Recent revelations about the awarding of a scholarship to the daughter of Fox C-6 school board member Cheryl Hermann by disgraced superintendent Dianne Critchlow serve as a “straw that broke the camel’s back” moment for me. I believe Hermann needs to resign from the board.
The board has an important decision to make in the coming months as it selects a new superintendent to replace Critchlow. This person will need to clean up procedures, restore public trust, and improve the education Fox provides to students. I do not trust Hermann to make this decision. For all we know, she would vote to elevate an insider like assistant superintendent Todd Scott to the top job. The board also has to reform the way it has done business in order to provide the oversight that is required, to communicate with residents, and safeguard tax dollars.
As I have mentioned before, Hermann has been on the board since 2000. She has been there as Critchlow’s salary surged from $137,589 in 2006 to $267,468 right now. The number of senior administrators (and their salaries) also increased irresponsibly. During this time, a plethora of Critchlow relatives have been hired, and credit card abuse occurred among a number of top administrators. It was during this time that the administration basically ran the school board. Administrators, not board members, would respond to resident questions. Critchlow would spoon-feed the board the information she wanted them to have, while withholding that which she didn’t want to share. In short, Hermann was derelict in her duties to the parents and taxpayers of the Fox district.
The chances of Hermann being re-elected in April, when her term expires, are zero, but we can’t wait until then. This is an important time for the Fox district, and Hermann is not up to the task of leading the housecleaning. It is time for her to go.