Father And The Kids Case Study

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Case Study 2: Father and the Kids
Do you believe the Principal acted in a just manner in this case? The St. Timothy Catholic School Faculty Handbook (2015) expressly states Diocesan policy that, “the school, with permission… may suspend or dismiss a professional, contracted employee at any time, and without any requirement of a particular progression or sequence of discipline, for cause, including, but not limited to…inappropriate conduct/communication with a student….” (p. 94). This policy applies at the high school level as it reflects the Diocesan policy. Under the circumstances of the case study, it is a reasonable to conclude that the students, and/or Fr. Clyde, were drinking alcohol. As the group was observed in a bar, this conclusion
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This is not limited to behaviors that involve teachers and students at a common place and time, but also behaviors of individuals on their own time. Catholic school employees attest to living faith-filled lives and any violation of that may be grounds for dismissal. In my own Diocese, a teacher’s contract was terminated when it was learned he was involved in an activity contrary to Catholic moral teaching. (ProFamily Resource Center, 2003) Arguably, the behavior harmed no one at the school, and it was performed after hours, but it was so contrary to Catholic teaching that immediate action was necessary. Student conduct is more difficult to monitor after hours, however disciplinary action can result from after hours conduct that violates school policies regarding bullying and acceptable use of technology. (St. Timothy Catholic School Elementary School Handbook,…show more content…
The principal of any school, Catholic or public, is a significant adult in the lives of our children, and is subject to, and must accept the scrutiny of the community. The Catholic school principal is not only a school leader, he or she has the additional responsibility of being a spiritual leader. Ever mindful of his or her obligation to the church, the Catholic school principal must always act in accordance with Catholic teachings. Living a life in Christ does not stop with the school day. The principal is the public face of the school. The public perception of the principal becomes the reality. Sergiovanni (2015) noted that a school can not be effective without a strong leadership presence, and a study conducted by Green (2010) cited in Sergiovanni (2015) recognizes that “regardless of the type of relationship or where they exist, the school leader has to build bridges” to be successful in reaching goals. (p. 142) Without a reputation for good moral character, the principal will have a difficult job forming the relationships for success.
Is the school’s best interest being served by the removal of the
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