Now we know a few more things about the situation at Lowell and I just have to ask Dr. Enfield and Mr. Apostle a couple of questions:
This was in the comments section on the thread about the release of the investigation report.
Last year, Gregory King shared with the entire staff during a staff meeting, a "This is my life" power point. In it he revealed that his father had been killed by white racists when he was just a young boy, I believe at age six. His brother was killed as a teen ager, also by presumed gang activities. We knew that he had gone through what would have a major impact on his phyche.
All year, when we saw teachers bullied, and his own outbursts, ranting at the staff, we all somewhat excused him, as we knew that he had suffered much in his growing up years.
Actually I have two questions here:
1) Was this Powerpoint appropriate for staff?
Mr. King could have explained that he had had a difficult childhood marked by violence and racism but he felt the need to be specific. I know that I would have been very uncomfortable with this information and maybe even thought I was supposed to share intimate details of my life with him.
A bad childhood does not mean a supervisor should be excused for ranting and outbursts directed at staff.
But teachers, help me out here. Is this what most principals do in the "getting to know you" phase at a school?
2) One of the issues here is that one of the complainants used the ethics hotline and her outreach got spread far and wide among district staff.
I can only imagine how you would feel as a staff member to be told to use the hotline and then get a call from a senior district staff member and realize your complaint had been compromised.
Is this what the district means by completely confidential?
It cannot be said that the Executive Director for Lowell and several other district staff members did not know about the issues being raised.
3) Ms. Geoghagan said in the report that that she "would never want to decide whether someone should call CPS if she had not personally witnessed the purported abuse." The report goes on: "Her statement is concerning given that she is required by statute to make reports to law enforcement in certain circumstances."
How is retraining going to help with her belief about doing an investigation about behavior issues if she has not seen the behavior herself?
4) Mr. King stated that he had felt the complaints were race-based. How is retraining him going to help with his beliefs about race and how he deals with his staff?
5) What is the district going to do to regain the trust of parents and staff at both Lowell locations?
6) What is the district going to do to regain the trust of parents who just enrolled their children in these programs?
I note that this investigation took a year to complete and to be released. The report came out after Dr. Enfield secured her new position in Highline and after the end of Open Enrollment. This timing seems to favor some within the district more than others.