Of course the next question is: who is the interim principal?
The email continues:
For the month of January, Kit Flynn [Ann Arbor Open media specialist] will be filling in as Interim Principal. Kit has served well in this position many times before and I am very grateful to her for her willingness to step up once again. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone so skilled and so willing to help on our staff.So, hey...what is wrong with this picture?
At the end of first semester, Tamber Woodworth will become the Interim Principal for the remainder of the school year. Tamber is currently the Interim Principal at Pioneer High School. As you may have heard, Pioneer Principal Michael White is returning from military duty in January, and Tamber is retiring in June. This leaves her available to fill our vacancy beginning at the end of January. The district will then make a decision about an Interim Principal for the fall months. (Emphasis added.)
First, as far as Ann Arbor Open staff goes...
I'm happy that Naomi Zikmund-Fisher has the opportunity to take a leave of absence to go back to school. In addition, I think Kit Flynn is an amazing media specialist (I'm very serious about this) and a very competent administrator--and, as Naomi points out, she has filled in as interim principal in the past.
However, if you're following along, you will recognize that this plan requires--not one, not two, but three principals in one year.
As far as Tamber Woodworth is concerned...I don't know her, but I'm sure she's a capable principal. But she's already announced a June retirement date, and she can't leave her current position until the end of the first semester, when Michael White returns to Pioneer.
In fact, it is the principle of the thing: There is no reason that any school in the district--barring a series of unfortunate medical leaves--should have three principals in one year!
Unfortunately, it doesn't serve our students or teachers well to have three interim principals. I have another idea. Let's find Ann Arbor Open an interim principal who can serve in that position for a full calendar year. I am quite sure that the district can find a worthy position for Tamber Woodworth.
Is that too much to ask?
We should, after all, have some principles, but only one principal.
Over the weekend, Ann Arbor Open parents got another letter, this time from Tamber Woodworth. It explains her interest in alternative education, and I believe she is sincere. (I also have talked to some friends who thought she did a good job at Pioneer.) The letter also explains:
Unfortunately, I will have to honor a statutory time-limited extension of my retirement, under which I must conclude my employment by June 30.So, that explains why she needs to leave this June--she accepted the early retirement offer from last spring.
In other words, this letter from the school administration misses the point: it's not about whether Tamber Woodworth can convince parents that she would be a good interim principal. She cannot serve through December because she is required to retire and that cannot be changed.
No school should have three principals in a calendar year.
To share that view with the administration, write:
Superintendent Robert Allen: email@example.com or 994-2230
Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services Leeann Dickinson Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org or 994-2209
Board of Education (all in one fell swoop!): email@example.com
Tell them that one interim principal is enough!