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Leadership Lite


A Triple Threat  
The Sedalia, Mo., school board’s first meeting of the year carried a decidedly lighter tone, opening with a few “Carnac the Magnificent” bits drawn from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” The high school principal provided the answers before reading the sealed contents of envelopes bearing statements about education-related matters, all of which played for hearty laughter.

One routine hit close to the genuine feelings about federal school reform. The principal, Steve Triplett, donning an oversized red turban and cape, gave the answer “NCLB, AYP and BM.” Then he read the statement in the envelope: “Name three crappy movements."

(Source: The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Mo.)

A Web of Confusion 
When times are hectic in the communications office of the Vancouver, Wash., Public Schools, Kris Sork tends to save things randomly on her computer desktop. Once the school year ends and she’s no longer dealing with daily crises, she has the time to sort through her clutter of electronic documents and move them into the folders where they belong.

Sork, the communications director for the district, had written several articles during the past year for the website. She also helped to write or edit several things for the superintendent. As she was going about her computer cleanup, she noticed that one folder, labeled “Web Articles,” was packed with an illogical assortment — everything from concert promotions to scholarship events were mixed with the superintendent’s messages and podcasts. Then she realized the error of her ways.

She has since renamed the folders to avoid confusion: “Web SITE Articles” and “SUPERINTENDENT Webb Articles.” Vancouver’s superintendent is Steven Webb.

Homer of a Headline
“Write-in voting gets woman shot at school board”

This headline appeared over a news story in the Williamsport, Pa., Sun Gazette.

No Hidden Meaning
Whenever Bruce White considers the unfortunate lack of emphasis on bilingual instruction in many U.S. schools today, he is reminded of a personal adventure overseas.

White, today a principal of a vocational secondary school in Watsonville, Calif., was hitchhiking through Germany as a youth with a French friend. A dump truck stopped to give the pair a ride. The French boy climbed in first, and White was next to the door. He observed the driver, a large man weighing some 350 pounds, pull out a huge sausage about the size of his forearm and start eating it.

White says he nudged his buddy and laughed, commenting on the stereotypical image of Germans. The French companion told White to hush, that the man could probably understand English. “I looked at him in disbelief and said, ‘Oh come on. A dump truck driver?’”

At that moment, the dump truck driver turned to the boys and asked them in perfect English where they wanted to be dropped off. White now figures the driver likely started learning English in kindergarten and studied it every day for years in school.

Short, humorous anecdotes, quips, quotations and malapropisms for this column relating to school district administration should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator,
1615 Duke St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314
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