sam's notes

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Monday, August 30, 2004

After aggressively covering the school bus hub-bub, the News & Record backs off and cuts school superintendent Terry Grier some slack.

I still don't know what to make of Grier in the five months that I've been covering the school system. On the whole, I think he does a good job of explaining the system's needs to the school board. Yet, in my opinion, he is not forceful enough with them. Many times he simply runs ideas up the flagpole and lets the board hash them out, which often results in concepts becoming confused.

I know people are strongly opposed to the school system becoming politicized, but I frankly don't see how an entity that consumes the majority of the county budget can't help but be politicized. Can the schools be any more politicized they are right now?

That's why the school superintendent needs to be as forceful and dynamic as any other local political leader such as a county commissioner or the mayor. He needs to explain clearly and concisely what the schools' needs and concerns are not only to the public but to other elected bodies. That's where Grier falls short. Does that mean he's not up for the job? I don't know. That's for the newly-elected school board to decide.


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