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Special meeting agenda released: ‘Accept the resignation of Mr. Mort Argoe’

The Barrington School District Board of Education today released the agenda for Wednesday’s Special Action Meeting, and it consists of one item for action: “Accept the resignation of Mr. Mort Argoe, Principal, Woodland School, effective June 30, 2012.”

The meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., also will include a period for public comment.

Principal Argoe submitted his resignation last week after the board’s regularly scheduled meeting (“Principal Argoe resigns from Barrington School District, former mayor says“).

The resignation comes in the wake of an apparent bullying incident at Woodland School that some say was improperly handled by Argoe. At the May 14 school board meeting, dozens of people showed up to  support Argoe. Many questioned whether the district’s investigation of the incident was thorough enough.

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13 comments on “Special meeting agenda released: ‘Accept the resignation of Mr. Mort Argoe’

  1. anonymous
    May 22, 2012

    Did you ever look into the reason behind Mr. Argoe resigning from several other districts?

    • anonymous
      May 23, 2012

      I’ve never heard of a school administrator resigning from several districts, as Mr. Argoe has done. I think people should be questioning HIS integrity, instead of that of a good family, who cares about their children.

  2. Mary Bkinder
    May 22, 2012

    Wonder why Mr. Argoe is not taking his chances at a tenure proceeding? Must be more than meets the eye! The mass of people thinking that this is due to an isolated incident should not be so deceived. Perhaps he can start over – yet again – at another school with his records protected. Do you really think that an entire school board, who is privleged to know about the information, would continue with this process if it was not warranted? Let’s try to be kinder to all involved – it can’t be easy for any of them. Unless the public really “knows all of the details” then they should not be so quick to place the blame on anyone. Yet, to know “all the details” Mr. Argoe would have to agree to make them public. If he won’t do that…then the supporters should just remain neutral since they are not privleged officials.

    • Kristina DiPatri
      May 22, 2012

      Just stop. It’s over, you won 🙂 People know enough to know that if it was that bad, he’d be in jail or gone already. The fact that he is allowed to finish out the year speaks volumes. But thanks for reminding us readers how “unprivileged” we are, because we had no idea… Can’t wait for this to be over. I hope we hire Mrs. Moore back, she was awesome (she says, rolling her eyes)

  3. anonymous
    May 23, 2012

    Enough….Come to the school board meeting tonight where documentation from the parents directly involved will be presented to put to rest once and for all that Principal Argoe did not violate any bullying policy or procedure. If a thorough investigation had been conducted to begin with, this town would not be suffering from this huge mess. Shame on the Superintendent with his own agenda and the School Board members who blindly believed whatever they were told…….

    • anonymous
      May 23, 2012

      You are severely misinformed. And the only reason this town is suffering is because of the “angry mob mentality” of the “supporters” of Mr. Argoe.

      • anonymous
        May 23, 2012

        Do you mean the parents of the children who were directly involved and have stated so are misinformed???? Really, get a grip – you make no sense…..The only people who sound “angry” and vengeful are obviously her friend (s).

  4. FINALLY
    May 23, 2012

    The Superintendent and School Board Members will now HAVE to answer to the County investigators.

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  9. this is heinous
    November 27, 2012

    he was a great man and a great principal. Students respected him, teachers loved him and were comfortable around him. he brought in breakfast every friday for all the teachers, took yearly themed dress-up staff photos, had control of the school without using anger, lifted up the morale of the entire school. He was the light of that building and caused everyone around him to be better people, educators, and students. I know all I need to know and no amount of investigating will ever change the fact that this man brought Woodland School and Barrington to life; and to discredit him and all the wonderful things he did by allowing false allegations and rumors at best to be heard as truth is disappointing for me as a long-time Barrington resident. But then this wouldn’t be the first time Barrington has allowed politics, rumors, and corrupt-wrongly placed power make decisions for us, and I am sure it won’t be the last.

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