Pendleton High School principal Dan Greenough drew supporters urging the school board to hold off on accepting his resignation.
The pleadings did not work.
Greenough, now in his fifth year as principal, submitted his resignation last month. The move drew speculation from some community members about why he wanted to step down effective June 20, including Pendleton business owner Andy McAnally, who last week posted a letter to the school board on his Facebook page questioning why Greenough was leaving.
Greenough has not returned calls from the East Oregonian and did not attend Monday night’s board meeting. But McAnally and two more Greenough supporters addressed the board.
PHS administrative secretary Becky Anderson said if any board member was the cause of the resignation, now was the time to do better. She also praised Greenough as principal.
McAnally stepped up next. He handed board members copies of the district policy outlining their duties, sat at the mic and read through the list.
“The requirements of the school board do not — I repeat, do not — require intervening in the administration,” he said.
The public perception, he continued, is two board members are behind Greenough’s resignation, but he did not identify who.
“I’m here to tell you it’s causing distrust in our community,” he asserted.
Lauren Richards, PHS student body president, said students respect Greenough and he has established a practice of asking seniors their opinions and their plans for the future. That shows he cares about students, she said.
No one from the board responded to any of the comments.
The speakers and several others, including supporters who kept quiet, left the meeting moments later. The board voted 7-0 to accept the personnel report, which included Greenough’s resignation.
The district has posted the job opening, and Greenough’s responsibilities expanded to include overseeing the Pendleton Technology and Trade Center, which houses Hawthorne Alternative High School and some of the district’s career technical education programs.
The board also held a closed-door meeting to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Chris Fritsch, who has been on the job since last summer. After the meeting, the board voted 7-0 to extend Fritsch’s contract a third year, through June 2020, along with extending the termination without cause clause of the contract from six months to one year.