Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mister Master Martin Bates.

My phone rang this morning at 9:15 this morning, a number that I didn’t recognize but was obviously from somewhere in the school district I work for.  I was in the middle of a CSI episode, and the thought “I have less than a week before I’m required to pay attention to you, I’ll be damned if I’m going to interrupt “Kiss, kiss, bye, bye” for any one of you!”  So I just let it go to voicemail.

I’m glad I did.  It was an automated message informing me of who was chosen to be our new Superintendant. It went something like this:

“Blah, blah, blah, nationwide search, blah, blah, blah, chose Assistant Superintendant Martin Bates, blah, blah, blah, exciting future, blah, blah, blah and one more blah.”

Nationwide search?  Yeah, I just walked out on my front porch, looked up the street and then down the street in a nationwide search for my virginity.  There is no doubt in my mind that this was already decided even before Ronnenkamp announced his retirement.  What a farce.  What a waste of time, especially to the employees they “reached out to” for their opinions. 

Now I’m a “half-full” kind of guy, so I’m going to hope that the new guy rises to the challenges and does better than our last Stupidintendant.  So, I’m going to leave my opinion on this choice to what I’ve already said, that it was a foregone conclusion, and for now just hope and pray that he returns our district’s focus back to where it belongs.  Me.  Just kidding.  I mean back to the students and what is best for ALL sections of our student body.


A Paperback Writer said...

You've never explained fully: what is it you have not liked about Ronnenkamp?

(Yes, I about choked on my banana listening to the whole bit about "nationwide search" and ending up with the most obvious candidate, too. And since I went to school with Jon Bates, the whole Master Bates thing is already a line I thought of as well.)

Max said...

There's a bunch of little things, but for the most part it has to do with the Ronnenkastle and the way he and the board went about closing Granite High. In both cases he and his cronies on the Board did some shady dealing where they manipulated numbers and intentions in order to make things more palatable.

A Paperback Writer said...

Ah, yes. That would explain why you feel negatively about him and I'm pretty neutral; I wasn't affected like you were.