I usually try to address this blog to issues of interest to people beyond the Plainview-Old Bethpage community. But at last night’s Board of Ed meeting, our superintendent reported that we opened schools with fewer scheduling problems than we had last year. Dr. Lewis expressed the hope that my union would publically recognize how well the district had done. Happy to oblige.
Last year we didn’t have scheduling issues. What we had were willful violations of our contract. They were such egregious attempts to rip us off that we settled all of them in our favor with the board’s attorney, a gentleman not known to be a pushover. So I wish to use my blog today to recognize publically that management chose to not violate the same sections of our contract this year. If congratulations were what Dr. Lewis was looking for, I’m afraid that’s not realistic.
In fact, this year the superintendent has chosen to violate a different section of our contract. After having spent two full years painstakingly negotiating an Annual Professional Performance Review plan and having appropriately implemented it last year, the district decided to violate the portion of it that addresses the observation of teachers. Sadly, the staff she neither knows nor trusts has totally lost whatever residual trust they had in her leadership. Good leaders know that trust, like loyalty, has to flow down before it flows up.