As noted in the school board meeting in January, Dr. Wright has just completed one year as the Superintendent of Enterprise City Schools as have several others. I thought it would be worthwhile to review this past year and highlight what I consider to be some of the major accomplishments and changes that have occurred. Please let me know if you think it is worthwhile too.
My thoughts will be in the blue font. Everything else will just be a statement of fact and public records.
Highlights for 2014 and a couple from 2013
October 2013 -Capital Plan created by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood completed during the interim superintendent’s tenure (I know this was in 2013 but it played a major role in the events of 2014)
November 26, 2013 – Dr. Camille Wright was introduced as the new Superintendent. If you were at that meeting you heard her say she doesn’t plan to come in and make several changes.
January 2, 2014 – Dr. Camille Wright takes over as Superintendent of Enterprise City Schools
February 14, 2014 – Decision to move 9th graders to the high school announced by Dr. Wright. The announcement was published in the local papers and was stated it could be done without board approval but would be presented to the board at the February meeting.
February 25, 2014 – Move of 9th graders to the high school beginning with the 2014-2015 school year approved
March 18, 2014 – Board passes resolution in support of Alabama College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core)
April 8, 2014 – Decommission of Enterprise Junior High School and moving all 8th graders to Dauphin Junior High approved
June 11, 2014- Capital Facilities Plan presented to the City Council and Mayor showing $16 million would be needed to make renovations and build a new junior high school. Decommission of College Street and deeding to the city would be part of Phase II of this plan. Request for forgiveness of the $550,000 per year debt payment to the city was also included.
July 15, 2014 – 1/2 cents sales tax increase passed unanimously by the city council
July 22, 2014 – Agreement between school board and city approved by the board in the last meeting presided over by the outgoing president and includes:
– Enterprise Junior High to be demolished and land deeded to the city.
– Bates Memorial Stadium to be deeded to the city.
– College Street Elementary to be deeded to the city.
August 25, 2014 – Land purchase – approximately 30 acres for $540,000 – approved for new Coppinville Junior High School
September 1, 2014 – 1/2 cents sales tax is implemented
October 2015 – Based on Check No 34361 for $546,279.75 for Land in the check register it appears closing on the purchase of land for the new Coppinville Junior High School was completed sometime in October.
November 18, 2014 – Architectural contract with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood approved
December 16, 2014 – Bid of $70,668 from Cross Environmental Services, Inc. approved for the demolition of Enterprise Junior High
Many Accomplishments and Perspectives
These accomplishments can and will be viewed differently depending on your perspective. One of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes is,
“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
That quote can be applied to the accomplishments noted above and may make some look back on the year and feel pride in what has been accomplished.
The other perspective some may hold is some or all of these changes were not necessary at all or were not necessary in 2014.
There will almost always be a difference of opinion with most any decision made in the public arena, with the obvious exception of school board and city council votes in Enterprise. The question is, are the decisions being made in the best interest of those being served or not? That is a question that should be simple to answer but ultimately each person will answer for themselves. Much like discussion after a motion is passed it is only productive if it leads to change. You cannot change the motion but you can work through the political process to change the ones making and approving the motions.
Not many changes?
- Do you think the changes made were warranted and necessary for 2014?
- If you didn’t agree with the changes initially did your attitude change as they were implemented as the year progressed?
- Did you not agree with the changes because of who will get the credit for engineering these changes?
- Is it relevant we were told not many changes were coming but several major changes were made?
- What do you think? I would love to hear your comments.
Addendum (My original post ended here but then this happened)
If you are wondering what the board thinks about the past year the addendum shown below should help. This item – Superintendent Contract Addendum – was on the agenda for the February board meeting and approved unanimously. No discussion or explanation of the addendum was given and it was not mentioned at all in the newspaper coverage of the meeting I have seen.
If you have read any of my previous posts you will know that any agenda item with no details or supporting information provided by the board encourages rumors. That is a fact. This one is no different than any other. However, since a concerned citizen and friend took the time to go to the Central Office to find the facts and then shared them with me I have included them below so any further discussion can begin at the same place, with facts. I think the addendum speaks for itself but I do have one question.
If the performance of the superintendent was meritorious and commendable as stated wouldn’t it be worthy of comment in the board meeting where it was approved?
Until next time…when I will discuss a different aspect some of these changes in a little more detail.
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