26 March 2008

It's A Shallow Pool

The new principal hire was announced today. The district had promised a nationwide search to fill the position. The school is, after all, on Newsweek's Top 500 list. I'm not sure what happened to all of the promises, but the school has ended up with one of the assistants moving into the job. I taught with this man at one time...and I've seen him in (in)action as an admin for the last few years. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, if you know what I mean. And now, he's going to be in charge. Oy.

A friend in another school called me yesterday to ask how the hiring process would lean. Since the committee was stacked with people who just wanted the status quo, would district admin have enough vision to select someone who would be interested in the 1000 of our kids who are not enrolled in AP? Would they have the courage to select someone who has a strong interest in doing what's best for kids? Would they see all of the changes on the horizon with possible school closures and restructuring...budget cuts and program alterations...redistricting and more...and pick someone to lead the school into a new age and open possibilities for students?

Um, apparently not.

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