An update if you were thinking of going to the COW meeting this afternoon which says it will be about the search firm for the selection of our next superintendent.
There had been a notation on the agenda that it might not happen so I checked in with the ever-sunny Theresa Hale at the Board office.
It seems that the Executive Session last night ran over three hours and, they didn't get finished. (You may recall this was about a review of Superintendent Nyland which seems kind of soon given he just got here six months ago.)
So the COW meeting won't happen until that Executive Session is finished.
Meaning, you could go down there, wait until the Executive Session is finished and hope that they then commence the COW meeting.
Or, you could go down and be disappointed if the Board takes longer, is exhausted and then postpones the COW meeting.
I get all this except for one thing.
As it turns out, I am getting some very pronounced vibes - both from sources and my own instinct after years of district watching - that there is a move afoot to radically change our district.
Here's what I think may happen. I think that there may - once again - be arguing over whether this Board should choose the next superintendent (because the majority of the Board is up for election next November so wait until after that happens) OR to continue the process.
Now I think it ridiculous to wait until after the election. Why?
One, we have a perfectly good Board right NOW and that's their job.
Two, the new Board will NOT be equipped to do this work right off the bat.
I also think that soon - probably mid-December to mid-January - you will hear a new drumbeat that the Board should just extend Nyland's interim contract another six months. He's good, the Mayor will be starting his "community conversation" about public education, etc.
Because really, what the pause button on the superintendent search would be about is to allow the Mayor and those forming the "Committee to Overthrow the Board" time to complete their machinations which may end up involving the Legislature.
We all need to say - early and loudly - NO to any delays on this process.