TCAPS provides joint statement with Cardon, but no answers

Oct 14, 2019

The Traverse City Area Public Schools Board is allegedly at odds with new District Superintendent Ann Cardon, and there is speculation that Cardon may be out of a job soon.

The school board hasn't commented on Cardon's future or the nature of the disagreement, but Board President Sue Kelly put out a joint statement with Cardon Monday.

"It is unfortunate that there has been significant conjecture, conjecture which fails to acknowledge that the board has an obligation to uphold, and employees have a right to expect privacy under the law when requested," the statement reads. "The board takes its oath and Standards of Practice very seriously."

A joint statement from Traverse City Area Public Schools Board President Sue Kelly and Superintendent Ann Cardon.
Credit Traverse City Area Public Schools

Cardon and Kelly have not returned multiple requests for comment. In the statement they say "Additional information will be shared when available and appropriate."

"Over the last few days there has been much speculation in the community about TCAPS and the future of the Superintendent. It is unfortunate that there has been significant conjecture, conjecture which fails to acknowledge that the Board has an obligation to uphold, and employees have a right to expect, privacy under the law when requested. The Board takes its oath and Standards of Practice very seriously, including its charge to: “Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information including that shared in closed sessions of the board.” Both Superintendent Cardon and the Board of Education remain resolute in our collective focus on our students and their learning. We are confident that our incredible team of professionals will continue to advance our mission, which is that we exist to educate, because education improves the quality of life for all. Additional information will be shared when available and appropriate. At this time, Ann Cardon has requested privacy and will not be conducting media interviews."

IPR will update this story as it develops.