Yesterday afternoon rumors were flying that Bay Waveland School Superintendent Vikki Landry would be resigning and sure enough it came to pass:
Bay-Waveland Schools superintendent resigns without explanation ~ Cassandra Favre
Slabbed had this bit of news last night on Twitter as well:
Developing: Bay Waveland School Superintendent of Education Landry to resign effect 6-30-18.
— Slabbed New Media (@SlabbedNewMedia) March 12, 2018
Meantime School Board Trustee Mark Kidd of Waveland told Cassandra some whoppers implying the School Board is somehow, just now, becoming politicized.
At the end of the meeting, Kidd spoke on the events that transpired during the meeting.
“One thing about the school board is that it shouldn’t be political, but it’s getting that way,” Kidd said. “It’s a shame, really, what some of them are doing. Some of them have their own political agenda. I was really surprised what they were looking at trying to do. We’ve got really good people that work for our school district.”
From the outside looking in my impression was Trustee Bell got on fairly well with Trustee Favre right up to the point where Kidd was elected to the Board to succeed Sherry Ponder. Mr. Kidd’s arrival on the school board scene also times up pretty well to screwy things occurring like sanctioning nepotism in the Central Office and cutting classroom teachers while adding Central Office Administrators. Politics does make for some strange bedfellows.
In any event the hot political rumor is that Mr. Kidd is just using the Bay Waveland School Board as a place to pass time while he waits for the next municipal elections in Waveland. Kidd ran for Mayor last go round and lost to current Mayor Mike Smith. Prior to that Kidd was an Alderman, having beat Charles Piazza for the seat by a coin toss due to a tie vote. Piazza is the incumbent Alderman setting up a rematch should Kidd run for Waveland Alderman as expected. Waveland Municipal elections are scheduled for later this year.
Finally even our old friends over at Adams and Reese were in the equation last night. I have this per Lana Noonan of the Hancock Alliance for Good Government, who attended last night.:
….Motion passed to terminate relationship with Adams-Reese law firm in Jackson, and additionally that no Board member or anyone is to contact any law firm outside of the attorney of record without notification to and approval of entire Board which will include a letter of engagement approved by Board to firm.
Lana also indicated that in terms of the various factions competing internally to become the next Superintendent, the winners and losers were apparent by their facial expressions after it was announced that Ms. Landry would be leaving (and no we will not name any names). Personally I’d disqualify anyone from consideration for the superintendent’s job that engages in internal conflict jockeying for position. Further, knowing the lay of the land in the Bay, I’d also go outside the district to find its next leader and would recruit candidates by canvassing the Superintendents of high performing school districts from Petal and Lamar County in the North over the Ocean Springs to the east. My experience is that the best school districts also tend to have deep benches of administrative talent.
I still get the feeling this is not the last of the changes coming to the Central Office on Second Street. Stay tuned.