Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MDUSD's "McHenry visibly jolted"

Article in today's CCTimes about the meeting last night. The board last night voted to cut positions that clearly Superintendent McHenry did not agree with. McHenry was instructed to return to next meeting with a list of which 6 Directors and Asst Directors he would recommend to be cut and information about those positions. The board also voted 3-2 to eliminate his Asst to the Superintendent/Communications Specialist.

Theresa Harrington's article: Mt. Diablo school board cuts positions over superintendent's objections

"...McHenry was visibly jolted by the lack of support the votes displayed toward him.

"It's really difficult to stay motivated to do a job when it just doesn't seem like the board is going to support what you're going to do," he said. "I just think that what is happening here is wrong. I do think that it's somewhat vindictive and retaliatory and I'm going to see what action I can take to address it in whatever form is appropriate."

McHenry notes he will see what action he can take? I'm proud of our board who has delivered a message loud and clear that cuts need to be as far away from the students and school sites as possible. I think we all realize cuts at the schools are coming. But they should be the LAST resort. Its getting harder and harder to avoid cuts at the school sites, we all realize that, but the administrative segment of our district needs to run "lean and mean" first.

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