Today is the day! LET THE HEALING BEGIN!
Some say the best way to heal our school district is to just let bygones be bygones and put the dark days of the Patricia "Tish" Putty tenure behind us. Certainly, acting as if the Putty era was little more than a bad dream would be the "easiest" way forward, but just as certainly, little healing would be accomplished. Until the Putty atrocities are acknowledged, the wounds of those whose reputations, careers, and even lives were ruined by Patricia Putty will only fester. Fair or not it will be up to our School Board to initiate real healing. Here's how.
Start with the lawsuits. "Lawsuits!" you say! "What lawsuits? If there were lawsuits we would have read about them in the News Graphic!" Yeah, right.
The lawsuits are a matter of public record and are on file at the Circuit Clerk's office at the Justice Building for all to see, even the News Graphic. And yes they are multiple, with another being filed next week. Most interesting is the "possible litigation" the School Board retired into Executive Session to discuss at its most recent School Board meeting on June 16th.
We can only speculate as to which suit the Board discussed in executive session that evening (as executive sessions are conducted in private), but wouldn't be surprised if it were related to the State Auditor's investigation of Scott Schools just recently revealed by the Hearld Leader. We do note that Patricia Putty, the self proclaimed "Chief Executive Officer" of Scott County Schools was not allowed in this session - instead simply leaving the building while the rest of the Board excused themselves into a private room. Now that is curious indeed. Putty never allows the Board to meet without her, and certainly not in executive session. The only reason we can imagine for Putty not being allowed to participate is that she might be named in the litigation being discussed. This one could be a doozy folks! And curious also is that the Georgetown News Graphic fails to mention such "little" details, instead providing Putty a front page puff piece about her "retirement", never once mentioning her contract non-renewal being the impetus for her claimed "retirement". And in yesterday's editorial, Publisher Mike Scogin lauds Putty's accomplishments while in bold letters states "the numbers aren't too far from the national average", an obvious reference to Scogiin's recently discovered Niche school rankings. Mediocrity seems to always have been Scogin's motto and it shows in his propped up newspaper.
Right is right and wrong is wrong! And these lawsuits are black and white. We now look to how our School Board responds to these lawsuits to reveal its own heart. "Right" is for the Board to direct its attorney to NOT defend wrong. While it was Putty's actions that have brought these suits, it is the Board - as Putty's boss - that ends up sued. For the Board to even attempt to deny or delay justice to those wronged by Putty would make the Board accomplice to her actions. Our School Board can send a message - a strong message - the right message - to these wronged individuals; to the community; and to future district administrations by being forthright with all parties and directing its new attorney to make short work of these lawsuits. In short - do what is right - and do so expediently without dragging the wronged through further humiliation. The Board CAN direct their attorney to reach fair settlement with these individuals and do so with haste. These have suffered enough. The wronged know it was Putty who wronged them, but to deny them swift justice will be on the Board. And there are also things the Board can do for those adversely affected by Putty but who didn't have the resources to fight back with lawsuits. Don't forget these most vulnerable, Board.
School Board - we know that you deserve a rest, a rest from all the shenanigans you've had to circumnavigate from the Putty administration AND your own attorney. But rest won't be yours until you provide remedy and restore reputations to all those wronged by Patricia Putty. You have a new attorney without an agenda who can help you do it. Only then can you rest and only then can Scott County Schools put this ugly chapter behind it.
Today is the day! Let the healing begin.