Show Your Support for Dr. Williams

In the recent open, public forum from Take Back Perry Schools, it was suggested that one thing the public can do is get behind Dr. Williams and let him know exactly how much we support him and what he’s done for our township. Here’s your chance to do just that. Just leave your comment below to Dr. Williams.

Note: This is the We Support Williams website and I’ll be deleting any negative comments towards Dr. Williams on this post. Feel free to share your negative thoughts on your own website if you’d like.

23 Responses to “Show Your Support for Dr. Williams”


  1. 1 DONNA UNDERWOOD Apr 23rd, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    MY SON ATTEND SOUTHPORT ELEMENTARY, WE HAD LITERACY NIGHT AND DR WILLIAMS ALWAYS TOOK TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO STOP BY AND READ THE LAST BOOK OF THE NIGHT, THIS YEAR THE VICE PRINCIPLE READ THE BOOK, NO ONE ELSE WOULD SHARE THERE TIME WITH OUR CHILDERN …MAKES YOU WONDER WHO REALLY CARED ABOUT OUR KIDS .

  2. 2 Michael Taylor (not the teacher at SHS) Apr 23rd, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Admin states, “Feel free to share your negative thoughts on your own website if you’d like.”

    Bravo! Let them create something to support. They have been living off your work too long. I am sure they can put something together.

    As to supporting Dr. Williams, I worked with him for over 5 years as an employee of the district. He has many positive attributes. Three that I respect him for the most are that he is a strong leader, he is a true advocate for public education and he has a solid grasp of public policy, especially as it pertains to schools.

    Thank you Dr. Williams.

  3. 3 Gary G. Robinson Apr 25th, 2007 at 6:38 am

    Dr. Williams is an exemplary educational leader. Having worked as a teacher and administrator in four other school systems in my 33 year career, Dr. Williams is the most visionary and actively-involved superintendent that I’ve had the chance to work along side. He has a great ability to hire excellent leaders that he inspires and supports. The district’s strategic plan is a shining example of his leadership and interest in making a difference for all students in Perry Township. The plan WAS making a huge difference in this district and the students. However, without his leadership, and the collaborative leadership of a supportive school board, and the PEA; we are in limbo wihtout him being here to support, inspire, and lead. I’m still holding out for your return, Dr. Williams. We need you. Thank you for hanging in there!

  4. 4 Jamie Nance Apr 25th, 2007 at 7:00 am

    I had signed up to speak twice at board meetings in the past. One time, Mrs. Adams skipped an entire section of patrons including myself. Another time, the four majority block board members walked off the stage and left their constituents. Hence, I never got an opportunity to share these remarks with the board and with the public. Since they are completely about Dr. Williams and my support for him as a Perry teacher, maybe here is a good place to finally share them…..
    My name is Jamie Nance and I am a teacher at WV. It has been my experience that Dr. Williams is very involved with our schools, classrooms, and individual students. When I taught third grade, every year our students would write and illustrate their own books. We would then let the children showcase their work at an “authors’ party” at our school. Dr. Williams, each year, accepted our invitation and attended the event. He was always very positive with his remarks to both the students and teachers. He would often spend several minutes talking to individual students. He would, also, take the time to make sure we teachers knew our efforts were appreciated. Now it is our time to let him know - we appreciate everything he has done AND will CONTINUE to do for our schools.

    Thank you, Dr. Williams. We are behind you one hundred percent and look forward to your return as Perry’s acting superintendent.

    Jamie Nance
    Winchester Village Elem.

  5. 5 Heather Cox Apr 25th, 2007 at 10:44 am

    After our child was born, we knew we needed to move into a larger home and a better school district and after extensive research, we chose Perry Township. One of the things I found most compelling was the relationship between the teachers and the administration. If teachers were overwhelmingly happy with Dr. Williams, I knew he must be doing something right. That percentage still astonishes me.

    Dr. Williams, you are an inspiration to your educators and a visionary to parents of Perry Township children. I want to thank you for your dedication and hard work. Thank you for your innovative thinking. You, your administration and your educators have worked together to build a great system. We can’t let 4 vindictive individuals break down what you all have worked so hard to build up. You have remarkable support from parents, teachers and taxpayers of Perry Township and you have my deepest gratitude. We support you and we want you back.

