I shake my head when I see how many people are so uninformed about what is really happening in our schools. All we hear from current school board members (who are running for re-election) and district leadership is what a great job they are doing.
If everything is so great, why is it that the school HR website has almost 200 positions to be hired with the new school year starting in almost two weeks? Will every bus have a driver? Will every classroom have a certified teacher? Or maybe there aren't really that many positions left to be hired. It could be that HR specialists just can't complete the hiring process because they are so short-staffed. Whose bright idea was it to fire so many dedicated HR employees right before the busiest hiring season of the year?
What effect will there be from having different principals at seven of nine middle schools? Not to mention new principals and assistant principals at many elementary and high schools.
As principals prepare schedules for each student, they are feeling the effect of having little or no tech support. Not one person who helped set up the FOCUS student system remains in that department to trouble-shoot or provide support.
And just wait for the frustration when teachers return to a new e-mail system and other technology challenges with insufficient training and no tech help. Most of the school tech support is also gone.
Morale is at an all-time low and staff turnover this past year has created a culture of fear and intimidation. Those working in the schools are too fearful to speak out because they need their jobs.
As a recently retired principal, I tell you that all is not well in our schools. Has everyone out there "drunk the Kool-Aid?"