Bassett Resigns as Superintendent of NPPS

Posted 3 weeks ago

By Scott Carlson

Superintendent Marty Bassett

Marty Bassett

North Platte Public Schools Superintendent Marty Bassett has resigned.

In a news release Thursday afternoon, North Platte Public Schools Board of Education President, Kathy Phares, said the Board will vote to formally accept Bassett’s resignation at the next regular board meeting.

The Board plans to fill the position with an Interim Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year, saying they will work diligently to find the right person.

According to Phares, the Board will begin the search for a full-time superintendent in the coming months.

“Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important endeavors a board must face,” Phares said.

“The task will be approached with fervent attention to each vital detail necessary to ensure a rewarding and successful search,” Phares added.

The resignation comes less than a week after a grueling hearing regarding Jefferson Elementary physical education teacher, Mark Woodhead.  Woodhead stood accused of dragging a third-grader to a timeout room and causing rug burns to the boy’s back.

Bassett had recommended that the Board of Education terminate Woodhead’s contract due to the incident.

However, after 15 hours of testimony and deliberation, the Board voted 4-2 to allow Woodhead to keep his job.

Hundreds packed into the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center to show their support for Woodhead, and cheered loudly when the vote was cast.

Bassett’s first full year with the NPPS was the 2012-2013 school year.  His contract was to run through June 30, 2015.

Phares said the Board is grateful for Bassett’s service to the NPPS and wish him well in his future endeavors.

The reason for Bassett’s resignation was not given.

 


  • Voting…fire-woodhead!

    If the board of education would have done the right thing and terminated woodhead Bassett would still be here and continuing to do what he’s good at. It’s sad that people supported woodhead when clearly he did the wrong thing! Woodhead is an irrigant man who has treated students like crap for years and he finally snapped and took out his anger on a 3rd grader!! Now Bassett is gone do to the poor desicion of our school board! It’s sad to think what this town is coming to!

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    • Tip

      You may want to spell check prior to criticizing individuals with educational positions.

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      • porkopolis

        Go F#@£ yourself and your spell checkin BullS#!+

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    • L Smith

      Bassett would of continued to bully. He needs to go if he didnt resign a recall wad in place.

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    • porkopolis

      Bassett sucked. Was a poor superintendent. Get off his nuts

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  • Steve

    This is wonderful news for Catholic education in North Platte enrollment will surely be up. What sort of superintendent do you suppose would come near this district considering the board’s record? Not a qualified one.

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  • Brenda Rosencrants Roberts

    I happen to think the board made the right decision on keeping Mr. Woodhead. Teachers or secretaries shouldn’t have to put up with an uncontrollable child. I do think that maybe they should of called the law and had the child put in protective custody, then maybe this wouldn’t have happened. Its sad that parents don’t have more control over their children that’s what has happened since we can’t spank the children anymore.

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  • noname

    It was more then Mr. Woodhead, it was 17 other teachers leaving due to the negative ship this super ran. Even a very nice secretary left. He knew public opinion was against him in the majority. He couldn’t take the heat, he got out of kitchen. Farwell and good luck sir I hope you learned a lesson from this mistake.

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  • No More monkeys in our Circus!

    Hey Marty,, Don’t the Screen door Hit Ya where the good lord split ya,,,,

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  • No More monkeys in our Circus!

    Hey Voting was it your kid perhaps? Manners begin at home!

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    • Voting…fire-woodhead!

      No not my kid .. I don’t have kids and never will. But doesn’t change the fact that woodhead did this to a 3rd grader!! A 3rd grader that I don’t know their name or their family have no clue who it was but that doesn’t change the fact that this kid was dragged and sub stained rug burns from being dragged! Teacher or not that’s called child abuse! Yeah so the media says the kid was uncontrollable I think that goes back to his living situation at home! It’s not like he’s in high school and can do things on his own! Who really knows what happens at home? Pretty sure the kid can’t help the way he is! How about we pray to help this child and his family over come what ever is going on instead of gathering at a flag pole and praying woodhead gets his job back! Just because his son plays in the nfl if he lost his job it would look bad!

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      • wow

        HA! Pretty sure it has NOTHING to do with his son being in the NFL. By third grade a kid should know the meaning of right and wrong and to RESPECT his elders. My kids are GREAT kids and have never had trouble at school. Why? Because I taught them to have respect and to obey their teachers! Marty Bassett was long overdue with his resignation. It should have happened a LONG time ago.

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        • Steve

          You’re 100% correct. By 3rd grade a child should know respect. Since we’re playing the “should have” game, don’t you think an educator with 30 years of experience and training in dealing with behavior kids SHOULD HAVE known better than to drag a de-escalated child 90 feet on the floor by his ankles and SHOULD HAVE suffered consequences for that action? Yep me too.

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          • Val

            If the doctor that examined the child the day of the incident didn’t report to HHS, the police that interviewed witnesses didn’t press charges and HHS wasn’t involved yet certainly knew what happened, why would the school board fire an exceptional 30 year teacher? Discipline, absolutely. Fired, no.

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          • Steve

            Well Val, because he dragged a child by his ankles past other children. When said child was safely away from other children. What more do you need?

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          • L Smith

            Child couldnt be left unattende . Its not the secretaries job. Mark had to find someone to cover his class of 22 to deal with 1. 22 students got short changed on education that day.

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          • r u kidding me?

            He left his class unattended. The child did not need to be “attended”. He was deescalated by that time and Mr. Woodhead wasn’t. He was pissed that the child walked away from him and he was going to prove who was bigger, stronger and in control. What a guy.

