I spoke at last night's Board meeting. My remarks were about the MOU with the Alliance for Education (more on that in another thread as the Board discussion with Charles Wright was telling) and to welcome Superintendent Nyland and ask for his help.
My remarks to the Superintendent:
I want to say welcome to Superintendent Nyland. Please understand, you may truly be the guy in the white hat who just rode into our district.
You can be a figurehead, a follower or the change agent that our district needs so badly.
The change? Creating a headquarters that is well-run and, in turn, a district that is well-run. Our district is not well-run.
We need a central headquarters staff that follows policies and procedures and that any deviation from that will be handled appropriately. That attitude needs to funnel down to the last staff member in every single school.
Because the Title IX issues - and the case they stem from - are appalling. Everyone wants to be one of the three monkeys - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Oh, and "it's not my fault."
When policies are not followed, you get bad outcomes, big and small. This case is one of the most tragic and yet not a single person has taken even the slightest responsibility. The creation of a Crisis Response Team does not even come close to what needs to be done.
I say, in all sincerity, please Superintendent Nyland, please help our district.