Durham schools superintendent ousted ...

Durham schools superintendent ousted from job

There are 22 comments on the Chico Enterprise Record story from Jan 29, 2009, titled Durham schools superintendent ousted from job. In it, Chico Enterprise Record reports that:

Barbara Gaskin, the embattled superintendent of the Durham Unified School District, has been removed from her position by the district's board of trustees.

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anita

Chico, CA

#1 Jan 29, 2009
No comments? I can hear munckins/staff singing the song..Ding Dong the .....fill in the blank.
Durham

Barnesville, OH

#2 Jan 29, 2009
Sad for Barbara, but maybe we can move forward!
Joe Sixpack

Manteca, CA

#3 Jan 29, 2009
Why not scrap the position and just have a real principal run the whole operation? Can't be that tough to run.
Parent 2008

Red Bluff, CA

#4 Jan 29, 2009
Joe Sixpack,

You are nuts. Supt position at any public school district is very demanding. You must be a union expert, a political expert, a teaching expert, a management expert, a budget expert, a legal expert, and on and on. All with limited power to make change or fire employees. What amazes me is that they can get anybody to take these jobs. They SUCK.
Teacher

Chico, CA

#5 Jan 29, 2009
Parent 2008 wrote:
Joe Sixpack,
You are nuts. Supt position at any public school district is very demanding. You must be a union expert, a political expert, a teaching expert, a management expert, a budget expert, a legal expert, and on and on. All with limited power to make change or fire employees. What amazes me is that they can get anybody to take these jobs. They SUCK.
Excelent! Now let's go after the principals, their administrative assistants, the bus drivers, the kitchen staff, the custodians.......... Pretty soon we'll be in total control of this compound and then we'll be in charge of the cool-aid.
Rock

Seattle, WA

#6 Jan 29, 2009
Don't mess with the CTA or CSEA, as like the Stailinsts their unions are, they will crush you.
Grateful Durham Parent

AOL

#7 Jan 29, 2009
Parent 2008 wrote:
Joe Sixpack,
You are nuts. Supt position at any public school district is very demanding. You must be a union expert, a political expert, a teaching expert, a management expert, a budget expert, a legal expert, and on and on. All with limited power to make change or fire employees. What amazes me is that they can get anybody to take these jobs. They SUCK.
While it would be ideal if they were experts, they do not HAVE to be. They just need to be humble enough to admit when they aren't and seek advice from those who have more experience with individual subjects. They need to be a manager while at the same time being able to be a part of a team. The right candidate would see it as an exciting, challenging career, not a job that sucks! My guess is they will have many candidates for the position.
And for those of you who will be critical of the board for the hiring of Gaskin in the first place I would ask you; Have you ever left a marriage, job, partnership etc. because it did not work as you had hoped? The board (and many on the hiring committee) made what they thought was the right choice and when it didn't work out they made a change. While that change took time, I commend them for doing it. Now we can move on.
Been there

Chico, CA

#8 Jan 29, 2009
Well, the unions won this round. Too bad the members of the school board lack resolve and failed to understand the union tactic of the vote of no confidence. If you all think things will be just fine now, think again. This is just the first chapter. Board still needs to deal with the union demands. What will they do now?
durhamparent

Chico, CA

#9 Jan 29, 2009
apart from Bultema EVERY BOARD MEMBER SHOULD BE REPLACED. This whole mess -in my opinion- is the boards fault. From the get go. Please pay attention next election, demand a forum where you can find out people's opinions, and positions on issues.
Durham Res

Chico, CA

#10 Jan 29, 2009
durhamparent wrote:
apart from Bultema EVERY BOARD MEMBER SHOULD BE REPLACED. This whole mess -in my opinion- is the boards fault. From the get go. Please pay attention next election, demand a forum where you can find out people's opinions, and positions on issues.
Ditto!!! Although ... some positions evolve over time, but yes, the board needs to be taken to task on this one. As for those who blame all this on the unions, come on folks, get a life!!!

There are MANY people in Durham who are NOT affiliated with the union/staff, who didn't like the tactics undertaken by the Superintendent. Those same people made their feelings known to the board - at meetings, and in various community settings. Too bad the board chose to keep their blinders on for so long.
Alg

Lafayette, CA

#11 Jan 29, 2009
Parent 2008 wrote:
Joe Sixpack,
You are nuts. Supt position at any public school district is very demanding. You must be a union expert, a political expert, a teaching expert, a management expert, a budget expert, a legal expert, and on and on. All with limited power to make change or fire employees. What amazes me is that they can get anybody to take these jobs. They SUCK.
Any job in education is demanding and superintendents have a very difficult job since they must answer to a Board, a community and staff. If a superintendent loses two of the consitutencies, they are standing in deep weeds. Teachers and classified staff have unions to represent their interests and the Board answers to the community. There is no one for the superintendent. The is the risk they take when they accept the position. In some ways, it is the worst job in the district because there always issues and problems they cannot resolve.
NBetter

United States

#12 Jan 29, 2009
Thank you DUSD Board; I am glad to see you took the community and staff concerns seriously, and the well being of our students seriously. It brings back a little faith. This next go around let's get it right.
Happy

United States

#13 Jan 29, 2009
Durham Unified School District used to be one of the finest!!!! I was always HAPPY and PROUD to say I was employed by Durham Unified School District. I think the termoil at Durham Unified is way out of control, the fine teachers there should seek employment elsewhere, send students to surrounding schools, and shut the district down. Amidst the ugliness what are the students learning?
Why even have a board, just have a public meeting when decisions need to be made. Public runs the school board anyway.
Enough is enough, and it is time for a higher power to step in and shut er down! You all look like fools. PRAY FOR DURHAM UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT! THAT IS THEIR ONLY HOPE.
Realist

West Tehama County, CA

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Public employee unions are ruining the DUSD and California, they should be outlawed as they were before.

