|Re: LISD To Seek New Principal for Lewisville High School|
Poster: Anonymous Posted: 2012/3/27 10:35:02
Mr. Burns is very passionate about LHS students. Very passionate. Maybe too passionate. There were several occassions that he basically told teachers "you need to get on board with BYOT (or any other program) and be part of the solution to set up our kids to succeed." (my words, not his). There are some teachers that do not/did not like to be told how to do their job because they have many years of experience and they are just not willing to change their methods of teaching. So a group of teachers (and maybe some key staff) started complaining and complaining and complaining about Burns. And yes, the district began to see him as a liability.
The sad thing about this mess is that the rumors about Mr. Burns losing his job began to surface back in January (supposedly a Board member leaked it out)and it got to the point that some parents/teachers from other LISD schools heard and asked around about the rumors before the LHS staff were notified. What a terrible reflection of Dr. Waddell's staff; or maybe of the board member that leaked it out - that's if THAT rumor is true. Who knows???
Dr. Waddell is losing one of his biggest advocates of the BYOT program and someone that truly believes that students should come first; not necessarily teachers. Regardless of how much Burns cares for students,he lost the popularity contest with the teachers. Big.time. Instead this is a huge win for the select few teachers plus it has empowered them.
I believe it would have been best if time & effort would have been spent coaching Mr. Burns on how to become better at dealing with sensitive teachers and situations.
As for the next LHS principal - the other rumor is that Mr. Kajs has been selected for the job. (no need for anyone else to apply - j/k). This is a rumor but then all rumors seem to turn out true. BTW Mr. Kajs is a former LHS AP just like Mr. Burns was prior to becoming the principal.
It is somewhat interesting that other high schools (hiring committee) normally hire one of their current APs to become the principal of the school (ie Mr. Moon was an AP and was Ms. Lail) but it appears that LHS is not afforded the same opportunities. Mr. Burns fought vigorously for equality in several areas including athletics and that (actually the manner of how he did it) annoyed certain key individuals. Though probably the current LHS APs would need to have their heads examined if they applied for the principal job after seeing how the Central Office has responded to this situation.
I wish the best of luck to the next LHS principal. Just remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer and everything will be just fine. Yep. Just fine.