Adviser Update Adviser Update Spring 2017 | Page 31

31 maintains new principal highly qualified, best candidate.” All of a sudden, the mountain was rocky. The superintendent dismissed all points discussed in the Booster’s article and said their information was irrelevant. On Sunday, April 2, the district announced a special board meeting for Tuesday, April 4. Needless to say, it was a very long weekend as we waited for the special board meeting. Monday came and went. Tuesday, April 4, started out a normal day. In the publications room, tension was high. Around noon, the faculty received an email announcing an emergency faculty meeting immediately after school. During the faculty meeting, the superintendent said Amy Robertson had failed to produce a transcript for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. She had attended, but did not graduate. She had stopped communicating with him. If she did not submit her resignation to the board by the meeting that evening, the board of education would terminate her contract. During the meeting the superintendent did not mention the students and their article. He did not mention The Morning Sun’s article in which he dismissed their concerns. While in the staff meeting, The Kansas City Star posted a ​story​ about the newly hired principal. Little did we know, this was the beginning of the brewing media storm. That evening, the students, their parents and I attended the board meeting. The board opened the meeting and immediately voted to go into executive session for 10 minutes. The board returned from executive session and read a ​ statement​. Robertson submitted a letter of resignation and the board voted to accept it. gallery Once again, the students and their article were not mentioned. That evening, I was contacted by The Washington Post. The story printed during the night and the next morning was a media explosion. My inbox was flooded with emails, our phones were ringing off the hook and all of our social media accounts were inundated with messages, tweets and posts. The students have been featured in every major publication, from T ​ he New York Times​ to ​The Washington Post​, from ​CNN ​to ​Good Morning America​, from ​CBS News​ to N ​ PR​. In fact, the students did so many interviews across so many platforms, I can’t even keep it all