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TACOMA: School board right to look in-house for next leader

Letter by David A. Droge, Tacoma on Aug. 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm with 7 Comments »
August 8, 2011 1:09 pm

The contrast in Tacoma is stark and instructive. The City Council follows conventional wisdom and spends $50,000 on a ”headhunter” consulting firm to find a new city manager. On the other hand, the school board has opened an in-house application process for the next superintendent (TNT, 8-7).

Having witnessed the results of consultant-driven searches in another context, I applaud the school board for this decision. The chief advantage of headhunters is that they can make discreet inquiries for qualified candidates who would not want their current employers they are seeking another job. Consulting firms, however, often engage in back-door deals and horse-trading as they recommend candidates for various positions.

How refreshing and courageous for the board to decide to open the application procedure to current staffers. In my two years of involvement with Tacoma Public Schools I have been impressed with the passion and creativity of many staff members. This decision is a vote of confidence in their work.

We have much to do to make education better for our students. With this decision, the board stands in support of both its staff and the educational initiatives that have developed in the past few years in Tacoma.

What message does the City Council send to its staff?

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I want someont that the union doesn’t want.

  2. rosie12 says:

    This is the board’s way of hiring Carla Santorno- deputy superintendent for TPS- for the job- a black woman will get Vibrant Schools off their back along with the other minority groups. Who knows if she is competent, but does it really matter. If the board really wanted someone competent they would look outside of the School System for a dynamic and motivating proven manager.Carla is another Seattle transplant- doesn’t say a lot. It is all politics.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    rosie say,
    “a black woman will get Vibrant Schools off their back along with the other minority groups”

    obama has proven that blacks can’t lead, they only follow.

  4. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    taxedenoughintacoma says:

    “obama has proven that blacks can’t lead, they only follow.”

    So one person conceived from a black father and a white mother is definitive proof that all black people are incapable leadership – at least according to taxedenoughintacoma.

    Should we consider the letter writers original point, or is it bow time to descend into the topic of racist slurs?

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    obama votes “present” 129 time. Yea, he is a great leader. NOT!!!!

    At best a coward..

  6. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    taxedenoughintacoma says:

    obama votes “present” 129 time. Yea, he is a great leader. NOT!!!!

    At best a coward..

    Is this the same argument that contends all blacks are incapable of leadership, or have you landed upon some new line of reasoning that you hope proves some point?

    I gotta say that any logic that you are trying to convey just isn’t making it onto the page…

  7. cclngthr says:

    What we need for TSD is a non-educational professional to operate the district. That person will operate the district as a true business and require the staff to focus on the bottom line, which is to educate the students.

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