John Marshall, a well-known and longtime local educator, has left his position as principal at Frank Wright Intermediate School in Imperial under a cloud of suspicion.
A little more information about why Marshall was relieved of his duties would serve students, parents and others in the Imperial community, who seem baffled by why Marshall was moved to a job in the individualized learning center at Imperial High School during the Christmas break. To only say he was moved after being given a notice of "unprofessional conduct," as the school district has announced, is not forthcoming enough to those concerned about the matter. It also leaves a cloud around Marshall regarding what he did or didn't do, which may be unfair to him.
We have always found it to be best when public officials, including school boards and school officials, are forthcoming in such matters. Barbara Layaye, who generally has done an admirable job as Imperial Unified School District's superintendent, may want to be more open about such matters in this case and in other such matters in the future. We realize there are confidentiality considerations when dealing with personnel matters that must be weighed, but community well-being and peace of mind also must be considered.