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USEP-led climate survey on Hudson Middle School due out soon

Barraged with complaints about the management at Hudson Middle School during the past school year, the United School Employees of Pasco embarked upon a climate survey at the school to determine where the problems lay.

The survey focused on teachers, who according to the USEP had most of the concerns. About 62 percent responded, and since May the union has worked to sift through the answers and arrive at some conclusions.

The preliminary data is clear, USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook: Hudson Middle has leadership issues, "primarily with the principal."

Readers with connections to the school have been detailing their gripes about principal Terry Holback in the comments section of our weekend story about former assistant principal Buffey Simon's EEOC complaint against the school (attached below). School district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli told the Gradebook that Holback met regularly with USEP leaders throughout the 2011-12 school year to resolve any concerns, and ended the year with the understanding that the school was running well.

Hudson Middle begins the 2012-13 school year with one new assistant principal, Joe Musselman, while another will come in the late fall when Barbara Marshall retires. Romagnoli said the superintendent and her staff are pleased with Holback and expected to keep her at Hudson Middle.

The USEP's climate survey results will be out soon. We'll bring you the details as they become available.

[Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 6:39am]


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