The “Show Must Go On” in the OHSD, so Lance Gibbon will be christened OHSD’s new Superintendent + Video “The Show Must Go On”

Author:BillB

One really does NOT need a crystal ball to predict Lance Gibbon being given the OHSD Superintendent’s post

Sometimes, pulling out one’s crystal ball and making a prediction just seems too tempting a proposition. Therefore, I predict that on May 28, the Oak Harbor School Board will crown Lance Gibbon as Superintendent for the OHSD, and they will give him a three-year, regular (i.e. “permanent”) contract when they do so.

In doing so, the OHSD will step squarely into former Oak Harbor City Councilman Bob Morrison’s prediction about Gibbon’s eventual ascent, which he made to me shortly after Lance Gibbon first accepted the job as Assistant Superintendent for the OHSD: Bob’s take: “Rick Schulte was a Roger Woehl-trained man, and Lance Gibbon will be a Rick Schulte-trained man”.

The best evidence for this prediction comes from the OHSD’s very own $69,964-salary chief propagandist, Joe Hunt, who said in a recent mass emailing:

“Jerry Jenkins, superintendent of Northwest Educational Service District, told the school board Monday that it is too late in the year to do a superintendent search. The only realistic options available at this stage, he said, are to bring someone in as an interim superintendent or promote someone from within.  The internal candidate could also serve as interim on a one-year contract or be given a normal three-year contract, he said. Jenkins warned: “When you have an interim superintendent, you are not in forward motion for a year. You are in a holding pattern for a year.””

Prove me wrong, school board.

I think that, in the OHSD, the adage that “The Show Must Go On” is paramount.

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    Nice to hear Schulte moving on….not sure the timing is right for Lance…I think the district needs to do a search and consider all options before placing trust in one individual…look at what happen in Seattle School District……we the citizens who are paying good money for the school district deserve better and the only way we can know if we have the best is to seek out individuals….if after the search Lance stands out above the rest then he should be offered the position at a starting wage of a supt. Making a quick decision could cause more harm and problems…..look at Coupeville School District and other districts……..we should not jump because of Schulte’s recommendation. We need to do what is best for Oak Harbor.

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      After as many years as Lance Gibbon has already served as the Assistant Superintendent, if he has not already grown enough to be able to step into to the Superintendent’s job on a permanent basis, then expecting that simply one more year will do the trick seems rather self-delusional.

      However, I would never necessarily believe what Rick Schulte has said…about anything. He has proven to my face that he is not trustworthy, but the current crop of Oak Harbor School Board Directors seem to love and worship him.

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    I don’t understand why all the theatrics in selecting the replacement. It’s a simple task!

    The board need to ask only one question… Do you expect us to approve your every request?

    If the candidate’s answer is a resounding YES, then hire him or her.

    That rubber stamp methodology is the way school boards historically work, especially in OH the past 20 years with Schulte.

    Those board members are a joke when it comes to improving the actual educational qualities of students; it’s all “please the teachers unions, collect more tax $$, and dummy down the requirements.”

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      “Theatrics” seems pretty accurate.

      Perhaps the most silly feat of theatrics is the “Superintendent Selection Input” form that has been placed on line so that residents can provide answers to two open-ended questions, to assist the elected school board in making a candidate selection.

      It requests input on these two main questions:

      1. “What personal characteristics and professional experiences should the Board look for in a superintendent?”

      2. “What challenge(s) should the new Oak Harbor School District Superintendent be prepared to face?”

      Seriously, you folks each have been on the school board for years, and the five of you actually are unable to answer these questions?

      I am not making this up. See for yourself:
      http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1247138/Oak-Harbor-School-District-br-Superintendent-Selection-Input

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    Oh, the superintendent-hiring theatrics are getting even better!

    “Oak Harbor School board focuses on Gibbon as superintendent”
    http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/206636311.html#

    Peter Szalai, the OHEA president says he “doesn’t want any steps to be skipped in the process”.

