It's no secret that many teachers in the Ogden School District, and some administrators, are not happy with the district leadership. If one talks in confidence, there's an earful of gripes, including charges of a district leadership that is disinterested in teachers' opinions, preferring to see some educators as adversaries to be overcome rather than as professionals integral to students' success.
As a result, it's not surprising that an unusually large percentage of Ogden School District teachers left at the end of the 2012-2013. Fifteen percent of all Ogden district teachers left at the end of the year. That doesn't compare well to other districts, including Weber (6 percent) and Davis (5.5 percent).
The teachers' departures are a concern. It's critical to remember that teachers, and not the district superintendent or school board, are the most important factor in a student's success. If there isn't a quality teacher in the classroom, the students won't do as well. If the Ogden district continues to lose teachers at this rate, the fault for that will lie with the district's leadership. It will underscore that there may not be a productive amount of communication and respect between the district leadership and the professionals who have the most important task in the Ogden district, which is teaching. The district leadership needs to take a close look at why teachers are leaving. They need to take steps to halt the high numbers.
When there is success in the Ogden School District, it's the teachers who merit the lion's share of appreciation. After all, they have the far tougher job that requires more skills.
There have been successes in educational standards during Superintendent Brad Smith's tenure. Are the teachers receiving appreciation for their accomplishments? Based on the departure numbers, it seems that many don't feel appreciated by the leadership.