Intervention of Selma City Schools was the best option

Published 5:18pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

While we are not faultless yet, still we strive for improvement. It is this quest for betterment, I believe, that led to the reaching out to State Board of Education for help.

Lately, people have continually asked me what I think about the intervention now. Most times when I’m confronted with the question, I answer it by narrating why the state intervened in the first place and the rationale for my roles. I calculatingly approach it that way because if you comprehend the issues before intervention, you can easily tell if we’re heading in the right direction particularly if your focus is on utter improvement, not people.

If you see any logical issue of concern, talk to Dr. Larry DiChiara; I’ve had meaningful conversations with him, and others told me they have as well.

What I think about the team is not as imperative as ensuring our students no longer enroll in advanced courses without taking the prerequisite; students no longer take multiple levels of the same courses in the same semester; that all classes reflect on transcripts for seniors; that human and financial resources are properly acquired and managed; that our students are safer; and Byrd Elementary will be converted to a beneficial center, not closed.

Most board members are happy with the intervention and I also observed that few people are unhappy and I definitely know the reasons for the happiness and unhappiness. The best way to judge education leaders is by focusing on how their actions impact the students now and in the future. If you see where an action is in no way beneficial now and in the future, then you have a defensible rationale for disagreement.

Let’s unite and work with those that gave their prayer, sweat, votes, speeches, time and articles that got the state to intervene. Division and unwarranted criticisms are an enemy’s weapons for instability.

We should demand that all our leaders become visionary, if possible, and always stand up for what may decrease their friendship numbers, but is in harmony with God’s principles for growth.

The inspiration for most magnificent progress and change emanates from becoming visionary when you’re convinced that what you’re a part of lacks vision.

Dissatisfaction with futile or ineffectual status quo will continue to be a driving force for great improvements. But if the way things are or used to be is favorable, then no need for a change.

Moreover, if we love our community, we must continue to be growth-minded on critical issues. Some take it for granted, but issues about our students or schools are critical issues because students are the future of this community if they can invest their good personality, expertise and money here; moreover, school is the microcosm of any community and things done there must be of immense importance to any community that desire consequential or momentous growth.

The intervention team respects me and I reciprocate accordingly regardless of any opinion; that’s me. I see them as problem fixers.

Take time to know the abilities, credentials, and hearts of the intervention team members and you’ll agree that we were made an offer we couldn’t refuse. This verity, of course, does not take away the fact that we already have some great people in our school system.

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