    Which process is that again? Oh, yeah, the ad hoc process that was made up on-the-fly last Monday evening in order to anoint Lance Gibbon: the process whereby Lance Gibbon is being called upon to deliver a ““vision of the district” speech” (at the STILL un-televised, non-internet-broadcast school board meeting, despite OHSD having its very own local cable Channel 21 for about a decade now, and their own YouTube channel for quite some time, too, now).

    And, the ELECTED Oak Harbor School Board even brought in a non-elected “dad”-figure from ESD 189 to praise them for their “diligence” for having a process that “morphed” into being in order to enable them to make “the right decision”.

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    As another example as to how Lance Gibbon’s “coronation” as OHSD superintendent represents a destined continuation of the Woehl / Schulte “show” in Oak Harbor, today the WNT printed a letter from “Jim Bailey”, who supports Lance Gibbon’s anointment to the superintendent’s position, and he says he wrote a similar letter for Rick Schulte some 20 years ago!

    See: “Gibbons should be Oak Harbor’s next schools chief”
    http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/opinion/letters/206997401.html

    What readers may be interested to know: this same Jim Bailey is employed by the Wallin Funeral Home, which is owned by Oak Harbor School Board Director Gary Wallin and his wife, Martha Wallin. Moreover, Martha has been “employed by the Oak Harbor School District for the past 20 years as the Community Resources Director”.

    See: “Non-Licensed Staff”
    http://wallinfuneralhome.com/non-licensed_staff.html

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    At tonight’s school board meeting, anyone who actually may have expected that…

    “Community members have an opportunity to give input at a public forum 6 p.m. Monday, May 20 at the school district office, 350 S. Oak Harbor St.”

    (as per: “School board focuses on Gibbon as superintendent“)

    …actually meant that you actually would get 90 seconds at the podium to address the school board, or even 30 seconds, or…even 5 seconds…to provide your personal input…

    …forget it!

    Instead, the school board’s borrowed “Dad”-figure (aka ESD 189 Superintendent Jerry Jenkins) led the entire room in a decidedly low-tech version (i.e. colored pen on butcher block) of the very same silly open-ended survey that was already made available on-line, after which Lance Gibbon gave his “vision” speech, and then the elected school board went into executive session.

    People in attendance DID get the opportunity to demonstrate their vast vocabulary skills to the rest of the room, calling out such words as “honesty”, “commitment”, and “humanistic” when asked to identify traits that a superintendent should demonstrate.

    Humanistic” made me want to shout out “existential“, but I somehow managed to stop myself.

    Having attended these types of meetings in the past, and thus knowing that most ALL these events are actually designed NOT to empower the citizens, but to control them, I came armed with a handout, and I managed to hand out about 40 two-page handouts which were, essentially, a condensed version of my Island Politics’ article:

    Oak Harbor School Board Directors sign their names to the false claim that there has been “no money for textbooks

    Attendance at this meeting itself was, as typical, comprised of 75% school district teaching staff, one of whom came up behind me as I was passing out my handouts and snorted “Bill Burnett! What a jerk!”

    He then immediately and very quickly slithered away back into the crowd.

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      “Attendance at this meeting itself was, as typical, comprised of 75% school district teaching staff, one of whom came up behind me as I was passing out my handouts and snorted “Bill Burnett! What a jerk!””

      Yes, the gall of you crashing their party. I mean, really, what were you thinking? How dare you go to a school board meeting and not toe the party line…after all you are NOT one of their constituents as you do not benefit the status quo…

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        Other folks, such as retired teacher, and now private local reading tutor, Joyce King, have also conveyed being treated similarly at local school board meetings. Joyce has herself told me (and written about) being very rudely treated at school board meetings.

        Moreover, during the last levy campaign, yet another recently departed school board director also LIED to the community in a published pro-levy letter-to-the-editor while also attacking a small paid-for advertisement that Joyce King had personally paid for AGAINST the proposed levy.

