Superintendent's Communication to Principals
|Superintendent's Communication to Principals|
On November 13, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks sent an email to principals and division leaders about a blog critical of Gwinnett County Public Schools. In the days since, edited variations of the email have appeared on the blog and in local news stories. Although the complete email was shared with both newspapers, only portions of it appeared in print. Below, is the unedited version of Mr. Wilbanks' email.
In recent days I have received questions from some of you regarding a blog critical of Gwinnett County Public Schools that began appearing on the web near the end of October. I typically do not pay much attention to websites such as this. However, because some of you asked, I felt it was important to let you know we are aware of the blog's existence and want to allay any concern it may be causing.
The blog appears to be published by, or on behalf of, two individuals who are disgruntled former employees of the school system, Jeff Weiler and Beth Mills. Both of these individuals resigned from the school system rather than face termination due to their inappropriate and unacceptable behavior. Mr. Weiler and Ms. Mills engaged in an unethical and improper relationship at a time when she reported directly to him. This relationship led to other issues and improper actions that resulted in both ultimately being forced to resign for cause. Mr. Weiler was also escorted from the ISC and the premises with instructions not to return without permission. That is the context for the charges and allegations made on the blog. In such cases it is always wise to consider the source.
You may be assured that we have reviewed in detail the claims made on the blog. The GCPS documents posted on it may be authentic. However, while they are presented as the full and complete picture, in fact they are used out of context and without other related documents-- the apparent intent being to mislead the reader with partial, selective information. We are confident the claims have no merit and no one currently employed by the school system acted improperly or unethically as the blog alleges.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is fortunate to have a workforce composed overwhelmingly of passionate, competent, and ethical people. It is regrettable that two former employees (and others on their behalf) apparently have chosen to try to discredit this great, successful organization and the good people it employs in a vindictive response to the consequences they suffered because of their inappropriate behavior.
I hope this information is helpful if you are called upon to respond to questions within your school or community. If any of you wish to discuss this further, please call me or contact your area superintendent. Thank you for taking time to read this and for all you do every day for the children of Gwinnett County Public Schools.