There's no easy way to do this, and no way that won't result in its actions being questioned, but Bellevue's school board handled a mess of a situation as well as we've seen anyone handle such a situation around here.
After personnel issues and complaints surfaced against the schools' superintendent, Bud Martin, and his deputy, Darrell Hykes, it looked -- briefly -- as though we were going to see more of the same stonewalling to which we're all accustomed when a prominent person is in hot water.
Both men were escorted off school property after the accusations were made,and the school board released a statement about personnel issues involving Martin and Hykes and said the statement was all there would be.
But the board quickly set up a hearing for Martin and Hykes to contest the accusations and, when they failed to show up, started the wheels in motion to fire both men.
Martin has already appealed and demands a public hearing before a referee. Hykes isn't talking, at least to the Register.
None of this is meant to express an opinion of Martin's or Hykes' guilt or innocence. It's simply to note the Bellevue school board acted quickly and, where applicable, publicly, on a sensitive matter. With Martin's formal appeal, his half of the case is or shortly will be in the hands of the Ohio Department of Education, which we hope will provide the professional and impartial arbitrator the situation demands.
The school board's handling of this situation certainly beats a drawn-out, secretive investigation, rife with innuendo, rumor and expense, that results in a decision open to challenge on every front.
Not that we know of any city around here that does that.