Rochesterian reflects on Brizard’s leadership style

Interesting post by Rachel Barnhart on her Rochesterian blog. She compares the district’s current interim superintendent with their former, unlamented Supt J C Brizard:

“This time last year, former Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard proposed cutting 900 jobs and gutting art, music and physical education. Tonight, Interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas proposed adding 54 classroom teachers, primarily in the elective subjects decimated by his predecessor. Brizard’s budget, under the guise of “equitable funding,” raised class sizes, left some kids with only one period of gym a week and closed libraries. Vargas’ budget cuts Central Office, administrative positions and consultants….Brizard’s budget left displaced teachers collecting unemployment through the summer until they were rehired at the last minute. Vargas’ budget assures placement before the end of the school year, saving taxpayers a lot of money.

She concludes: “(O)ne wonders about Brizard’s management style. Perhaps the former Rochester superintendent truly believed in large class sizes and limited electives. The only other explanation is he was incompetent, evil or lacked creativity.”

 

 

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