School Board & Superintendent
By Mike Harpold
July 19, 2006
I would not be surprised if Mr. Martin views his relationship
with the School Board to be just the opposite of Mr. Hurley's
perception. Sitnews Wednesday, 7/18/06. In recent school
board meetings, board members voted only narrowly to uphold his
decision on one personnel action, reversed him by a vote of 1
to 5 in another, and finally, after intense debate and discussion
extending over three meetings, adopted a new student activities
handbook he had recommended the board approve.
Although I don't always agree with Mr. Martin, and was not an
early admirer, I have come to appreciate the stability and sense
of forward direction he has brought to education in Ketchikan.
Prior to Mr. Martin, the school district went through three superintendents
in a four year period and the community was sharply divided over
how best to educate our children. Those arguments have faded
during his tenure, and I feel that most would agree that the
school district is headed in the right direction. Under Mr. Martin
and the school board's guidance, the school district completed
a strategic plan three years ago, it was updated just a few months
ago, and it has proven a successful blueprint to move forward.
While, plainly stated, the role of the school board is to set
policy and the role of the superintendent is to carry out policy,
both must always act toward a common result; in the words of
our mission statement, to, "... ensure that every student
has the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed."
Achieving this goal successfully requires both the board and
the superintendent to at times lead, and at other times follow,
but at all times they must cooperate.
Ketchikan, AK - UDSA
About: Mike Harpold is a school
Superintendent By Jon Hurley - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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