How many are there now? You know, the non-public groups that report only to the superintendent….. the “advisory committees” that have been proliferating with more fecundity than a rabbit.
- Superintendent’s Leadership Team
- Consolidation Advisory Committee
- Transition Advisory Committee
- Athletic facilities Advisory Committee
- Campus Development Advisory Committee
- Climate Advisory Committee
- Timberlane Executive Leadership Academy
- Timberlane Performing and Fine Arts Enrichment Council
I’ve almost certainly missed a few.
Most districts manage with a school board and an SAU. “It is Dr. Metzler’s position that Together Everybody Achieves More,” says the press release below. Yes, the only one excluded from this cheery togetherness is the school board itself which has been isolated, marginalized and subverted into window dressing for decisions that are being made in non-public among non-elected individuals. I now get my information from press releases.
First it started with the Superintendent’s Leadership Team. Sure, the superintendent is entitled to form a group of his direct reports. He’s also permitted to form “advisory councils.” The problem is the proliferation, which leads to a great deal of the district’s business being deliberated outside the view of the public and the school board. The school board is permitting this proliferation without a creak of a backbone – in fact, without even a whimper of a comment. The chairman even refuses to put it on the agenda for discussion despite (or perhaps because of) my requests.
The school board was supposed to hear the teacher’s climate issues on a quarterly basis. Now an advisory committee has been established which I fear will cut the school board out of any knowledge of issues whatsoever. Who wouldn’t want, after all, this opportunity for the professional staff to engage in constructive self-criticism in a collaborative environment where the first person to stop clapping is conspicuous? I don’t understand how the teachers’ union could possibly have agreed to this arrangement.
Here is the public announcement made by the superintendent on August 25th, without any consultation with the school board.
Dr. Metzler is pleased to report the establishment of a Superintendent’s Climate Advisory Committee which will meet on a monthly basis to establish a process to identify and provide support for professional staff regarding the mission to increase rigor, improve evaluation and increase accountability on all levels. This committee will work hand in hand with the newly established Timberlane Executive Leadership Academy (TELA).
Committee membership will be comprised of the Superintendent and up to 20 Timberlane Teachers’ Association (TTA) members selected by TTA executive officers.
It is Dr. Metzler’s position that Together Everybody Achieves More. He is looking forward to working together to continue raising the bar in Timberlane to provide the absolute best public education and demand excellence in everything that we do. August 25, 2015
Your school board has lost every last vestige of authority over the superintendent. The Timberlane Executive Leadership Academy will be turning off the lights of the SAU board room because all knowledge and decisions will be made behind closed doors and with no accountability to parents or taxpayers.