  6. 6 Jim and Joanna Head Apr 25th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    We very much support Dr. Williams and all he has done for the Perry Township school corporation during his tenure. He has led the school district forward and made profound changes. Jim and Joanna Head

  7. 7 Tom Maier Apr 25th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for havinf this site up again, and thanks to the TBPS for all their hard work!
    Dr. Williams always had a moment to speak with me when I would pass him in the halls of PTEC, or at the retail place I am temporarily working at since being downsized from my career job of 25 years. This speaks well for the man, and his integrity. He was responsible for bringing (successfully) the Edison concept to us, in which my son (@ JGE) had a very good experience, as well as mom and dad. It would not be unusual to see Dr. Williams at many school events, attesting to his excellent work ethic. He was a champion for the “Central 9″ opportunity, which, as one young man pointed out at the school board meeting on the 23rd may be in danger as far as it’s future is concerned. As I understand it, he was also a great ambassador and spokesman for education at our State Legislature, which is sorely needed considering the lackadasical nature of some of the elected representatives there. Due to a few folks on the school board, he has been silenced and forbidden to do the great work he has done…it is our hope (as parents and taxpayers) that he may someday be reinstalled to his full position, and again show the leadership and hard working abilities we so greatly need in the Perry Township School System.
    My son several weeks ago presented a petition signed by over 100 SMS students supporting Dr. Williams to the school board. Prior to that, a student at SHS stood up (as he did) and presented a petition signed by many of her peers. We wonder if any of the school board members still have these copies of these petitions presented by these outstanding students. If so (unlikely) perhaps they should look at them and see the support that the real people that the school board is working for have for Dr. Williams.
    At the school board meeting the other night, I used my 2 minutes to speak of fears I have due to all that’s been going on here in the township. One fear I’ll remind everyone in this forum of now…The FEAR of losing Dr. Williams as our super Superintendent. Let us hope that this fear does not come to be.
    Thank you Dr. Williams for all you have done, and we hope that the opportunity will be there for you to continue. In the meantime, Lord Help Our Township!

  8. 8 Blake Willsey (PM Alum) Apr 25th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I am currently attending Purdue University and I was shocked to hear what had happened last semester. I was at the time writing a paper about the public school system in general, and I e-mailed Dr Williams a short interview for my paper. I was very pleased with the response I got from Dr Williams because it added to my paper, but what I enjoyed most about this experience was getting a glimpse into the mind of one of the finest educators I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Appalled as I was that he had been put on administrative leave, I knew that the right thing would eventually be done. Shortly after his suspension I got word of the group that the township had created known to many as Take Back Perry Schools. Knowing full well that my parents and neighbors would not only be a part of the group, but they also have help extensively in getting things straight. Now I know things are not yet back to their original state, but I know they soon will be. It is a shame that it is now moving to the courts. However, if nothing will be shown by the four board members as an attempt to work with the township instead of against it, then the matter must be taken to a higher level of government. I have full confidence in not only TBPS but also in the attorney Ed Delaney who is representing the group. Furthermore I have always had faith in Dr Williams as a leader. I felt his decisions were always good for the township as a whole as well as in the long run. So, I would like to extend a thanks to Take Back Perry Schools members, Mr Ed Delaney who is representing them, and most of all to Dr Williams for being the strong leader I’ve always known him as.

  9. 9 Deb Bovard Apr 25th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    I was an elementary school parent, many years ago when the Perry Administration and teachers were at loggerheads. Though, in that position, I was only nominally affected (thanks to the professionalism of the teachers), I remember the stress and worry that situation engendered.

    Now, as a teacher of 14 years (thanks again to those wonderful teachers encouraging me), I cannot recall a time in my teaching career when I have felt less than valued by our superintendent. I have never cringed when I heard the word “negotiations.” When I saw Terry Rice and Dr. Williams come into our building to talk about the future, I felt confident in that future. Instead of bull-headed opponents, I saw two businessmen/educators, each with their own agenda, but also a common goal–the best education for children.

    Dr. Williams attended functions at our schools, plays,retirements, Christmas breakfasts, Art Shows, sports events, musicals.
    And, he knew his people. On two occasions, I wrote him letters extolling the incredible efforts of some of his employees. I asked him, “Do you know how lucky you are to have people of this calibre working for you?”

    He did. He wrote me back both times relating in detail his own impressions of these people and revealing an impressive depth of knowledge of the individuals and their work. I think that did more to impress me than anything. He KNEW what was going on in this township.

    I was also proud of his leadership at the State level. He has been a vocal opponent of NCLB–at least in its current form. Unlike many of his peers, he has not whined. He was in the Statehouse testifying about the negative effects of underfunded (or unfunded) mandates and making suggestions for more equitable and effective methods of assuring accountability.

    Have I always agreed with his decisions? No. But I never doubted that the direction of his leadership was anything but forward.

