Here we go again with the Broward Workshop sticking its rather oversized proboscis where it doesn’t belong.
An op-ed piece in today’s Sun Sentinel tells us what type of Superintendent the School Board should hire and how he (or she) should be treated after the hire.
In the opening remark, the Vice Chair of the organization (not the Chair) begins:
“The hiring of a new school superintendent for Broward County public schools gives us a pivotal opportunity to utilize sound business practices to achieve the outcome that everyone wants — or should want — and that’s getting the best results for our kids. Today, we spend a lot to get a poor product. No business can sustain itself with that model.”
Taken on its own, it’s the right model.
But the history of the Broward Workshop and its direct meddling in the school system says otherwise.
For an organization that purports to be proponents of “sound business practices” in the district, its record is dismal.
For all the great words and magnanimous points of view, the reality is that the organization is directly responsible for keeping an inept and corrupt Superintendent in command of the school district.
The organization’s Education Chair, Alan Levy was the chief culprit.
You would think that the sorry performance of the group would spark a cleanup of its act.
But you’d be wrong.
Levy is still Education Chair and poised to do the same meddlesome damage to the new Superintendent.
Vice Chair Dr. Harry Moon goes on to state: “To be successful, the organizational structure of the School Board needs to be clarified and simplified, removing the opportunity for unproductive power plays. We need to create a new standard for the School Board where it will hire the superintendent, establish the fundamental strategic goals and policies of the district, and then step aside and allow the superintendent to do his or her job. Then, give the new superintendent full charge of the operations of the district, with real operating authority, not undercut by the board with the unions, the staff or the community”
Lofty words, but they’re just words.
I take it that the “unproductive power plays” were the efforts of both myself and Stephanie Kraft to get rid of a Superintendent who absolutely refused to hold staff accountable and fire corrupt senior staff.
Dr. Moon should very well know that the real “unproductive power plays” come from meddling fools that don’t give a damn about waste of money, unproductive staff, and corrupt managers including the one his Education Chair was trying to protect.
Looking at history subsequent to the firing of Frank Till, the district did not improve one bit, suggesting that the Workshop did not come close to achieving the lofty goals outlined in today’s op-ed piece.
A quote from the octogenarian actress Clara Pellar seems appropriate here…
“Where’s the beef?”
There’s an old adage in life that fits the situation to a “T.”
“If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Up until now, the Broward Workshop has been a huge part of the problem.
If the Workshop wants to fulfil it’s air of respect and authority then it first needs to clean up its own act.