So there are two board meetings scheduled for tomorrow. At 8:00 am, the board will hold their annual reorganization meeting to determine the new officers for the coming year. Then at 8:15 am (the re-organization will only take 15 minutes, I suppose), the board will hold a called business meeting to discuss Temporary Agreements and the Amended HR report.
I expect with the potential retirements of an expected 200 employees that there will be many of these special called meetings to deal with Human Resource issues especially since the central office is taking a more direct hand in school-level hiring. It’s going to be a busy time for the superintendent and the board, and a difficult time of decision for many of our most experienced teachers and staff. It should be a time of praise for these teachers for their dedicated service to our system, but instead, Dr. Wardynski seems intent on ascribing to our teachers negative attributes whenever possible.
When last Dr. Wardynski spoke of those potential retirees, he described them as being “cagey” about their plans for retirement.
He seems unwilling or unable to consider that perhaps these teachers simply love teaching, and they’re trying to find a way to handle the pay cut that the state is sticking them with. Or maybe they simply love their students and hate the thought of leaving their classes in the middle of the year. Perhaps they are doing everything they can to avoid leaving the system in a jam.
Nope. None of that enters his mind. Or if it does, it doesn’t escape his mouth. So what does escape?
As George Bernard Shaw once said (and Bono later paraphrased), “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” So it goes, in a similar fashion, with those who look out only for their own needs ignoring the best interests of those pesky students: they assume that everyone is looking out only for themselves.
Your adjectives are revealing more about you, Dr. Wardynski, than they are about teachers. You’re becoming a fine example of the text exegeting the reader.
Assuming that I can make it from the South end of town to the North by 8 after dropping off the kids (at two different schools since the boy is not offered services at his home school), I will be in attendance. As always, the meeting will be broadcast on ETV (Comcast 17, Knology 99), and at the Huntsville City Schools website. I will also be live-tweeting the meeting @russwinn. You can follow on Twitter or on the Geek Palaver Facebook Page. Hope to see you there so we can see together what other insight into the board and the superintendent we can gain.
Maybe next he’ll accuse teachers of being only concerned about receiving seven grand above the maximum posted salaries for their friends.
Nah, no one would be that blatant. Oh, wait . . .