Benton Harbor School trustees made no comments before approving the termination of principal Romel Bryant, the principal who turned the school around, by a 5 to 1 vote. Mr Bryant was doing an excellent job, improving the condition, the attitude of the students and turned a troubled school into something special.
After the meeting Superintendent Shelly Walker, a puppet for Whirlpool Corporation said the analysis done for the school board about Bryant’s performance speaks for itself.
Mr. Bryant created a safe and efficient learning environment. He made this job number one in Benton Harbor. Mr. Bryant was what Benton Harbor School system needed, the improvement was tremendous.
Superintend Shelly Walker said, “We feel that the standard was not met by Mr. Bryant.” Shelly Walker said, “We have certain performance expectation for our employees and no one is above them, regardless if you are improving the school and helping the students.” She wanted Mr. Bryant to suspend students and Mr. Bryant refused to do so.
Whirlpool is in total control of Benton Harbor school system and wanted Mr. Bryant outside the system and he was fired.
In an e-mailed statement after the meeting, Mr. Bryant said he was disappointed by the decision to fire him. He said, “I hope that my concerns of excessive suspensions and physical abuse to students do not fall on deaf ears. Nonetheless, I would like to thank the Benton Harbor School Board and the community for allowing me to lead Hull School. It was truly an experience I will never forget. I wish everyone success going forward.”
Superintendent Walker has denied there were excessive suspensions and physical abuse, but the truth is Benton Harbor has always used excessive suspensions to help Whirlpool control the community.
We must start to educate our children at all cost and keep people, who want to help.