Bentley school teachers asking for answers after superintendent steps down

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BURTON (WJRT) (4/10/2018) - Faculty at Bentley Community Schools are concerned about the superintendent's recent departure and lack of explanation why.

In early December, Chris Arrington was placed on administrative leave. Last month, he resigned. But administrators are not discussing specifics that led to either action.

"We were sent an email stating on paid leave and one that said he resigned,” Bentley High School teacher Jennifer McKay said.

Almost two dozen teachers and parents filled Bentley's monthly school board meeting expressing their concern over the resignation.

"In the past few months if it feels like secrecy and political maneuvering has crept back into the district,” Bentley High School teacher Erik Lindhorst said.

Bentley School Board President Elaine Beckelic wouldn't comment on the investigation. She only would say the investigation is related to a personnel matter.

Arrington had been under investigation related to the district's whistleblower policy.

"From one of your soldiers on the front lines in the district, I face questions from students about the current status of the administrative structure,” Bentley High School teacher John Horton said.

These students have had less than stable administrative structure. Less than two years ago Bentley Community Schools was facing a similar situation.

Another superintendent was on non-disciplinary paid leave amid accusations of wrongdoing.

"I am just a little disappointed that we are doing it again. He only has four years in high school, and it should not be filled with this,” Bentley High School parent Brandy Balsbugh said.

Teachers are suggesting a district improvement committee to improve lines of communications from the board to the faculty.

"We must all be on the same page and have each other's support from top to bottom,” Horton said.

Beckelic said they're looking at two different companies in the search for a new superintendent and hope to fill the position in about 12 weeks. The current interim superintendent has said she intends to apply.

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