Gary Walthall, sans Superman costume
Some Gradebook readers have complained that they didn't like our choice of photo accompanying the announcement that longtime Pasco school administrator Gary Walthall would become interim principal of Sunlake High in Land O'Lakes.
They called it inappropriate. Some suggested it would drive a wedge between school leaders and the public. Others simply observed that school administrators sometimes do silly things these days to get students' attention.
Of course, no disrespect or insult was intended to Mr. Walthall with the use of the picture of him in the Superman costume. It was simply the most recent one we had in our files -- one, I might add, that the school invited us to take during homecoming and then had posted on their office wall for a while. Many people do, indeed, find him super.
Still, the point came through. So here's the district's official picture of Gary Walthall, who starting today will run Sunlake High through the end of the 2009-10 school year.