LAKE PLACID — The curious recent exit of Middle/High School Principal Katherine Mulderig went unmentioned at the April 17 Lake Placid School Board of Education meeting — until the time came for public comments.
At that point, the public unloaded on the board, repeatedly questioning the judgement of Superintendent Randy Richards and once again calling for his resignation or dismissal.
“The lack of confidence in the current basis of decision making for the district is dangerous, and it’s taking the school and its students in the wrong direction,” said former Middle/High School Principal Robert Schiller. “You have heard, but you have not listened. It is a train wreck. It will not improve until you do what you have been asked to do.”
On Feb. 21, Schiller presented Board President Phil Baumbach with a petition signed by almost 600 people who want Richards to resign immediately. Now Schiller says this May will mark the first time he votes no on a school budget, and he plans to cast his vote as an expression of disapproval of the board.
“The board cannot continue to ignore the 600 community members who signed a petition calling for Dr. Richards’ resignation,” Schiller said. “The board cannot ignore the pending budget vote in May, which in my opinion is in danger of not passing, not due to cost to taxpayers, but due to failed leadership and inaction on the part of the Board of Education.”
Schiller listed the many problems he sees in Richards’ administration, including:
•the Superintendent’s inappropriate language, gender bias and discrimination;
•the termination of positions without prior consultation with the impacted personnel;
•broken promises to the teaching staff;
•arbitrary and thoughtless decisions such as changing the contribution for health care to retirees;
•failed long-range budget planning for a tax cap that schools knew about last year;