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School Board Mum on Future of RHS Principal After DUI

He is currently on paid leave, working at the central office.

It will be a lengthy system of due process as education officials ponder the future of Principal Eric Baim after a DUI charge over the weekend.

Baim, 37, was charged in Berlin with failure to obey a traffic signal and driving under the influence at 1:53 a.m. on Friday, police records indicate. He was at the intersection of the Berlin Turnpike and Spruce Brook Road, according to police.

Baim lives in Bristol.

Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said on Monday that she did not want to comment on any pending personnel matters. The Board of Education conducted an executive session on Monday to discuss the matter but took no action.

Conway was clear that no official recommendation has been made and added that any employee recommended for termination must first get a hearing from a balanced state board. That board then reports to the local school board and the local board then takes on the matter, Conway said.

Cathy July 21, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I don't think the comments were orchestrated; it's not uncommon for students to step up to the plate in support when something like this happens, especially if the person is well-liked. What bothers me is the assertion I'm hearing that because he's a 'nice guy' and has the respect of the students, he should get a second chance. Does it follow that if he weren't a 'nice guy' or was unpopular with students, he should receive different treatment? And comments that the school will revert to chaos if he goes isn't exactly a stellar endorsement of leadership skills. There are two VP's at the school; do they not also have the respect of students? If so, the school will be fine regardless of what happens. If not, it brings the principal's overall leadership into question. In the end, it doesn't really matter what any of us think. The outcome of this situation should be based on Board policy and law, not on public opinion. I would hope that the policy for handling something like this is already in place. If not, we've got bigger problems to address.
Michael July 21, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I think we should hire Cathy as the new principal because she has all the answers. It is really amazing how she is so perfect and knows how to fix everything. I only hope that one day I can be perfect like her........... Oh by the Cathy if you can't tell I'm joking
Chris Dehnel July 21, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I am going to reiterate that we need to resist the temptation to get into personal exchanges. Please, this is a sensitive topic and we need to stay on topic. Please review the Patch terms of use policy http://vernon.patch.com/terms
Tony R. October 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I am a Vernon resident and my son goes to Vernon high school. I think he should go to jail and be fired!!! Their is no structure in that school. I think they should fire everyone in that school. And rehire the hole staff. A lot of bad things happen in that school and the staff look away they just don't care. Before my son went their he was a good kid good grade all the time now that he started high school he turned out a different child. Grads are bad etc. I tried a few times to have a sit down with the school to discuse the issue they turned me away. Not once but a few times now I hear my sons smoking weed during lunchtime with other students. Bad again I tried so hard to report this and they didn't care! So yea fire his but!!! And restaff that whole school.
jason November 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
my name is jason and i go to rockville high mr. baim did make a horrible mistake but as he taught us in school there are consequences to every action. i was hit by a drunk driver before and i didnt like how he got off so easy. he needs to be a role model for the kids and he should of been fired for the incident he always trys to get other kids introuble for no reason . i used to be a good kid untill i started going to that school him and sue andrews dont noe how to run that school and thats what i believe. i agree they need new people in that school. Baim shouldnt of got off that easy. and im pissed. thank you

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