Saturday, March 25, 2006

Take Our Superintendent...Please

Guilford Country schools superintendent Terry Grier is one of three finalists for the same position with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. That he is down to the final three there seems strange in so many ways.

Charlotte has long held a generally superior attitude when viewing Greensboro, so it is hard for me to picture them wanting something we have. Grier is also incredibly unpopular with a significant percentage of parents in Guilford County. I would have guessed those two factors would have impeded his progress in the Charlotte application process, despite any other credentials he could muster.

Personally, I would be pleased to see Grier leave Guilford County. My biggest beef with Grier is that he torpedoed the successful character education program in local schools, despite the fact the program was funded primarily with private dollars and grants.

Grier then denied he killed the program and repeatedly cited inaccurate cost savings figures, even after acknowledging privately that his figures were bogus. At that point, he convinced me he of his disdain for core character education values like honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility.

I wonder if it's too late to send a letter to the Charlotte school board supporting Grier's candidacy?


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