EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — The Edwardsburg School board passed up on two of the three final candidates for the district’s Superintendent position following separate investigations by REAL News Michiana. Board members directly mentioned concerns with the candidate’s related to the stories published by RNM earlier this week. However, despite concerns with the last candidate’s background (though fewer than the others), the board went ahead on Wednesday with a vote to start contract negotiations and an offer with Courtney Szucs contingent on a site visit.
The Board specifically mentioned concerns with radical and obscene social media posts being made by candidate Mark Brenton. An RNM story on Wednesday highlighted several posts in which Brenton called Melania Trump a “Hooker,” advocated for political violence against Republicans and called members of the GOP “racists.” Brenton is the current Superintendent of Bellaire Schools. Brenton deleted his social media accounts following the RNM expose.
The Board also mentioned concerns with compatibility in regard to school culture and certain curriculum when discussing candidate Sarah Hickle. Hickle is the current Assistant Superintendent of School City of Mishawaka. In her tenure in SCM administration, she has been the leader in bringing tenets of Critical Race Theory and radical gender ideology into the school district, as outlined in an RNM investigation published on Tuesday.
Szucs is currently the Executive Director of Special Services at Fenton Area Schools. There has been some controversy regarding her students wearing BLM buttons and a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that she earned. The DEI certificate curriculum revolved around several tenets of Critical Race Theory.
Two members of the board suggested delaying the decision. However, their motion was voted down by the rest of the board.
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