By Alex Haglund
On Monday, May 24, the Nashville Education Association, which represents NCHS faculty, released a statement that at their May 9 meeting, their members took a vote and voiced an opinion of no confidence in District 99 Superintendent Ernie Fowler.
The letter, which is reprinted on Page A6 of the May 24 edition of The Nashville News and online states that NCHS has seen “a drastic loss of vision and direction” under Fowler’s leadership. It states that continuing under Fowler, will lead to, “harm to our district, our students, and our members’ working conditions.”
The Education Association stated that the news release was made after a letter had been delivered to Fowler and to the members of the school board.
“When you make decisions in the best interests of the district as a whole, sometimes, you can upset individuals,” Fowler said. “I do make decisions in the best interests of the district as a whole, and in the best interests of our students.”
Fowler also issued a rebuttal of the letter in his Superintendent’s Column on Page A7 of the May 24 edition of The Nashville News and online here.
Following the release of the statement by the NEA, the NCHS School Board released a statement of their own, this one in support of Fowler. This was not received in time to be printed in the May 24 edition of The Nashville News, but can be found online here.