We are greatly saddened that Helena has lost an exceptional school administrator with the “resignation” of Elisabeth Hudnutt as principal of Capital High School. She worked tirelessly for the good of the students, ever present at student events from robotics competitions to music concerts to sporting events. She was always ready to tackle difficult issues; especially ones she was told to address as priority when she was hired three years ago. As described in the IR article on Sunday, Feb. 24, she led the tremendous efforts at Capital High School that increased the graduation rates. Also over her time the number of educators and students honored by the Helena Education Foundation rose significantly.

The process that caused her departure should be keenly examined, especially in regard to fairness in the procedure and professional interaction. Every educator deserves these guarantees to be able to teach and lead well. We are pleased that Elisabeth will remain in Helena and know that her talents and dedication will be a great contribution to the community. Still, it is very disappointing that hundreds of high school students have now lost the opportunity to benefit from her leadership.

Marilyn Bennett, Margaret Corcoran, Pat Kemp, Ruth Luke, Janet Seymour, Niki Whearty


Editor’s note: We intended for this letter to be printed closer to the time of Hudnutt’s resignation. We apologize for the mistake.

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