Franklin Public Schools district dodges a bullet

Last week the Franklin Public Schools district (FPS) announced the school board had selected Annalee Bennin as the district’s next superintendent starting on July 1. Bennin most recently was the superintendent for the Sheboygan Falls District and before that, she was an assistant superintendent of teaching and learning in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District.

Bennin was one of three finalists for the job, and in my view was the least objectionable of a pretty bad list to choose from.

The absolute worst was Corey Golla, the superintendent of Menomonee Falls who had a long horrible track district as the district leader there. 

I recall telling a Franklin School Board member during the selection process that if they picked Golla, “there would be Hell to pay.” He should have never even been granted an interview.

And now Golla has stepped in it…again.

In a lengthy piece Newstalk 1130 WISN’s Dan O’Donnell lasers in on Golla’s ridiculously ineffective leadership marked by students committing physical and sexual assaults.

Here’s an excerpt from O’Donnell:

“Welcome 4k students! We’re so excited for you to come and join us at Ben Franklin,” says a chipper woman as she opens the doors to the Menomonee Falls School District elementary school, which houses grades 4k through second.

The virtual walkthrough, one of dozens of videos on the District’s YouTube page, is a testament to Menomonee Falls’ ability to market itself as a destination district which prides itself on being a beacon of academic achievement and a welcoming community.

“We are the home of the Statesmen,” the chipper woman continues, “where we practice being respectful, responsible, and safe.”

But for two former employees of Benjamin Franklin Elementary, it was anything but. There was no respect. There was no responsibility. And there certainly was no safety. Now, they are coming forward with shocking stories of physical and even sexual assault committed by shockingly young children.

They are both alleging the direct violation of the Menomonee Falls School District Code of Conduct, under which “physical assault on a District employee by a student is strictly forbidden.”

The Menomonee Falls School District and Superintendent Corey Golla did not respond to repeated requests for comment on this story, specifically why the District violated its own policy in refusing to discipline the students who assaulted Corrine and Kina.

Since it quickly became clear that neither student would be removed from the classroom or face any discipline whatsoever, (the two) repeatedly asked the district and school for support in dealing with their extreme behaviors, but were repeatedly rebuffed.

A very good piece of journalism by Dan O’Donnell. Read his entire article here.

As for Franklin, thank God the school board got this one right.

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