Sunday, May 13, 2007

Why Can't Lansing Retain an Administrator?

Superintendent Mark Lewis survived fewer than two years. Lansing has had three superintendents in five years. Tiffany Phillips served as interim superintendent there three times, which has to be some kind of record. Middle School Principal John Gizzi lasted three years. Elementary School Principal Chris Pettograsso starts work July 1. Lansing has a new business administrator. Etcetera, etcetera.

It's one thing to be a stepping-stone district. Dryden is one of those, and you get used to it. It's another thing to have an atmosphere so toxic that no one can survive it. Is it the union? the board? a combination of the two?

Every time I feel jealous that Lansing has so much more in the way of tax base and offerings, I remember the turnover issue. You have to start wondering, after all this, who is going to apply for those positions?

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