Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Based on the foregoing, and the previous interview, my original ranking of 1) Dearden, 2) Looney and 3) Carroll, is now 1) Looney, 2) Dearden and 3) Carroll. I think it’s close. I think they all have strengths. I know they are different. Mr. Looney is a high energy motivator who immediately connected with staff and students during his tour of schools. It is my impression that he came in first with both staff and students, while I perceive that Dr. Carroll came in second with students, and Mr. Dearden came in second with staff.
The NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama, WSFA Channel 12, reported on August 28 in a story by Bryan Henry that Looney's current salary of $121,000 to oversee 4,000 students spread across eight schools would likely increase by $60,000 if he's offered the task of handling 30,000 students and 37 schools in Williamson County.
Henry's story, filed the day after WCS Board members Barry Watkins and Susan Graham made a site-visit to Butler County, also notes that the average SAT score in Butler County (where students are not required to take the test) is 18.2. In Williamson County in 2008, the observed ACT composite was 22.77. (Henry's story incorrectly lists the Williamson County average score as 24 -- which is the district's current goal).
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
"I feel strongly that I must devote my full attention to my most important job in life - being a dad to my three children."
Friday, August 7, 2009
As a former superintendent, I can think of nothing more important than to find a way for us to attract, support and retain the very best teachers for all Tucson’s children. As stated in a recent McKinsey and Company report, “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.”
I believe that recruiting and retaining high quality teachers is essential to improving the quality of education in Southern Arizona, but other aspects such as creating professional development opportunities for educators and finding ways to build quality schools and providing more educational resources are also essential.
I trust that you agree that the quality of the classroom teacher has a tremendous impact on student success.