The following is a letter received from the current CEO of Baltimore City Schools. Fair warning, its contents are a bit suspect, you may want to get a shovel.
Dr. Alonso’s Letter About the Director Change at Poly
August 10, 2010
Dear Staff and Friends of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute,
I want to bring you up to date on some important developments at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Tonight, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners approved my recommendation to appoint Poly Principal Barney Wilson as principal of Reginald F. Lewis High School, and Poly Assistant Principal Matthew Woolston as Managing Assistant Principal at Poly. This leadership change will ensure stability and continued progress at Poly while a national search is conducted for a new principal. It also respects Dr. Wilson’s desire to take on a new challenge at this point in his career, applying his considerable experience and talents to help turn around a school that has struggled for many years.
Poly is an outstanding school both because of its history of strong leadership, and the strong commitment of its faculty, alumni, parents and students. Over the next year, City Schools will conduct a national search for a new permanent principal. The process will involve key stakeholders, including parents, partners and alumni, and a representative group will be formed to conduct interviews and make three candidate recommendations to me. We will keep the Poly community up to date on this process as it moves forward.
I look forward to working closely with you in the months ahead, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Andrés A. Alonso, Ed.D.
CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
I smell garbage!
Our schools still continue to struggle and are getting worse, not better. I have attended over a dozen graduation ceremonies in the past two years where Dr. Alonzo was the scheduled guest speaker; he showed up at none of those engagements. I have read all the fluff surrounding Dr. Alonzo’s achievements elsewhere but as far as BCPS, he still hasn’t shown up. His reactionary leadership style is jeopardizing the future of our children and he should re-think his priorities. By the way, Dr. Alonzo, the school year starts in September. Replacing a school director in August is at best poor judgement and at worst, irresponsible. Your assertion that you will take the next year to conduct a nationwide search for a suitable replacement for Barney Wilson tells us that you lack focus and clearly you don’t understand the history and legacy of the school. The same could also be said for your understanding of Baltimore City College. But by all means Dr. Alonzo, take your time and search everywhere else for a suitable replacement. Perhaps the next time you’re vacationing you can ask a friend if they need a post.