Superintendent Accused of Plagiarizing Welcome Letter

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OBERLIN, OH -- A Lorain County superintendent is in hot water, accused of plagiarizing.

"I liked how it was worded. I thought it was eloquently done and worded exactly how I wanted to say it in so many words," said Dr. Glenn Faircloth.

The Superintendent of Lorain County JVS recently posted a message to the school's website. It was a greeting for parents, students and staff. It seemed innocent enough, but it was actually written by another superintendent in New York.

"As a matter of fact, that superintendent said that was a complete compliment. Maybe in retrospect, I probably should've acknowledged him on the website, and if I offended anyone for that, I apologize. Certainly wasn't an intent of ill will or plagiarism or to be deceitful," said Dr. Faircloth.

His message was pretty much the same as the original message posted on the other website. The only thing he changed were the names and accomplishments.

"It is a bit of plagiarism and he should have attributed it, but how are you going to attribute a greeting on your website? Are you going to say in print somewhere, this came from this school?" said Oberlin Resident Alex Paine.

Dr. Faircloth said he can understand why some would call it plagiarism, but he said he didn't copy it for any type of personal gain.

"It's very irresponsible. He's a professional person, he should know better. I think he did know better and it's not allowed in high schools or colleges and he should be reprimanded," said Deborah Irvin, who also lives in Oberlin.

The president of the school board didn't want to comment on the matter, but did say they plan to discuss it further at their next meeting.

As for Dr. Faircloth, he said he has learned from this experience and agrees he should have attributed the message.

FOX 8 did reach out to the superintendent in New York. He confirms that he does consider it a compliment.

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