Editor,

After reading about Gorman’s resignation, I was not surprised. I, too, would resign after doing such a below-expectation job. Especially when I can be rewarded with a bonus, full pay, work less than a required notice, get retirement pay, no need to give an explanation, disappear, go on vacation and basically leave the teachers and children of Charlotte in a state of flux.

I wonder how members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education would feel as a parent or teacher. Not knowing if they were going to have a job, a school to attend or where their future is headed. I guess this is something they haven’t or never will have to experience. However, there is one thing they will have to live with every day for the rest of their lives.

They have to take responsibility for allowing one man to become rich at the expense of the citizens of Mecklenburg County and Charlotte, while they had responsibility for assuring those citizens of a good education or a good teaching position.

For school board members to be shocked at Gorman’s resignation is one of the most idiotic, stupidest things I ever heard in my life. They do have some chances left to save some of their dignity. That is to make certain that Gorman gets only what he deserves and no more. If he left before his (15)-day notice, then he should be penalized. Whoever drew up his contract was one shrewd person, and the board members who allowed it to go into effect should be ashamed.

Here for them to review and remember are their responsibilities. I hope they sleep well knowing they allowed for the disruption of so many hard-working citizens and children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

As the governing body of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Board of Education has five key areas of responsibility:
• Hiring/firing the superintendent/CEO;
• Establishing school district policy;
• Determining the annual operating and capital budgets;
• Approving student assignment boundaries; and
• Overseeing the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services.

– Joe Murgolo, Huntersville

Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to all members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.