Gut feeling on TPS superintendent searchWritten by Autumn Lee | | email@example.com
The headlines of the April 25 Blade article, which said that “Top choice to lead TPS drops out; Harner halts negotiations,” came as no suprise to me as I recall sitting on one of the Superintendent interview panels at TPS. Maybe it was my gut feeling (the same 7th sense employed by GWB of the good job Brownie, Putin, Wolfawitz, Rummy, Miers, Brenner and Gonzales fame) at that time while questioning and listening to the candidates, that whispered that maybe this was not the man for Toledo. I say we consider the $30,000 the board paid to Proact Search Inc., of Milwaukee, the point at which we discontinue digging a hole and give John Foley the job and get on with the process of trying to save our education system.
I consider Toledo lucky that Mr. Harner rejected the job as superintendent, if it is true, as he would have had to call on all of his West Point military training to fight the Toledo political system. He would have needed a “Presidential surge” to learn and combat the many problems in the TPS structure. Let’s save some money and some energy and give a local experienced person our support and the opportunity to work on getting it right. After the next election, if Mr. Foley can find a school board president who has the best interest of the school system at heart and he can solve the perceived public issue that the teachers union has the real chokehold on the school system, maybe he can get it right. If this happens, maybe we can do the right thing for Scott High School,which is the main school that suffers at the hands of the present school administration.
WARREN WOODBERRY, Toledo