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Re: Employment and Quarantine
Lol. No, there is no shortage of administrators in Texas. In fact, there are way too many due to the positions that have been "created" within some districts. Yes there has to be stability at the top. However, since that person is responsible for "the direction the district is going to take", it is imperative that this person starts out with a probationary contract so that they can be removed if they turn out to be corrupt or incompetent. Who can cause the most damage? A 5th grade teacher who runs one classroom of 22 kids or a superintendent who gets to make large decisions for thousands of kids, hundreds of teachers and staff? And before you say, the superintendent has to answer to a school board, remember that the teacher must answer to several people ranging from department heads, supervisors, principals, assistant principals and so on. Those people are employed full time and have access to the teacher every single day. The school board does not work for the school and is not there every day to see what's going on. I say all of this to make the point that we are willing to place the destiny of an entire district in the hands of a new superintendent by giving him or her an iron clad contract right out of the box, but we place teachers on probationary or one year term contracts forever, even though they are only in charge of one thing within their subject area. I still maintain that the system is broken.