Rant: Being an outsider coming into a new town, area, and school district (for my wife) from almost eerily similar areas (size wise) and having a view from outside the local politics and strife, it pisses me off how poorly the folks here treat the school district, school board, and coaches (top to bottom). Having been involved in other school systems in another state that are almost identical in size, and seeing how little those schools had to work with compared to here is just wild, the amount of technology and access to that technology for students is unprecedented, and it is on the school’s dime, not the parents’. The opportunities in this school and state for continuing education (due to scholarships and in-state funding) is through the roof, if you put effort in, you will get a check to help with the college of your choice if you choose in-state schooling. Local parents are up in arms about turnover in teaching and coaching (the teachers that were not asked back, mind you, not fired) were teachers that struggled with professional boundaries, but the parents are convinced that the school is simply letting their child’s ‘friend’ go (“But they had such a good relationship with all the kids!” Yeah, Linda, because they didn’t have to do fuck-all and passed.) There has been an inordinate amount of bitching about the turnover in coaching, especially basketball (“He was such a nice guy! It was local politics that got him fired!” No, it was his 5-6 seasons where they won a total of 6 games and wasted some very talented athletes.) “The AD just hires people he likes!” No, once again, they hire people that apply to coach and teach, if you would like that opportunity, please, please step up to the plate and show them (other than yelling from the stands) why and how you are qualified, and then produce results for the district.
Tl:DR - People are dumb and I don’t like them.