    Is he a warm, fuzzy guy? No. Great, wry sense of humor, but not someone I would run up to and give a big hug. He has always reminded me a Fortune 500 CEO–businesslike, no nonsense. But then, I don’t want my “educational portfolio” with “Mister Rogers.”

    I have invested years of my life, years of education, years of caring and years of effort in the MSD of Perry Township. I want a return on my investment–an environment that supports the education of children.

    I want leadership. I want Dr. Williams returned to his position.

  10. 10 Tim Nance Apr 25th, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I will be brief, here. Most people who have been following this situation already know who I am and how I feel. Let me just say that the number one reason I became so directly involved was out of my loyalty to Dr. Williams. I have said this before, I do not know Dr. Williams on a personal level. I have met him just a few times.
    However, I do know first hand what it is like to work in Perry Twp. schools with him as our superintendent. He is a visionary. He does not simply react, like many leaders. He actually is proactive and tries to address problems with innovative solutions before they escalate. These are rare and wonderful attributes for a superintendent to have. We are lucky to have his leadership and we need to make sure that we do not let some people take it away from us for no good reason.

    I have two comments specifically directed to Dr. Williams:

    1. Thank you for all you have done for Perry Township. We teachers are overwhelmingly in support of your return.

    2. Many of us have fought for you the last five months. We will continue to do so for as long as it takes. What has happened to you (and to all of us) should have never happened. However, we can only deal with the present and future at this point. Please stay united with the overwhelming amount of Perry teachers, families, residents, and children until you are rightfully reinstated to your position.

    T. Nance
    Homecroft ELem.

  11. 11 Matt H.(PMHS Senior) Apr 25th, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    As a senior getting ready to wrap up his high school career, I must say that I truly miss Dr. Williams being around. I’ve been on staff for the Graduation Commencement Video for 3 years, and after talking to him several times on that account(He’d get there early, and stop by our booth), I realized that the man has a true eye for education.

    He’s an inspiration to me as I am heading to Ball State to be a Education major next fall.

    This past week, PMHS had a Service Learning recognition ceremony. Usually, Dr. Williams was in the center seat in the first row, and had been for years. He stood the proudest, clapped the loudest, and smiled as each group of students were recognized for Service Learning achievements. Us seniors were disappointed to find him not there, suppressed by the childish actions of our school board, of which most of us are ashamed of.

    Why, as public figures, did they do this to us? Why did they rob us, the students, from a man who made sure that education was top priority? They should be ashamed for removing a great man from his deserved office.

    Dr. Williams has my full backing.

  12. 12 Deb Corbett Apr 26th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    After a board meeting I spent some time talking with the gentleman who did the demographic study of Perry Township. He told me, as he had mentioned to the Board earlier, how amazing it was that Dr. Williams had stay on top and handled the growing population of our township. He said his vision was second to none and it was amazing how Dr. Williams had managed our growth so cost effectively. He had not been a witness to that before. As I’m out in our community I have to tell you that I’ve not seem so many pregnant women. Everytime I see them I remember this conversation I had, and I hope that Dr. Williams will come back to lead us further into our expansion years as he has done in the past.

    Another time in past years, I was PTA President. I had a situation that I needed some help with, and Dr. Williams talked to me for over an hour. He was reasonable, and extremely helpful, along with being kind to all those involved. I very much appreciated the time he took in my moment of need, we came through the situation and it was a positive outcome, thanks to the advice of Dr. Williams.

    Dr. Williams, you are appreciated and missed. We hope you will return to share your many talents with us all soon!

    Most Sincerely,
    Deb Corbett,
    Parent(to six), current PTA 1st Vice President, and resident of Perry Township.

  13. 13 Perry Custodian Apr 26th, 2007 at 8:28 am

    As a custodian here in Perry Township, there have been many times that Dr. Williams has come to evening events at the school where I work. Student plays and performances, school activities and family nights - things like that. I always saw a man who talked to everyone and listened to them, too. Both the parents and the kids. But what really stands out in my mind and I will never forget is that after every concert or play, Dr. Williams helped me and the other custodian with stacking the chairs and breaking down the stage. He did this while wearing his suit and tie. We would tell him, thanks for the gesture but we got it. He always said ” no problem” and helped us anyway. I don’t think too many people in his position would do that. I think he is a good man who has been treated unfairly for reasons that are not legitimate. I am hoping that he is reinstated soon.

  14. 14 Teresa Smith Apr 26th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I have never met Dr. Williams personally nor has my husband. However, can so many good people be so wrong about him. I have talked with so many people since last November. The only negative comment that I have ever heard about Dr. Williams was that he could be abrasive.

