Outgoing superintendent thanks staff, community

Thursday, March 15, 2018 11:16 AM

It is with mixed emotions and sincere regret that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as Superintendent of the Bayfield School District.

I am making this decision after several weeks of careful consideration and soul-searching with my family regarding the current situation that exists here within the District. This decision was not easy. I highly respect and care for each of you, and I sincerely believe the children of Bayfield deserve a quality public school system that places their interests first. Nonetheless, I feel that I must move forward in this direction.

My decision today to leave was reinforced by events during the Feb. 27 board executive session and throughout our recent principal hiring process. This was the "straw that broke the camel's back," and I saw the "writing was on the wall" in regards to any chance I have of earning the superintendent's position permanently.

I have worked in public education for many years now and it saddens me to say that I have never encountered more unsupportive, unprofessional individuals, nor an environment of intimidation by those elected to serve the district and our children. Should this continue, it will impair the ability to recruit quality staff. All involved must be pulling in the same direction, mutually supportive of each other.

Bayfield is a wonderful community, and I will continue to support this community and our children, as I will my own children. I simply cannot continue to work in this unsupportive and hostile environment that currently exists. I remain hopeful that our community will work harder to elect a universally effective board that truly understands that talented people will go where they feel valued and supported, and that our children deserve the best we can give them. I wish each of you the best, both personally and professionally. It has been both an honor and a pleasure working with you.

Amy Lyons

Bayfield School District