Lincoln High, which has been without a permanent principal for nearly a year, will head into another school year without a permanent principal.
San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten has decided to extend the search for a permanent replacement into a second year – something highly unusual, reports VOSD’s Mario Koran.
“The protracted search amplifies the sense of disruption and disorganization that Lincoln parents have repeatedly vocalized,” Koran writes. “It’s been years since Lincoln High reopened with a gleaming $129 million campus, and the school is spinning. Leaders come and go, each bringing new reforms. Rows of classrooms sit empty. In that decade, Lincoln has lost four permanent principals.”
Koran includes a letter from Cindy Barros, the head of the school’s parent-teacher organization, that details how she saw the latest failed principal search.
Barros writes that Marten didn’t hire the candidate selected by a community panel, made up of teachers, staff, students, community members, the current sitting principal and an area superintendent. The decision not to appoint him was “unacceptable, disrespectful and downright malicious,” she wrote.
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South East San Diego needs principals who support their teachers. Too many principals come in to a school with inflated, CEO-minded egos. Principals in San Diego come in two types:
A) Old School -These are generally good principals, because they were teachers for ten years or more before they became administrators. Some of these principals have previously served our country in the military. Old school principals care about the well being of faculty and students. These are the principals that are not afraid to discipline students (and parents) who disrupt learning in our schools. Teachers are supported in their daily classroom discipline. Everyone feels safe at school because they know they have strong leadership that will not cave - in to political pressure to give the bullies more chances. BULLIES are not tolerated. They are expelled or transferred to another school with a behavioral contract.
NEWER PRINCIPALS- These principals were teachers for one or two years. They went to management training. These principals allow bullies and their parents to run the school, because they are usually politically motivated. These principals have their own agenda. When problems arise in the classroom these principals will allow the bullies and their parents to blame the teacher. The teacher, who is trying to maintain order in the classroom so they can teach, is investigated. The disruptive students make up stories about the teacher. The teacher gets pulled out of the classroom. A substitute is put in the classroom and nobody learns. This is happening all over Sweetwater Union High School District. The principals do not support learning, because they refuse to support teachers.
A successful school is comprised of:
A) good, strong teachers
B) good, willing students and supportive parents
C) good, strong, supportive administrators
San Diego and Sweetwater District is suffering because of principals who would rather sit in their office and write a 16 page letter of reprimand on an outanding 30 year teacher who dislikes their weak leadership than give their faculty the strong support they need by disciplining and expelling disruptive, violent students. SAN DIEGO NEEDS PRINCIPALS who support teachers and learning.