Friday, September 15, 2017
LNP editorial has factual errors, incomplete information
An editorial in today's LNP offers a perspective on the Elanco-Columbia shared services agreement and Dr. Robert Hollister's return to Elanco. However, we have cited these three issues with the editorial:
1. Contrary to what the editorial states, officials did not announce Hollister's return to Elanco at the September 7th board meeting. The board president, several board members, residents in the audience, and a school official have verified that it did not happen as reported.
2. The editorial quotes the Hempfield superintendent as saying that school districts have "got to figure out ways to leverage resources to the best of our abilities," and LNP hints that joining with Hempfield "would seem to make sense." However, at a recent school board meeting, Hollister said he had broached the subject of a merger with the Hempfield superintendent to which the Hempfield superintendent replied that that is not going to happen.
3. The editorial states that Columbia must find a new superintendent by January 1st of next year, but the executive services contract runs until January 31st 2018.