To be clear, I’m talking about the SEF Board. I’m not really interested, at this moment, in asking for the board to explain why they chose not to renew certain teachers’ contracts since they claim that’s their exclusively right. I’m willing to accede that specific point at the moment. I want to focus on a bigger issue. An issue that the board is bound to repeat again and again.
Let’s look at the chain of events to fully understand why the board is doomed to fail and the students will be the biggest losers in this game where their future is the prize. In the recent past, SCS’ school management recruited and hired teachers with the board approving management’s recommendations. Each member of school management is a teacher. They understand the teacher’s role in the classroom and in the community. Up until recently the board always accepted management’s recommendations. This year the board decided which teachers would stay and which ones would leave without input from management however the board never spent one second in a classroom. They never graded a paper or had to deal with the frustration of a nonresponsive student but in the board’s eyes the teachers are the problem, why is not clear.
The board gave the same management team that recruited and hired last year’s teaching staff the responsibility for recruiting and hiring this year’s new teachers. They have also put their consultant Floor van der Zwan on the case. She is their eyes and ears but she is only a consultant and doesn’t live on Saba. We don’t know what her qualifications are but she is acting on their behalf.
The board refuses or perhaps lacks the ability to articulate why we need to change teachers and director. Their inability to articulate why we need to change will not serve to achieve their end goals. Their lieutenants will choose new teachers based on what they believe is needed like they did the year before and a year from now we will have a mass exit because once again the board will deem that these teachers are inappropriate.
The only way to stop the cycle is for the board to do their own recruiting, evaluating and terminating after clearly articulating to everyone what is expected. If the board wants to have the power to dismiss teachers then they need to hire them, evaluate them, reprimand them and do everything that management does. They cannot be absentee management because that will never work.
This current board wants the power of being a board but they lack the capacity to think about the future of the school and how do we prepare our students for tomorrow. They want to rule from on high but do not want to do the hard work of developing policy. They want the power to tell people it’s my way or the highway but they lack the ability to clearly articulate and frame the discussion of what’s needed and history will repeat itself again.
Friends of Parents of SCS