District Personnel for "augmenting" the process. Clearly it was a process that needed some changes, and I'm just thankful this was caught now vs. a much worse violation in a future hire.
I'm ready to move on to some positive district news, how about you? I'll find some, I promise! If you have anything to share, let me know, but I have discovered a few things on the district website I thought were noteworthy, so that will be coming soon. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read full Times news article here: Newly appointed elementary principal withdraws name from consideration