So from what I was following on the superintendent search (both in person and reading minutes), I thought I understood how the superintendent search would be working. Of course, we are still waiting on the webpage for this information (tick tock).
I had understood the search committee to be made up of the following:
- 7 Board members
- 1 SEA rep
- 1 PASS rep
- 1 SCPTSA rep
- 1 staff person from Central Administration
- 1 Local 609 rep
I was fine with this (although yes, the Our Schools Coalition is a bullshit organization that exists only to say they exist).
But then I see a document from HYA - SPS Proposed Finalist Schedule (April 23, 2012) that says "Take the candidate to the location where the 25-member committee will interview the candidate."
Huh, that's odd. Who is this group? How were they selected? Why do they get to ask questions?
So I have been querying Theresa Hale in the Board office (who has been nothing but nice and patient).
She first said, after listing the 11 members of the "search" committee:
Those on the search committee will be a part of the first round of interviews, and then only the Board for the second round.
Okay then but I wrote back and asked about the discrepancy between this group and the "25-member group" that HYA listed. Then she explains that there is a 25-member "community advisory group" "to be determined at the March 14th Executive Committee meeting".
So I wrote back and said what is the difference between what each group will do? We now have two committees for the superintendent search.
Betty Patu was kind enough to write back and say that yes, the "community advisory group" WILL be asking questions. Apparently it was raised if any bloggers could be included but Michael said we are media (which is fine but I'm holding him to that the next time I don't get the same access as other media). Michael chose the Alliance and LEV (somehow they are in there as well).
I am completely baffled. It looks like the "community advisory committee" has some members determined but not all?
Is the Board going to put out a call for groups to sign-up? When is that happening?
Why does Michael seem to be determining who is on the community?
Why is this all so confusing? Or maybe that is by design?
And who, in the end, is really going to decide who is Superintendent?
If they want this to be a good and transparent search, this is NOT the way to do it.
If they want the superintendent vote to end up 4-3, keep this up.