Re-booting TPSWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
I wrote a few months ago about a day I spent at Beverly Elementary School, shadowing principal Linda Meyers. I mentioned that during my visit, I learned a parent donated many computers to the school when his company purchased a new system.
These computers were sitting unused, waiting for the one person in TPS who is allowed to set them up.
They sat while a parent volunteer could have had them set up immediately. I wrote that did not seem to be in the best interest of the students.
Not long after, the computers were installed and are now up and running. It may or may not be
coincidence that action happened after a small bit of needling from a newspaper, but the bottom line is that the students can now access the computers.
If only fixing all the problems at TPS were as simple as connecting a few wires and updating some software. There are myriad issues, but new Superintendent John Foley is fully aware of the obstacle course he is facing. As a TPS insider for three decades, none of the problems should catch him off guard.
There is a levy on the horizon, but TPS is facing an extremely difficult battle in getting it passed. Personality conflicts on the school board, testing controversies, possible school closures, union issues and questions raised by such activists as Ben Williams, Steven Flagg and Chris Myers need to be addressed.
It’s an overwhelming situation; here’s hoping Foley receives the support he will need to rewire TPS. It may require a major reboot, with painful changes.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com.