The short answer is no. The more in-depth answer is we do not know. I have poured over the available data of her district in Ohio, and what I saw was not surprising. An urban, poor school district struggling to teach its kids. This is not an anomaly. There are issues like poverty and race that cannot be solved by superintendents. Those are societal issues that filter down and affect many levels of our society. As outsiders we are looking at data and trying to determine what our outcome may be based strictly on test scores from a district that we have no intimate knowledge of. No administrator is a miracle worker. All they can do is put in policies and procedures that foster a healthy environment that will eventually produce success. Lets face it, minority districts with large numbers of students living in poverty take time and resources. No one should expect her to turn around her district in four years, and they should not expect it here either. In all professions, be it school systems, private companies, or even sports organizations, decisions based on who to hire is much more complex than raw data. We need to judge this candidate as a whole and not via pieces and parts based solely on numbers. What concerns me more than the test scores of the students in her district, is the fact that she has moved around a lot. That makes me wonder if she will stay committed to DeKalb for the long-term, say a decade or so. If she could stay committed and turn around the system without cheating like what happened at APS, then she will be able to write her own ticket. I am not going to let test scores be the primary reason for not accepting her as superintendent. We do not have to settle, but we do need to move forward. I am sure there are better candidates out there, but who can say that those candidates want to be here. Time is running out a decision needs to made real soon. Unless something shockingly gross comes out, I would be willing to give her a chance. That’s just one mans opinion though.
On another related note, I am not hearing much from my brethren down here in South DeKalb. Whether you agree with the boards choice on this or not, you should let your voice be heard. It’s pointless to cry after the fact. And please attend the meet and greet.
Got this from the folks over at the DeKalb School Watch log.
I have spoken to several board members and they are hearing virtually nothing from citizens about the stalled superintendent search. Our silence is empowering those board members who refuse to move forward to remain entrenched. They received 1000s of emails about redistricting, they need to receive even more about getting a high qualify, proven leader for our school system.
The slow pace and lack of candidates or any news of candidates is telling. I wonder if people are shying away from this job. Can it really be that bad?
This is a bit much. He must think that everyone around him is a complete fool. He had the gas pumped out of the car because it was premium and he was afraid it would damage the car. Who the #@&% would believe that. His excuse is messed up on so many levels. He had some guy(crackhead) siphon the gas out of the car with a hose. Well, what happened to all that gas? Did you give it to the guy for helping you? But the really big discrepancy were the two amounts of $32.83 and $32 charged to the credit card. Back in June of 2008, gas in Atlanta was averaging about $4 bucks a gallon for regular. premium was probably hovering around 4.20 a gallon. So he spends between 32 and 33 dollars for about 8 or so gallons of gas roughly half his tanks capacity, because remember, he says he fills up when he is at half a tank. But if he emptied out the gas, because he had to empty it to get out all the premium, he had to do a refill with regular gas. For him to spend 32 dollars more, he would only get 8 gallons right? So he wants me to believe that he went to the gas station to fill up, but decided to only get half a tank after he realized that he put premium in the tank, which he thought would damage the car. If this post sounds convoluted or like a load of crap, then you now know what the garbage Crawford Lewis spit out was. He obviously did not think too highly of the investigators, or the citizens of DeKalb to put out an excuse like that.