Parents and community members in Stinesville are protesting what some say was the wrongful removal of an elementary school principal there. Six people spoke to the Richland Bean Blossom School Board about the issue at a meeting November 17th. The Board was technically considering a retirement and medical leave request from the principal, Bill Buxton. But speakers like Shannon Hall said the administration forced Buxton out.
Hall said that the administration did not consider the children, and essentially took the children’s voice away. She mentioned that Stinesville has very few people to stand up and represent them, and that Buxton had always stood up for the community.
Hall presented the Board with a petition she said had 190 signatures asking for Buxton’s reinstatement. Board President Dana Kerr said he couldn’t comment about the specifics of the case because it’s a personnel matter. Kerr asked the public to also constrain their comments as well.
Kerr interrupted speakers throughout the meeting when he thought their comments were inappropriate. One instance occurred after a man, who identified himself as the father of a former Stinesville Elementary teacher, began detailing events he said led to Buxton’s removal.
The man said he appreciated the Board’s policy about discussing personnel. But he continued a vague discussion about the issue anyway.
Chantz Horman spoke to the Board next. He voiced support for Buxton and criticized the Board for allowing the previous comments.
The Board did not discuss any details of the case. But they unanimously approved Buxton’s formal request for medical leave and retirement. Buxton submitted a formal statement, which Horman read aloud to the Board, in which Buxton stated, “Taking care of my health, and being able to spend quality time with my family is top priority.”