Featured letter Public relations problem transfers to new superintendent

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The Beloit Daily News of May 7 and May 14 discusses an administrative shake up for Beloit Public Schools "if we want to see better outcomes".

I know that change is not always easy but I also know organizational change does not occur from the outside. Why are we making changes based on the vision of an individual, Dr. Munro, who is not even officially our superintendent until July and has no practical knowledge of our system other than what someone has told him?

Dr. Munro is listed as the executive director of the Eduardo Mata Elementary(Montessori) campus in Texas. I hope the way he is working here now is not an indication of how he will be dedicated to BPS. We are paying him $200,000 upon arrival which represents an almost 50% increase from his current salary which is listed online at approximately $135,000. This is almost 25% over the salary of our former superintendent, Dr. Thomas Johnson. And this base does not include all the benefits we taxpayers will be paying.

Please remember the former interim superintendent Dr. Don Childs was under contract with BPS until July 31 with the final month allowing time for him to help Dr. Munro transition. Yet, we are to believe that Dr. Childs left on April 12 by mutual agreement with this board. So who is transitioning Dr. Munro prior to him even relocating to our community?

Phone conversations with Mr. Bosco and the board do not familiarize him with our community and school district employees enough to make decisions.

How many people get to "phone in" a high level position in education anywhere other than Beloit? Okay, so we are impressed with his credentials but how does that translate in to practical experience to transform our district. We have now seen an administrative shake up that eliminates some titles and spreads the work out so that now we will say director rather than assistant superintendent so current employees can be displaced. Equity work will be spread out and we now don't need a Human Resource department. All these changes seemed designed to eliminate certain persons rather than advance learning. Did we hear any mention of additional school psychologists, teachers or social workers? Not!

This school board has a public relations problem that is now being transferred to the new superintendent. Why are we even entertaining change offered by an absentee unofficial superintendent and an interim superintendent who assumed his duties about a month ago? We are in dire need of accountability, trust, transparency and common sense.

Dorothy J. Harrell

President

NAACP Beloit Branch

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