Over the next few months, the APS school board will be out and about, "gathering input" from anyone who chooses to attend one of the "input gathering meetings" they will conduct. There is no evidence of which I am aware, that they ever used any of this input during the in-secret meetings that characterize the actual selection procedure.
Nevertheless, a list will be created, of all the qualities and traits the next superintendent will possess.
At the top of the list, should be the demonstrated ability to create a synergy in response to a problem.
The leadership of the APS isn't good at problem solving because they still believe in the manifestly ludicrous assumption that there are only a handful of people who know how to solve problems, and all you have to do is to hire one of them as a superintendent.
There is no magic, there are no magicians. There is no problem a child can have, that there is not someone in the APS already, who knows how to best mitigate.
Ask anyone in the know, and you will be find that in the APS there are a great number of people who have the education, training and experience to create and execute solutions to the problems they face in educating children. Among "teachers" alone, there is nearly 100,000 years of ongoing teaching and learning experience.
What those people have never had in a superintendent, is someone who could (or would) bring them together and empower them to make changes. They've never had a supt. who could or would create a "synergy" among stake and interest holders;
- a cooperative interaction among groups for an enhanced combined effect.
- an interaction of elements that produce a total effect greater than the sum of the individual elements and contributions; and a
- a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
Could she, if given the chance?
Would she, if given the chance?
Until she demonstrates otherwise,
a reasoned assumption would be
that she got where she is in the
leadership of the APS for a reason.
The leadership of the APS is not about creating synergies. Synergies sap control over power from board members and senior administrators, and restores it to the people who know best how to employ it.
It's all about hanging on to power.
Reedy cannot or will not* create a synergy in response to the district's failing performance.
*A reasonable assumption unless and until she proves otherwise.