Trust John Covington? We don't in KC
Superintendent John Covington owes the Kansas City School District and the city an apology.
In an abrupt resignation Wednesday that shocked the community and his own board, the Kansas City superintendent offered no reason for breaking his contract.
But now it appears he resigned to take another job as chancellor of Michigan’s Education Achievement System in Michigan.
As a result, it’s abundantly clear that Covington has misled his board and the public about his intentions.
He certainly owed his bosses, his staff and this supportive community the courtesy of discussing his intention to seek employment elsewhere.
Covington, apparently with his Plan B in hand, showed no effort to resolve differences, demonstrating an outrageous lack of regard for this community that supported his dramatic changes and reforms.
With the school year so new and plans just launched to expand a new learning approach in 10 schools, a departure now could distract teachers and jeopardize the district’s chances at remaining accredited.
Covington’s unwillingness to resolve differences offers a poor lesson for students and shows disrespect for a community that has wholeheartedly supported him in his short tenure.
His hasty departure should alarm his next employer.