I feel it is your responsibility to approve “all contracts” Red Clay Consolidated School District engages itself in.
It is no secret that Governor Jack Markell, The Rodel Foundation and many other non-traditional education reformist supported this contract with Teach for America. Looking for green lights from outside Red Clay to move agendas rather than seeking opinions from the board is a concern.
There is no shortage of teachers in Red Clay nor is there any shortage of applicants. The apparent shortage is at the administration level responsible for teacher recruitment and staff development. I find it quite an embarrassment that the district has to outsource to a private employment agency (TFA) at a cost of $300,000.00 for six teachers or rather six individuals who must be trained to teach. Furthermore, I question a three year contract for a two year program. It appears someone is sowing seeds for expanding Teach for American beyond a two year program.
Though the superintendent had the authority to engage and sign this contract the real flaw is allowing that authority. I respectfully request the board adopt a policy requiring all contracts be approved by the board. This does not hinder the superintendent’s ability to effectively operate Red Clay. The superintendent serves at the pleasure of the school board and the school board serves at the pleasure of the voters. The chain of command leads right back to the people.
It is my choice not obligation to do my best to work with you as board members. However, it is your obligation as an elected officials to review, evaluate, address by policy if necessary concerns brought to your attention.
The agreement by the superintendent with Teach of American at best sends up flags of concerns. Assuming the new superintendent will be more thoughtful and perhaps work more openly with the board is just an assumption. We cannot govern the district by assumption and must do so with effective policies and I feel the current policies giving a superintendent such latitude is unwarranted.