We explored the lack of leadership on the school board earlier this week, and how it may just be up to the new superintendent HT Sanchez to save TUSD, since the current board lacks the courage to do anything brave on their own, such as stand up for justice and bring back Mexican American Studies or unban books.
Our theory was that the current board is not a bad board, but they are just weak and need someone to follow. For example, they can be the strongest supporters of leaders such as Raul Grijalva or Randy Parraz, and as backup support to these leaders they are like spinach strengthening Popeye, but left on their own they wither and dry away faster than spinach in hot oil.
The strength of the Democratic-majority TUSD school board can only be unleashed messianically as all trust is put into the new deliverer of hope, someone who they can follow and rubber-stamp with full hope and with all chips in.
This is evidenced by the secrecy surrounding the rushed anointing of our new shepherd from Texas, ready to lead the flock (or sheeple if you prefer) to the promised land and out of the forty years we have been toiling in the Desert of Desegregation.
In less than one week Tucson was introduced to the new leader of a half-billion dollar budget and all bets were placed on HT; he will either be the greatest leader of the flock, or a flop.
But make no mistake, he is El CommandanHTe de Tucson, and the TUSD board is in love.
For example, let’s consider a huge issue that’s all HT from the first school board meeting which is also indicative of the bigger problem with the cowardly lions in TUSD; the deputy superintendent.
There’s a saying that all it takes for evil to exist is for the good man to do nothing. This is very true when it comes to Democrats who are taking over for Republicans. You can see it from the very top with President Obama who still deports more Mexicans than before, has Gitmo still open, and seems to be more interested in violating our privacy than King George the W. Hey, it wasn’t Obama who passed the bank bailout or started these wars, and it’s not him that militarized the border, that was Clint… err I mean Bush!
Locally a similar pattern can be seen with a school board in TUSD that has no MAS program. Hey, it’s not their fault… blame the previous people, blame the state, blame the Republicans… all the current board is really doing is nothing, which somehow seems better than doing the deed of killing MAS, but in the end the result is the same, que no?
This is true of the position of deputy superintendent, an office that is not needed and that pays nearly a fifth of a million dollars per year.
The position was so unpopular that it remained as an “interim” position for a while, but at least you had someone with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Menconi, in that office. So now that Pedicone is gone, we can do away with this needless office which Pedicone used as a buffer to remove the first-hand blame for the dismantling of MAS, whereas the MAS director always reported directly to the superintendent before Pedicone.
But instead, at this last meeting, Tucson got yet another Texan shoved down our throats, someone we don’t know, and who the board seems not to know either. At least Mark Stegeman asked about who this person was, while the rest of the board just followed the Messiah’s command. I don’t use the Messiah term to be funny, but instead our new superintendent truly believes that God Himself sent him here to solve our problems, so he is like the Messiah for the New Testament in TUSD, which has yet to be written, not just because of their paperless software disaster, but because TUSD is still in the Old Testament where the fullness of the Brown v Board desegregation decision back in 1954 has yet to be realized 60 years later. Instead we have a Board v Brown students situation.
As HT was jumping from town to town in Texas, saving people with his God-sent abilities, he found an apostle named Dr. Adrian Vega who started to follow Him. From town to town in Texas, staying around just about as long as HT would stay around, usually about two years or less, which is true in the current situation as HT travels from Texas to Tucson.
When HT leaves this town, he can just tell the board, well what did you expect? You knew I was like this when we first met, you know I have to spread my seed of school salvation around the nation. Yes, I love the big nalgas you tempted me here with, but baby I gotta bounce!
But until then HT can bring his apostle along, someone with zero superintendent experience, just like HT also!
The newspapers from the HomeTown state that Odessa didn’t want Vega to stick around, and that “He doesn’t have anything that suggests he’s ready to leap from principal to superintendent,” school board trustee Doyle Woodall said, who described the scenario as “funny if anything.”
You might think the current board would thank HT for the recommendation, but then say that before hiring the second-highest paid person in TUSD, someone who will be intimately involved with the new culturally relevant classes, that perhaps they should vote on it at the next board meeting and get some public input, just like they did with the Mexican American culturally relevant classes.
Ah, but this is where we learn that the TUSD board is capable of action and acting quick, just as they did with HT and now even quicker with Vega. Need to spend $6.3 million on Pearson Successmaker software teaching third-graders English while TUSD is $12 million in the red and closing down 11 schools? No problem!
In fact, that expenditure was approved just a few weeks after the new board’s tenure, and the entire MAS program cost less than one-tenth of that.
So this is why I say that HT really is our only hope. Because without strong leadership, the followers on the school board will continue in the lackluster way they have so far. We know they don’t listen to the community, or else they would have appointed a CRC director by now, but instead of listening to us a public forums or at call to the audience, all we get are blank faces with Juarez smacking his bubble gum and Hicks playing on his iPad while the public speaks.
Now HT has his top yes-man on board. Sure he doesn’t know how to run a district either, but together they are like the Kennedy brothers, also Catholic bros in charge of the Presidency and in the Cabinet.
While TUSD doesn’t seem to like Mexican American Studies, who doesn’t like Mexican food and these two Latino Lovers from Tejas, young doctores ready to lead TUSD across the Santa Cruz… oh no, nevermind, those TUSD schools are closed over there. In the Westside of Tucson they know that just because you can walk across a river like the Santa Cruz wearing only chanclas doesn’t make you the Messiah.
Well, here’s to our new Shepherd HT and his top sheep dog Vega. You are costing TUSD nearly half a million for the both of you, and we don’t know anything about what you can do. But our chips are all in. Hopefully you won’t take our money and leave town just like the rest did.
But if you do, shame on US, because we knew what you both were like when we met you.