"It's a sad situation," DeBell said after the meeting. "Maria is a good person. Don Kennedy is a good person.
"But when they have that much responsibility, they have to be held accountable."
Asked if she let him down, as one of the School Board members who had hired her, DeBell said that "lax management and lax oversight let the city down."
So wait, does that mean he believes the Board was lax?
Again, this isn't about likability or if someone is good. It's about skills, ethics and vision. I believe MGJ has the skills to be a good superintendent but not the ethics or vision. She made bad choices in the name of her vision and was trying to marginalize the Board and consolidate power since the day she got here.
Maybe for legal reasons DeBell couldn't say outright - "Yes she let us all down." But I can. She let us all down but most of all the children of this district who were victims of her own ambition and hubris.
I look forward to someday telling her this to her face or via mail. You'd think for the amount she is getting to leave that the Board would require her to be at one more Board meeting if only to have to face the public one more time. Maybe we should tell them that.
The Times also had a story on the down and out Urban League. Not even worth discussing.
Danny Westneat weighs in again and says a very funny thing: the Board is forced to depend on the honesty of the Superintendent and staff. Really? I think as adults with their own brains who got elected to use those brains, it is on THEM to ask questions and follow-up and follow-thru. The Board was absolutely left in the dark and misled on many occasions but it wasn't like anyone wasn't sending up flares warning them.
He also quotes this readers:
"Why is this immediately a story about whether the public servant with arguably the hardest, most thankless job in Seattle, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, should lose her job?" one reader wondered.
Teachers don't have harder jobs? Police? She got paid an incredible amount of money for that job. Give me a break.
As for other education folk. It's all quiet on the western front for the Alliance.
Ditto for LEV who has yet to admit anything is going on. And guess what's today? Their 10th anniversary breakfast (I'd lay odds nothing gets said there either) AND hey, look who's in town? It's Wendy Kopp. I'm thinking there are people who would rather hit that Board meeting than see Wendy tell us about her happy, shiny people.
The Board meeting. I note that not all the speakers' topics are on the current crisis. But those of you signed up - go for it. I also note that the spot usually given to a high school student is going to be covered by students from TOPS. That's great but TOPS parents, you might want to hustle those kids out of the room quickly after they are done unless, of course, you want them to see democracy in action.
So what's the irony? I won't be there.
Planned a trip a long time ago and now I'm going to miss a huge event in SPS history. But I will be there in spirit. I am keeping up with events very closely via my computer. I did Tivo the meeting.
Once again the work starts on rebuilding this district.