The Wilson Post calls for Setterlund's resignation
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund must resign.
His Thursday night admission to drinking a beer and getting behind the wheel of his county-issued SUV has created a firestorm within the educational community.
He has become a liability for the school system and has lost the ability to lead.
Dr. Setterlund has since said in a statement to a Nashville newspaper, "It was a stupid thing to do."
In roughly six months on the job, Dr. Setterlund has fired several veteran Central Office employees, two of whom have filed lawsuits; brought in associates from West Tennessee to fill highly paid positions; implemented dramatic changes in the academic day at the county's four high schools in a veiled effort to eliminate teaching positions; and in general has fostered a, "my way or the highway" temperament in dealing with those under him.
Morale among teachers and school level administration has never been lower.
Drinking a beer and operating a county-owned vehicle would result in immediate termination of a bus driver, a maintenance worker, a principal or a teacher – no questions asked. The Director of Schools should be treated no differently.
Factor in the turmoil he has created for our schools in six short months, and you've got recipe for disaster.
How can Dr. Setterlund demand the employees under his command hold themselves to a certain level of decorum, when he isn't capable of doing it himself?
Several members of the County Commission are enraged, and the School Board should be as well.
This isn't about one beer and one bad decision. It's about the latest in a series of bad acts.
Dr. Setterlund must resign and do so immediately.
The above editorial reflects the opinion of the ownership and management of The Wilson Post.