Thursday, October 16, 2008

She's Gone!!! (Except She's Not)

Our topic today is Betty Sternberg, of course. A scant few days before the Board of Ed was to meet to review her contract, Betty has bailed. The Board raises its hands in professed surprise. "We had no idea," is the gist of their comments.

If so, they are even more mentally challenged than your scribe has previously supposed. Practically since the day she came, Betty has been receiving negative reviews from parents, teachers, and the community at large. These were recently codified in the Harris Survey in which Betty received a failing grade in every single category from every single constituency.

And so she has jumped before she was pushed. And the Board of Education is taken by surprise? Spare me.

The real problem, of course, is that she will continue to be around to plague us and drain our Town treasury dry right up to the middle of next year. Why the Board of Ed doesn't just buy out her contract and give her the boot is one of life's great mysteries. Perhaps they're curious to see just how much more havoc she can wreak before the door finally hits her in the rear end next June 30.

Your scribe predicts that she will do considerably more damage to our already-reeling school system before then. She is like* the pilot of a burning airplane who has no parachute. She is certain to crash and burn. Will she head for an empty field, or, more likely, yet another school full of young children? She has already all but destroyed Hamilton Avenue, and Glenville School exists in name only. That's two down in two years. But she still has almost a year to go, so she has time to target one more school here in Town.

Will it be New Lebanon? Parkway? North Street? Julian Curtiss? Cos Cob? North Mianus? Dundee? Riverside? Old Greenwich? How about the middle schools? Or perhaps even Greenwich High School itself?

How many more talented faculty members and administrators can she drive away in the next nine months? How many more falling test scores can we expect to see between now and then?

Since Betty is unable to do the honorable thing and just resign immediately, the Board should simply bite the bullet and fire her. By any standards of job performance, she has been and continues to be a miserable failure. Why should she stay on the job even one more day?

That is a rhetorical question, dear reader. Everyone in Town, with the obvious exception of the Board of Ed, knows the answer. She should not.

*N.B. This is what is known as a simile, a literary device that is not to be confused with objective fact. It is meant to help clarify something to the reader, in this case the gravity of the ever-burgeoning train wreck in our Town's educational system. In no way is it meant to suggest that Betty knows how to pilot an airplane, or even how to steer one.


Blogger GG Connecticut Homeowner said...

Thank you for your truthful blog regarding the downward spiral that our school system has suffered in the past few years.

Why is our board asleep on this obvious issue?

We need to bring in "Judge Judy" to straighten out this mess and bring a bit of justice to the children who are really the ones who are suffering here.

Our home values depend on the value of our school system.

Let's all be proactive and save the education of our children.

October 31, 2008 10:14 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, gg connecticut homeowner!

Needless to say, I agree with everything you say in your comment. I was also sad to see that the merit pay increases have been cut from the latest teachers' contract. This kind of disincentive can only hasten the slide, IMHO.

November 01, 2008 11:00 AM  

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