        See: “Recently departed Oak Harbor School Board Director attacks teacher-constituent who used private dollars to pay for print ad against proposed doubling of Maintenance and Operations (M&O) property tax levy”

        (In that article, I also did refer to Joyce King as David McCool’s former “constituent”, but I do see how it’s rather a gross a misnomer to do so unless one is referring to member of the OHEA – the teachers’ union- or a member of the school district administration).

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    The Superintendent Survey Results, as compiled by Northwest Educational Service District have been posted at the OHSD web site.

    Comments which linked back to articles at Island Politics were edited and censored before they were publicly posted and each was labeled as being a “libelous assertion” by Superintendent Jenkins.

    Those comments now read:

    “Here is an example of what Lance Gibbon has helped perpetuate as Assistant Superintendent at the OHSD: (deletion by NWESD; libelous assertion)”

    “Why should anyone trust the OHSB to pick a new superintendent when we have “Oak Harbor School Board Directors (who) sign their names to the false claim that there has been no money for textbook? (deletion by NWESD; libelous assertion apparently resulting form a lack of Washington K-12 finance laws)”

    “Why should we trust the OHSB to pick a new superintendent when we have an “OHSD (school board) Director (deletion by NWESD; libelous assertion apparently resulting from a lack of understanding of state accounting laws)”

    A copy of the compiled survey is posted at: http://www.islandpolitics.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/u_0_3151.pdf

    Libel?

    Libelous assertions? No, they were not “libelous assertions”.

    But, apparently, the OHSD and Superintendent Jenkins do not want to call attention to these IP articles:

    Oak Harbor School Board Directors sign their names to the false claim that there has been “no money for textbooks

    Students, parents, grandparents document substandard teaching, mistreatment within Oak Harbor School District

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    The WNT’s latest article on Gibbon’s coronation seems now to have completely joined into the charade of there being anything resembling an actual deliberative process in selecting the next OHSD superintendent.

    “With a solid foundation in place and a groundswell of positive momentum…Gibbon spoke before an overflow crowd of more than 100 at the Oak Harbor School District office Monday night…”

    “Groundswell of positive momentum”?

    I think not. It’s not like the “crowd of more than 100″ showed up there to cheer for Gibbon. The teachers in attendance had all been cajoled there by the teachers’ union, which had held a general membership meeting at 5:15 PM at the OHMS, and so those who came had all walked over from OHMS just before 6 PM to fill the school board meeting room.

    Of course, if the teachers HAD NOT done so, there would have been maybe a couple of dozen folks in attendance – tops. In that scenario, what justification could the school board have used to prevent those non-school-district-employee folks from having a couple of minutes each at the microphone to address the school board directly, eh?

    My take from the side-conversations some of us had in the parking lot after the meeting broke up: most of the folks who HAD attended who were NOT school district employees had come there with remarks to provide which generally were NOT supportive of Lance Gibbon being named the new superintendent.

    “(School board president) Wallin said that board sentiments are strong toward Gibbon”.

    So much, in fact, that the elected school board apparently could have simply immediately named Lance Gibbon as Rick Schulte’s successor mere moments after Rick Schulte announced he was leaving, because doing so was, for all intents and purposes, predetermined.

    Perhaps MOST amusing is the WNT Facebook comment made by one Sharon Lee Solin, of Coupeville, who remarked:

    “Yipee…he is the BEST choice….”

    Compared to…whom?

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    Just as I predicted it would be, OHSD’s decision came out via email today:

    Dr. Gibbon chosen to lead Oak Harbor Schools

    Dr. Lance Gibbon will be the new superintendent of Oak Harbor School District. The school board unanimously chose Tuesday to offer Gibbon a three-year contract to oversee Oak Harbor’s 10 schools, 650 employees, and 5,500 students.

    “After six years as assistant superintendent, there is no one who knows our schools, our community, our ongoing educational initiatives, and our difficult funding issues with Impact Aid more than Dr. Gibbon,” School Board President Gary Wallin said in an e-mail to staff Wednesday morning. “He is highly qualified (consistently recruited by other school districts) and he has a vision for Oak Harbor that will lead us toward improved learning for all our students.”

