Good decision to fire John Thompson by our board of education. They identified a cancer and cut it out before it spread and caused more damage.
Given his reputation before being hired as corrective superintendent last spring, it’s no surprise that he was difficult to work with. But Thompson wasn’t supposed to even consider taking this job permanently as per his contract with the ousted board. Although he spent (wasted?) a lot of time telling anyone within earshot that he was technically the superintendent per Georgia law, he was hired specifically to help get accreditation back and then leave.
But don’t cry for Thompson. He walks away with a nice chunk of change at our expense in salary and benefits. All he’ll do is trash CCPS in general on his next interview and probably get hired eventually.
SACS’ Mark Elgart was right on about our BOE changing direction and the way business is done. Slowly but surely, it is happening and the purging of bad decisions made by the old regime is almost complete. Of course CCPS and the BOE are not perfect and there are still problems to fix. But things are looking up, so keep up the great work CCBOE! Let’s just pray that our next superintendent will be an improvement and helps CCPS continue to move onward and upward.
Do you agree with the BOE’s decision, or should they have let Thompson finish out his contract? What qualities should the BOE look for in our new superintendent?