Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic Principal Doug Solet is stepping into a very difficult situation. Solet is set to become Western Reserve's fifth superintendent in seven years. No, that's not a misprint, the school has had five different superintendents since 2000.
Adding to the massive instability the school district has endured, about 21 teachers were laid off last month because of a mounting financial crisis. Without the cuts, school officials estimated the district would be facing a $1.7 million deficit by 2011.
The layoffs have undoubtedly created a sense of discord in the Western Reserve community. Many community members said they were most upset by the fact that district leaders had kept them in the dark for so long about the dire financial straights.
Solet will have his work cut out for him as he undoubtedly looks to reach out to the community and help heal the scars left by the layoffs. What the district is in most need of is leadership it can trust and leaders who will be around for while. We hope Solet will fit the bill. Good luck.