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          • Val

            So you’re willing to fire a teacher with 30 years of exemplary service because he pulled a kid on the floor by his ankles in front of other kids? Hardly an incident that would cause distress to any kid witnessing it. Most of them have probably already forgotten it. I would bet that if you would walk into an unattended room full of kids, you’d see one or two of them being pulled around by their feet by each other and no one’s having nightnares over it. I kind of feel like the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. Mete out some discipline, yes. But firing is an extreme reaction to me.

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          • touche’

            Your right. He SHOULD HAVE known better. Do I agree with his actions? Not totally. We could argue right wrong and indifferent all night. No one will agree.
            Maybe I’m wrong but 20 plus years ago when I was in school we didn’t have “behavior kids” everyone respected and obeyed the authority. If there was such an issue it was dealt with quickly and “said kid” Never acted like crap again. In my heart I believe that comes from home. If the kid is/was having issues at home then someone tell me WHY it’s up to the teachers to pick up the pieces and in turn make every other kid who wants and needs an education suffer? Obviously this particular kid has been having problems. So why did it have to get to this point before someone paid attention? Do you all know that the kids own grandmother testified ON BEHALF OF MR. WOODHEAD???? What does that tell you?

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          • Voting…fire-woodhead!

            That tells me that the grandmother can’t control him! Probably can’t control him due to the fact that either his parents or his grandmother don’t know how to raise children or maybe it’s both their faults. Maybe the parents didn’t want to be parents and that’s why he has problems. Maybe the grandmother doesn’t care and doesn’t want to waste her time on the child! This child is a 3rd grader all he needs is someone to care and to show him some love! That’s sad and breaks my heart. And all you arrogant people keep blaming this child. Isn’t that considered bullying?

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          • r u kidding me?

            She did not. I was there and she was the first witness for the school’s attorney. Trust me, that was not ON BEHALF of Mr. Woodhead.

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        • Gotit

          Hey let’s all go gather around a flag pole pray pray pray for mark woodhead that he gets his job back!! What a joke!! Mark woodhead was in the wrong and he should have lost his job. Maybe you guys should all pray to help this poor child and the way he is living!!

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        • whatthehellisthisworldcomingto

          I tought my kids respect and still had some trouble but if my child was being disrespectful and had to be dragged to time out well then I guess what happens happens …

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      • Supporting Mr Woodhead

        I am gonna say right now…if my daughter disrespected teaching staff to have to be dragged out of a room…she deserved it!!! How many of you have worked for the schools and got spit on, cursed at, kicked, hit, head bunt, things thrown at etc?? I have and I am for Mr Woodhead!!!! He is a wonderful teacher and can be tough at times but what teacher can’t???? I’m happy the superintendent left…

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      • whatthehellisthisworldcomingto

        could care less about the woodhead situation… wasn’t there don’t know what happened… and unless you were there you need to keep your opinion on what happened with this child to yourself.. …especially considering you don’t have kids…. you don’t know frustration till you have kids of your own….

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      • porkopolis

        Oh ya now it’s about Danny being in the nfl. Dumb comment.

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  • Baffled once more

    Bet you didn’t know that the principal that was only told half of what really happened was let go from his new job due to not turning the situation in to the administration? Realllly? And mark woodhead was the one that didn’t tell the principal all of what really happened.. And mr woodhead still has a job? Smells a little fishy around here

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  • L Smith

    The incident isn’t what happened to the third grade child. That was handled by prodical in Feb. Marty has gotten to big for his britches. Power trip. 20 teachers released from NPHS alone. Coviello fired. Schere fired. DiGiovanni let go for her stand against closing Hall School. Board members, teachers and staff threatened in their job duties. Woodhead was reprimanded in Feb. Full investigation through the state and notification of family. The family requested no charges. The child is raised by great grandma. Other children removed from her care. This child is as bad as the Simmons boys kicked out of Hall for the abuse to 10 students and a teacher. Now they run the streets of NP. This child needs specialized care. Marty Bassett knew he was done when a voice of two spoke after the vote. It was done correctly. Keep Woodhead and releasr Bassett.

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    • r u kidding me?

      Where do you get your information? You had to pull most of that post out of thin air. Teachers weren’t released from the high school, they resigned to take other positions. DiGiovanni did not get let go, she chose to resign. Schere was not fired. He had put in his resignation prior to any of the Woodhead stuff hitting the fan. He was moving east to be closer to his parents. The child is not being raised by great grandma. How about checking some facts before posting such ridiculous nonsense.

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      • L Smith

        George Schere was FIRED by Marty Bassett. He opted for a job in Hastings. A call was made and Bassett requested Schere to be marked as a child offender. He was released from his contract with Hasting Schools. George Schere is on a fight for his position and protection of his title. Contact him. Teachers were forced to resign due to Bassett. Contact and speak to these individuals yourself. I have.

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    • fed up

      L Smith you obviously do not get your facts straight or just choose to embellish stories! Have you ever heard of a slander lawsuit? It is not okay for anyone to make up lies about others, especially children and then post those lies on a public website. How do you sleep at night? LIES all LIES is what you are full of.

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  • Juicehead

    The Board loves Mr. Woodhead so much that they will make him the new Superintendent

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  • friendly

    If that was a parent doing that to their child, they would have been thrown in jail and the kid taken away by HHS, but it is okay for woodhead to do this.

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  • whatthehellisthisworldcomingto

    kinda glad he resigned cause the whole middle school thing of combining the way they are is rediculous

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