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Familiar faces - and controversial outsider - as TUSD releases list of sup't finalists

Among the finalists to be the next TUSD sup't are three familiar faces and one outsider: Donna Hargens, ousted from her Kentucky district, which is being audited over mismanagement allegations. The sweeping review could lead to a complete takeover of the district by the state.... Read more»

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Aug 10, 2017, 1:35 pm
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Although surrounded by controversy in Jefferson County Public Schools mostly since the February 14 audit announcement, Dr. Donna Hargens is a strong superintendent.  She knows curriculum and instruction.  She understands teachers and their negotiating units.  She knows what it will take to get all students college and career ready.  In a large, growing urban district that has been entrenched in bureaucracy for awhile before she arrived, Dr. Hargens survived six years.  She not only survived but made strides.  That is pretty much unheard of these days. Perfect? No.  Good? Yes.  The JCPS board leadership changed this year.  The state governorship moved in an oppositional direction to the former governor regarding education.  Dr. Hargens still led her Board through an amazing strategic process.  Morale in many school districts in the US at this time isn’t the best ever and has little to do with superintendents.  In this time of national legislative uncertainty schools and districts need leaders.  I’ve worked in my 45 public ed years in 3 states with dozens of superintendents and would count Dr. Hargens in the top 10 for understanding, grace under fire and the ability to get the job done.  Controversy? Absolutely but could she make a difference for Tuscon students and the community?  You bet! I hope she gets the chance. Best wishes.

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Aug 10, 2017, 4:36 pm
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my last comment was removed

Dylan talks a good line about transparency but….

There are two candidates from the slithering Sanchez snake inhabited green slime era; they are Marie Marine and Stephen Trejo.  She did little to support principals after she was promoted to a position that was meant to do just that. Trejo ran a school. That is all he did. He was hailed by TUSD bureaucrats for running it well and raising achievement. That is what he was supposed to do but it was seen as extraordinary.

Trujillo has told principals that they have not met up to professional expectations and he has rattled several cages since he took over his post.  By rattled, I mean is now holding folks accountable. Something very foreign to TUSD for the last 4 years. Trujillo is not from Tucson or the camp of Grijalva-ites. He is neither part of the Stegeman scheme-tank. The Kentucky person should be screened out NOW to avoid further embarrassment. She was probably screened in by Stegeman to make Trejo look stronger. He is just that deviant. 
And as for your very immediate posting of this story, seems to me you had insider scoop (thanks Kristel) in violation of Open Meeting Law. Dylan, it is OK but don’t try to cover your tracks by steaming over the “untimely” release of information from TUSD.
Hey, how come you have not covered the fact that Stephanie Boe resigned?

Each candidate could get glowing reviews from their “friends”- which are biased. Take a look at what has been reported about Hargens in detail and it should sober the drunkest of person into the fact that she is not right for TUSD. Maybe “good” just is not good enough!

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Aug 10, 2017, 7:16 pm
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No, TUSD Insider, you commented on an analysis piece, rather than this report. Your comment was not removed.

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/comments/080817_tusd_supt/

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