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July 1, 2015

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I commend and applaud the School Board for making Pat Skorkowsky interim superintendent because he has what those who are stakeholders in education want in a leader: he is a local person who understands our educational system and what teachers and students have endured in our classrooms, and he is committed to do what is necessary to bring our district into a reform phase that is conducive and productive.

However, as I get caught up reading and watching all the media coverage, I find that the stakeholders outside of teachers are hesitant. They have a right to be! We have had some turbulence the past few years with superintendents coming and going.

Instead of thinking about what has happened in the past, and attempting to say that history repeats itself, we all need to look forward.

Instead of waiting on the edge, expecting failure, we need to support and work toward better ideals that will be conducive and productive for our classrooms, which include teacher and student performance.

We need to support a leader just as much as we need to have support from a leader.

I truly believe Skorkowsky is willing to do what it takes to put in time, effort, leadership and resources where they truly belong: in the classroom and in the hands of teachers.

If people, the stakeholders of the School District, really want to ensure Skorkowsky stays firmly in place as our leader, then people need to speak up and support him, not wait for him to fail because history repeats itself.

The author teaches in the Clark County School District.

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