Concerns Aired In Meeting Regarding Nashville District 99 Superintendent Fowler

(NASHVILLE, IL) — Nashville District 99 school board members met behind closed doors Monday with Nashville High School teachers about their concerns with Superintendent Ernie Fowler. On May 9, members of Nashville Education Association took a vote to confirm that a majority of their membership has no confidence in Fowler. However, last month the two groups disagreed about Fowler’s effectiveness and agreed to meet in person to discuss the issue. Neither leaders of the board or the union would comment about the outcome of Monday’s meeting. In a press release last month, the Education Association issued a press release regarding their no confidence vote, claiming among other things that Fowler takes little initiative to seek aid from outside sources in order to improve the district’s financial situation, spends district funds without being able to clearly justify the need for doing so, and has discouraged teachers from seeking grant money to improve the district finances. The NCHS School Board, however, responded to the claims by saying they believe that the students and families of District 99 are in good hands under Fowler’s direction and they believe that the recent vote of ‘no confidence’ by the union is baseless and without merit.