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Ghysels confirms relationship with principal
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on Oct 26, 2009
Mountain View Whisman School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels has acknowledged that he is in a relationship with a district principal, Carmen Mizell.
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posted Monday, October 26, 2009, 5:36 PM
Posted by Ray,
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm
Ray is a registered user.
Wheeler: "We had a closed session with an attorney," adding that she can't give specifics on personnel matters discussed in closed session.
Translation: "Even though everyone knows by now that I'm a lawyer, let's just be thankful we have a high-priced lawyer advising us, because this could destroy this district. We'll just take the cost out of school supplies and raises for teachers and staff. 'Closed session' and 'can't give the specifics on personnel matters', saves us every time. Yes, it would have been nice to have saved the public from all the nitty gritty as well, but since the people in Mountain View aren't exactly the kind to ever show up to a school board meeting, or even run for school board, who really cares? Three of the five of us trustees either ran uncontested or were appointed. With that kind of community involvement, we can do and say, or not say, whatever we like. Did I tell you I'm a lawyer too?"
Wheeler: "Maurice told us that he was going to ask another supervisor in our district office to be the supervisor of Carmen."
Translation: "Listen folks, Dr. Ghysels is a god. If he hasn't told you himself, just read his resume and all about his numerous accomplishments. He's got all the answers, all the time. He's everywhere, all the time. He's a member or advisor to MVEF, CHAC, CSA, PAL, Leadership Mountain View--the list goes on--even the local Catholic Church! He's got a brilliant opinion and answer to everything. He sings. He plays the guitar. He bikes to Sacramento. He's a consultant. He's an adjunct professor somewhere. He can do one-handed kart wheels, stand on his head, and sign the national anthem backwards--in Spanish! He can even fly! He is continuously improving! Whatever he says goes."
Wheeler: Noted that the issue was unprecedented for her. "This is the first time it's come up."
Translation: "The safe answer is to pretend this is all just new. Of course, we are all afraid it is not, and that there are other victims of his dalliances still in the closet. Yikes, get back on the phone with that lawyer! And yes, I realize that there is a close parallel with the recent Letterman scandal, and yes I realize that the National Organization of Woman spoke out against Letterman, and would most likely have a few things to say about Ghysels, but hey, who cares what such woman's groups think anyway, particularly when it has to do with education. You'd think the profession was made up mostly of women or something. Geeez"
Wheeler: "From what Maurice has described to me, and what Carmen has described to me, and what I have observed, I think that they have behaved appropriately and done the right thing by informing us."
Translation: "Okay, I'll admit I could have done without all the description. And yes, I had to follow them around and observe them in action (to tell you the truth, I would have much preferred chaperoning a middle school dance). But hey, I hired this guy, I've paraded around with him, drunk the CI Kool-Aid, and tuned-out a lot of loyal, experienced, and hardworking teachers in the process. Beyond that, I don't want to slam any doors on maybe getting a guaranteed job in this district when I get off the board just like Gloria Higgins did, so there is no way I'm going lift the curtain on this guy and put an end to the gravy train. In terms or being either right or wrong, or him having done the 'right thing', it all depends on how Maurice spins it. In this instance, he's right, although I'll admit his wife doesn't necessarily agree. What does it mean to the do the 'right thing' anyway? Our only concern is giving kids an 'education for the world ahead'--EFWA for short if you didn't already know. Let's face it, no one does the 'right thing' anymore these days in this world anyway, so let's not start here. Get over it everybody!"
Wheeler: "We're doing what I think is our due diligence to ensure that they're behaving professionally on the job."
Translation: "Again, my job as trustee is to make sure these two frisky kittens behave. I'm not supposed to hold them accountable or ensure that the public trust is being protected. We have no way of controlling their behavior. But if they are caught misbehaving, they will be spanked and given a time out. I could give a hoot about what the public thinks should happen, or if a conflict of interest still exists."
Totter: "There is no written board policy."
Translation: "I haven't a clue about how to run human resources. I was a teacher and a principal before this job, so cut me some slack already. I make this up as I go. I've got the lawyers on speed-dial. I'll just say 'there is no written baard policy', or 'it's a personnel matter'. That shuts them up every time. It worked when I had to deal with that Polifrone teacher, so it'll work here as well (and what a PAIN that Polifrone issue was--all those parents with opinions and complaints distracting me from my CI goals)."
Totter: Said the district takes its cue on personnel matters from the California School Boards Association, which gives "any updates of any board policies that we're either mandated to have or recommended to have." But the association has provided no guidance on this issue.
