As you prepare to work with a new board, more closely with the community, and continue to work with one another to strengthen the system’s ability to support students, I encourage you to read the book The Trust Imperative by Stephen Hacker. Some of you may recall that I mentioned this book to you in September 2014. It will be an excellent resource as you engage in intentional conversations about re-building trust where you believe it does not exist. The book offers insights and tools to help you understand and build trust across a spectrum of key elements including trust readiness, worthiness and willingness.I have heard that he has been handing this book out and I hope to read it soon myself. I'm glad he asking staff to work on trust issues. I'm not sure what he means/context of "worthiness."
I wonder who will get the blame for this change - the new Board not even yet in there or the Superintendent? Maybe I should ask Sherry Carr who went out of her way in her farewell remarks to name how many of each category of senior management had left over her eight years in office.