Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dr. Gallon May Visit Social Friday

The Superintendent’s Social may now be the Superintendents’ Social.

The event was originally billed as a free community gathering sponsored by Parents Empowering Parents and hosted by Interim Schools Superintendent Garnell Bailey. But yesterday the district announced that the incoming superintendent, Steve Gallon III, might also attend. I’m hearing that parents and guardians also received a recorded phone message to that effect from the school district.

Even though it’s somewhat late notice, it offers an opportunity that was lacking the night Gallon was hired in February. The item was not on the agenda, but was a “walk-in” at the Feb. 19 business meeting. At the end of the meeting, when the crowd had thinned, board members who went to the Miami-Dade district testified enthusiastically on the high recommendations they received from Gallon’s colleagues. After the vote, Gallon himself appeared from the back of the room and gave a rousing speech.

The sequence of events in the superintendent’s search hewed precisely to a schedule laid out by the search firm, Hazard, Attea, Young and Associates of Illinois. Some of us expected the vote on Feb. 19, but others felt a bit left out at missing the big moment.

So Friday may make up for it, if Gallon appears and dozens of parents and especially children can see the person who will become the chief school administrator on July 1.

The evening promises free food, socializing, dancing to music by DJ Star Child, information on school programs and the chance to rub elbows with not one, but two, superintendents. It will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Plainfield High School Cafeteria, with parking and entry off Kenyon Avenue.

Click here for the Feb. 19 story.

--Bernice Paglia


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