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Personnel File 2: The Case of Keith

This case study is offered as a discussion starter. The incident happened. The names are changed, but the facts are straight from the principal’s mouth. How did it end? I’m holding that, for now. How should it end? What reasons would you offer for that decision? Discuss this case with colleagues in leadership.

Keith worked in a small town with a small school. The applicants for the open second-grade teaching position had been few; the best of the group, though, were two women: one a “local yokel” and the other from half-way across the country. The interviews were done; so was the lengthy discussion about which one ought to be offered the contract. Now the board president turned to Keith, the principal: “OK, Keith, which one do you think we should hire?”

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