LETTER: Community is owed an explanation

Published 11:25 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the Editor:

As a lifelong resident of Highland Home who has volunteered countless

hours over the years, I can’t help but be concerned over the way

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Superintendent Terry Holley chose to conduct the search for the football coach

at Highland Home as compared to Luverne.

Superintendent Holley directed for committees to be formed at Highland

Home and Luverne with the purpose of selecting two names from each

school’s applicant pool to be given to him. The plan was for him to choose

one of those names.

The plan was followed for one, but not for the other. For Highland Home,

Superintendent Holley selected someone who had not been recommended, and

he chose to submit his name at a specially called board meeting instead of

a regularly called one, which was the precedent.

While the board was in favor of his selection, the two board members

representing Highland Home were not. Before that point was reached,

Superintendent Holley directed the committee to repeat the selection

process, as if being directed by some unknown party.

Why did Superintendent Holley take the authority he did with Highland Home

while not having the support of the two board members who represent

Highland Home? It certainly leads one to wonder.

I, along with other HHS supporters and multigenerational members of the

community, look forward to hearing a genuine explanation so we can all

move forward working together to continue to improve Highland Home School.


Francis Hoffman

Highland Home School

Class of 1967