Saturday, May 21, 2011

More on the highly paid, low performing leadership at Newport Independent Schools

District lacks capability/capacity to turn high school around

Talk about a school district in chaos! Check this comment!

“The dysfunctional relationship among the local school board, superintendent, high school staff, school council and union is impeding the district's ability to meet the needs of the students.”

Quote from: Newport Independent District Leadership Assessment Report dated 04/24/2011 to 04/29/2011

Newport High School was recently declared one of Kentucky’s ‘Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.’ That means both the school and the district required leadership audits.

The resulting “Newport Independent District Leadership Assessment Report” dated 04/24/2011 to 04/29/2011, is now available on line.

Aside from the quote above, there is much cause for concern about how this district has been managed by Superintendent Michael Brandt, whose 2010-11 salary of $174,344.34 ranks him the seventh highest paid superintendent among Kentucky’s 174 school districts.

Out of 88 ‘Indicators for School Improvement’ examined by the audit team, the report cites a large number of areas, over 80 of them, where the district either has made only limited development/implementation of education reforms or essentially has yet to start the process at all.

Worst of all, the report says:

“District leadership does not have the capability and capacity to manage the intervention of Newport High School.”

It’s got to be time for a management change when the leadership can’t cope with its responsibilities with its high school.

By the way, among the 10 school districts to date that have had one or more of their schools tagged as Persistently Low-Achieving, leadership audits returned a similar finding of no confidence in only one other case – the Leslie County School System.

Find all the recent leadership assessment reports for schools and districts on line here.


Miami Guy said...

It sickens me to see our resources wasted on needless bureaucracy, instead of directly to the students needs.

Richard Innes said...

RE: Miami Guy

The Bluegrass Institute is also very concerned about inefficient use of tax dollars.

This school district definitely needs to reexamine itself. If it isn't capable of doing that, it's time for the Kentucky Department of Education to step in for the good of the students.

Logan said...

The question is: why did this go on for so long!? Should they have caught this in the performance evaluation?

Richard Innes said...

RE: Logan's comment

That is the precise question I have been asking for a long time about many districts with notably low-performing schools.

Thanks to the EPAS testing system from the ACT, Incorporated, we've had data worth considering on our middle and high schools since 2006. Why is it taking so long for school boards to wake up?

Maybe, school boards are too controlled by the union (which puts up huge amounts of money in some board races) and by fear of demanding better.