Kodiak Daily Mirror - Superintendent faces emotional group in Q A session
  
Superintendent faces emotional group in Q&A session
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Apr 23, 2014 | 1837 views | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak Island Borough School District superintendent Stewart McDonald talks to local residents during a community meeting, Tuesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium choral pod. (Drew Herman photo)
Kodiak Island Borough School District superintendent Stewart McDonald talks to local residents during a community meeting, Tuesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium choral pod. (Drew Herman photo)
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Kodiak Island School District superintendent Stewart McDonald faced a civil but emotional group of more than 50 parents and teachers, Tuesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium choral pod.

The question and answer session brought out repeated talk of low morale among district employees and frustration about communication with the school board and administration.

McDonald appeared receptive to complaints, countering questions about a perceived climate of fear and mistrust with reminders about fiscal constraints and positive interpretations of statistics.

Some teachers said colleagues feared speaking out could lead to retaliation, while parents said students are suffering in the current atmosphere, making change urgent.

Acknowledging the need for an improved atmosphere, the superintendent said building trust would take time, but added, “When is that time?”

Does Superintendent Stewart McDonald have your trust?


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Giovanni Tallino
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April 26, 2014
All I want to say is that my wife Catherine and I are glad we recently retired. Teaching in the KIBSD was not fun and productive any longer. The administration's addiction to technology rather than loyalty to time-proven teaching methods, and the time and money (millions?) wasted on "Pinnacle" (a pig in a poke) have been colossal blunders that have frustrated teachers and severely reduced the time they can spend with students. And, yes, we feel that teachers' input in the district's decisions was ignored too often and that those employees who expressed their disagreement did so at their own risk and possibly faced retaliation.
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