Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Does the BOE Know What To Look For In Hiring A New Supt?

 
Anonymous said...
I would like to see a review of the job description for school district superintendent before the board interviews candidates.
It's difficult for me in my own mind to justify a $200K salary (plus benefits) when I don't know what is involved in the position.
If the main purpose of the superintendent is to oversee the school budget, then a small business accounting firm can fulfill that process an not cost as much.   1/11/2010 12:58 PM

SCATS ~~ I bet that if the board members had to list the responsibilities of the Supt. on an essay test that 2/3 of them would have blank papers after 10 minutes time. The BOE should not only know WHAT the position entails, but should have a list of specific short term & long term educational goals they want the new Supt. to work towards and for which he/she will be evaluated.

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Anonymous said...

I think that whoever it is, needs to know enough to pick up the tab at Pineapple Jacks.

-C

SCATS said...

From an email by someone who prefers to remain anonymous ~~

"District policy 4310 delineates the job of the district superintendent.

An erstwhile superintendent candidate MUST HAVE New York State certification as a superintendent in order to assume the position. That requires a significant amount of classroom work to attain. That is why a military man or a "captain of industry" can NOT be recruited for the post UNLESS he/she is already certified. The law permits some reciprocity with other states certification processes but it is not universal.

Going forward, the BOE does have to decide "what" goals they want the newbie to achieve upon his hiring AND the BOE SHOULD be considering DEMONSTRATED accomplishments/achievements in previously held jobs in evaluating prospective candidates for the superintendents position. That is the "ideal" that, in my opinion was and has/is overlooked by the past boards in their superintendent hiring decision and in their performance evaluation process. Like the man said "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" In GCSD case, the actual RESULTS achieved need to be substituted for the word "money" in an OBJECTIVE evaluation of job performance.

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on this search process to define goals, objectives and qualifications. They had this opportunity when Achramovitch was hired. Participation was woefully small. By law, the BOE is the sole determining authority on which candidate will be selected. The public, while having an opportunity to provide input, does NOT get a vote."

Anonymous said...

SCATS why don't you apply? You seem to be the know-it-all about everything in the Town. I forgot, you have kids.

SCATS said...

To 5:04PM ~~ Be careful what you wish for ;) I'd happily take on the job for half the current Supt's salary, plus his health care and other benefits.

This district would be put onto a path that heads us back to basics faster than you can say "schools-of-choice."

Anonymous said...

Scats would "happily take on the job" because it looks easy from his/her "monday morning quarterback" position. Go ahead, Scats - put your money where your mouth is. You wouldn't last 6 months.

SCATS said...

To 3:55PM ~~ Let's see ... common sense, knowledge of school law and the union contracts, district policies and regulations ... I admit little knowledge of regulations and contracts other than GTA's. But I can read and comprehend fairly well, so I'm fairly confident I could handle it longer than 6 months ...

I was surprised you gave me that long ... then it hit me that in education 6 months is like 6 weeks in the real world ;)

SCATS said...

One more thing, 3:55PM ... it really can't be all that complicated. NINE VOLUNTEERS (the BOE) tell him what to do and how to do it every day. And their only qualifications are they must be over 18 and citizens.

Anonymous said...

SCATS - I thought one of your major complaints was that the BOE DOES NOT tell him what to do and how to do it. You can't have it both ways just to make your argument seem stronger. Oh, and by the way, running a school district cannot be handled in the manner you describe (But I can read and comprehend fairly well, so I'm fairly confident I could handle it longer than 6 months ...). That's akin to building the airplane in flight and I'm pretty sure you would NOT want a ticket on that flight.
You know, people always want to be in charge - until they actually are. Greece is in trouble and needs someone who has ALREADY read and comprehended what actions need to be taken. It is not going to be an easy task for whomever takes over that post - partially because the community, apparently, already isn't giving anyone a fair shake if the posts on this blogsite are any indication.

SCATS said...

To 9:16AM ~~ I'm not trying to have it both ways. I'm just trying to keep up with the mixed messages the BOE sends to the Supt.

Supposedly, the BOE hires the Supt. to run the district. In the case of Steve Achramovitch, he only gets to run it until the BOE doesn't like what he does. At that point, they step-in and redo what they don't like, just as they did with the hockey coach mess.

My point is that if the BOE is going to tell the Supt. what to do, then THEY must be held accountable for all of the Supt's actions, inactions, failings, etc. Their job qualifications are very minimal so being a Supt. (order-taker) under them should be easy as pie ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh so you want a Yes-man/woman as Superintendent; regardless of what is or is not in the best educational interest of our students? A supt is much more than an order taker and I agree with you - that whole hockey business was ludicrous. I just believe that whomever takes over the helm in Greece better be ready for anything other than a typical transition into a new job. The political waters run deep in Greece and the pirhana are vicious.

SCATS said...

To 10:28AM ~~ I don't think I've said that's what I want anywhere on here. In fact, what I want, I am sure I will not get after watching the entire charade from interview to "retirement" announcement with the current one. Honesty would be near the top of my list of "wants" but in a dysfunctional system, it can't survive.