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Monday, December 20, 2010

Summing Up 2010 (From the Super's Viewpoint)

Thank you to our reader, Kathy, who pointed this out. KIRO's Linda Thomas prints Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's year in review letter and comments on it. Nothing like accentuating the positive (if only she could eliminate the negative but maybe if you don't write about it no one will know). This was my personal favorite from her letter:

Personally, I will continue to focus on Listening, Learning and Responding.

I'm not sure the Superintendent is capable of any of those in reference to parents. I would say at least half the time her answer is "I don't know, I'll have staff get back to you" but no one ever does. And we know how great her credibility is at this point.

When we get closer to the new year, we'll do our own Year in Review and predictions.

(By the way, Dora Taylor was right. Brad Bernatek is on his way out. He let them know back in October but I think it's being kept quiet so that it doesn't look like he's leaving over the 17% issue. So that's our director of research, evaluation and assessment, the internal auditor, the head of Facilities, the head of the Small Business works, and head of communications. Gee, I wonder who will be next? )

5 comments:

dan dempsey said...

Who will be next?

I nominate CAO Dr. Susan Enfield, for she who shall be next.
Apparently she, either independently or in concert with MGJ, forged the 3-12-2010 NTN Action Report. The CAO sent the authentic Anderson memo to the Board on 2-2-2010 but failed to submit that memo in evidence to the court in a submission that bears her signature.

Her submission to the court does include a memo of the exact same date as the original memo. In fact the Action Report was constructed from the memo she sent to the court, which was not the one sent to the Board.

Unfortunately the memo she used was far more complementary than the authentic memo which stated: "Knowing ahead of time that the NTN model does not guarantee strong results only enhances the degree to which the burden falls on the district and the schools to achieve success."

Really next to leave should be a tie, with both CAO and MGJ leaving ASAP.

Forgery is a class C felony with a maximum sentence of 8 years. They both need to leave only the location is undetermined.

This forgery resulted in the unwarranted approval of an $800,000 contract to the New Technology Network.

suep. said...

Hi Melissa -- Minor detail, but the Brad Bernatek post was mine. I wanted to find out if there was any truth to the rumors so I checked with SPS and got the confirmation that BB had indeed resigned. Here's my subsequent post on Seattle Ed 2010: Seattle Schools data guy has resigned – a casualty of 17 Percent-Gate?"

I also wonder about the timing of his decision.

Here's what I wrote about that:

On October 29, 2010, Bernatek told the superintendent he would leave the district in early 2011. His resignation is to be effective January 7, 2011.

This predates the Truth Needle revelation by a month, leading us to wonder whether his announcement to the superintendent was preemptive, or whether the Oct. 29 date is incorrect. (SPS isn’t always precise with its dates.) Or maybe the timing is just a coincidence.


Regards, Sue p.

Dorothy Neville said...

Look, they knew months ago that they were going to have to fess up to the 17-gate and Brad would have to fall. They knew it. Once they made a big deal over the school reports, it was going to come out. Either that or once conferences like the RoadMap advertised collegetracker.com. So I am going with my intuition that his departure is completely related. Completely.

Why do you think the school reports were so delayed? They did that quiet draft last YEAR, why did they wait until November to start the fuss? Anyone think the right after the levy election timing was a coincidence?

Anonymous said...

i had heard rumors B.B. was leaving last spring- it had to do w/his baby and work load. but i cannot remember who told me.
-wasn't shocked by the news, just the 'reason'

Charlie Mas said...

We should have our own 2010 year in review.