Amidst the web of inaccuracies and inflammatory language in Greg Aff’s “commentary” in The Herald on Friday, one small fact does emerge which helps explain why the Marysville District is embroiled in its first-ever teachers’ strike. Apparently, shortly after Linda Whitehead took over, the union president asked to be consulted before decisions were made. Whitehead essentially said no.
What could be more reasonable than bouncing matters off your own teachers before acting? Yes, one does assume that’s the way things used to happen in Marysville – and still does in the vast majority of districts around the state. Yet instead of opening doors of communication, the superintendent virtually slammed them shut – and effectively pronounced that she had the power, and that she was going to wield it.
The mindset of this district’s leadership has been apparent for the last couple of years. Is it any wonder they’ve been so unwilling to compromise during the last couple of months?