So with the school year in Howard County bearing down upon us, teachers are preparing their classrooms and their lesson plans, parents are busy getting supplies, students are squeezing the final ounces of fun out of summer 2016, and HCPSS Administration is polishing their tin ears. To (half) wit:
As I've been reviewing HCPSS budget documents for FYs 2013 through 2017, inclusive, I couldn't help but notice the gutting of the position of the Chief Operating Officer, Cecille Jones, under Superintendent Foose. I found this especially interesting because, as those who know my CV are aware, I was the first (and so far only) COO of the Baltimore City Health Department. So, at the time, the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City created my position. She saw the need. But this Superintendent is gutting the position. She doesn't see the need. And that's regrettable.
More regrettable is the recent news that Ms. Jones has been placed on administrative leave. What's the nature of the leave? We don't know, of course, since it's a personnel matter.
But wait, there's less! More? No, less.
Ms. Jones's departure......errrrrrrrr, leave..... created a cascade of moved that seem to have disproprtionately adversely affected the administrations of schools in Oakland Mills. For Ms. Jones' position has been filled, on an interim basis, by the administrative director for middle schools. Whose position has been filled by the Principal of Oakland Mills High School. Whose position has been filled by the Principal of Oakland Mills Middle School. Whose position has been filled by the Assistant Principal of Patuxent Valley Middle School. Oh, and incidentally, one of last year's Assistant Principals at Oakland Mills MS has moved to become an Assistant Principal at Oakland Mills HS.
Got all that?
This is asinine to do right before the start of a school year. Oh, and remember all the concern that the Superintendent and some of the Board of Education had for poor ol' Oakland Mills back in the spring? So much for that concern, eh? Because if they cared about the OM schools they would've kept the administrators in place. Then again, if they cared about a functional school system they wouldn't be committing the shenanigans they are with the COO office.
And, by the way, fine citizens of Oakland Mills-- y'all need to get someone to run for Board of Education in 2018. Run until they win. Stop whining and begging for crumbs at the table. Kick the door down and have the issues that face the community addressed properly. I can think of a few great people who would be candidates-- who's gonna do it?
Let's be careful out there.
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