Ryal superintendant is one of the good guys

Published: March 11, 2013

Regarding “Ryal educators teach students to succeed despite povery (News, Feb. 24),” Scot Trower was very moving and I don't feel Trower painted the community in a particularly negative light. I was dismayed to read in “Ryal Public School board suspends superintendent” (News, March 6) that Trower was suspended for doing the interview.

Put this tempest in perspective. He didn't abuse anyone, embezzle funds or commit any other crime. He does not deserve to lose his job. Why would they want to lose someone who's so passionate and dedicated to the community and to his school? The Ryal Board of Education and community shouldn't let their embarrassment over one article get in the way.

On the contrary, with a grade of “B” on the state's school grading system, I'd like to know more about how the board made its school one of the better school systems in Oklahoma! It has one of the good guys as its superintendent. It needs to keep him and help him do an even better job; otherwise, it'll only be one more defeat we read about in the paper.

Cheryl Barr, Oklahoma City

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