Clear views on leadership

April 27, 2013 

Millstadt Primary Center Principal Kevin Juhas said he wanted reasons for not having his contract renewed, and boy, did the School Board give them to him. In a letter made public under Illinois' open records law, the board gave him a laundry list of criticisms of his administrative style.

Juhas' attorney calls the complaints "trumped up nonsense."

We don't know about that, but it's clear that Juhas lost the confidence and trust of his bosses, the school board members. When that happens, it's time to cut ties and move on.

Unfortunately, that often doesn't happen in education. School leaders often stick with a less-than-satisfactory employee because it's easier than risking a lawsuit over the dismissal or having to explain the details to emotional parents.

Agree or disagree with this decision, the Millstadt School Board is clear about what it wants -- and doesn't want -- in a principal, and is willing to act on it. That's a good thing.

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