COO Donnie Carter today withdrew his application for the job of Interim Superintendent of schools.
Carter, who has presided over several major disasters within the system was the only recognized applicant for the position.
The Board voted to accept Carter’s withdrawal and followed with voting the original item, “Selection of the Interim Superintendent” down.
There are probably two major reasons why the flood of applications never materialized.
Reason number one is the probability that most of the qualified educators within the system intend to apply for the permanent job of Superintendent while the interim selection rules prevent that.
Reason number two may very well be a result of the grand jury report and its heavy criticism of both the Board and staff incompetence while the DOE is monitoring district operations.
Good as a candidate might be, who wants to work under that kind of scrutiny?
Add to that no guarantee of what would become of the winner once a permanent Superintendent was selected. That’s been changed to permit the winner to move back into their old position.
The Board has moved toward loosening the qualifications lowering the education requirements from Masters degree to Bachelors degree.
Billy Davidson poked fun at the Board and called the lowering of degree expectation as a joke for the largest accredited school system in the country.
Frank Till, with his doctorate degree couldn’t spell or even string two sentences together without making his writing a grammatical disaster. Some of his unedited e-mails were published here.
Fact is that Till the Terrible needed one secretary just to write for him.
Davidson was corrected by the Board in telling him that the requirements were for a Bachelors degree or higher, and that the key was the experience running a corporation.
Bill Gates dropped out of college to build one of the most successful corporations in history.
I’ve seen more than my share of executives with only a Bachelors degree or less who have risen to successfully run small and large companies.
A sheepskin doesn’t guarantee brains, ability or talent.
The process will be longer than intended, but I believe there will be a better candidate pool from which to select.