Now you see him — now you don’t
We who live in Madison WI say if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour for it to change. Same with our elections. Act 10. And now, Madison’s school superintendent. It ain’t over until the courts rule and the City of Brookfield reports.
Matthew Gutierrez backs out of running Madison’s schools. (News account here.) The poor guy got doused with identity politics with major black community leaders disrespecting the Latino after he was chosen over two African-American candidates. (We reported in February.)
Gutierrez said he had to guide his suburban San Antonio, Texas, district out of the coronavirus pandemic. How is it that three months after his resignation (now rescinded) the Seguin school district had not found his replacement?
As for my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances on the Madison school board: They’ll be pressured to take one of the two also-rans, both of whom were under a cloud of possible malfeasance. Gutierrez, on the other hand, was clean. Then again, he’d only been on the job at Seguin two years — in a district one-quarter the size of Madison Metropolitan School District.
On my Facebook feed, J Michael Hasenstab opines, “The reason is buried in the article. Last month he met the school board for the first time.”
Here’s commentary from the local press down San Antonio way:
Regretfully, I believe that the decision has already been made and the gentleman should be replaced for the 2020 / 2021 school year. Once he had declared publicly and accepted the proposed new position, he had already ‘moved on’. This smells of either ‘buyer’s regret’ or some other change in circumstance related to the new job.
If he were to discuss remaining in Seguin, his pay & benefits package should be reviewed and a reduction put forth; a percentage of compensation based on an ‘improvement metric’, so that he can be held personally accountable for the appalling scholastic levels we now face.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: All of which makes today’s school board election that much more important. Vote Wayne Strong and Christina Gomez Schmidt. If you haven’t already.