Ghysels lands top job at Menlo Park school district
Original post made on May 14, 2011
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:00 AM
on May 14, 2011 at 10:43 am
Slick-talking egomaniac dupes the public yet again. Enjoy the ride, parents and children of Menlo Park.
on May 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
This guy definitely has an image problem. As he used to say, "perception is everything."
Also consider this:
Check the CA Dept of Ed's Dataquest website. Under Mr. Ghysels' tenure growth targets were not met at four MV schools, both MV middle schools dropped in API, two elementary schools went into Program Improvement. MV is now forced to deny federal funding after five years under Ghysels to prevent from falling even further into Program Improvement. Where is Ghysel's responsibility in all this? I know, I know, it's all the students' fault, the teachers' fault etc. Web Link
According to the Public Employee Salaries Database 2010, Ghsyels arranged to pay Mizell $116,428 as principal before he left. Mizell had three years experience as a principal. That's the second highest salary for an elementary school principal in MVWSD. The highest was $117,229 for an elementary principal with two decades experience as principal. There is far more to this story than meets the eye.
According to the Public Employee Salaries Database 2010, the highest paid teacher in MVWSD in 2010 was the controversial Patricia Polifrone who was reported to have resigned from the district back in 2009 by Stephanie Totter, director of administrative services. However, Polifrone grossed $112,500 in 2010 suggesting that she was actually bought out by the school district. Web Link The amount far surpasses the salary of the highest paid teacher in the district who actually taught in 2010. The true cost of the buyout remains a mystery, but such is the price for poor personnel administration of teachers in the district and the even poorer practices of documenting parent complaints. The as-of-yet-undetermined total amount of money used to buy out Polifrone could have been put to good use in the classroom. Hopefully, the new superintendent takes effective steps to put an end to costly and poorly managed personnel policies and practices in the district in the future. This is what the Public Employee Salaries Database 2010 was designed to do; to reveal the waste taking place everyday in public organizations.
on May 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Posted by MV parent, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, "Slick-talking egomaniac dupes the public yet again. Enjoy the ride, parents and children of Menlo Park."
Hmm, I always thought of him as a smooth-talking charmer, but I guess your description fits too.
Hey, it's not all bad, they'll get a new logo, tagline, mission statement, signs out in front of their schools...all that cool stuff that has such a direct impact on the instruction and learning that goes on inside the classroom, you know, the interaction between students and their teachers.
And MP will get nifty new programs with impressive sounding names, like Continuous Improvement (which is pretty much what every teacher does from one class period or school day to the next...) and a School...err, STUDENT Facilities Improvement Plan to remodel newly-remodeled buildings.
We'll check back with ya' in five years, MP, to see what legacy he leaves in your town after he leaves to go to his next job.