I emailed Mr. Sexton and sent him a link to the Clark County Chatter along with copies of the many posts directed at and about him. I explained to him that I felt he should know what some of his staff are saying about him and gave him the opportunity to respond on my Blog. Here is his response to my email. Thank you Mr. Sexton for your prompt reply:
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|Lisa Magoo |
Thanks for the opportunity to defend, but I believe that it would only create more chatter. Some of the adults in this building do not want change and will resist no matter what. I am asking for the students and the staff to raise the bar on academics, appearance, language, behavior and overall respect for the Jeffersonville High School community. We will certainly reach that goal, but not without the loss of some of the staff who want to remain in the “academic cellar” of state academic scores and numbers of graduates going on to the next educational level. Clark County has a very high percentage of under thirty five who do not have a high school diploma. I know a large percentage of those students over the last seventeen years were Jeff High students. I feel very bad about that and want to slow down and hopefully end the dropout problems here at Jeff High. We have already eliminated the large expulsion numbers of the past by developing alternative programs and other methods of discipline rather than the expulsion process. We of course still have the expulsion available if it is needed for someone who might be dangerous to other students or staff. I do not wish to defend my actions in the operations of a very large educational effort, I would rather the community appreciate the change that will come.