    Many of his peers both inside and outside of the corporation stated that he is a champion for education. I have found from so many different sources that there are so many different facets of the educational system that it makes my head swirl. However, Dr. William “gets it.” He is very good at what he does.

    The best analogy that I can make from the facts that I have gathered is that Dr. Williams treats Perry Township School Corporation like it’s his baby. He protects it. He nurtures it. He vehemently supports it (vehemently — strongly emotional, intense, or passionate). He knows this township inside and out. He knows the outside sources that can hurt the township and he protects the township against those sources. If he is protecting his baby, he is protecting my babies!!!

    Two items that I think are noteworthy: One was the allegations of the coke slush fund. When they came out and revealed what he had used what they called the coke slush fund for — I thought very sarcastically, “Oh my gosh. The nerve of that man to use those funds for a student of Perry Township. How dare he spend it on a student!” All along I thought the big conspiracy was that he was spending it on himself. It was for a student. Later we find that, the money was paid back.

    The other item is what was just mentioned by Perry Custodian. He helped numerous times stack chairs and break down the stage. Do you know how many other people in positions like him would think that wasn’t their job? No wonder he has the staff support. That type of behavior impresses me. It is selfless and kind.

    While I don’t know you personally, Dr. Williams, your actions and the impressions that you have made on the hundreds of neighbors, friends, teachers, students, administrators, lunch staff, fellow Superintendents around the state, and your friends that have shared their opinions about your speak volumes.

    You are extremely well respected. You have made a difference. Thank you for the education that you have allowed my children to receive!

    Teresa Smith

  15. 15 Ethan Apr 26th, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a proud graduate of SHS, and until recently I have always looked upon the school system with such admiration for all it has meant to me and offered countless other kids. Afterall, it provided me the academic foundation that has carried me through college and graduate school. It saddens me that so much controversy is going on, controversy that is taking Dr. Williams and quality leadership away from the schools. Even more than Dr. Williams’ fantastic resume with the township there just one reason why I’m writing this post. I support Dr. Williams becuase I know that as a student Dr. Williams supported me. And when it all comes down to it that’s what it is all about. I wish I could say the same about the majority of the school board and the students who are getting the short end of the stick today.

  16. 16 Patsy Neely Funk Apr 29th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Tidbits on Dr. Doug Williams!

    I first met Dr. Williams when my son was in first grade and my daughter was ready to attend Kindergarten. My son is now attending IU medical school and my daughter is a junior at Univ of Illinois Chicago and received a wonderful education in the Perry schools which Doug Williams helped to move forward with his vision.

    He and I worked together on the Education foundation for several years. He was instrumental is raising the 500,000 dollars which was matched by Lilly and which the teachers now enjoy many grants from yearly. He also made sure our golf outing was a success by putting in as many hours as needed and could be counted on for any other project to raise funds.

    He is always thinking about the students of MSDPT and how to improve things and refuses to accept status quo. Did we always agree through my years of experience? HEAVENS NO and I can tell everyone that Doug Williams always did the fair thing for all students and had superb vision for all schools in Perry.

    He proved to be sensitive to the students and their needs. A student at Burkhart elementary wrote him a letter a year ago suggesting that we make recess longer and stated some substantial reasons for his belief. Dr. Doug Williams took time out of his day to visit this student and discuss the reasons why this couldn’t be done. His caring for students was illustrated many times but he did not want PUBLICITY to be shed on the event and he was NOT power hungry like the 4 women on our school board. His actions came because he truly cared about the students of Perry.

    Dr. Williams ia an excellent leader and with that comes what some people have called unwillingness to be micro-managed. Personally, I don not believe we will see any benefit in this township for our schools until Dr. Williams in re-instated and the 4 women resign!!!!!

    Patsy Neely Funk (former PTA president for HB and PMHS, PTA officer for PMMS and every volunteer position my husband and I could be involved in while our children attended Perry. Current substitute teacher for HB and MB schools and taxpayer in Perry.)

  17. 17 Kim Hodges Apr 29th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I have to say that I have never met Dr. Williams personally, although I am a Perry Meridian alum and a proud parent of two Rosa Parks-Edison students. Last fall my third-grader had the opportunity to speak at the PEA kick-off luncheon to explain how grant money given to her teacher assisted in the classroom. Dr. Williams attended along with my daughter’s principal and teacher. At the end of the luncheon, my daughter and her friend walked in the parking lot to return to RPE with their principal when Dr. Williams came jogging out of the restaurant to catch up with them. From across the parking lot, my husband and I watched as he caught up to our daughter. He took the time to shake her hand and speak to her directly. It really touched us that he made the time to find our child and speak to her instead of remaining in the restaurant to socialize with the other adults. Dr. Williams, you made our daughter’s day and she was so proud to shake your hand. That simple action of an adult changed the life of a child and earned our respect. It is an example of a fine educator, placing our children first. Thank you! Kim Hodges

  18. 18 Anthony Karushis Apr 30th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    I would like to thank Dr Williams and show my support to him. He has been a shining example for my children. I don’t know him personally but I do know that he seems to be all most if not all educational school functions. He supports our children and their teachers. He supports our futures and those that will shape those futures along with their parents.

