Richard Bentley couldn’t perform miracles in less than 16 months on the job so the board “accepted” his resignation. Really?
Yeah, I’m not buying that, either.
Word on the street is that certain people were upset that Bentley, obviously a white guy, was hired in the first place to run the majority black school system. I’m just guessing here but the board considered him the best of the three finalists when he was hired, right? Despite the 3-3 vote, right?
Oh, yes, the board will do another nationwide search – on our dime, of course.
I think Thomas Calhoun, president of the Norfolk Federation of Teachers, got it right. From the article:
“You are the problem – it’s not the superintendent, it’s the inconsistency at the top,” he told the board, which is appointed by the council. Calhoun said frequent turnover on the board undermined continuity in the division’s leadership. “I will be so glad when the city gets fed up with this system.”
Some of us are already fed up, Mr. Calhoun. It’s beyond time for Norfolk to join the ranks of other cities and elect its school board.
UPDATE: In an article printed in Friday’s paper, School Board Chairman Dr. Kirk Houston says the separation was not about race. That he had to address that specifically is interesting, don’t you think?