When Sisney resigned from his superintendent position at Sperry Public Schools, he explained that he was retiring so that he could care for his ill father-in-law. There are several reasons for him to offer that explanation, but few reasons for us to believe it, especially in light of his pattern of providing misleading information to create false impressions, and playing up his “victim” status to garner sympathy. It was a perfect choice – what kind of a rotten person would criticize such a noble move as giving up his career to care for an ill family member?
Well I would. Here’s why I don’t buy it.
- He is in legal trouble. There are several indicators that he may have been involved in unscrupulous, possibly illegal actions during his time in Broken Arrow and Sperry. If the rumors of grand jury activity are true, there may be jail time. In that case, what better place for his wife to live than with her parents. I don’t doubt that her father is ill, and that it would be beneficial for her to be close.
- The chances of him losing his job as Sperry superintendent were already high. The tide has been turning against those in Sperry who have persecuted previous superintendents and board members – the same people who foolishly hired and supported Sisney. If he had been let go from Sperry, his options for a new superintendent job would be practically nonexistent, especially in light of his well-documented history of insubordination and attacks on his own school district. The bizarre world of Sperry politics aside, no one want to put their district at risk for the kind of embarrassment and expense Broken Arrow has endured. In addition, any criminal convictions would certainly result in the loss of his superintendent credentials.
- He is probably short on cash because of the legal bills for his bogus lawsuits. One was already dismissed, and the other is due to be ruled on any minute. Neither Sisney nor any of his counsel showed up at the latest hearing, and the judge isn’t waiting around for him. The judge is expected to rule by the end of the week, and is considering sanctions against Sisney. In addition, if there are criminal charges, Sisney may be ordered to pay restitution to the school district(s).
Sisney’s pattern of deception
- Sisney has a long history of weaving together loosely-related circumstances to create false impressions. It is logical under the circumstances that his wife would want to be with her parents. But Sisney didn’t want to admit what the circumstances are, so he exploited his father-in-law’s illness to come up with a criticism-proof, dutiful son-in-law, selfless, stay-the-victim cover for bolting.
How credible is the reason he gave? I don’t believe quitting his job and moving to Blackwell where his in-laws live was a self-sacrificial move. Jim Sisney would not have abandoned his career to care for an ill family member. Moving in with (or close to) his in-laws was one of his very few options, when he realized that he had no future in his vocation and was in financial and legal trouble. He used his ill father-in-law as an excuse, to save face and prevent people from seeing this move for what it is: fleeing Broken Arrow and mooching from his in-laws because he expected to lose his job, has legal bills piling up, and needs a place for his wife to live if he gets sent to jail.
[PHOTO OF SISNEY’S PRIOR HOME REMOVED, UPON REQUEST OF CURRENT HOMEOWNER]
Sisney’s house is up for sale. I hope it sells soon, and for a lot. He will need the money to pay back the District for all the legal bills he signed us up for. [Note: The house sold in October 2011.]