What a real leader does in tough times

How’s this for a class act to save jobs?

Worried about possible layoffs, school principal Michele Miller spotted a potential solution in her own home, Associated Press writes.

The principal of Jackson Elementary in El Dorado Hills, a suburb east of Sacramento, decided to part with most of a shoe collection gathered over the past 15 years, AP reports.

She is selling 285 pairs to help close a district budget gap of up to $2.2 million, AP writes. She’s asking for a donation of $1,000 a pair to help save the jobs of 17 teachers, three vice principals, library technicians and others.

Miller felt the urge to act after leaving a late-night school board meeting March 8, when she learned the district faces a budget deficit of no less than $1.4 million, AP writes.

Volunteers are uploading photos of the size 7-7½ high-tops, cowboy boots, leopard-print rain boots, sandals, platforms and high heels to a website.

This is real leadership, in my view. More bosses in the public and private sectors could take a lesson from the principal here.

What do you think?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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11 comments Add your comment


March 25th, 2011
7:20 am

I think she bought too many shoes over the years, but it’s a great way to get rid of them. I also think a lot of people aren’t paying their taxes. But what would you expect when officials that disdain government are in charge?


March 25th, 2011
9:50 am

Kudo’s to her for trying to think of ways to help. I do agree she has WAY too many shoes. I wish her luck. It will take alot more than her shoes to solve the financial crisis CA is in.

Mr. Gump

March 25th, 2011
10:13 am

I admire here drive, but like Steve said, CA is a mess and it will take a lot more than her selling shoes to save those jobs.

Palin fan

March 25th, 2011
11:02 am

Selling shoes to support public education!?

Are you kidding me? Is this a joke/rhetorical question and assertion? It’s inspired me to have a bake sale so we can buy more F-22’s for our three wars. How about selling one of my many flat-screen TVs, smart phones, or other over-indulgences consumerism items to help bail-out some more banks.

This saddens me for a lot of reasons includ’n:
- public education needs this type of guilt-driven “everyone needs to chip in (you know… for the kids)” support,
- a principal somehow thinks it is inspiring to sell an over-indulgence vanity item like shoes (wow, her Sex and the City fantasy is truly inspiring),
- this cynical display can be spun as an example of good business leadership.

C.M. Thornton, III

March 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Having that many shoes is insane and a complete waste of money. She needs to be medicated…

Art Thomas

March 25th, 2011
1:33 pm

Henry I dont see leadership in this action ..This person has ridden the system with blatant hoarder’s tendencies to accumulate, abused common sense in an ostentatious way by buying 250 pairs of shoes then feels despair and remorse when the reality of pending job eliminations begin. Inspired? I think most would be appalled that she had the audacity to request $1,000.00 per paid donation for lightly used shoes.? Perhaps a benevolent over the hill Democrat who believes in public trough feeding in California who had not hidden all her or his $ offshore will come to bat.. In my opinion too ittle too late. Take the shoes to Goodwill and get a tax deduction!!!


March 25th, 2011
1:52 pm

I respect her for thinking outside the box, but come on, a public school taking donations to combat a revenue shortfall? The real issue is wise spending of taxpayer dollars to avoid shortfalls. I attended public school and my kids will go to public school, so I do not have any public-private issue. My thought is that our tax dollars are enought donation……


March 25th, 2011
2:20 pm

It’s California, sounds about right for them. Now if she was sellilng something that was worth a $1,000 then I might actually think about it.


March 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

Where is Imelda Marcos when you need her?

Folks, that’s less than 20 pairs of shoes a year. Doesn’t everybody buy that many?


March 25th, 2011
3:47 pm

I think this educator (administrator) just shot herself in the foot! (pun intended)

If an educator living in California can afford to spend that much money on shoes, she either is overpaid or does not live within her means.

This gal is not a leader, she is doing it to get attention. Bets are some designer like Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik is going to “reward” her for being so civic minded.

You bet I am cynical. Stories of people doing such “heroic” things are all the rage and the media is happy to oblige them. Is our society plagued with that many mentally unstable people that crave attention?

Al Smith

March 27th, 2011
2:40 pm

Henry, I don’t see any leadership in this action. This person is advertising for 15 minutes of frame. I am appalled that she had the audacity to request $1,000 per paid donation for lightly used shoes. She has wasted her salary on material things.
Take the shoes down to Goodwill and get a tax deduction !!!