So, help me to understand. Is this the accountability that everyone has been talking about, or is this a prime example of why we need accountability? I wonder what sort of performance evaluations Joe Drake got up until he was put on administrative leave. Is there a long paper trail of education directors and superintendents who have complained that his work was inadequate? Or did he have glowing performance reviews up until - and possibly through - last year?
I'm serious about this. If Joe Drake was meeting expectations in his work, is there any justification in terminating his employment? And if he was not, then why did the District have to pay a settlement? Don't we have a process in place to terminate employees who are not meeting expectations without buying them out with two years' pay?
In the story in the Times, the District claims that Dr. Drake
was viewed as a "threatening person" by his staff. In addition, the investigation said he "engaged in a campaign of profane, intimidating and bully behavior, using the 'F' word during a meeting with central-office staff members"; bullied University of Washington evaluators working on a report about his school; "created an atmosphere of mistrust and 'my way or the highway' approach to policies and practices at the school"; and "impugned the character and competence of the District staff."
Which of these is grounds for termination?
- Being viewed as threatening
- Using the "F" word (what, are we in the fourth grade? "The "F" word"?!?)
- Being a bully to your staff
- Being a bully to UW evaluators
- A "my way or the highway" approach to policies and practices
- Impugning the character and competence of the District staff
Which of those gets you fired, because various District central staff - including leadership - have been guilty of each of them or all of them.
Accountability means that people have clearly defined expectations. What clearly defined expectations did Dr. Drake fail to meet? And if he failed to meet the requirements of his contract or meet the clearly defined expectations, then why do we have to grant him two YEARS severance?