“I pledge my talent, my time and my tenacity,” R. Stephen Green said when named superintendent.
He doesn’t predict that his actions as superintendent will change now that he’s signed a contract. Instead, Green said, the permanency of the position is sure to revitalize his staff.
“We’ll turn up the dial a bit in terms of the energy we bring to the table,” he said.
“I’m here for the long haul and that’s what I can assure parents,” he said. “This constant rollover, instability, inconsistency, will come to an end.”
The school board chair echoed the need for stability: “Certainly, it takes a great number of years to regain the trust and support of the community but we’re committed to a long-term superintendent who’s committed to doing that work,” he said.
“Great!” you say. “Looks like we’re in for a dedicated new leader!”
Oh. Wait. Those quotes from Dr. Green were actually aired by Kansas City’s Channel 41, KSHB. In 2012. KSHB went on to say, “Green is eager to continue his work with KCPS. Green is the 27th person to take the title of superintendent for KCPS in less than 43 years. He promised to stay with the district for “as long as it takes.”
Or perhaps just until a better offer comes along.
Meanwhile, as Green was selected as Missouri’s superintendent of the year and Missouri granted provisional accreditation to Kansas City Public Schools, Green, in reality, did not even come close to improving the academic performance of Kansas City students. See for yourself. Take a look in the DSW archives at the Excel workbook regarding KC and its high schools.*
Green had far fewer high schools to improve academically — 7. Green had far fewer students to improve academically — 14,500 (K-12). In fact, since 2007, Kansas City has lost about 10,000 students.
Ask your board member WHY Green was the choice. Do it now! Send us your board member’s response and we will publish all that we receive.
For the first and probably the only time, for different reasons, we agree with Joyce Morley — except instead of abstaining from a vote we think she should take a stand and vote NO! against Green. This floating-to-the-top selection process stinks! Things that float to the top are not always what you want for your community.
Although we are happy to see Michael Thurmond go — and not a moment too soon — we are still concerned and will continue watching.
* Please note that this is an Excel Workbook. The first tab is for Kansas City Schools overall; there are seven more tabs in this workbook — one for each high school.