Jaime Abeyta over at The Lion Star Blog wrote a piece recently that contained this:
If you recall I wrote a piece about how its completely stupid that superintendents sit on the dais with the elected trustees of a district. There is no practical reason for doing so and quite frankly, its actually really bad policy that trustees don’t show the backbone to make the superintendent sit with the rest of staff.
The reality is that Trustees are elected to represent the people and there is only one employee the Trustees supervise – the superintendent. The fact that they allow the superintendent to sit with the elected members of the board as though they are somehow a peer of those elected by the people, is a big problem. How is the community to have any faith that you’ll hold the supers accountable when they sit up on the dais like they are one of you? And not only do they sit there with the trustees, they almost always sit right next to the board president, in a place of more prominence than the rest of the actual elected members of the board.
Like I said before, people would lose their mind if Tommy Gonzalez or the County Administrator sat up on the dais with the elected body.
I agree with Mr. Abeyta and my agreeing has nothing to do with the current superintendent.
If George Washington was the superintendent I would still say that his place is with the staff, not on the dais.
We deserve better