“In the Army, We Call That Whining.”


Wardynski: “Now, what is, what’s the word? Apprehension?

Headrick: “That’s a soft way of saying it.”

Wardynski: “In the Army, we call that whining.” [Greeted with laughter and smiles by several of the board members.]

Tonight, I guess I’m just going to whine a bit.

It’s always nice when the superintendent of the school system decides to engage in ad hominem attacks by referring to anyone who is apprehensive about the changes he’s forcing through, or anyone who just has questions about his actions, as a bunch of whiners.

I’ve been called worse.

So the witch hunt continues, and tomorrow (February 25, 2012) at 10:30am, the Huntsville City School Board will meet to potentially fired, demote, reprimand, or otherwise embarrass up to eight departmental directors for actions that may have, or may not have, taken place up to ten years ago.

Mr. King, Dr. Wardynski’s XO, has been appointed as his new “acting director of operations,” while receiving a 49% raise. This is just a sideline job however as Mr. King is quickly on his way to becoming one of the new principals who will be replacing one of those ineffective principals (you know, one of those whose job is on the table) starting in July. The Director of Operations gig is scheduled to end June 30th. Not bad for a guy who spent a year or so slaving away in a Chemistry classroom. (Of course, he still has more experience than his superintendent.)

Mr. King will be making $88,000 a year a 49% raise over his $59,211 salary to make PowerPoint presentations about topics for which he has no training or experience. Nice work if you can get it.

In case you haven’t heard, Dr. Wardynski announced to the board back in September that Mr. King would be “transitioning” into a principal’s position beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. Funny, I thought those positions were required to be posted before a specific person could be promised a position.

I guess, again, that the rules don’t apply to Dr. Wardynski and his friends.

But that doesn’t matter, does it?

All that really matters are problems that were uncovered in 2005. Problems that Dr. Moore decided, with approval of three of our current board members, to ignore. But we need to address them now because, well because people must be held accountable and responsible for things that they might have, or might not have done back then.

It certainly has nothing to do with redirecting our attention away from Dr. Wardynski’s current actions such as hiring friends, and defending their actions at all cost even if they’re supposedly accused of sexual harassment.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

None of that matters. All that matters is that you believe that Dr. Wardynski is a “strong leader” for taking a hard line on issues for which he cannot be blamed.

All together now: Strong Leader. Strong Leader.

And we should just trust him when he says that he’s not doing the same thing. It’s such a good thing that we have a school board to watch over his actions, and to vote against them when they have questions.

Oh, wait . . . our board members with questions just go right ahead and vote along with him even when his answers leave them not “feeling better” about his decisions.

Tomorrow, everything will be made clear. And we’ll understand that it he really is the best kept secret in Huntsville as Dr. Robinson likes to claim. And anyone left asking questions at that point, assuming that we haven’t fired them in this process, well, they’re just whiners anyway.

After all, “effective” teachers, administrators, directors and even parents “have no need to be concerned” about the direction Wardynski is taking us. Surely he has our Broad interests at heart. Right?


I’ll be whining away on Twitter @russwinn during the meeting. You can also catch my posts on the Geek Palaver Facebook Page. You can also watch the meeting on ETV (Comcast 17, Knology 99), and at the Huntsville City Schools website.



"Children see magic because they look for it." --Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Jesus' childhood pal.


  1. i was really diggin how u used that “DONT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN” video…that basically said it all…it was HILARIOUS…..but back to the subject at hand…..NOTHING GREAT OR INSPIRATIONAL has come during “Dubya”‘s short time running this system…he HASNOT done anything about the financial crisis (though he gets credit) …how can u get credit for something u are AVIDLY contributing too?…..man i could go on about all the inaccuracies that are SPEWINg from his mouth…his deeds and his time …but im gonna stop here for now….

  2. Just wonder when Dr. W will fire, demote, or transfer the three board members who are ultimately responsible for all the past sins of HCS.

  3. Our board is like the fox watching the chicken coop. I still say that if they had any sense of morality or shame, the three board members would have resigned after the $20 million deficiency was discovered instead of acting like they had nothing to do with it. And you bet they will be happy to sit back and allow people to be fired without accepting their share of responsibility.

    You’re not whining–you’re just pointing out facts. Too bad you’re the only one doing it.

  4. I was really so shocked with the raise in Mr. King’s salary. That $28K could purchase 2 iPad Learning Labs that each hold 20 iPads and 2 MacBooks to run the applications for two Autism Unit classrooms. What a good use of the city’s funds. And he can call it whining because he knows he is trying to ram it all down the throats of everyone here in Huntsville!!!!

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