Grier’s Gone: We need to hear from teachers

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We need to hear from GCS teachers, classified staff, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff…we need to hear from you. Please do not be afraid to speak because now is the time to speak your mind on what you would like to see in a new superintendent.

You can e-mail me direct on erik@hueyforguilfordschoolboard.org or you can respond to this blog post below. You can sign your name or you can remain anonymous (your anonymity will be respected and honored)…but we need to hear from you.

I promise that any and all comments will be forwarded (and hand delivered) to the search committee once one has been put into place.

Please spread the word. Please forward this to any GCS staff member out there.

Thank you.

E.C. 🙂

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A Day On…not a day off

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You can do that, simply by supporting this campaign.

By supporting this campaign, you support freedom, equality, justice for all in our community, especially ALL of Guilford County’s children, both black, white, latino, Asian, Native American–ALL of our children.

While some on our GCS Board practice division, I believe in unity. While some want to be stuck in the 50s-60s, I want our community to progress and advance into the 21st century. We CAN do it.

While Dr. King had a dream…so do I. My dream is simply for us to have the best schools in North Carolina, and the entire county. We CAN do it.

E.C. 🙂

Grier’s Gone: Community input wanted

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So…our gang of 11 wants “active community input” on what they’d like to see in a new superintendent for Guilford County.

They can come right here…this forum is open 24/7, and we’ll give them ALL the input they need to get started. We know at least four GCS Board members read this blog on a regular basis, maybe we should e-mail this site’s URL to the other seven.

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Let’s start with this morning’s News & Record, where they report Board chairman Alan “pass-the-buck” Duncan appears to actively want community input.

N&R:

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But can we believe him? By now, you know my thoughts on how I want this search to proceed (very cautiously…very slowly), but can we believe this Board to say they want community input, when they may turn around and hire someone who will simply “stroke the kitty?”

More:

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No matter how they go about finding their new leader, school board members said first they need to know what to look for.

Board members said this weekend that they expect to reach out to the community to help them identify traits they want in the next superintendent.

In 1999, when the school board spent several months searching for Grier, it held public forums to find those answers.

…And then they hired Grier, and then we got what we got.

More:

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And employee morale is a huge problem within GCS. We must make strides to begin turning this around.

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From today’s High Point Enterprise

During his tenure, Grier’s toughest critics came from High Point. A huge contingent of parents from the north­ern part of the city vocally protested Grier’s leadership on numerous oc­casions, largely due to controversial reassignment plans endorsed by the school board. “Anti-Grier” parents helped produce a number of slogans and petitions, including bumper stickers like “Get Grier Outta Here” and “Have You Been Grier-ended” that still circulate around the city.
Other factions of the High Point community often cried that the city was treated like a “red-headed step­child” and overlooked in education­al issues.

Regretfully, it is still the case in High Point. These pictures tell the tale of the division in High Point:

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More:

High Point resident Martin Phil­lips hopes a new superintendent will be able to bring stability back to the city. “I think (Grier) ruined schools in High Point,” Phillips said. “The middle class is deserted in High Point. It’s really taken a hit.”

I couldn’t agree more, Martin.

Another excerpt:

It is unclear whether the district would use a search firm to hire a new superintendent. Board member Garth Hebert believes it is more sen­sible to select a leader from current central office staff.

Sensible thinking. I agree, Garth.

More mixed sentiments about Grier’s departure (see HPE sidebar story here):

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So this leads to my next question to throw out there…who would you like to see as an interim school chief?

Some people come to mind, and we can play around with names here:

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The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.gcsnc.com/schools/images/Folger,%20E..jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. What about Beth Folger, chief curriculum and organizational development officer?

How about a working principal out in the field?

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Of course, your nominations are welcome…

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UPDATE, 1/21/08, 10:45AM:

My top-10 traits in a new school chief:
1. An effective communicator
2. Someone to help improve employee morale
3. Someone to takes school safety seriously
4. Someone who’s not afraid to go into the classrooms (ALL of them) and talk with the teachers–not AT the teachers
5. Someone who can work with the community instead of against the community
6. Someone who values arts education
7. Someone who believes a WELL-ROUNDED education is more than a test score
8. Someone who takes responsibility, not pass the buck
9. Someone who can stand up to our Board, not stroke the kitty
10. An effective leader, not a “yes” man

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E.C. 🙂