Translation: "I couldn't possibly research this any further. I couldn't possibly consider the ethics and morality mixed up in all this. Hello? It's not like I ever really taught school and nutured such out-dated concepts. I don't read the paper or watch the news either. What am I supposed to do, stand up and say, excuse me I disagree with this arrangement? I take my cues from Maurice. He makes me do all the dirty work. When it comes to firing people for no reason at all, other than that he doesn't like them because they don't respond to his mojo, he makes sure I'm right there with him in the process to make it all appear legal and give them the party line that they're "just not the right match" for us. And as far as enforcing board or personnel polices, everyone knows a double-standard exists. If a teacher has an illness, don't believe them. They're all a bunch of liars. Cut them no slack. If you have an afternoon doctor's appointment after school is out, but before contract time is over, make them take a half-day. But if the superintendent's lover has got health issues, we will be there for her. She can go to her doctor's appointments in the morning or afternoon. We won't cut into her sick leave. Get to work at 9 or 10 and leave early. Look, it's really quite simple, administrators don't lie or manipulate things, only teachers do. Gosh at least give me some credit for knowing that!"
Ghysels: "We wanted to make sure that it was handled professionally, and that everyone was sure there was no conflict of interest."
Translation: "We got caught, we are circling the wagons, and conducting damage control. I've reminded my staff that this is a bad economy for them to be looking for a job, so they'd better stick with me or else."
Ghysels: "I changed the reporting structure from Carmen-to-me to Carmen-to-Mary Lairon."
Translation: "I can always count on the people I supervise to do what I tell them otherwise I'd fire them on the spot. Hee, hee, after all, I ultimately call all the shots in this district even if I did just state that the reporting structure has been changed. One thing I insist is that we cover each other's rumps."
Ghysels: "Because we have a personal relationship, it makes more sense that (Mizell) reports directly to Mary," Ghysels said. Now, "Mary evaluates her, Mary supervises her."
Translation: "I've got no problem dragging my staff into my problems and making it theirs. I'm not much of a man to go it alone. It's lonely at the top. Just as we do at beginning of the year during district-wide kick-off meetings, everyone raise your right hand and repeat after me in a chant, 'Mary evaluates Carmen, Mary supervises Carmen. I evaluate Mary, I supervise Mary.' It just doesn't get much better than that. The board, teachers, staff, and public are so lost, they'll never figure this one out."
Ghysels: Is "dedicated to maintaining a professional relationship with Carmen at work."
Translation: "I'll control myself at work, but the gloves come off after hours.
Ghysels: Said that [Mizell's] reassignment, which happened in the early fall of 2008, "wasn't done in isolation. That was a reorganizational move."
Translation: "Get over it folks. She gave me what I wanted, and then she told me what she wanted, and I gave her Landels. And now everyone wants to give me grief about it. Oh please, just spare me the lectures. I've got a divorce lawyer making my life hell if you didn't already know!"
Ghysels: "We played to the strengths of all three administrators. And I think the results speak for themselves. It was a totally agreed-upon move by all three. And it worked."
Translation: "Did I just say 'we'? That's it! I'll say "we" and imply this was all a conspiracy. As far as results, it's all due to the principals and moving them around. Teachers have nothing to do with it. Gosh, if I could just shut-up those teachers. They are such pains, especially the ones that, you know, don't 'respond' to me."
Ghysels: "That's why the reporting structure to Mary is important," he said. "And I'll have to be particularly diligent."
Translation: "I don't know what I'd do without Mary's complicity. I could give a hoot if I'm dragging or involving any of them in all this. I mean, we're talking about ME here! My butt's in a sling. Heck, I could get fired for this! What have I got to lose? I'll hold everyone's feet to the fire. If I go down, you're all coming with me! I just can't believe it was so easy to sway everyone over to my side."
Ghysels: "My professional life remains focused on MY GOALS for the students, for the staff, for the community. And my personal life will not affect my professional aims."
Translation: "Look, MY GOALS for everyone are what is important here, so don't go connecting the way I act with with I got planned for you all. I can't make any guarantees. I'm, well, you know, me. I've got an eye for the ladies. Prior to this I had my wife fully involved in MY GOALS for the community. Okay, I'll admit that one sort of back-fired on me, but hey, she's obviously got issues. I'd better make a clear distinction between my personal and professional life from now on." I'm a professional! I am a professional! So come on y'all, get on board the love train!"
Ghysels: "We have a personal life, and it's private."
Translation: "Look, me and one of my subordinates have been *#&$^#*@ (some call it being "romantically involved"). So I've got to say something. I'd have preferred to have kept it concealed--I mean private--but I needed my 2% raise, so I had to divulge it. Otherwise, if I was found out, I would have been in deep doo-doo. Yes, I know I keep saying it's my personal life and it's private. I basically want it both ways, so stop treating me like a middle-schooler."
Mizell: No comment on record.
Translation: But she certainly turned out to be a perfect role model and example to set for female Hispanics.
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