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.....Interesting letter to the editor
in the N&O from Wake County school board member Ron Margiotta, suggesting the board keep an eye on the private sector when searching for a new superintendent:
"Unfortunately, many in the educational establishment have too little managerial and entrepreneurial success to break out of the business-as-usual. Many are are resigned to the litany: growth, reassignments, taxes, bonds....
"Current, non-traditional superintendents maintain an average budget surplus of $1.8 million — including those managing school construction projects and bonds."
Margiotta cites three superintendents who have crossed over from the private sector and made a difference in public schools, including Joel Klein
, who has helped improve students' performance in New York City schools, although Klein might not be the best example due to his extensive government experience.
We have an example of positive private sector influence over the school system here in the Triad. More later...