Now that David Linzey has withdrawn his application, I’m wondering if the Nevada Union Joint High School District dodged a proverbial bullet.
I did not jump for joy when I researched his background, and I’m not talking about taking gum away from the students, as I previously reported.
First, Linzey went from principal of a large compulsory high school — Huntington Beach High — to chief academic officer for the Alliance for College-Ready Schools to a consultant for Lynwood Unified School District. That sounded kind of backwards to me, unless he had some non-career related reasons for the job changes.
Linzey also had applied for — but did not get — a superintendent’s job in Pomona. In fairness, it went to an insider but Linzey had worked at the school before, as I first reported.
In addition, he didn’t seem to have recent experience working with unions in the difficult task of reducing costs while maintaining the quality of education or the bigger world of business.
Lindsey was offered a one-year contract or year-to-year contract, just like his predecessor, my sources said. But he turned it down.
I don’t think the headhunter did a very good job of finding the right candidate — something I’ve experienced in the business world before. I also think the school board could have more closely scrutinized the hire, though many are not that experienced in education.
All told, I’m hoping that round two will be more successful. Our schools are at a crossroads, and we depend on them to add to the quality of life here, both for residents and newcomers.
I wish the local media would dig deeper in its school’s reporting, and I wish the schools would do a better job of communicating with the community than just handing a press release to the local newspaper.