At least he hasn’t done much damage yet, so far as we’ve heard. We’re still waiting though for the introduction of more “21st-century” high-tech into the local classrooms, just like the other districts have. Then we’ll see if there’s a commercially boosterish, anti-intellectual ideology at work.
But this latest article is ridiculous. Talk about overcompensating:
With much praise, Burbank school board approves contract extension, raise for Supt. Matt Hill
In a sweeping vote of confidence in Burbank Unified Supt. Matt Hill, the Burbank school board recently extended his contract and gave him a raise.
Hill’s new contract goes through June 2020 and comes with a $248,230 annual salary, which includes a 3% pay hike.
Larry Applebaum, school board president, said Hill’s contract extension and pay increase followed a satisfactory evaluation by the school board.
“Quite frankly, the superintendent got a much-better-than-satisfactory evaluation from this board,” Applebaum said. “We’re very happy, and we’re very pleased to be able to move this contract forward.”
Applebaum and fellow board member Steve Ferguson negotiated Hill’s new contract, which includes the same 3% pay increase the board gave to Burbank teachers, classified employees, administrators and senior management.
“Everybody says nice things to you, but what we can do for you the most is to instill confidence, and this is how we can do it,” Ferguson told Hill.
What does that mean, confidence? Confidence to do what? That’s what we’re worried about. The big changes are yet to come we fear. And what is this guy, some low-esteem high school athlete on a losing team who needs a little boost? You can do it!
We already pointed out the bogusness of this last year:
Early on, one of Hill’s key priorities was to reach a 100% graduation rate, and he has personally called students to push them to finish their studies, while leading a team of district administrators who also reach out to students and routinely share data with the school board showing the number of students who still need diplomas.
It’s not an overall graduation-completion rate. It’s a 12th-grade completion rate. Big, big difference, and the hype is extremely misleading.
Now in the range of ludicrously dumb comments from this guy over the years, the following sets some kind of high bar:
Applebaum added that the board was able to hire a superintendent without a teaching credential because of the credentialed employees who are part of the district’s senior management team.
“They make you look good,” Applebaum said. “It’s a great team. I can say, that as somebody who’s been here for a number of years, it hasn’t always been a great team. There have been great individuals, but not always a great team. I’m so proud of that, and I think the community is proud of that.”
Nothing like a teaching boss who knows nothing about teaching. And since when was that used as a rationale for hiring him two years ago? Does that team of credentialed underlings too have any kind of veto power over the non-credentialed boss?
And since everyone’s using sports imagery now, let’s talk about those teams (next it’ll be “team” learning as a goal). Which team was responsible for the BHS Vocal Music Association’s stripper-chick shows? The old or the new?