New Castle News

February 25, 2013

New superintendent needs two crucial qualities

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

The New Castle school district will soon have a new superintendent.

Whoever gets the job must keep two things in mind. First, read the small print in all contracts. Second, control his or her passions.

George Gabriel failed to do either and is no longer the superintendent.

If he would have read the small print in the debt consolidations contract (a loan approaching $100 million) and understood the magnitude of the $8 million penalty clause, he would have had no reason to submit his letter of resignation.

Once the debt consolidation contract was approved, there was no stopping the building project. The $8 million penalty was the greater of the two bad decisions.

The debt consolidation contract was approved months before the architects came back with the bids that exceeded what the district had wanted to spend.

Gabriel’s passion for the new building caused the building to turn into a donnybrook that finally ended in the parking lot with name calling and profanity.

Philip P. Conti

Euclid Avenue

New Castle