Durham schools pick new superintendent

Full story: Chico Enterprise-Record

A new superintendent for Durham Unified School District is ready to come on board in July, with final details for the hiring to take place at the April 8 meeting.
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Jack

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Mar 30, 2010
 
Sakuma not Sukuma, please use Google if you are unsure of someone's name BEFORE writing a story!!!
mother of DHS graduate

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Apr 1, 2010
 
John McIntosh is the number one person to distrust in the District at this time. At the end of the agenda for the March 4th meeting, he had a written proposal entitled “Administrative Restructure/School Reconfiguration” within which he made the proposal for the additional vice principal position. Nowhere within that missive was there any indication the position would be a “one year trial period”. He announced that fact to the Board and attendees at the same time; several Board members faces revealed this was first-hand knowledge. When someone asked from the audience how they would advertise for a one-year position and how hard would it be to fill, Mr. McIntosh replied they could promote from within. My concern is that the teachers spent numerous personal time hours preparing a foldered, easy-to-follow presentation with their ideas on budget reductions, including the use of “lead teachers” administering responsibilities outlined for the vice principal – and the cost was considerably less with the stipends offered teachers versus the cost of the annual salary of another administrator. The Board summarily dismissed this presentation, voting on Mr. McIntosh’s proposal. If this was truly a one-year position, why not save all the extra money and go with the lead teacher program? Who will “walk into” this position? No further discussion was proposed on the teachers’ ideas. Now, in the article in the E-R dated 3/30, Mr. McIntosh is quoted as saying he hopes the newly formed Durham Education Foundation will encourage parents to contribute more to extracurricular activities, specifically athletics. The individuals who worked on forming this fund did not have “extracurricular” activities in mind – I wonder what feelings they are expressing about Mr. McIntosh? I, for one, find it ludicrous to have Mr. McIntosh “training” Mary Sukuma. I hope she is above his antics.
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mother of DHS graduate wrote:
John McIntosh is the number one person to distrust in the District at this time. At the end of the agenda for the March 4th meeting, he had a written proposal entitled “Administrative Restructure/School Reconfiguration” within which he made the proposal for the additional vice principal position. Nowhere within that missive was there any indication the position would be a “one year trial period”. He announced that fact to the Board and attendees at the same time; several Board members faces revealed this was first-hand knowledge. When someone asked from the audience how they would advertise for a one-year position and how hard would it be to fill, Mr. McIntosh replied they could promote from within. My concern is that the teachers spent numerous personal time hours preparing a foldered, easy-to-follow presentation with their ideas on budget reductions, including the use of “lead teachers” administering responsibilities outlined for the vice principal – and the cost was considerably less with the stipends offered teachers versus the cost of the annual salary of another administrator. The Board summarily dismissed this presentation, voting on Mr. McIntosh’s proposal. If this was truly a one-year position, why not save all the extra money and go with the lead teacher program? Who will “walk into” this position? No further discussion was proposed on the teachers’ ideas. Now, in the article in the E-R dated 3/30, Mr. McIntosh is quoted as saying he hopes the newly formed Durham Education Foundation will encourage parents to contribute more to extracurricular activities, specifically athletics. The individuals who worked on forming this fund did not have “extracurricular” activities in mind – I wonder what feelings they are expressing about Mr. McIntosh? I, for one, find it ludicrous to have Mr. McIntosh “training” Mary Sukuma. I hope she is above his antics.
We all read this last night on the other blog about this subject. Mr. McIntosh is not the problem, your board is. I think he said what he said about athletics because it is next on the chopping block, and it should be with all the certain coaches that run that school. The baseball program alone has enough money to survive on its own, with all the fund raisers and accounts that they have, on top of the parent support. The football program, lots of support there also plus the kids are paying for their jerseys. Maybe if the school was in control of athletics, that would be one thing, but they are not. The athletic director is a lame duck position, he does what the coaches tell him to do. Lets worry about whats important, an education for these kids. Go back to the basics, then add what you can feasably afford.

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