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Fair evaluation

August 11, 2006

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To the editor:

I find the comments regarding the future of Education Commissioner Bob Corkins' employment, made by State Board of Education member Bill Wagnon, arrogant and offensive. ("He's an at-will employee of the board. When he loses six votes, he's unemployed." Journal-World, Aug. 9.)

Of course Corkins was chosen by the current board, in part, because of his ideological persuasions. That should not be the reason to terminate his employment. The question should be whether he is performing the job. Wagnon needs to join the rest of the state board and set aside ideological positions and seek an objective job performance evaluation.

All over this state, local boards of education work together with staff and administration despite widely varying world views and opinions. Conducting a search and changing leadership at the State Board of Education is an expensive and disruptive procedure. But why not? They've got all this new money!

Paul Reed,

Oskaloosa

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

Oh, come on. He was choses soley because of his "ideological persuasions," which was the only basis for any of the decisions of the now outgoing majority.

Corkins and many of the board members who hired him will be gone, and good riddance.

conservative 8 years, 9 months ago

Bozo, strangely enough we're on the same page here.

Corkins must go!

craigers 8 years, 9 months ago

How often in politics is it really about doing your job well? It seems that it is to line up your party to get as much undone from the previous administration. Maybe it is that there are very few administrators that do a job well enough to get approval of both sides of the fence.

Jamesaust 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't go so far. The new Board should give him his marching orders and then evaluate his continuing employment by his accomplishments. If he's so unqualified (and I believe he is) then he will not be able to fulfill those expectations and can be dismissed for cause.

There's something to be said for stability in the management of any system.

WilburM 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey, Corkins is -- no more, no less -- a patronage employee of an ideologically driven Board of Education. In such a system, where merit played no role in the appointment, you lose your job when your supporters are tossed out by the voters. This is not how a professionally oriented organization should function, but it is the current board that made it so. A new majority should strive to re-establish a professional, not a political, set of criteria for a new Education Secretary.

fletch 8 years, 9 months ago

What Corkins' deserves is to be forced to keep his job, but have all aspects dictated by the board. That way you basically force him to implement policies he loathes. When he fails to do that, then you can fire him for cuase. And if he does implement the policies, they will slowly wear down his pride and soul. That's a much worse punishment than firing him. Make his life miserable instead.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

"What Corkins' deserves is to be forced to keep his job, "

Maybe, but cut his salary at least in half if they do.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

A unqualified person hired at the top of the pay scale who then hired two more individuals I suppose to teach him his job speaks of gross mismangement by the majority of the board that hired him. Perhaps eliminating the position would be a potential approach? Perhaps eliminating the entire state board perhaps?

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 9 months ago

All we have done is trade one set of extremists for another set of extremists who call themselves moderates. I predict that in two or four years, the voters of Kansas will reward them with the same fate that they have rewarded the current group. To the moon, Alice. To the moon!

prioress 8 years, 9 months ago

What Corkins' deserves is to be forced to keep his job, but have all aspects dictated by the board. That way you basically force him to implement policies he loathes. When he fails to do that, then you can fire him for cuase. And if he does implement the policies, they will slowly wear down his pride and soul. That's a much worse punishment than firing him. Make his life miserable instead. ++++++++ Interesting, and I concur. He has, however, no pride or soul, just blind ambition.........

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