    I hope only the best for Dr. Williams. It is sad that he is caught up in this mess. This was not what any of us asked for and we will not stand for it.

  19. 19 Dr. Jerry & Mrs. Kelly Butler Apr 30th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Dr. Willams absolutely has our support. We are grieved by the actions of the board majority and the damage they have caused to both Dr. Williams’ reputation and to Perry Township. We know that Dr. Williams has fully devoted himself to our schools, our children, and this township. We refuse to quietly sit back and allow the board majority to jeapordize the integrity of MSDPT. We hope and pray that Dr. Williams will be reinstated to his position, and that the board majority will not succeed in their quest to end his contract this coming Thursday!

    Surely Dr. Williams is aware that one good thing has come from all of this. In an effort to stop the board majority from holding this township hostage, the community has joined hands to fight back. There is an incredible “Unity” in this community, where hundreds of citizens are working together for a common goal. TBPS not only supports the reinstatement of Dr. Williams, but has also raised the awareness of what can happen when there is apathy about school board elections. There will most certainly be record-breaking turnout at the 2008 school board elections. We will MOST CERTAINLY be informed about future candidates so that we will never be in this position again. And ABOVE ALL…..Adams, Alexander, Walsh, and Thompson WILL NEVER be re-elected!!

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers, Dr. Williams!

  20. 20 Diane Metheny May 1st, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I have been following the debacle caused by the now infamous “gang of four” board members for several months and have grown increasingly concerned for the welfare of the children in this school district. In the fall I wrote each of the four board members a lengthy letter expressing my displeasure with the damage they had already done to Perry Township schools and asking them to consider taking one or all of the following actions:

    1. Rescind their decision to dismiss Dr. Williams.
    2. Allow an open discussion of the matter at all board meetings.
    3. Agree to mediation between themselves and other members of the board conducted by an objective mediator.
    4. Listen to their constituents.
    5. Honor their commitment to improve the educational situation in Perry Township.

    I ended that letter by asking them to resign if they could not act in a responsible and professional manner regarding their disagreement with the superintendent.

    It will come as no surprise to any of you that not only did they not respond to my letter but in the ensuing months they also completely disregarded any of the suggestions made by myself or anyone else concerned about the direction they were taking.

    Although I have continued to express my opinion in a number of forums, I have never posted anything on this site. I would now like to go on record publicly in support of Dr. Williams and the three courageous members of the board who are trying to bring back some semblance of sanity and professionalism to Perry Township schools. I say to each of you: Keep up the good work. You are truly appreciated by a vast majority of the citizens of Perry Township, particularly those who have children or grandchildren currently enrolled.

    (To those of you who are responsible for this website: I applaud the work that you have done to educate and inform us of all of the events of the past several months. You represent the finest in community involvement and civil discourse.)

  21. 21 Amy Stinson May 1st, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Dr. Williams,

    I have been very impressed with the leadership you have brought to Perry Schools and very saddened by the events of this year. Our family wishes you all the best.

  22. 22 Beth Shipley May 5th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Dr. Williams has always supported the township’s special needs teachers and our programs. When our schools have not made AYP due partly to our special needs population’s ISTEP scores not “passing,” he was always quick to say that there are flaws in NCLB: not taking all our special needs students into consideration. He always acknowledged our hard work and did not want us to get discouraged. I know personally just hearing this from the top administrator gave me a boost! He has supported the waiver system for hard-working special needs students who could not pass ISTEP in high school. As a parent, I am also happy that he has always supported our wonderful music programs on both sides of our township! The bands, choirs, and orchestras continue to win many top-notched awards at many contests. When other school systems cut back on their music programs with tight budgets, he worked with our school leaders to keep ours strong. When passing him in the halls at school, or seeing him at local events, he always had a warm greeting and smile. Thank you, Dr. Williams. May God bless you.

  23. 23 cathy gamble May 8th, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I have also never met Dr. Williams. But I have met with the teachers who teach my kids in Perry Township. If my kids teachers support him then I support him. Lets face it he has to be a pretty awesome person if all of his employees are fighting for him to keep his job…would you fight to keep your boss in his position?

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