LETTER: Vet school chiefs

When a poor administrator leaves a school district and seeks a new job, the board attorneys remind the district personnel getting le
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

When a poor administrator leaves a school district and seeks a new job, the board attorneys remind the district personnel getting left behind to say nothing. Unfortunately, "hush" is the name of the game when anyone trys to discover information about a job seeking administrator's past performance.

The administrator, with poor leadership skills, presents glowing recommendations and long list of accomplishments to a hiring school district, and that information, unfortunately, is the only information available to hiring school boards.

All Ohio schools need to develop an evaluation system for its administrators. In other words, the schools need to move into the 21st century and exert some "quality control" over these leaders as they move around the state, some of whom leave a path of destruction in their wake. Perhaps schools could take a lesson from some corporations who annually require staff to evaluate their supervisor and their next higher supervisor. These annual evaluations might be required to follow the principal and superintendent candidates to their future interviews with new board members.

These evaluations would be an enormous help to schools. If this system were already in place, perhaps the Bellevue School district would be focusing on the improvement of its educational effectiveness rather than spending endless hours interviewing yet another leader who will present themselves with glowing letters of recommendation which are really unhelpful in determining whether a candidate is respectful and effective as a leader.

Kathryn Goerig-Eastlake

Sandusky