ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - A recently released Attica Elementary School audit shows many staff members of the school voiced concerns over the principal's leadership a month before he was caught with what some are calling "offensive" tweets on Twitter.
Attica Elementary principal Dusty Goodwin tweeted things like calling a person gay, and one tweet even said he tried to OD his wife, calling her a lightweight. In another one he responded to someone about a school play and said a girl thought the pole on stage was a stripper pole, just like her mom.
Superintendent Derek Marshall said he's talked to the principal about those tweets and he's still looking into the principal's use of social media.
"At this point I don't know when it will be addressed, but I know council and I are working on that currently," Marshall said.
The principal's use of social media isn't the only concern for the superintendent.
On Dec. 4 the Indiana Association of School Principals conducted a climate audit of the elementary at the request of the superintendent.
"I went in with no expectation, good, bad or indifferent," Marshall said about the climate audit. "When we took the results I sat down with both building principals and we came up with an action plan of what I thought was best and they in turn did the same thing with their teachers' association building representatives."
Staff and community members took part in the audit and reported "a lack of trust" when it came to Goodwin. Findings also said teachers band together, and pretend everything is OK, when it isn't. Final recommendations from the audit suggest Goodwin should immediately be paired with another administrator who will serve as a mentor.
"I'm of firm belief that whenever you go into a mentoring situation they have to have fresh eyes, a perspective maybe from the outside looking in," Marshall said.
Marshall said he will sit down with Goodwin's mentor later this month to discuss the principal's progress.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 25.
View the elementary school's climate report in its entirety, including documentation of the teachers complaining about the principal, here.
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