EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque School District Superintendent Greg Herbst, placed on paid leave by the school board July 1, has released a statement to the press.
One of the unfortunate tendencies of human nature is to “fill in the blanks” in the absence of information. In this context, it is reasonable for people to wonder if I have embezzled funds or committed some illicit act, for it is these types of behaviors that elicit the type of professional consequence that has been imposed upon me. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.
People who have known me personally and professionally are demanding some sort of explanation, so in defense of my reputation, my professional life’s work for the past twenty-seven years, I offer this—I have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing on my performance. It is my opinion that the origin of this event is in regard to my investigations into the performance and effectiveness of another school official. It is also my opinion that some external collusive relationships may have unduly influenced some of the Board members.
Seeing your photo in newspapers and on television and having people question your integrity are understatedly unsettling. However, I am not ashamed, because I have done nothing for which to be ashamed. I stand very proudly next to my body of work while serving the students and families of this amazing community.
As for now, my family and I find ourselves oscillating between disbelief, sadness, and anger. My)wife, Lois, and I could not be more proud of our three daughters, Emily, Ashley, and Hannah, for they refuse to allow themselves to be collateral damage in this process. The outpouring of support from our extended families, school family, this community and others has been ineffably humbling and appreciated. We like to think of it as community equity, a reciprocal byproduct of investing yourself fully in people.