In explaining the dismissal of Weston High School basketball coach Mike Hvisdo, athletic director Mark Berkowitz said, "The administration had to make a decision that was best for all parties involved. It's just an unfortunate situation and an unfortunate event. In the world of education, our leaders are held to higher standards than other walks of life."
My question is what is what's the definition of "higher standards?" I find it difficult to believe that all personnel of the Weston School District have perfectly clean pasts.
Why single out Mike Hvizdo for an isolated event when he was an actor in a film more than 10 years ago? Quite simply, it has nothing to do with his basketball-coaching career and does not make him as a person of questionable character. An actor is acting in a role.
Furthermore, many of our community coaches and school coaches use profanity and vulgarity on and off the field, which some people recognize as acceptable and customary in athletics. Coaches have verbal confrontations with refs and officials that are contrary to ethics, codes of conduct and sportsmanship. Is this good leadership? Do we have a variable standard in Weston?
If the criteria of "standards" is the benchmark for decision-making on an individual's professional effectiveness, then "the standards" need to be defined, published and apply to all personnel on an equal basis -- no warnings, exceptions or excuses. There needs to be complete accountability, transparency and parity for all -- including administrators, teachers, coaches, support staff and contracted service providers.
Anything short of this is unfair and disrespectful to Coach Hvizdo.