Donald Murphy’s July 7 letter in the MDJ (“Let Superintendent Lead”) is a typical example of what those who run any modern-day governmental or educational operation do when it stops working. They find someone else to blame and then convince those who control their destinies that their analysis is correct.
In the Cobb County School District, one of the board members produces a rabble-rousing newsletter in an attempt to force other board members to subscribe to his way of thinking. When the school calendar was under discussion, I attended a board meeting where the yelling, sign-waving rabble disrupted the entire meeting and would not stop.
When the board finally decided hire a new superintendent, they did so after talking with him for three hours, without any investigation into his background, to determine his previous experience and successes in another school district.
The number of administrative employees at Glover Street keep going up, without the knowledge or approval of the board, salaries of the Glover Street gang keep going up, while class sizes and the number of furlough days for teachers continue to increase and step increases for teachers are largely ignored. It’s getting harder and harder to determine whether the primary purpose of our school district is to educate our children or to support an ever-growing administrative staff at Glover Street.