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Don Scott
A retired and recovering KL BOE member.
Interests: Golf, Flying, Football, Baseball, Politics
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Not sure the risk reward made sense. As poker players say the pot odds were not there. Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless
I like the approach of a 3 year "evergreen" contract. Each year the BOE does an evaluation of the super and, if they are happy, they add a year to the contract. If they are not happy or the super is ready to leave the contract is not extended and it is over in two years. I also don't like a five year deal since it is two years longer than the any of the terms of the BOE members.
Interesting developments. I don't know enough about those ventures to have an opinion. Although, there would certainly seem to be room for private sector innovation in the education business.
Good question. Why not? A great school super would bring a wealth of experience and a unique perspective. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Bob do you care to make your case for the status quo? Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
He was very successful in rescuing distressed firms. New York's pension would certainly qualify. I think they are scheduled to debate. Should be interesting. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Frank I absolutely would say the same thing about Wall St bailouts. With respect to record corporate profits, they did that by cutting costs primarily. That money is waiting on the sidelines until they figure out what the rules of the new game will be. Unfortunately, There has been relatively little stimulus for small business. Historically, small business has been the engine to lift the economy out of recessions. This twenty six billion dollar bandaid does very little to change the system. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
...or a fast track certification program to attract non educators into the field as second careers similar to the program for teachers. If memory serves me correct didn't a retired general take over a major city school system a while back? Are there any examples of waivers being granted from the Commissioner for superintendents? Good discussion.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2010 on Search for New Superintendent at KL Board Buzz
Devan, I think you raise some excellent points. At the risk of sounding cynical, my experience with the search process is that you are buying two things. Access to a rather limited rolodex of Supers on the move, and the anonymity that a third party provides. Generally these intergalactic searches usually result in a Super being hired from a nearby district. There are some exceptions, however. Maybe this search will be one of them.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2010 on Search for New Superintendent at KL Board Buzz
Frank, It is going to be increasingly difficult to separate politics from the education debate. I picked the column not because of the comment about teachers unions, but because of the description of the roots of Christie's popularity which is running at about 67%. He is most famous for asking New Jerseyians to vote down any school budget where the teachers unions did not agree to take a pay freeze agree and to pay 1.5% of their salary towards health care costs. He is the only high tax state governor that I have heard of that has closed a budget gap without increasing taxes.
Very good! Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2010 on Editorial: Caught napping? at KL Board Buzz
I surrender. :o) Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2010 on Editorial: Caught napping? at KL Board Buzz
A 15-yard penalty in football is referred to as a personal "foul."
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2010 on Editorial: Caught napping? at KL Board Buzz
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Mar 15, 2010
Very good Henry.
Thanks Mike, I have posted a link to the press release in the post. See above. The paper certainly presented this as "news" when it clearly wasn't.
Mike, Thanks for the background. That is great that all the groups have come together. I was just confused when I saw that the BOE did not sign it as well. Will the strategic plan still exist or will this effort replace it?