I write this for no other reason than to apologize. I understand that, as superintendent, everything I say reflects on the Rutland City Public Schools. I understand that it reflects on every one of you who has dedicated your lives to the children and the community. I recognize that the words and analogies I used at Castleton University were hurtful, harmful and disrespectful to many. In no way did I intend to compare teachers or staff to the horrible people I chose in my analogies. As we often know, it is not intention but perception that creates the message, and I deeply regret my choice of words.
Rutland is a great community that I hope to be a part of for a long time. There is so much for me to learn. I thank the gentleman who spoke at the recent School Board meeting for chastising and educating me and hope others will through the course of time. I ask you to find in your heart the ability to forgive me, yet not forget: to judge my actions while remembering my words.
Rutland City Public Schools superintendent