F in school = Failure
1. the act or an instance of failing
2. a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointing
3. nonperformance of something required or expected
4. cessation of normal operation; breakdown
Has anyone heard anything that sounds like any sort of goal or mission for our district? What is his vision anyway? Like some in the comments have asked, I'm asking the same thing. Why the internal district shake up? Why are some administrators becoming Principals and why are some Principals becoming administrators at Dent? Why were some Principals transferred for "seemingly" no reason? What is the point? And even more important, WHY NO COMMUNICATION? WHY NO "state of the district" address to at least tell us what direction the district is going, I'll even keep it simpler, what are the goals this summer (at least!)? How does he see the district in the future? We, as stakeholders of this district, need to start demanding communication and answers now.
Why do we not hear from the Superintendent unless he has an ulterior motive? Let's see, we got a note about Measure C, we heard in a community meeting about solar, and we heard about MDEA not bargaining and possibly sending our district to receivership.
Have we heard anything good? In fact, did he even publicly congratulate the Class of 2010? I am curious, and I honestly have no idea, did he attend any graduation ceremonies around the district?
So, now in his first summer round of hiring, we are left with (previously) angry Bancroft parents, confused Valle Verde parents, MANY parents left in limbo wondering who their principal will be. And now, we have Mt. Diablo Elementary. Apparently a meeting was held on a Weds night for feedback. Word is, he was not too engaged in the meeting, other than to answer an occasional question, but it was lead by Julie Braun-Martin. Ms. Braun-Martin, the new Personnel Asst Superintendent, in what seems to be her first hire, took a major hit for the team with her blessing on a hire of Dr. Christopher Nugent. A man that seems to have traveled around the country and worked in various school districts (why?). Someone with a 'background,' including accusations of federal wrong doings related to student private information online. Oh, and a DUI. Someone dropped the ball. It stings even worse as it seems the meeting on Weds was simply an attempt to "humor" the parents at MDE. It is obvious the hire was made prior to the meeting. Recruiting, interviews, background checks and DOJ clearances don't get done same day. Presumably all this was done going into Wednesday meeting. Why not just be honest?
So, now , while I acknowledge this is a holiday weekend and we have time off and furloughs to contend with, nothing yet has been done publicly about this debacle. I hope anyone upset about this issue or the issue at your own school is writing NOW to the Superintendent to express your thoughts and feelings. Are you feeling good about the future of our district? How about your school?
WRITE TO Dr. LAWRENCE: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've made it easy, just cut and paste the email above and write. You may get an auto-responder like I did saying he'd be on furlough through June 30th and back on July 1st. I know he's been busy moving into the Walnut Acres/Foothill/Northgate area - but there's no excuse for a leader of a district of this size not to be handling a situation like this over a weekend. And I'm sure I'll get some anon district person saying he's working on it but its private, yadda yadda, well how about a response beyond an auto-responder? Huh?
I know the board members are responding to emails this weekend. And I do thank them for that. I also understand that they can't comment on much. There are private personnel and legal issues to contend with. But I think the board needs to start with disciplinary action against both the Superintendent and Ms. Braun-Martin over this hire. And, I sure hope they can cut him loose, quickly. I'm just soooo curious if he disclosed his troubles and our district felt it was acceptable to hire him anyway? Or, did he omit the information? If so, that seems easy enough grounds for immediate dismissal.
From the emails I've received, and from what I've heard on the blogs... MDE parents aren't going to stand for this. However, they also realize we need time to hear back from the district on this matter before a formal reaction is formed. I commend them for that. Now we wait...