For the past five months, I have been following what has gone on in the Payson Unified School District. My father, Tim Fruth, lost his job after 29 years of outstanding service. What he did for the schools cannot be replaced. To watch the school I received such a great education from be taken over by a school board that has nothing but personal vendettas out against highly regarded, longtime district employees is absolutely disgusting. I am outraged that the residents of Payson are not speaking out.
When Richard Meyer resigned after completing his goal of firing the former administration, is it not obvious to all that the board’s firing of the previous administration was politically motivated? From the April 9 issue of the Payson Roundup, Superintendent O’Brien is quoted, “Politics plays absolutely no part in any decision I make.” Meyer’s comments clearly show that O’Brien was not telling the truth.
The community needs to check out the school board belief statements. The following is from the PUSD school board Web page: Core Values We Believe and Demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. This school board fails to demonstrate their own core values.
If the board were truly concerned about the well-being of students, why would they hire a principal whose school is now under a school improvement plan? Why would they fire an administration team who improved attendance, improved graduation rate, and the overall performance of the school?
Why would they fire people with such a passion for the students in the school district? Payson’s loss is the Whiteriver school district’s gain. My father is now making a huge difference at Alchesay High School. People like my father go to work every day with a positive attitude, they put others before themselves, they are passionate about what they do, and they do more than what is asked of them.
Through this all I think I have learned you can never let others define you. My dad can move forward knowing that he made his mark, he made a difference, and he made a positive impact on the lives of his former students. My family is strong, and the Payson school board will not get us down, nor will they define us.