Last night, the Marysville school board — the old one, three-fifths of which is on its way out in a couple of weeks, did something very foolish. They extended the contract of the superintendent. This is the same super who received a vote of no confidence a couple of years ago, who now has eight executive assistants who make over $100,000 each, who has alienated many teachers, who has ousted many popular district teachers and principals, who hired an expensive (and, to many, abrasive) PR spokesperson instead of speaking for herself, who doesn't actually live in the district, and who oversaw the longest teacher strike in Washington state history.
Why were my colleagues surprised at this move? Seeing how this board works, I wasn't surprised a bit.