Grier gets giddy

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The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/schools/images/Terry%20Grier%205x7.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Say it isn’t so…but it is.

The North Carolina School Boards Association has named your fearless superintendent of schools for the Peoples Republic of Guilford County as its “superintendent of the year,” bringing along with it a $5,000 cash prize.

Okay, if you haven’t choked on your coffee yet (because I just did)…here’s the story, via today’s News & Record:

Grier was chosen from among seven nominees by the state School Boards Association and the Association of School Administrators.
Grier will compete for the national award given by the American Association of School Administrators in February.

Five North Carolina superintendents have been finalists in the national competition, said Bill McNeal, executive director of the Association of School Administrators.

McNeal, a former Wake County superintendent, won the national honor in 2004.

McNeal said nominees are judged based on their leadership qualities, innovative programs, student performance and community outreach efforts.

“Under (Grier’s) name, I would underscore ‘innovative’ and ‘creative,'” McNeal said.

“He is highly, highly focused on all students achieving.”

No…he’s not. If he had the gall to walk out on a meeting from the state assistance team at Andrews H.S. a couple of years ago, I don’t see it. But obviously his shortcomings was enough to be overlooked as evidenced with his recent raise by the school board, and now this prestigious honor.

Continuing with another excerpt:

“Instead, it’s a reflection on your team and on your community,” he said.
“There’s no question that I would have no business standing here tonight and getting any kind of recognition if it weren’t for those on our staff. We have excellent teachers, principals and support staff. We have the best school board in North Carolina.”

We have a school board that is out of touch with the issues surrounding our children. We have race-baiters on our school board. We have dividers on our school board. We have board members with political agendas that do not include the children of Guilford County.

It sure is the best board in the state, you’re right about that, Terrence.

This blog continues to write itself, folks. I can’t possibly make this stuff up.

Another excerpt:

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/cooke1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. School board member Kris Cooke said Grier has faced unfair criticism for controversial programs he did not propose, such as a High Point reassignment plan, and for projects botched by his staff, such as cost overruns at Smith Academy.


The image “http://blog.news-record.com/staff/chalkboard/archives/bruce's%202.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. “I think he’s got a tremendous challenge here in Guilford County, but I think he’s worked hard,” Cooke said. “It’s wonderful that he’s being recognized for the work that he’s done.”

Cooke is one of Grier’s biggest defenders; never mind that she has no clue about what’s going on in the schools in her district (vis-a-vis, the growing gang problem at Page H.S.). She is merely deflecting criticism back because she knows she will have a tough time in the May primary.

Sorry, Ms. Cooke, but the criticism is very fair, he is the top dog, he is the boss, he is the superintendent of schools, and he (along with YOU) both have failed our children…miserably.

More:

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/boe/images/quick.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. School board member Amos Quick described Grier as “ambitious” and “forward-thinking,” making improvements in a district with more than 71,000 students and competing priorities.

But Quick and Cooke also said Guilford County Schools’ top leader needs to address the lack of achievement among black male students and underperforming schools, provide more rigor for the district’s academically gifted population and raise SAT and state test scores.

“I think he realizes these awards are nice to have and put on your resumé, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Quick said.

Thank you, Amos, for a bit of clarity. There is A LOT of work that remains to be done.

My friend Stormy made a good point or two, here it is in its entirety:

And, to top it all off today, they named Terry Grier as NC Superintendent of the Year!! The organizations credited Grier with halving the high school dropout rate to 3 percent, increasing student participation in higher-level courses and formulating an incentive plan that pays math and reading teachers extra to work in low-performing schools.

What an honor! He gets credit for a 3% dropout rate when 30% of the students never graduate. Go figure that one. He gets credit for increasing the number of students taking AP test, when the taxpayers pay for the test, and the pass rate is abominable. He gets credit for Mission Possible, which is a program without a record of success as yet. Wonderful!

Grier – “When you receive this kind of recognition, you like to think its not all about you…” No you don’t, Terry, it’s always about you.

Grier – “There’s no question that I would have no business standing here tonight and getting any kind of recognition…” Absolutely right, Terry!

“Member Kris Cooke said Grier has faced unfair criticism for controversial programs he did not propose, such as a High Point reassignment plan, and projects botched by his staff, such as cost overruns at Smith Academy.”

Atta girl, Cookie. Let’s not let our fearless leader take any criticism for failures of the school board, nor his incompetent staff. So, what does Terry Grier get paid $250,000 to do? Look pretty? We all know that good old Terry, when faced with criticism just says “I only did what the board asked me to do”. Which is not to educate 70,000 students, obviously.

Well-said, well-spoken.

BTW, the News & Record opened a string on its new “Debatables” blog on this subject, click here to go to it.

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UPDATE: 11/7/07, 12:09PM:

Kris Cooke, in my opinion, looks awfully silly defending Terry Grier; for as I said earlier (and many times recently)…she is oblivious to what is going on at Page High School, the primary school in her district. The growing gang problem there aside…I still have in my hand a documented report of a teacher being assaulted there around this time last year.

http://bjimg.sv.publicus.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=BJ&Date=20071026&Category=NRSTAFF&ArtNo=71025045&Ref=AR&MaxW=360&Border=0 As promised, I will keep plastering this N&R-captured picture of the recent cafeteria brawl there until it sinks in, until it resonates with Kris Cooke, and others who don’t think discipline and gangs and violence in our schools is a big deal.

It is a very big deal.

And for all of this, Grier was honored. Maybe he should donate his $5,000 prize to “Students Against Violence Everywhere” or any number of highly-impacted schools here in Guilford County. It would pay for a lot of paper and soap and ink cartridges that our teachers cannot afford out of pocket.

Cooke says in the last issue of the Rhino Times: That type of activity cannot occur in a school,” Cooke said. “It is a learning environment, for students who want to learn. There has to be consequences. It has to be a safe learning environment.

This is not a case of ‘oh my God, that’s terrible what happened.’

This is not a Martha Stewart show, Kris Cooke…this is a case of “once again, our schools are in a state of emergency, what in God’s name are you going to do about it?”

E.C. 🙂

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