"Meet me half-way, but don't use hate to criticize.
If you're going to criticize be constructive about it, but don't use hate to do that."
I don't think it's a stretch to say that many teachers and members of the Peoria community are saddened by the fact that last night, the Board of Education (BOE), extended the contract for Superintendent Grenita Lathan for four (4) more years.
I'm thinking that this BOE must be privy to some pretty interesting data about progress, if they made this decision. You people in comments who keep talking about not making AYP, this move by the BOE would indicate that we will be seeing improvement (because we know they already have preliminary scores).
|All pull quotes are from the Ungurait deposition, click images to enlarge.|
Citizens should be able to expect that the BOE reviewed their employee and acted in the best interest of their constituents when making this decision.
It sometimes seems as though the BOE and Administration is caught up in a bubble (or some may say ivory tower), the Us vs. Them bubble and as a result, doing what's best for the children gets lost. I know people (especially on blogs), say mean things about them, but that kind of goes along with the territory of being a change agent, doesn't it? They just seem to be a little too busy being defiant, you can see it on their faces and in their posture.
Surely they know that every citizen in Peoria is not against them, but that doesn't stop them from constantly using fighting words and double entendres to hit at certain people, every single time the camera is in their face. It's just not nice, it's not good customer service and for the money we are paying, we deserve better.
We have seen in the Ungurait deposition allegations of the mean spirit that permeates through the District. When the Superintendent gets awarded a very nice contract, (thanks to the taxes of citizens of Peoria) did she step up and smile and say anything nice? No, she didn't; instead she came across very defiant, almost (dare I say), angry. I really expected better. It's past time to rise above the drama - that interview could have been a new start. Unfortunately, it seemed like a promise of more of the same (with just a hint of... or, you can kiss my ***).
|Quotes from the Ungurait deposition, click to enlarge.|
The Superintendent says that she would like to receive constructive criticism that is not riddled with hate, that's a reasonable request. I hope that in reviewing her, extending her contract and then giving her a raise, that her employers (the BOE) asked her to at least give her employees and citizens of this community the same respect.
However, judging from the most recent television interview, I doubt that discussing the issue of civility with the Superintendent was a part of the BOE's decision.