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Let’s hire new superintendent in-house

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webmaster | 11/28/12

Here we go again, searching for a new school superintendent.

If you are going to search, do it here in the school district. We should have qualified people on staff to fill this position.

The best superintendents we have had in the district live and worked here. That was the case with Dr. Duane Furman, Dr. Thomas J. Riley and Dr. Julia O’Kane.

I would like to see the board stop hiring fly-by-night people. They are gone before they have the opportunity to be a part of the Madera community and get to know our teachers.

We need someone who has been on our staff and has the credentials to fill the position. Furman, Riley and O’Kane were excellent leaders. I am not saying that they could walk on water, But they were part of the community and knew the needs of our teachers, parents, and students. We cannot move forward changing superintendents every one or two years. We need stability in that position, someone who has the strength to stand and endure.

I would like to make an appeal to Trustee Robert Garibay and Trustee Ray Seibert to remember how we worked together as a board to make decisions for the parents and students of the district.

The parents are paying the bills, and you need to make sure they are receiving the best. I am not a rookie when it comes to MUSD. I can see there are some hidden agendas on this board. I can tell that from some of the articles in The Madera Tribune.

I served the district as a trustee for 17 years, and have some experience with board actions. This board is in need of boardmanship:

  1. The attributes of service exhibited by an individual who serves on a board, including ethical principles concepts and ideas.
  2. The collective attributes characterizing a board’s performance.
  3. The collective traits emerging as a result of a interpersonal interactions in the performance of their assigned responsibilities.

The Madera community would like to see this board work together as a winning team. Do not continue to use MUSD for a stop off junction for a superintendent that is looking for another job when you hire them.

Our kids deserve better. Enough is enough.

B.J. Robinson,
former board member of MUSD


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