As Scarlett O'Hara said, "What I wouldn't say if I wasn't a lady?"
Their latest editorial - full of tiresome terms, innuendo and flat-out hectoring - was printed today. And boy, are their knickers in a twist.
First, the ever-popular cry of "don't micromanage." No one is but they keep saying it whenever people they don't like get elected.
Then they treat McLaren and Peaslee like little children.
Then they call out Smith-Blum and Patu that they should read the policy 1620 as a reminder.
Do they call out Martin-Morris or Carr? Of course not.
They also say this:
One board member reportedly ordered Enfield to fire some employees.
To which I said:
You know, for a fact, that a Board member ordered Enfield to fire employees? Where is your evidence or proof? Because if you truth-challenged people HAD any, there would be a story by Brian Rosenthal and not an editorial.
Then they said:
At a recent retreat, another raised the idea of the board approving principal hires. The board should not be able to hire and fire anyone other than the superintendent.
Alas and alack -whether the people at the Times think they should not be able to, state law says they CAN. (These people NEVER do their homework.)
Here's what I said in the comments section:
Yes, at the Board retreat, newbie Sharon Peaslee, DID ask about the Board and principal hires. And guess what? It was explained to her that YES, Washington State RCW DOES give that power to school boards and ALL over the state, school boards hire principals.
In the larger school districts, most have given that power over to their superintendents. Michael DeBell, School Board President, said all of this at a recent Executive Committee meeting.
And then there's this undercurrent of "we will never attract anyone good to be superintendent with all this"?
But that's really the end game, no? For the Times and the powers that be in this town to smugly say, "See we were right" while THEY were stirring the pot the whole time. That's what Crosscut is doing as well.
It's a sad, sad thing but I still believe the Board will get a lot of great candidates. Even if others don't want them to materialize.
The Times gets more pathetic and desperate by the day, hoping that someone is listening to them when really, they exist in their own little echo chamber.
If Michael DeBell really cares about this district, he would be tamping this kind of nonsense down right now.