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Re: Closed minded administrators(long post)

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SPienschke_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Apr 01 2002 - 11:24:08 PST


Donald,
     I have but on a different topic. We got a new principal this year and
early on he proposed a full day kindergarten, which is great, but I almost
lost my room. It was the art room or another room. I disagreed, stated it to
him then to the super. through the proper channels. Our school leadership
team fought for the art program because it is a strong program and I was able
to keep my room. Unfortunately, I am not being rehired for next year. I've
been there 5 years, but not tenured because three of those years were part
time. The reason I was told, I don't seem to fit in well and in the best
interests of the students he will find someone who will. Now I find myself
looking for another job. Closed mindedness about the art program, at least
the room part, cost me my job. I fit there better that he does, but because I
disagreed with him and people stuck up for my program he saw me as a threat
and let me go. Many people are very angry over this and of course our union
cannot do anything because of my part time years. I am very disappointed at
the union, the super, and the school board. With one exception, I've taught
all the board members children. It's things like this that make me want to
change careers. If I don't find another teaching position I just may have to
do that. I know this doesn't give you a good feeling, but unfortunately, it's
reality for me. Good luck.
Sal

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