WNESU super. Harpster to retire at en...

WNESU super. Harpster to retire at end of school year

There are 10 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Dec 17, 2010, titled WNESU super. Harpster to retire at end of school year. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Windham Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Johanna Harpster is retiring and will be leaving the district on June 30.

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Montpelier, VT

#1 Dec 17, 2010
No great loss here. All she did was suck the district dry. I hope they don't consider Chris Kibbe , he is in over his head already.

Now get rid of the BFUHS principal and Assistant principal and start over.

Belmont, VT

#2 Dec 17, 2010
Whoever they replace her with lets hope its not the lying narcissist up at Green Mountain. He comes across as sincere and for the students and all he's out for is himself. He's gotten rid of some great teachers and staff just to make it look like he's saving all kinds of tax dollars. Beware!
Joe Shlabotnik

Charlestown, NH

#3 Dec 17, 2010
CSI wrote:
No great loss here. All she did was suck the district dry. I hope they don't consider Chris Kibbe , he is in over his head already.
Now get rid of the BFUHS principal and Assistant principal and start over.
It looks to me like the closing lines of this story tell it all.The fix is in for your highly regarded Assistant. The machinations to seem to conduct a bona fide search have been set in motion and confirmed by the brain surgeon. Soon we will hear from the rocket scientist who has probably insinuated himself into the process or committee. The same two who brought in the former Business Manager, that titan among accounting legends.
bf fam

South Burlington, VT

#4 Dec 18, 2010
BF Pride

Jaffrey, NH

#5 Dec 18, 2010
She was always absent when something important came up on any of the schools agendas. She was not there for the bullying issues at the middle school or when there was a vote on the breath tests for the prom. It seems like she is afraid of confrontation.
J Broadley

Waterbury, VT

#6 Dec 19, 2010
its a bag job Kibbe has got the wink the blink and the nod.
does the beat go on

Bellows Falls, VT

#7 Dec 20, 2010
adios, farewell and goodbye!!
The last of the Woodstock connection is finally rolling down the road. and what a price we've paid for that one. Now, if Grafton/Athens have their way we will just slip the brain trust (not)Mr. Kibbee into the position. He, however, is not smart enough to get away with all the lies he has told and keeps bumping his elongated nose into the Rockingham board's business and the High School Board's business and let's hope and wish very, very hard that the WNESU board's membership has the strength, integrity, intelligence and is looking out enough for the students' and future to look past the wooden boy towards a real and 'honest' to goodness Superintendent that could actually move this district into the 21st century not just tread water and stir up the mud!
This community has a knack of choosing the worst, dumbest, thrown away, discarded, most easily manipulated and highest paid administrators in the state. I just know we could do better, turn that trend around, stop being laughed at by the rest of the state, make a good decision for our kids and voters, if we just put the right people on the selection committee, ask the right questions, if we know them, and take our time.
At some point here we have to do this right...or just jump in and let them fill in the hole

Bellows Falls, VT

#8 Dec 20, 2010
All we need is someone who will kiss some board members arse, make the obese ones happy, not criticize principals even if they are no good, nor tell teachers they aren't teaching the students. And they need to allow friends to be treated better than non friends for jobs or kid disipline, keep adding people to the Cherry Hill staff and not worry about children generally. Shouldnt be too hard.If all this comes from Woodstock.....oh well.
Willie Hornton sees a Who

Bellows Falls, VT

#9 Dec 20, 2010
Business manager Andrea Allbee was not good. None of these guys are dynamos. I'm amazed how much money the adminstrators and tenured teachers make in such a poor town. Its also amazing to see how awfully stupid the majority of these kids coming out of high school are. What if people didn't or coudn't pay their taxes? Or what if the big taxpayers (busines owners) flew the coop? What would happen? I don't think you could give raises every year if that happened.

Sheffield, VT

#10 Dec 20, 2010
Don't expect any great changes in WNESU! Back in the '90's BFHS was looking for a principal, I was on the search committee. They said they wanted change, we found a man who was willing to make change. He was there for a year, maybe two--then BINGO--he was gone. It think he was going about making changes and somebody's ox was getting gored. I never was able to get out of anyone why he was let go.

If that's how the board treat's anyone who wants to make changes they'll never happen!

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