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Big-city school bosses learn from KCISD alums
by Cathy Passmore
Dec 08, 2010 | 126 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was a strange feeling being interviewed this past Saturday morning. Superintendent Jeanette Winn and Dr. Mike Boone of the Education and Community Leadership of Texas State University had asked that members of the Karnes City ISD community come and share with several graduate students who may be hoping to seek jobs as a superintendent in the future.

The idea, as Dr. Boone explained, is that those of us who grew up in this school district or who currently have children as students here, could give the current graduate hopefuls some insight into what it might be like in a small school district like ours. So, thus I and the others became the interviewees instead of the interviewers. And I must say that there were more of them than there were of us.

When we were assigned to our interviewers it was two of them for each one of us. It was a little intimidating, but I was very fortunate to have David MacRoberts, presently Principal of Cambridge Elementary School in Alamo Heights ISD in San Antonio, and Sylvia Segura Pirtle, Program Associate for Improving School Performance in Austin.

They were certainly ready to ask questions about the small town strengths and weaknesses. I must say that they each had a computer, one that actually did voice recordings as we talked.

It looked really interesting as the fluctuation in one’s voice reflected on the screen.

It was sort of what I would guess a lie detector or a CSI voice recording would look like and show. The range of questions was from how we viewed our own experiences as a student at KCISD to the changes that have of course made it different now than it was back then.

They asked if we saw these as significant and good changes as opposed to not so good. Along that line, too, they asked if there were traditions that many still hold dear and would not want changed now or even in the future. And then, too, they wanted to know what or who we thought had the most influence on the decisions the school district makes.

Overall, it was an interesting morning. It makes one feel proud that these kinds of questions are being looked at with evaluations that can have a positive effect on our school for years to come.

Without examining where we are going and where we have been, it’s so easy to fall into a rut and not keep up enough and leave our students behind.

This is definitely one of the strengths of our great KCISD and I believe we can be very proud.
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