Our school Superintendent is resigning at the end of the school year. Maybe he was asked to leave. Maybe he was told to leave. Whatever the details, the end result remains that our school system will be leaderless at the end of this school year.
I do not care about your feelings for the departing Superintendent. Love him or hate him, this statement in Mike Donila’s article is true:
“The current political environment has become increasingly dysfunctional,” said McIntyre, who was hired in the spring of 2008. “At times overtly antagonistic, and seemingly untenable. At recent months the focus of the conversation has all too often become about me, or the school board or other elected officials, rather than around the effective education of our children.”
During the lengthy search that brought this Superintendent to us, it was clear from the top candidate profiles that the School Board wanted to hire someone who would bring more money into our underfunded school system. Less than two years after the Superintendent was hired, the county elected a Mayor known for penny pinching and slashing budgets. There was never going to be a harmonious work relationship between two elected officials with such opposing professional goals. Whoever is hired to replace the Superintendent will still be tasked with finding more funding. Until education is more valued in our community and senior citizens cease to be the largest group of voters, replacing the Superintendent will not change how the school system interacts with the county Mayor.
Ultimately, all blame for what went wrong with the Superintendent falls on the shoulders of the School Board. They hired him. He is their employee. Instead of supervising their hire or making decisions based on what is in the best interest of our schools, our board has been reduced to being for or against the Superintendent. When vote after vote comes down to the same group voting yes and the same group voting no, nobody is putting the schools first.