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Mt. Hebron Staff Outraged by Removal of Principal

They say they were horrified to learn of the news via the media and hearsay.


The following letter was distributed to Mount Hebron families on Saturday morning by the Mount Hebron staff in reaction to an announcement on Thursday night that Principal Guy Whitlock would be transferred to the district's Central Office this summer. The letter came from science teacher Nino LaStella and was simply signed "Mount Hebron Middle School Staff." LaStella said the letter was written after Mount Hebron staff held a meeting Friday afternoon.

Dear Dr. Frank Alvarez, Dr. James Patterson, Members of Montclair School Board of Education, Mt. Hebron PTA Co-Presidents Ms Melissa Bigelow, Ms Liza Cohn, Ms Sue Obidditch and Members of the PTA,

The Mount Hebron Middle Schoo Staff wish to express our outrage at the removal of Principal Guy Whitlock. We were not apprised beforehand, nor given the opportunity to weigh in on this matter.

Furthermore, it is horrifying to learn of this change through several news media sources and, sadly, hearsay. We need to effectively communicate about the future of our school amongst the staff, with the parents, students, and the community at large. Clearly we are unable to do so at this time.
Given the emergent crisis, which impacts the entire Mount Hebron community, it is imperative that a meeting with the Mount Hebron community be scheduled on Tuesday, May 22nd and our suggested time is 7 p.m.

In the spirit of transparency and accountability, we request two representatives from the Montclair Board of Education, the members of the Mount Hebron PTA, the PTA Council, and Dr. Alvarez attend this meeting.


The Mount Hebron Middle School Staff

CP3O May 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Megan Fox....how are we the taxpayer benefitting from this transfer? We're still paying for his salary and now we need a new principal?
montclair steve May 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I am a teacher and would like to share the following about Mr. Whitlock. Guy Whitlock completed a two year full time graduate program, passed the licensing exams and was awarded two administrative credentials from the State of New Jersey: School Administrator and Principal. As Principal of Mt. Hebron he was charged with revitalizing the school, increasing 5th grade applications to Mt. Hebron Middle School, and changing the master schedule to increase the number of electives offered to students. Guy Whitlock has revitalized Mt. Hebron, it is a more exciting place to teach and to learn than it has been over the last 20 years; applications from fifth grade students have significantly increased over prior years; and the new master schedule is on schedule for implementation for September 2012, with or without Mr. Whitlock. In just two short years Mt. Hebron, now the University STEM Magnet has begun a wonderful transformation and every honest person who is a current Mt. Hebron stakeholder can confirm this. Guy Whitlock is a man of integrity who has been a tremendous asset and inspiration to Mt. Hebron students, staff, parents and community stakeholders. As civil servants, educators serve at the will of the Board of Education whether it is on the building level or at Central Office; they should not however, be tried by bloggers, who put down public figures for sport. Shame on you, for thinking this should be your role.
Laura Gardner May 21, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Well said. I think we can all detect a fervor growing so please everyone keep commenting because I don't think we should take this "lying down". This is a BOE decision that needs to be challenged!
Lynniefein May 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I have a 7th grader at Mt Hebron & wholeheartedly agree that Mr Whitlock has done an outstanding job in the short 2 years he has been there! We are very sad & disappointed to see him go!!
Shelley Emling May 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The teachers just told me that the Tuesday meeting has been postponed due to "scheduling conflicts."


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