Speakers back Bidwell re-hiring

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

“I received several phone calls today and all week long, all week people calling, students calling and saying they’ve been bombarded,” said Martin.

“I am in support of Mr. Bidwell,” said Howze-Jones. “I know there are varied opinions on the subject. I feel very strongly about mine.

“My purpose is I’ve seen many positive changes at Franklin County School and I attribute those changes to Mr. Bidwell,” she continued. “He’s the most effective principal and leader we’ve had in my eight years.

“It seems like we waste so much valuable time getting used to an administrator. A lot of our time is wasted on repeated training of new principals,” said Howze-Jones. “We have invested a lot of money on Mr. Bidwell. I have a signed list of co-workers who agree.”

Paul Bankston, a paraprofessional and girls basketball coach, likened Bidwell to Marks, who he said had a similar dedication in the past. “Fifteen years ago I saw somebody else in action, that’s our superintendent,” he said. “She offered TLC, she cared about that kid.

“I’ve seen the same thing with Mr. Bidwell,” said Bankston. “I’ve seen him take a kid aside, teaching him the proper technique for basketball.

“I can work with this man, because one reason he’s approachable,” he said. “When I talk to him, he don’t act like he's up here and I’m down here.”

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