The Paper Chase.
For three days, my co-teacher was attempting to get a hold of the King of the Edu-Mountain, since she needed his principal level signature on paperwork. That paperwork is actually completely vital to her credentialing process…failure to complete it would have meant an inability for her to continue as a teacher.
On Day One, she made very reasonable attempts to find him, seeking him out during her conference time, or when he was supposed to be on supervision. These were both complete “fail column.”
Day two involved an attempt to find him in his office as “field trips” from our class, in session, while I held down the fort, as it were. Not only did she never find him outside of “important meetings,” but after lunch, he left campus to go to off campus “important meetings.” I assured her that I had a solution.
That solution was the height of simplicity. On Wednesday, he was actually scheduled to come to our classroom, with an entourage of guests, Vice Principals, and Junior Management from the district. It seemed that it would be child’s play to put the documents in his hand quickly, when he HAD to be there.
I could not have been more wrong.
He left the entire entourage in the hands of junior management, and went on to do other mysterious principal level things. I say mysterious, because many basic principal level things have been falling through the cracks, or happening late, like the approval of payroll hours, teacher evaluations, or the application for a magnet school on our site. Those are both important, and if they aren’t getting done, I can’t be sure what exactly is.
Ultimately, my persistent partner in education found him, and got the documents signed. First thing in the morning, when he came in to sign in, she was standing at the sign in sheets. She clearly applied her cat like stealth and abilities in that. A very clever move that one…even principals need approved hours. It got done, and that’s what is important.
This has been a thing on campus that students and staff are noticing. The students are quick to compare him to our oft unliked prior principal, who was constantly visible on campus, and very “hands on” about day to day activities. You would think that his more approachable demeanor would make the students big fans, but many of them feel like certain important things aren’t happening. I’m often finding myself giving the advice of, “he’s new, give him a chance to settle into it.”
Being as direct as I usually am in the commentary her, I have to say this: he has never made it to my classroom. He’s often expressed an interest, and said he’d come by to see something, even programmed it into his Google Calendar in front of me. Never happened though. I’ve been pretty close to the vest about it at school, but on that subject, I feel a whole lot like the students. That the friendliness is just something that gets said, and the walk all the way across campus to my Edu-Dungeon from the office is just too long.