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District Presents 2nd Rnd. Candidate

Dr. William Clark faces focus groups

June 14, 2013

What does it take to be a good school district superintendent? According to Dr....

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 7:26 AM

Very disappointing yesterday. It was hard for anyone to be excited over this new leadership as there is no one else to interview by the community. Last time around the community and teachers did not pick the same person as the majority of the board. It seems that they were making sure that didn't happen again. After a quick search of the internet, it is also clear why the name of this person was kept very quiet until last minute. We have had plenty of controversy in our past. Most of his answers were OK to good but some not so much. When asked if the board wanted him wanted him to do something that was purely political and he knew that it wasn't good for education, what would he do? His answer was that he would do what the board directed him to do. I understand that the board is the "boss" but before I would hope that an educational leader would find another solution that the board could live with that was good for education. Someone that would take a stand for education.

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 7:32 AM

After the meeting, the PSBA representative was surprised that more people weren't there. I have recently missed a few meetings but I found out how to get in the focus group by an email that was forwarded to me. It said to contact the board secretary to be a part of it. However, the PSBA rep apparently expected it to be a publicly open meeting. Did I miss the advertising for this as an open meeting? Did the public know when, where, and that they could attend without having to be on a committee? I only knew where to go via emails to a small group of individuals....its a shame, it would have been nice to see more people.

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justobserving

Jun-14-13 8:36 AM

I find it interesting that 3000 students can be instructed in 5 school buildings, where 1600 more students need 12 buildings!

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 9:45 AM

Seems to be a pretty weak candidate....get out the rubber puppet stamp.

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vetsdottir

Jun-14-13 10:12 AM

internet search - Manheim central superintendent placed on leave. Also lancaster online dot com

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 10:22 AM

Just observing....he would make anti consolidation people very happy as he believes in the uniqueness of individual communities....

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justobserving

Jun-14-13 10:44 AM

Perfect!! A shady past, a yes man, He's a perfect fit with all the rest! Only thing missing is gambling!

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 10:56 AM

"Only thing missing is gambling!"

There's a big enough gamble just hiring this one. No experience with a multiple HS district? Looking to "try to find someone with the same animal"? Really? Will he come at a cut rate while he learns on the job?

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 10:57 AM

Why not find out who he plans on finding and see if they may be interested?

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 11:02 AM

MTO, our situation is unique. He was asked about having experience with this but in reality we won't find someone who has experience with this. His last super job was 140,000$ a year. Our last super was 120,000. I wonder what our board thinks we can afford. Yikes.

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garypayton

Jun-14-13 1:25 PM

Every community that struggles with change thinks that their situation is so "unique" that there is no way to do comparable analysis. This is head-in-the-sand thinking. Healthy public organizations hire competent professional executives to lead the board. They have the expertise that a volunteer board member doesn't have. Every time we have a chance to change course in the right direction for the community, we flake out and get a guy (or gal) who will just fill the chair and do what he's told. I actually feel sorry for the guy.

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 1:29 PM

Did anyone ask if he was going to actually move here?

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madamebutterfly

Jun-14-13 2:18 PM

Why on earth would anyone even want this job....... WCSD is a mess and it will never get better until there is consolidation. Amen

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MTOMTO

Jun-14-13 2:35 PM

Times are tough?

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 3:15 PM

Gary I do agree with you to an extent...what is unique is the fact that we are a district with 4 high schools. We aren't one high school with 3-4 charter or private high schools but 4 under one district. That is far from common in pa and the question was how would he approach that situation and did he have any experience with multiple high schools.

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saveourschools

Jun-14-13 3:16 PM

MTO, he did say that they would move and his 3 kids would attend school in the district. I think he said his wife is a stay at home mom but I can't remember for sure.

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garypayton

Jun-14-13 6:01 PM

My hope is that the new super will recognize that our "unique" 4 high school system is obsolete and will recommend consolidation. Perhaps he has consolidation experience, but we will probably have to wait for the next, or the next super after that to make the inevitable happen and lighten the load on the taxpayers. Warren County does not need more than TWO high schools. Only geography and topography make more than ONE reasonable.

New slogan, "Two high schools by 2020."

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september

Jun-14-13 7:18 PM

Perhaps this man has good intentions and that whatever it was that he did, or didn't do, in the former district won't happen in our district. The individuals in charge of hiring a new superintendent for our district know exactly what they are looking for in a highly qualified candidate and wouldn't jeopardize our children's education, tax dollars, etc. I’m convinced that these officials have our county's best interest in mind and would never make any inadequate decisions to cause our community unnecessary disappointment or regret… right?

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garypayton

Jun-14-13 10:33 PM

aw, snap.

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saveourschools

Jun-15-13 7:40 PM

Does September live under a rock and have no clue what happened with our last Super? I'm sorry if it sounds mean but given the history of what has happened with the lying and deceiving within out district, I'm just in disbelief that anyone could actual believe that!

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september

Jun-16-13 8:34 AM

I was being sarcastic... right? oh my

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vetsdottir

Jun-16-13 10:36 AM

September, I thought it was hilarious - Stepford Wives serve Kool-Aid for luncheon, Post Comment. Desperate times = desperate humor as we try to keep faith.

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saveourschools

Jun-16-13 11:55 AM

Sorry September.... I wasn't in a great frame of mind when I read this....

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