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The loss of Jenny LeSage is an enormous blow to the department of Special Education in Oxford. I applaud and commend her decision to not remain where she is not supported, but Dave Madden is. The district will suffer greatly with her absence.
The decision to restrict Dave Madden from working with Special Education students is completely ridiculous and beyond comprehension. Is that a slap on the hand for his lack of judgement? Are you thinking, it’s O.K., we have two other principals that can work with Special Ed.? The man should not be permitted to work with any students for that matter. Why is this behavior acceptable for Dave Madden, when it clearly should not. Is it because he is popular?
Dave Madden has become our “Jerry Sandusky.” Cover it up and it will go away, or at the least the hype will die down, and people will forget about it. Not true. The majority of you on the board have allowed the “cover-up,” due to ignorance or staying on the good side of Dave Madden, due to personal relationships or reasons you do not share. You have again, not allowed the “public” to know what is going on in this case. Some of you choose to hide behind the other, choosing to “cover-up” the numerous incidents that have occurred since Dave Madden became principal of OAHS.
Thank God the press has published the article to bring back to the forefront the unethical, immoral and inappropriate behavior of Dave Madden as principal. The information that has been countless “swept under the rug.” The public have a “Right to Know,” what the truth is. The “Jerry Sandusky” of the Oxford Area School District has committed countless indiscretions over the years, however you as board members choose to look the other way and operate business as usual. Are you thinking if you scold him, and tell him not to ever do that again all will be right? Leopards don’t generally change their spots.
Special education will not go away. Special education students live and learn in our school district, as they do in other districts across the country. As adults and many of you as parents need to stand up and protect all students within the district. Maybe we need board members who have children with special needs or IEP’s, who can be an advocate for these students, their parents and teachers. So, I urge you once again to make a difference. Stand up for what is right. Re-think. Let’s start the school year 2012-13 superior for the students in Oxford Area High School -- free of controversy, cover-ups, and free of the distraction of Dave Madden.
I again ask you to support Dr. Fischer as the OASD Superintendent, Dr. Fischer does his job effectively, efficiently and proudly. As in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky ordeal, someone has to blow the whistle and stop the nonsense. That is what Dr. Fischer did, when Dave Madden sent one more damaging text about a Special Education student. Dr. Fischer tried to STOP the roller coaster of destruction. When evidence was brought to your attention, you chose to not look at it, but look the other way. Penn State chose to look the other way, and now it will cost them a reputation and millions of dollars. Let’s better the reputation of OASD, do what is right and make a stand.
Dr. Fischer works tirelessly in his efforts to support the students, parents and teachers of OASD. Commend him for all that he has done and continues to do to make our school district flourish and one to be proud of. Each day, Dr. Fischer does what is right, fair and beneficial to the students of the OASD. He stands strong against the criticism and ridicule, and he puts the students first.
Put an end to the criticism, hate and negative comments and your own personal agendas. Evil words and unkind thoughts do harm. Stop bullying, be adults and make wise choices. Do what is right and pleasing to God. Be the difference, even if that makes you unpopular.
Susan E. Bowers