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New Middle School Principal Resigns

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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."

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He will be missed!!
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He was so wonderful to the parents and and students- he really seemed to love his job! Thank you Mr. Maedgen for the wonderful job you did at LTMS. Your absence will be felt. I really hope we find out the real reason- this seems very suspicious.
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me smells a rat
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"suspicious" and "smells a rat". Who cares? Whatever the reason for his departure is his own; not the communities. I can't believe some busy body would even post such comments.
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...unless it is NOT his own.
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Why is is so important to find out the real reason? Why is this town so gossipy? Whether it is someone resigning, someone in an accident, someone selling family land,whatever it is, everyone thinks they need to ask the personal gory details. I can understand concern, but if any of this were your families, would YOU want your personal business talked about in comments? I understand that this is news to report. I am referring to the comments that always come up with people asking for details to come out. It would seem we live in Mayberry RFD.
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The REAL reason is not relevant, unless maybe it is. Until we know we don't know. The fact is that a principal resigning a week before school starts at a brand new facility is suspicious. Perhaps he has an urgent health or family issue which is unfortunate but understandable. We don't need to know details. We will send our well wishes and move on. BUT perhaps there is a problem with the new school that he has raised concern about and resigned in protest of an administration who he is at odds with. That would be something that parents would want to know. Even worse, what if he resigned because he was asked to due to some major policy violation? What if that violation had to do with children? I am not saying that this is likely but unfortunately in today's day and age it's not unheard of. Silence on the matter only raises suspicions. Janet
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go out and feed the poor, orphans and widows and stop worrying about it. What are you going to do; picket the district headquarters. Your kids will be fine and so will you. Go shopping.
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I think your tone is so dismissive as to be offensive. Maybe YOU don't care about your child's principal resigning under shady circumstances, but I and many other involved parents sure as heckfire do. Why don't YOU go shopping and leave the real discussion to the grown-ups?
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"Go shopping." Really? That was a sexist remark if I have ever seen one. Just because I am a woman? - Janet
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Texas
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No, I did not even notice your name at the end of the post. It was a general comment, nothing to do with your gender.
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How would they know you are a woman?
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How many guys named Janet do you know?
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On the internet? thousands!
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I think it matters because this district has had a rash of resignations in weird circumstances in the last couple of years. The word is already circulating that this was not a health issue. Do we as parents need to start looking at what is going on in admin that a well loved principal suddenly resigns a week before school starts? 1 or 2 resignations may be nothing- there have been plenty and the word on the inside is that there is something more going on. I think parents need to start asking questions about what is going on and how is this affecting our children?
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I don't feel it does affect our children. My kid is just fine. The parents seem to be the ones affected because their curiosity is killing them.
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If you think this doesn't affect the way a school works and runs, the morale and that doesn't affect your child, than you are very naive.
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Teachers are professionals. They are not going to let personnel issues interfere with their charge. What do you do when someone leaves your place of work without warning (it happens all of the time)? Does your workplace fall apart and your clients suffer the consequences? No, you keep doing your job. To think otherwise is naïve.
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The naivete is yours. An educational institution is nothing more than it's staff, including the leadership.
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It is disconcerting why he would leave so suddenly with no notice whatsoever. District sure didn't waste any time scrubbing him from all websites and directories, as you can see if you try to look him up on any search engine. I'm sorry, but I think more information is due to the parents of children at LTMS, without divulging any truly personal information about Mr. Maedgen. To think we should all go about our business without asking questions is just ridiculous.
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EXACTLY.
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Anyone who thinks leadership doesn't impact a school is sadly mistaken. Leadership impacts the entire school from the administration to the teachers to the support staff. To believe otherwise is pure folly.
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Have you ever had your boss leave/ resign? Did your life fall apart?
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more than 50% of enterprises fail after a change of leadership.
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HorsePuck! Name source and study. If you include schools and other non-profits that change their leadership regularly, this assertion falls flat. Maybe in business failure rate is higher, but even then your number seems wildly high to this professor.
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Starts and Closures of Employer Firms, 2005–2009
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
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You proved his point. This info is for businesses and does not include non profit enterprises, like schools. And even for businesses, it does not reflect the cause of closure being a change in leadership.
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Yes, I have and yes, my position eventually got eliminated, so sudden departures do have an impact on many.
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I have known him for many years, and am very shocked. Especially due to the short notice. Something is up. Maybe more than one person involved. My child is sad and left felling anxious. Already going to new school, now no principal? ? Stress levels on high. We should be better informed.
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Questions this raises:

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.
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Certainly I understand the curiosity. But a certain level of privacy should be respected. If he was asked to leave, that shouldn't be something plastered around in newspapers. If he was leaving for personal reasons (health, whatever) that's also something that shouldn't be plastered everywhere. I don't think principles loose their right to privacy.
Rich Schmitt
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That would be Principals Rich. If it was truly for personal reasons the public has no right to know. However given the timing, the issues surrounding LTMS not being ready, and the intimate involvement of the Superintendent it does not pass the smell test which is why people want to know.
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Alright, Spelling Police. Geez.
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The word was spelled right, it was the wrong word. Usage, not spelling. Ironic since this discussion is about schools.
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Kinda what Janet said above, isn't it?
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Regardless of the reason he resigned, when is the District going to name interim leadership? School starts Monday.
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Not only does school start Monday with no principal but that school is not ready. I was up there today for schedule pick up and was shocked at how much construction still needs to be done! (And I'm not even talking about the road debacle!). They need another month to get ready for school to start. It's such a shame that this district's flagship middle school is in such a state.
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The school is beautiful. There are a few minor details to be completed but to characterize it as "shocking" is a huge, misleading overstatement. I am way, way happier knowing my child will be there than in the old LTMS. It is a "shame" that you can't look past some details and see the fantastic facility our children get to attend.
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All you need to know is the developer payoffs and favors worked. They won with the new school to assure our test scores go down along with the demographics. Do you think the principal needed that scandal? I can't say more, but trace the steps back....Or look at the ads. Kudos to Bee Cave for being blind!
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Absolutely -- this has KXAN written all over it. Anyone know a superintendent who wants to apply? Tell them to get their resume together.
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I'm sure the Deputy Superintendent would love to apply. However, there would be a very concerted effort to ensure he did not get hired. It's bad enough he's the Deputy.
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...Senseless ramble...
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austin.twcnews.com/content/news/303996/l...ve-into-new-schools/ - strange that this news article about the middle school opening with both Dr. Lancaster and Mr. Maedgen in it was produced four days before the resignation was posted.

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. :)
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The best part of the LTISD website is the Organizational Chart under "About Us". It should have its own reality show. Most districts update theirs once or twice a year. LT updates theirs....monthly. I'd hate to be the person assigned that document. It must be a shortcut on a desktop somewhere for easy access. What does it say about the leadership when that leadership changes so much? And this isn't new due to budget cuts, either. Those changes have been going on for years. Leadership changes happen monthly and not at the end of contract.

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.
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Texas schools are a drain on the taxpayers. Each year, spending more and more for what?


Is student performance in line with increased spending? Nope, but the number of 6 figure school admins is.


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bad info-graphic.

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.
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I am as cost conscious as the next guy, but this is the stupidest chart in the history of stupid charts.
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At this point, we don't know what happened to Mr. Maedgen, but there are reasons why many people left last year. Perhaps people should start asking questions. There used to be air of collaboration among teachers, principals, and administration. Now, is there a heavy handed top down approach? Mr. Maedgen will be missed as will Dr. O'Hare, and why did many from the special education department leave or want to make a change to general education? I sensed Mr. Maedgen really cared about his students. was looking forward toward the knew school year, and fostering the children's and teacher's transition to a new building. Luckily, Janet Pyne is still around and knows the staff and students.
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Having worked for LTISD many years ago, the name of the Song has not changed, just the verses of the song has changed. Same rules for employees all these years, just different names affected. Over the years, from non-contract to contract employees and no matter who were the leaders in Admin at the time, if the employee(s) were not 'yes' people and did not agree with the higher ups, all employees arriving at school the next day could find one or more employees never returning and without any information of why someone was 'MIA' within just 12 hours. Just a 'blanket' statement of 'personal reasons' for the employee to have resigned from one afternoon to the next morning. This is not new for the LTISD and other schools. This happens in cycles of several 'MIA' for 'personal reasons', depending on who the Admin are, and if the employee MIA was a 'yes' person to their superiors. Believe it or not, the parents who donated a lot of money in all areas or just certain departments of the school appeared to have the most clout in people resigning. So many times, a group of parents who were high end 'donators' to the school, would ban together and put pressure on Admin to dismiss a certain employee or more. A good example would be in the athletic department and a coach or two the parents did not like. After having talked to the LTHS Band Director last year in October and Him saying he enjoyed and love his job at LTHS, everyone was so surprised when he did not return to LTHS one morn. Just left without any warning. These situations are the saddest for the other employees, just to know a certain group of parents had that much control over who and when an employee went MIA and that the Admin supported the parents. Since not working for LTISD for years and not seeing first hand anymore, the same situations sound like they continue through the conversations of parents and teachers of today. Sad.
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All that said, it is refreshing to know that parents can make a difference in the school district.
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Yes, we are owed a better explanation by the administration given both the timing and to put speculation and conjecture to bed. Something simple would suffice like: he had disagreements/demands with administration and chose to resign, he's burned out, unflattering incident which wouldn't reflect well on school, he has health issues/needs to focus on family now, went against policy and offered to resign, wants to relocate, took another job, etc. Nothing that is intrusive, but at least tells the parents/taxpayers something.

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!
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Apparently an inappropriate relationship led to the resignation rather than being fired. Absent the files it's difficult to prove or disprove.
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I think "inappropriate relationship" is a great way to describe the leadership team in the district. So much money unavailable this year and yet Special Ed used to win a high cost grant regularly with over $2-million awarded annually. You'd think they would have asked that administrator to resign but they made her oversee the entire Curriculum department. It's okay, she survived the Lovelace case intact by pushing others out of her way. Surely no one is looking now at all the others pushed out over the years.
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Go spend your time with your kids and quit wasting it gossiping.
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Amen!!! Town full of busy bodies.
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