Doctor Ronald Hastings (Doc) was recently denied the renewal of his contract at Waxahachie High School. The only member of the school board to support Doc was Mark Price (kudos to you Sir), and the other six members all denied Doc the contract they had recently renewed. Doc sacrificed 30 years in teaching at Waxahachie High School. A couple years into retirement, he decided that he wanted to return to his passion, the classroom. He came back to Waxahachie High School and were I was then one of the fortunate students to have Doc as a teacher. One month ago, I sent this email to Doc with no knowledge of the recent events that have transpired. Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:57 AM Hey Doc, Just thought I would give a shout out to you. I was talking to ____ _______ the other day, and we were reminiscing about your Statistics course (in a positive manner of course!). I'm at Baylor University right now as an Economics and Accounting double major. I've got an internship with PwC this summer in transfer pricing which is very fascinating as we head into a more globalized economy. Just thought I would tell you that I really enjoyed your course. After looking back at which courses I really enjoyed in high school, and even here at Baylor, it has been the courses were the professor was passionate about his discipline. There's a stronger correlation between the enjoyment of a course with the professor's passion in comparison to the correlation between the enjoyment of a course and the material. Hope you're doing well. You retiring again soon -William Zimmerman The passion this professor had for his students and their education was immense. He did not teach for a paycheck, recognition, or for himself, but solely for his students. There are few teachers/professors I have encountered throughout my education that have been as qualified and passionate as Doc. This petition is being used as leverage to the School Board to show how their decision does not accurately represent that of the voters. Please sign only if you sincerely support Doc and what he stood for, a higher education.