Dr. Heatley Withdraws from Consideration for Superintendent
As reported earlier on BerkeleySide, Dr. Edmond Heatley sent a letter to the Berkeley School Board informing them of his withdrawl as a candidate for Superintendent of Berkeley Schools. Dr. Heatley took the right step as it became obvious that positions he has taken in the past are in stark contrast to those of the Berkeley community. This action does not lessen the concern about a process which almost hired a candidate without finding such a basic difference in views. This result has brought that concern to the forefront over the lack of transparency in the process and information provided to the community.
It is clear that it is the School Board's responsibility to hire the Superintendent and that there are privacy concerns around recruiting and hiring. But there should be some mechanism through which the parent community can participate. As an organization which represents families in all our schools, the Berkeley PTAs can be a partner with the Board as recruiting restarts. Ty Alper, a parent at Rosa Parks, stated it really clearly in an opinion piece he wrote:
...Going forward, the Board needs to figure out how to harness the intelligence and creativity of this community to actually help it make this critical choice...
Our goals are shared, finding the best Superintendent for our district who will work with our entire community for the success of our kids and families.