    The school board authorized Wallin to work directly with Dr. Gibbon on contract language. He plans to present the contract to the board at its next meeting on June 11. You can read more about the school board’s decision and discussion at: “Gibbon offered a three-year contract as superintendent

    And, how exactly did the OHSD finally spin this predetermined outcome at their web site?

    Read it for yourself here:

    May 29, 2013

    Gibbon offered a three-year contract as superintendent

    School Board says Gibbon has all the attributes the community wants in new school leader

    Dr. Lance Gibbon will be the new superintendent of Oak Harbor School District. The school board unanimously chose Tuesday to offer Gibbon a three-year contract to oversee Oak Harbor’s 10 schools, 650 employees, and 5,500 students.

    “After six years as assistant superintendent, there is no one who knows our schools, our community, our ongoing educational initiatives, and our difficult funding issues with Impact Aid more than Dr. Gibbon,” School Board President Gary Wallin said in an e-mail to staff Wednesday morning. “He is highly qualified (consistently recruited by other school districts) and he has a vision for Oak Harbor that will lead us toward improved learning for all our students.”

    The school board authorized Wallin to work directly with Dr. Gibbon on contract language. He plans to present the contract to the board at its next meeting on June 11.

    In introducing the topic Tuesday, Wallin said the school board has known for a long time that Superintendent Rick Schulte would be stepping down after the 2013-14 school year. Two years ago, Schulte declined to have his three-year contract extended, letting it run out at that time.

    That timeline was suddenly moved up a year when Schulte accepted a job running the Richland School District. He will leave the Oak Harbor Schools on June 30 after 20 years at the helm.

    One by one, board members all said they have been looking at Gibbon as a possible replacement since Schulte declined his contract extension.

    Board member Corey Johnson said he has been impressed with Gibbon’s ability to work with staff and reach out to others in the community. Johnson said he has been encouraging Schulte to give Gibbon a wide array of experiences so he might someday step into the superintendent’s job.

    Johnson and Board Member Christine Cribb each pointed to a recent community survey, saying the traits the community wanted in a new superintendent – respected, admired, character, integrity, honesty, good listener, good with the public – were all traits possessed by Gibbon.

    “Everything I already had in my notes on why I liked Dr. Gibbon showed up in that survey,” Cribb said.

    “Every one of those traits that I saw in those comments, if they didn’t directly say ‘Lance is our guy,’ they pointed at everything I know Lance to be,” Johnson said.

    Board Member Pete Hunt talked about the need to “build on the past and maintain continuity,” and that he spent a lot of time talking to Gibbon about his vision for implementing the changes underway.

    “We have our challenges, we have our problems here still, there’s no question about it,” Hunt said. “But there is no question in my mind that far more important than the continuity is having a vision and a positive vision that’s going to be strong and positive for the city of Oak Harbor, for Oak Harbor students especially.” He said Gibbon has a vision that focuses on academic success.

    Johnson pointed out that change can be scary to some people, but he’s excited to see something different. “I think change can be a very positive thing and I hope all of us will embrace it,” he said.

    In his letter to staff, Wallin quoted one of Gibbon’s favorite lines: “our best years are in front of us.”

    “Speaking for the entire school board,” he said, “I am happy Dr. Gibbon will be leading us toward that bright future.”

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    I didn’t write this comment on the OHSD’s superintendent survey, but I do find it telling:

    “The school board needs to visit all schools with an open forum ASAP so they can hear what each building has to say about this “process”. We all know what’s going to happen, so really why should anyone take the time to fill in surveys and have forums, and guess who’s got the job???”

    “Guess who”, indeed.

    Of course, the answer to the question posed above is: because they want you to be part of “the show”.

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    And, perhaps finally, the mainstream media reports that “Gibbon is Oak Harbor’s new schools chief“.

    Laughably, it was therein officially reported that “His (Gibbon’s) vision for Oak Harbor schools is of a “caring community educating every student for success”, which has been the OHSD‘s snappy catch-phrase for well more than a decade.

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