OPEN LETTER TO COLUMBIA BOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD
At the Columbia Borough school board’s committee of the whole meeting tonight to approve Tom Strickler, its current director of operations as the district’s next superintendent; please VOTE NO!
Assuming board approval, Tom Strickler would replace Bob Hollister, who has presided over Eastern Lancaster County and Columbia Borough school districts since the 2016-17 school year.
The move would go into effect Jan. 1, one month before the superintendent agreement between Elanco and Columbia officially ends.
“CBSD and the community are fortunate that Tom is willing to step into the role in a district that is fraught with challenges.” said Hollister. if you do not look for a more qualified candidate of course you will not find one. Bottom line qualification for this position is teaching experience and then administrative experience. This is not the way a functioning board hires a superintendent.
Sep 20, 2017, Holister said, “Columbia’s finances are more secure than they were a year ago. Columbia students have more technology at their disposal.”
Schools are not judged on finances they are judged on academic success. The Hollister/Strickler team is a failure as cited by Lancaster newspapers 2 days ago (chart).
Elanco, which was paid nearly $450,000 last year by Columbia,
Columbia high school principal leaving one month in
Business manager Amy Light's resignation,
Hollister described other concerns, such as Columbia's initial resistance to Strickler; this is not resolved it continues
Six board members stepped down in the past year
Hollister’s reinvigorated curriculum seems not to be working