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Opening Arguments

Team players

The Hamilton Southeastern school district fired its superintendent, apparently for being an educator, so someone with a "business" orientation could be hired. Just to show how serious they are, the board president throws out the trendy corporate jargon:

Sturgis on Wednesday said the dismissal had to do with a lack of collaboration between Raimondi and other senior administrators.
"There were questions of team building and breaking down silos," he said. "Whether some things we said were taken out of context or we didn't do a good enough job explaining them, we hope to be more clear. People want to know more of the 'Why?' and more about the timing."
In announcing the change Monday, Sturgis praised Raimondi's educational acumen and background but said the board wanted someone with stronger business skills -- someone with the capacity to head a large, multifaceted organization.

Indeedy. Hard to build those teams if you stay in your silos, especially in a large, multifaceted corporation.

But aren't business skills a rather specialized set best turned over to, say, a finance officer so the superintendent can concentrate on, oh, the education mission?

Posted in: Hoosier lore


Bob G.
Fri, 02/29/2008 - 11:05am

You'd THINK!


tim zank
Fri, 02/29/2008 - 12:40pm

I don't think so much anymore fella's. The scope of the superintendents job anymore has little to do with day to day education and cirriculum and everything to do with business management. They are the CEO of the school CORPORATION, and that entails budgets, buildings, bills, salaries, human resources/personnel, transportation, etc etc etc running efficiently so the TEACHERS can actually teach.....at least that is supposed to be how it works...