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David Jennings Named Permanent Minneapolis Superintendent
CONTINUED CORRUPTION PATROL -- On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, the Minneapolis School Board announced (at a costly school board retreat) that district Chief Operating Officer David Jennings is their choice to be the Permanent Superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools.
said he'd "gladly and proudly" accept the position after his
costly contract negotiations.
School Board Scumbags are expected to vote on his
not-yet-drafted contract proposal sometime in October 2003.
will take over for Carol Johnson, who finished up her
"work" at Pencil-Pusher Central
on Friday, September 19, 2003, before moving to Memphis, where she
will take over that city's school system in early fall 2003.
, who was scheduled to become acting superintendent on October 1, 2003, will be taking over as permanent superintendent immediately.
The board basically chose Jennings
for expediency, though they claim he
has qualifications, too.
Maybe, but the only qualifications that we can see is the ability to be an obedient yes-man when dealing with the board's wasteful ways.
This impression is only reinforced by Board Chair Sharon Henry-Blythe's comments to the Star Tribune: "We want to stay on the path we're on because we feel we're moving in the right direction...at this point in the development of the district, I think the leadership that David can provide can really serve us well."1
Not surprisingly, Sundin's main issue with David Jennings'
selection is that he
was forced to institute a wage freeze for all district staff to keep the Minneapolis Public Schools
from going broke, a decision that is becoming a big issue in the district's ongoing contract negotiations with the teacher's union.
More Wasteful Spending Ahead!
As if this appointment isn't bad enough, because of his
lack of educational experience, Jennings
would like to hire an "Experienced Chief Academic Officer" to assist him...as if we needed another overpaid and underworked bureaucrat on the payroll!
So, it seems like things will remain the same at the Minneapolis Public Schools--Exorbitant salaries for administrators, wasteful spending, declining graduation rates, stagnant achievement and appalling suspension rates.
froze salaries, but how long do you think that policy will last?