Arthur Camins, Executive Director of Gheens Institute and friend of Berman. $140,567/yr. Not really sure what he does. White guy.
Paul Graseck. Director of Cultural Studies and friend of Berman. $130,591. Oversees social studies curriculum among other things. Social studies scores were so bad for 2009-10 that it deserved a mention in virtually every local news report on KCCT scores. White guy.
Robert Rodosky, Executive Director of Accountability – Research and Planning, $151,276/yr. Proclaims that the test caused poor test scores even though less prosperous districts performed better than JCPS. White guy.
Michael Mulheirn, Executive Director of Facilities and Transportation. $146,857/yr. Supervises the annual first-week-of-school bus mayhem; it’s easy to Google articles for five years of mind-blowing stories about busing chaos/lost kids/four-hour bus rides on the first day of school so have fun looking those up. White guy.
Anyway, we’ve all heard Berman give his song-and-dance about his commitment to putting kids on buses for three hours a day diversity.
Let’s rehash the chaos of the first day of school.
Two principals at Lincoln Elementary and King Elementary were suspended because they either didn’t print out the bus information for a bunch of kids’ lanyards or they failed to jump through some other bureaucratic hoop JCPS’s transportation goons created for them for the first day of school.
Come on, these principals weren’t busy enough trying to prepare for the first day of school for about 500 kids? These schools are among some of lowest-performing schools in the entire state and they don’t have access to an army of volunteers that you find at schools like St. Matthews Elementary or Audubon Traditional. Schools have a critical need for volunteers on the first and second days of school to make things go smoothly. King and Lincoln didn’t have that luxury.
View Adam Walser’s story here at whas.com: Two principals suspended after transportation mix-up on first day of school.
Here’s what the news report didn’t tell you about King and Lincoln:
First, take a look at the map of the Elementary Schools Clusters which is on page 4 of Berman’s manifesto called No Retreat: The JCPS Commitment to School Integration. Look at the distance those kids have to travel! King Elementary is in a cluster that spans from the western-most border of Jefferson County to the Jefferson-Oldham county line. Where is King located in this cluster? Close to the western-most border of the cluster – not in a centralized location.
Second, look at the 16-page bus schedule for King (!) which is more complicated than the TARC schedule for the entire county. Lincoln has a 13-page bus schedule. Chancey Elementary has a teeny-tiny 3-page bus schedule and had loads of PTA volunteers but still managed to hose up the first day so badly that they received a mention on the evening news. Kind of a testament to how complicated this money-sucking student assignment plan really is.
By the way, Chancey’s principal, in charge of a school in the prosperous East End of Louisville, didn’t get called on the carpet for busing problems – even though there were plenty according to the evening newscasts.
Some of King’s and Lincoln’s students must transfer to a second and, sometimes, a third bus at depots. A Story Chatter on the C-J said her kindergartner has to transfer twice. Wow. A group of King students did not get home until 9:30 p.m. and Berman apologized for this “inconvenience” in the press conference – it’s in the WHAS video. I love it when a mom yells out, “It’s more than an inconvenience!” while Berman just rifles his papers and keeps that smile plastered on his face.
Shelley, an inconvenience is when you misplace your car keys. Losing someone’s kid for almost six hours is a super-freak-out crisis. Over 200 kids didn’t get home until 9 p.m. or later that day. That’s really pathetic and someone in charge should have been canned, pronto. And I’m not talking about a principal.
These JCPS principals didn’t have anything to do with the creation of the new cluster or the epic bus schedule. They didn’t have the volunteers they needed. They had to deal with the first day of school which is incredibly hectic at any school.
So, guess who took the heat over a transportation fiasco for a schools with 13 to 16-page bus schedule, bus changes at depots and a 20 to 25–mile commutes? Was it the white guy parked behind a desk who supervised the creation and implementation of the new busing plan that treats our children like luggage? Or was it a couple of black women who each supervise the education of about 500 children?
You already know.