Monday, November 22, 2004

How gauche

Maybe these juvenile delinquents in Mt. Lebanon were trying to find a way to pay for the buy-out of the school district's supertintendent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, aren't you the former ace education reporter? How about some insight into her hiring? Is the position of school superintendent really like a revolving door, opening and shutting with each turnover of alliances on a board? What about some of the more contentious boards you covered? How did they get around the Mt. Lebanon conundrum? Could this be the busy work of athletic booster programs (as with what happened with controversial capital programs at North Allegheny)? Or reformers/racist vs. the superintendents' allies (Pittsburgh City Schools)? Or did the board simply lose faith in the veracity of the monthly reports they received on fiscal decisions, bond rates or personnel matters?

Dish the dirt, Potts!

6:32 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I'm experiencing quite a bit of schadenfreude over this whole Mt. Lebanon superintendent mess. On the one hand, I admire the residents there for standing up and demanding answers, as opposed to Pittsburgh residents who just lie down and take it, and try to see if they can get their brother-in-law a job with the Public Works Department.

On the other hand, there's a certain how-dare-you-do-this-to-us quality to their reaction. It's like "How dare you do this to the good people of Mt. Lebanon." Speaking of which, I hear that one of the problems the board had with Sable is that, coming from a think tank, she believed that Mt. Lebanon should adopt successful programs from other districts, if they appeared to be better than what Mt. Lebanon was doing. The board would have none of that, insisting that what Mt. Lebanon does has to be the best. Again, that's just a rumor.

7:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the immortal words of George W. Bush: Mission accompished!

You dished the dirt. Can I now call you "W" in honor of the president AND the catsup you hawk?

7:43 PM


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