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Climate survey highlights problems at Hudson Middle School



Teachers at Hudson Middle School aren't happy with principal Terry Holback.

In response to an anonymous climate survey in May, a vast majority of the school faculty stated that Holback had smashed employee morale and treated teachers unprofessionally since taking the reins of the school in mid-2010. The United School Employees of Pasco conducted the survey after raising several concerns about Holback's leadership to the district during the past year and seeing no improvement, president Lynne Webb said.

Among the results:

  • 95.7 percent disagreed with the statement that the current administration had improved teacher morale and the school climate.
  • 87.5 percent disagreed with the statement that teachers feel free to share ideas and concerns about their school with the administration.
  • 91.7 percent disagreed with the statement that the day-to-day operation of the school promotes a feeling of confidence.

Holback, who received the results late Friday, said she is taking the feedback to heart.

"If this is their perception, then this is the reality," Holback said, tears in her eyes. "I quite honestly didn't know those perceptions were out there. ... Clearly I am coming up short. I recognize that and will work harder and do more because that's what I need to do."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:59pm]


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