A lack of effective and fair leadership has handicapped our schools for the past half dozen years or so. I can’t say it started when Ed Pratt Dannals became superintendent, though he exasperated the problems, promoting people based on skin color and who they knew rather than ability and I can’t say the district doesn’t have any good leaders among it’s principal and assistant principal ranks, though to be honest anyone that came up under Pratt-Dannals should be examined.
Many of these poor leaders used intimidation tactics, cajoling and bullying their staffs while simultaneously they allowed the inmates to run the asylums. Children devoid of a work ethic and consequences roamed many of our schools halls stopping teachers from teaching and other children from leaning with nary a slap on the wrist.
Well friends if what happened today at Southside Middle is a sign of the times then things may finally be looking up for many of the district’s and teachers and students. A team of distinct personnel at a staff meeting informed the administration that children from this point on will have consequences for bad behavior and the wholesale disrespect and intimidation of teachers at the hands of the administrative staff would be coming to an end.
Where this is long overdue and seems like common sense, it is steps like these that need to be repeated throughout the district if the county ever wants to reach the potential it has.