Christina 3-2 Kishimoto’s Second Coronation: Corsages, Cookies and Cake

All hail Christina 3-2 Kishimoto! This gal set up her second coronation ceremony with lots of pomp, circumstance and taxpayer money for goodies such as refreshments, programs and … corsages. We well remember the cost of Christina 3-2 Kishimoto’s first coronation — taxpayers won’t be amused with this extravaganza coming at the same time Gilbert Public Schools demands for more $$$ in an override and bond issue. It’s all for the kids, right? [sarcasm and ridicule]  

Girlfriend, those dudes in Big Business and Education Mega-Cartels will NEVER take you seriously since you just proved that you’re not up to competing on their playing field. What can we say about that cute little sun dress (someone said it would make you look “more approachable,” right?) topped with a big ole corsage? Consider the setting: the weather was triple digits. Summer in the desert. A CEO wearing a corsage to a business event? Come on, it wasn’t prom. And it wasn’t a wedding. Corsages, cookies and cake. Sheeeeesh.

[Keyboard: Color Guard kids and their teachers were not amused that you folks ignored the talent within your own realm for your coronation ceremony. Guess you didn’t know you have some pretty nifty Color Guards right within GPS schools. We all figure you called on Boy Scouts as Color Guards because of some community or business leader connection ($$$$$) with Her 3-2 Highness. Sheeesh.]

Taxpayers are wondering if the schools will open on time and whether the school buses will run. GPS is still showing more than 20 positions open for teachers, including Math, English, and lots of Special Ed, but that’s a feature, not a bug, right? GPS is showing more than 100 open positions for support staff employment; one posting for bus drivers could cover many open positions, right? So the public doesn’t exactly know just how bad the situation is, and that’s how the top dogs like to keep things: covered up.

A huge problem for GPS right now is that dumb@$$ hostage clause that costs $2,500.00 out of the hide of an employee who doesn’t complete a contract. For the cabinet level administrators, that’s a drop in the bucket. For some support staff, that’s as much as ONE-THIRD of their annual take-home pay from GPS. Yep, birdies have been chirping with lots of examples of how bone-headed Christina 3-2 Kishimoto and her clueless minion Slimebucket Suzanne Zentner are bringing a school district to its knees. Those loyal employees who stayed through the Great Recession are getting fed up. Finally.

Board member Silly Jilly Humpherys is about as clueless as her BFF was when she wore a sundress to headline a business event. Silly Jilly is really, really, really worried about keeping those GPS gifted programs. She must have made some bomb-diggity deal with the devil to be alienating GPS employees and parents on purpose. Here’s what Silly Jilly was spouting on July 1, 2015:

The entire board-superintendent team is committed to competitive salaries for teachers and staff. I have heard board members and the superintendent all agree from the dais. We do have to also consider curriculum, programs, and other essentials as well. To prioritize salaries, other areas that have been cut will need to continue at the current level. That is the reality of AZ education funding.

Get real, Silly Jilly: Arizona is facing a teacher shortage, so those special programs you and your handlers love so much won’t be worth a warm bucket of spit without teachers in the classroom. Some of Silly Jilly’s other BFFs recognize that:

Regardless of the standards, assessment, curriculum or any other factor we might put in place in education, our students will continue to struggle without a high-quality, caring and committed teacher in every classroom in Arizona.”

Teachers in Gilbert Public Schools see jaw-dropping examples of salary inequity among their colleagues, and especially at the top of the food chain, where assistant superintendents are paid the same salaries as the average and median salaries of real superintendents across the nation:

Nationally, superintendent salaries range from $36,000 to $315,000, according to the 2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study. The average superintendent’s salary is $122,000 and the median salary is $113,000.

Things in Gilbert Public Schools are getting worse by the day. There are no positive marketing messages, not even the kind that are free in local media. Especially considering that GPS lost 1,000 students from the previous year’s enrollment, you would think there would be a push to do more than create an amateurish logo: hashtag “I Choose GPS.” Showing just how ridiculous the district minions can be, they’re wearing polo shirts with that logo. (Simpson’s number two: oh, good idea, boss!) Sheeesh.

Let’s explore how GPS compares to Ten Signs Your Child is in a Failing School District:

This list leaves off other important factors- poverty, crime, and how many billionaires you have who are trying to force privatization of education down your throat, but for those who want to make a difference at a local level, these are the danger signs that your district is failing.

1. The large majority of your teachers have less than five years of experience. When you run off your veteran teachers, you not only do not have teachers who can mentor the younger staff members and help them reach their full potential, but you also are increasing the odds that you are going to hire some less gifted teachers just to fill the vacancies.
2. Teachers are overwhelmed with requests for data. Any time teachers are spending more time providing data for the bean counters in administration, it is a good indication that your school has gone astray.
3. Teachers receive no support from administrators on discipline issues. Behavior that would have been met with an instant office referral only a few years ago is allowed to continue in the classroom and creates even more distractions for teachers and students.
4. Professional development is limited to indoctrination and data. An alarming trend the past few years has been the transition of professional development from learning techniques that will help the teacher to improve teaching and classroom management techniques to attempts to forcefully install a culture that would seem more desirable in a business than in an institution of learning.
5. The message is tightly controlled, eliminating constructive criticism. When administrators surround themselves with yes-men and strictly control the message, it makes it much more likely that mistakes are going to be made, at a cost to the children and to the taxpayers.
6. School Board members serve as rubber stamps. When the governing board places blind trust in anyone, it increases the odds that something disastrous will happen. One of the major criticisms lodged against board members is that they “have an agenda,” as if that is something bad.
7. The community is not involved in its schools. In many school districts, the community is kept at arm’s length until it is time to pass another bond issue or tax levy increase. Or the community involvement is restricted to a carefully selected group of business and civic leaders or the spouses of those leaders.
8. The district is top heavy with administrators. Rule of thumb, the more executive directors of anything that you have, the more problems your school district is going to have.
9. An overemphasis has been placed on technology. If your school district is pushing the idea that everything can be learned by consulting Google, then your child is being shortchanged.
10. Not enough emphasis is being placed on civics and citizenship. While it is important that students be ready to work, the idea that they should be doing so during their high school years at the expense of learning about government, history, and the things they need to know to be a full participant in our society is ludicrous.

Extra credit: How is Christina 3-2 Kishimoto like Lurita Doan? Connect the dots cookies.

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