Good Luck getting a new Superintendent after raking this one over the coals.
TEACHER

Chico, CA

#15 Jan 31, 2009
Happy wrote:
Durham Unified School District used to be one of the finest!!!! I was always HAPPY and PROUD to say I was employed by Durham Unified School District. I think the termoil at Durham Unified is way out of control, the fine teachers there should seek employment elsewhere, send students to surrounding schools, and shut the district down. Amidst the ugliness what are the students learning?
Why even have a board, just have a public meeting when decisions need to be made. Public runs the school board anyway.
Enough is enough, and it is time for a higher power to step in and shut er down! You all look like fools. PRAY FOR DURHAM UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT! THAT IS THEIR ONLY HOPE.
If you are truly employed by DUSD then you should be ashamed of yourself for stating this. We need to shut you down. With this attitude of yours, you do not deserve to be a member of our district. The students have not been affected by all of this mess because teachers have remained professional. Our only hope is for the people in our district to be proud of what we do and to work through this difficult times ahead with a positive attitude and with professionalism. If you are conveying these types of feelings to others, then I beg you to seek employment elsewhere. You will make us look like fools with this poor attitude.
DUSD Parent

Chico, CA

#16 Jan 31, 2009
TEACHER wrote:
<quoted text>If you are truly employed by DUSD then you should be ashamed of yourself for stating this. We need to shut you down. With this attitude of yours, you do not deserve to be a member of our district. The students have not been affected by all of this mess because teachers have remained professional. Our only hope is for the people in our district to be proud of what we do and to work through this difficult times ahead with a positive attitude and with professionalism. If you are conveying these types of feelings to others, then I beg you to seek employment elsewhere. You will make us look like fools with this poor attitude.
You already look like fools for all of this. And, no, you teachers and your Union developed this image yourselves. The kids at DIS, DIS and DHS have all been affected by this mess and ask questions every day. Our children are not as stupid as you make them sound. Believe it or not, children do read the newspaper. I don't know what goes on in your classroom or your home for that matter but, in my home, my kids are encouraged to ask questions and never intentially left in the dark. This was a simple witch hunt which has not ended per your teacher colleages own words.
DUSD Parent

Chico, CA

#17 Jan 31, 2009
Is that what you teach your students? To be ashamed of themselves for having opinions that differ from yours? You're actually telling someone who disagrees with you to find a different job? Remember Teachers of Durham, the Board is elected by the community to speak for them. You bash the Board, you criticize the voice of the community. We the voters, as well as our children, are not as stupid as you suggest.
Michael Columbia SC

Columbia, SC

#18 Feb 1, 2009
No Board of Education relishes replacing the superintendent. In this situation, the superintendent did not embrace the culture of a rural district. The superintendent position, in any school district, is a difficult profession. Visibility and transparency from both superintendent and Board are crucial. Keep in mind that all candidates went through a second interview, a behavioral interview,(by phone by a testing expert) which weeded out those who, for one reason or another, did not frame their past successes well. Some are very good at interviews, but that is only one dimension of a candidate. Prior to hiring the next school leader, the Board should subject themselves to indepth Board training in governance from the California School Boards Association. I have led my former Boards in similar trainings over the years. While some Board members will kick and scream, eventually they admit the process was worthwhile and made them better stewards of their school. And the superintedent should not neglect his/her professional development remembering that the profession requires skills on many levels; community outreach being a major skill.
ThePhoenix

Seattle, WA

#19 Feb 2, 2009
I remember a few years ago in Orland, the teachers started wearing black arm-bands and recruiting the students to tralloy for their cause. That was it for me. I have no respect for the public school's teachers. They are radicals. They follow the Socilist agenda doing the goose-step to their union's orders. The Nazi's were also Socialists. Same bunch, brothers of the same idology they march todether in solidarity. But to hell with the real needs of the students or the community, it is all about them.
Grateful Durham Parent

AOL

#20 Feb 2, 2009
ThePhoenix wrote:
I remember a few years ago in Orland, the teachers started wearing black arm-bands and recruiting the students to tralloy for their cause. That was it for me. I have no respect for the public school's teachers. They are radicals. They follow the Socilist agenda doing the goose-step to their union's orders. The Nazi's were also Socialists. Same bunch, brothers of the same idology they march todether in solidarity. But to hell with the real needs of the students or the community, it is all about them.
I can tell you are a parent that never cared enough to actually help out in a classroom. If you would have you would not make such an ignorant comment. While the teachers in Orland were wearing armbands to bring attention to their cause, I can assure you the Durham teachers were much more professional that that. Also, as a conservative Republican, classroom helper, PTS member, Sports Booster member as well as a supporter of the teachers on this issue, I can tell you this was NOT a union battle, nor is it a communist uprising, but a battle for the best possible education for our children. Many of the teachers in this district have children here and/or were student here themselves. They were fighting for their children and MY child. Thank God they had the guts to do that.
To be honest, I am sick of hearing people who have limited or no knowledge of this situation talking like they do. I am not a union member neither am I a union fan, but I am a fan of fiscal responsibility and accountability. I am a supporter of using my tax dollars in the best possible way and Barbara Gaskin was not doing that.
Thank you teachers and fellow parents for standing up when you needed to.

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