Well, when I wrote this post about HCPSS Superintendent Renee Foose many moons ago, I said that she would have to be a lot of things to a lot of different people, and that she was doing well in her opening weeks to recreate the operations of the HCPSS to reflect her vision. And, several months into her tenure as Superintendent, I think I have an admission to make:
I love this woman. She speaks my language. Too bad she's already spoken for!
Now, HoCo Rising seems to love her much more; this post on HCR is much more effusive! I'm not sure she needs to go to Annapolis yet, though; I would like to have her here first for several years so she can truly get things in order!
The article that have sent Tom and I both so eminently ga-ga is this one. The more I think about it, the more I think I love her strategy here. It is clear that she is for pouring as many resources as possible into the classroom. And she's backing up her words with deeds, as her reorganization of Central Office indicates.
Now, eventually, I do believe there's going to be another shoe to drop. For after Dr. Foose demonstrates her strong commitment to the classrooms, the classrooms are going to have to do something for the good of the HCPSS. and that thing (or those things) may include not being so goofy when it comes to HCPSS applying for Federal grants. May include revamping teacher evaluations. May include stronger safety procedures.
I really do think that 2013 is the year that Howard County's unoffocial center of power shifts from the George Howard Building to the Building on Route 108. And it's going to be quite interesting to see how this new leader wields said power. With the Central Office reorg, the scuffle with HCEA over RttT, and now this budget, she certainly has no qualms in doing so.