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Proviso Probe

Thursday, August 10, 2006

ED, there can be only one [D209]

But on the way to one person being offered the superintendent position the field gets winnowed. Last night Board President Chris Welch announced that the board winnowed the field to two candidates.

See this earlier discussion and this discussion of current CEO Libka for some background.

I'll post more later.

10 Comments:

  • An Open Letter to the District 209 Board:



    It seems that you and, we, the taxpayers, students, and other constituents of our district are at a critical juncture. The field of candidates for the superintendent position has been narrowed to two individuals. One of these individuals, the individual we have empowered the Board to choose, will take the reigns and lead District 209. This individual’s ability to lead will be reflected in either regression, maintenance of the status quo, or significant progress in terms of our student’s educational attainments.

    For far too long, District 209 students and the Proviso community at large have been short-changed by major educational decisions based upon politics, cronyism, nepotism, self-serving interests, and the like. The one and only valid concern, our students’ best educational interests, has been given short shrift, if any consideration at all, by certain individuals in positions of power.

    The public is aware of this misuse of power and is becoming increasingly incensed by it. Those who continue to seek to thwart the best interests of our children by taking incompatible, self-serving actions will pay a high price for it. To those individuals, I caution you not to delude yourselves into thinking that you are untouchable or beyond the public’s reach. Look around you at how the political climate has recently changed in Illinois and you will clearly see that no one, not department heads, chiefs of staff, or even governors, are immune from intense scrutiny and paying a price for their misdeeds.

    What is the public looking for in a new superintendent? First and foremost, I believe that the public is looking for an individual with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing significant educational changes. This individual will be a demonstrated leader who sets the pace and not a follower who tends to take his marching orders from those who happen to be in power at the time. Good educational practice is not leashed like a docile puppy to political parties, cliques, and certainly not to those who crave power for power’s sake. Good educational practice has its own concepts, principles, and practices that must transcend the often tainting influence of politics or business as usual.

    Nothing is different until it makes a difference. Whoever you choose for the position of superintendent must be able to make a positive and significant difference as evidenced by past behavior in similar circumstances. Stylistic qualities such as being a “nice person” and “knowing the district” are plusses but are not, I repeat, are not critical to the effective education of our students and the advancement of our school system.

    We will be watching you to see that you make a decision that is based entirely on the best interests of our children. When you vote, be looking over your shoulders.

    By Blogger Steven, at 1:41 PM, August 10, 2006  

  • I'm just wondering, at what point on a line does naivety and good intentions part ways?

    By Anonymous Clueless in Seattle, at 1:55 PM, August 10, 2006  

  • WTF? Do you really think that these people care what you think? Remember, this is about saving peoples jobs and much less about kids and doing the right thing. DO you think they care about the tax payers in Proviso? They could give a goody got damn about that either. Wake up!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 AM, August 11, 2006  

  • To clueless in seattle and anonymous:

    Clueless,

    Hopefully, the point to which you refer is very far away from the point at which pessimism borne of jadedness, unquestioning acceptance, and stultifying inaction intersect.

    Anonymous:

    I’m wide awake as hell and raring to go. In your August 11th, 12:50 am posting, you got my point exactly and make my point strongly as I expressed it in the "Open Letter to the District 209 Board" by stating, "Do you really think that these people care what you think? Remember, this is about saving peoples jobs and much less about kids and doing the right thing. DO you think they care about the tax payers in Proviso? They could give a goody got damn about that either.". It is precisely because they do their dirty work without the least concern about what you, I, and the taxpayers think and the negative effects that their self-serving decisions have on our students that I wrote that letter. Come on, Anonymous, open your eyes, get angry, and contribute to trying to make things right. Don’t let the District 209 board members that you helped to elect bully you. Your response and similar ones to my posting are exactly what they're hoping for and delight in; it gives them carte blanche to engage in their self-serving actions. You’re only as helpless as you perceive yourself to be.

    By Blogger Steven, at 10:22 AM, August 11, 2006  

  • Question, Did Proviso 209 Board member Charles Flowers ever work for 209? If he did in what capacity? How did he get hired? Was it through Beauchamps or Sykes or Moore?
    Why was he fired?Why can't he obtain another teaching position or Superintendent postion at another school district?
    Smells like cronyism to me!

    By Anonymous hot chocolate, at 11:10 AM, August 11, 2006  

  • Hot chocoloate, I am sorry Hot Stanky Ass Welch. Get a life you jack leg lawyer. Start working on your Fed case and figure out how you are going to pay the district back for buying your new home and your failed state rep bid, which totals close to million dollars.

    Flowers is and in April the people of Proviso are going to wipe their asses with your face and your BALD EAGLE head. Go impregnate Gene Moore again. He looks like he is having twins.

    You orphan annie punk!

    By Blogger Everybody-Hates-Chris, at 12:07 PM, August 11, 2006  

  • Steven:

    A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence."

    --Barbara Walters,
    American journalist

    By Blogger thisisahoot, at 2:58 PM, August 11, 2006  

  • Pamela said: Yes Charles Flowers worked at Proviso East. I believe he was "let go". Don't know who his clout is, but wasn't he also on the dist. 88 or 89 board and they voted him out too?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:52 PM, August 11, 2006  

  • thisisahoot:

    Why do you have so much trouble staying on your Concerta? You just can't keep to the topic, can you? If I recall correctly, on James Smith's thread regarding the education of Black students, your postings were all over the place and you just had to interject irrelevant statements about Latino children.

    I appreciate the quote from the eminent Barbara Walters who, interestingly and ironically, used polysyllabic words in it.

    Now, more than ever, I'm elated that I got the hell out of your classroom.

    By Blogger Steven, at 4:02 PM, August 11, 2006  

  • ohmigod Steven:

    Lighten up:) Its a blog. I was laughing at the quote soon after I read your thoughts.

    I'd love to sit with you and converse over a decaf latte.

    XXX OOO

    By Blogger thisisahoot, at 5:12 PM, August 11, 2006  

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