School association preaches peacePublished 9:08pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Selma City Board of Education was part of the District meeting held at Ramada Inn on Jan. 23.For some reason; it was somehow stupendous.
A preacher preached about love and forgiveness and followed it up with a prayer that hammered on those two concerns. I believe that love + forgiveness = Peace. Everybody cannot agree each time a group meets; that’s the essence of individual analysis, thinking, and foresight.
Personally, I believe a group can disagree and learn from it. We need love (God) and forgiveness in every endeavor and its management. Forgiveness is spiritually and naturally beneficial for us; but, still, we must resist wrong so it can flee from us. For me, forgiveness means we can, now, work cohesively for a common goal with no reservations; it means I have no personal rancor against you; it means that whatever was said or done is less important than our utter growth and peace.
We need peace that surpasses all methods of conflict resolution.
I’m personally commanded not to hate my associates on the Board, or other, but not forbidden from vehemently opposing any positioning that is repulsive to improvement and stability. This approach serves me well as a conflict management strategy.
Also noticeable at the meeting was the fact the district director’s moderating reflected the environment and Sally and Susan, the two officials of AASB, who also, preached; stressed peace-promoting factors. They encouraged us not to talk to the superintendent about hiring a friend, frat or sorority relatives, club members, etc. We were emphatically reminded it is not our responsibility to be looking at the achievement data for each teacher; rather the board should look at the overall system’s data which will enable them make decision as to the direction of the system. The board was discouraged from going to ask for funds without involving the superintendent.
Furthermore, they implored the board to desist from wanting to serve on a committee, which interviews applicants for school system positions. I know the two positions the board is actually responsible for hiring are that of the CSFO and The Superintendent.
We were encouraged to allow the principals and the superintendents to hire whoever they believe will work effectively with them.
“If a Principal or a Superintendent makes a bad decision relative to hiring it will show” Dr. Sally Howell, the executive director asserted.
We were also informed it is best to go to the superintendent if we hear of, or see a problem that needs to be fixed in the school system. We should always give the superintendent the opportunity to address the issue.
In order to become an effective board, the Alabama Association of School Boards summarized it thus; operate as a visionary/ethical governance team, focus on overall system’s achievement, act with fiscal responsibility, support an effective superintendent, advocate for public education through communication with stakeholders, formulate policy in compliance with the state and federal laws.
Instead of trying to implement the policy all the time, we, the board, should set the policy and have reliable accountability methods for evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of the policy being implemented by the superintendent and their team.