With the resignation of Fairfield High School Principal Tim Halloran, I became very concerned about management practices at the district. I expressed my concern publicly in a Daily Republic column posted Saturday.
Halloran publicly claimed that he was harassed and bullied by Fairfield-Suisun School District administrators. Board policy 4030 requires that any claim of harassment or discrimination be investigated immediately. It would be helpful if the public were aware of some details of that investigation, such as dates and times of interviews with the parties involved.
At the present time, the trustees appear to have failed to follow board policy. However, it is not too late.
Halloran’s public statements should trigger that investigation. I believe that any investigation should be conducted by an impartial third party or group since the parties involved are top administrators. It is impossible for them to be impartial. They would be investigating their own actions. Potential witnesses would fear retribution.
This issue will not go away. I can guarantee that. If the board takes action to initiate an impartial investigation now, the district will forego the possibility of investigations by the grand jury and the Department of Justice. Failure to do so will seriously damage the reputations and credibility of the board members.