To the Editor:
Having recently read the article concerning the settlement reached with Wade Oberg, the former principal of the Weyburn Comprehensive School, I am left with several questions.
Firstly, I feel it is important that, when a duly-elected board reaches a negotiated settlement, in this case with an employee, the taxpayers should be made aware of the contents of the agreement. However, as is often the case, a non-disclosure agreement is involved and therefore both parties must abide by the agreement.
I now question why, because of this disregard of protocol, set up by the board itself, this did not result in disciplinary action against those individuals responsible for this irresponsible and, I feel, biased decision leading to a long, costly court battle.
Surely those members of the board responsible for approval of the original decision must question the ability of the members of their management team to make such decisions in the future.
Although the onus is placed on all members of the board, the most responsibility must rest on the shoulders of the chairperson.
To blindly accept the decisions of upper management without proper protocol is, in my mind, a dereliction of duty and should require a resignation.
In most businesses such a grievous and costly decision would cause heads to roll, and well they should.
Rick Wanner, Weyburn