We’re all crucial parts to system

Published 12:35am Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I was having a good conversation with this person some days ago and he asked me if they are building a swimming pool in the new high school. I responded by asking him what he meant by “they.” I followed up by explaining that we are all in this together.

All community residents are important partners in the establishment of a venerable school district. One good aspect of partnership is the fact that all participants have common interests and by pooling talents together, tasks are divided as we enjoy the benefits of specialization. Though I felt the question was preposterous, still it was a good question that resulted to the discovery of our power in a prized partnership.

The truth of the matter is that when you do not go to the poll to elect the board members, you categorically give up your power in the partnership. This sort of power is too precious to relinquish just like that. The school board actually works for its community; although state law governs them.

If the community determines who sits on the board through election, then they should be at the top of my unofficial organizational chart. The school board, second on the organizational chart, sets policies and establishes vision that reflects the consensus of the community, the board and the superintendent and their staff. The board approves the superintendent’s personnel, instructional services as well as administrative, financial and other reports.

The superintendent, which is third on the chart, is actually the CEO of the district who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the system and implements the board’s policy and vision as they will appropriately benefit the school district. The superintendent decides what path is needed in accomplishing the board and community’s goals, hires and supervises the principals and other administrators. The officials who report directly to the superintendent are fourth.

Our competitive edge is obvious when a team clearly defines roles and harnesses the collective wisdom of team members.

The principals and the directors, like in Early College, lead each school as they respond to teachers, students and parents’ needs. Teachers are the No. 1 leaders in each class, as they respond to students’ needs.

I dare not omit the importance of the school counselors, the reading coaches, the maintenance officials, the secretaries, those in the central office, the parent coordinators, the cafeteria workers and other crucial partners not working in the school system.

We all have the power and we will not withhold good education and conducive learning environment from our children, as we remain visionary, focused on student achievement, create sound policies, remain fiscally responsible and get all stakeholders involved.


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