It was confirmed today that the Principal of the new Middle School has resigned for personal reasons.
Here is the full release:
"Dear Lake Travis Middle School parents and students:
It is with great regret that I write to notify you that Russell Maedgen has chosen to resign as Principal of Lake Travis Middle School. Mr. Maedgen made this decision for personal reasons. The positive impact that he has made on LTMS and this district will be missed.
I recognize the challenges presented by the timing of Mr. Maedgen’s resignation and I assure you that I will provide the leadership support that the LTMS students, staff, and parents deserve to make the 2014-15 school year a great success.
We have assembled an incredible group of educators at LTMS who are committed to your children every day and we will continue to focus on that commitment. The LTMS staff, with the support of district leadership, will be fully ready to meet the needs of your children and our goal is to exceed your expectations for our performance.
I am working earnestly to provide leadership support to the campus and I will communicate further details with you as soon as possible. Please know that our standards for LTMS students and staff will not falter."
Category 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Births 644,122 670,058 668,395 626,400e 552,600e
Closures 565,745 599,333 592,410 663,900e 660,900e
Bankruptcies 39,201 19,695 28,322 43,546 60,837
Did Mr. Maedgen truly leave of his own accord?
If so, and it wasn't for any personal health reasons, then what?
A person of that position in the community doesn't leave suddenly with no notice, possibly affecting his reputation and resume, unless for very serious reasons.
Is there a problem with the new school building? Does Mr. Maedgen know something that the parents who are sending their children there should know? I heard that, as of yesterday, the DOORS at the new school building still have no LOCKS on them...and school starts MONDAY!!! Could that be the tip of the iceberg?
Was Mr. Maedgen ASKED to resign by the district? If so, was it due to a major violation of policy? If so, we deserve to know what policy was violated.
All the secrecy is just making it worse. It leads people to think something very bad has happened. This needs to be addressed before the perception becomes worse than the reality.
LT does have a really interesting history for the past three years for people leaving quietly. Lots of turnover. Lots of turnover at strange points in the year too. Open records is easy there though since they now have digitized all of them.
I have several personal friends who have worked for LTISD leave traumatized. The methods for "helping staff move on" involve blackmail, threats, false accusations, and compromising integrity. The anti-bullying campaign the district is so high on teaching students does not apply to administrators.
The reputation of Lake Travis ISD has been sullied across the state. People see the turnover. They hear about it from colleagues. And the stories from those who either left, quit, or were pushed out are influencing more and more each day. It isn't illegal what they are doing but it is morally bankrupt.
Be warned: stay away from working in Lake Travis ISD.
contrasting the costs of employees against the number of enrolled students rather than contrasting the number of employees with the number of enrolled students is not helpful.
we all know that the cost of employees has climbed with inflation over 40 years.
education and healthcare are employee intensive and innovations to curb that are slow to be adopted although some thinks like online public education are getting some traction.
That said, I encourage everyone to simply take a deep breath - the sky is not falling, the kids will continue to learn and be just fine in their fantastic new school...... and the traffic will improve everyday!