Steamboat Springs There is a saying that, for some people, perception becomes reality. Unfortunately, it seems that your editorial concerning Mike Knezevich takes your perception and has made it reality for everyone.
Your editorial states that he "rallied his staff" and "urged them to go to the board to save his job." What, in fact, happened is that he held a meeting in which he stated what was going to happen at the board meeting because several staff members had asked him what was going on. Rumors were rampant and staff wanted to know what was going on. When he addressed the staff, he provided the timeline of what had happened. At no time did he "urge the staff to go to the board." Instead, he left the meeting after being asked a few questions by staff members because he did not want anyone to feel like they were required to do anything.
The staff then stayed and aired comments. The comments included those on both sides. While it was announced that a petition was available, it was deliberately not at the meeting so that nobody felt they had to sign it. The petition was an idea that several teachers had developed without any, and I emphasize any, consultation with Mr. Knezevich. It was made clear that anyone who wanted to review it could find those that had developed it. There was no attempt that I know of to force or intimidate anyone to sign it. As a matter of fact, most people were not even approached. There was less pressure here than someone standing outside of the post office asking for signatures.
Your editorial has a nice little, not so subtle, attack on those who support Mr. Knezevich when it states that it will "incite his allies to plead his case before the school board." Your comments make it clear that you see his "allies" or people who support him as wrong and they should be given less credibility in their support. I was not aware of the fact that we lost our right to express our concerns based on who we believe may not be getting fair treatment. At least three of us already had requested to speak to the board before the staff meeting.
What your editorial does not address is the core issue of this entire situation, and that is the way that the process for this has unfolded, the timeliness of notification and the evaluation system used. These are the core issues, and perhaps when all parties, including your Editorial Board, focus in on these then everyone can move forward to address concerns.
I was at the board meeting. I addressed my concerns. I think that everyone has the right to do so. I think that everyone has the right to a fair process, including Mike Knezevich.
Martin L. Lamansky