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Leadership Lite


How To Deflate an Ego
The night the Lynchburg, Va., school board appointed Larry Massie to serve as the school district’s interim superintendent, the board chair gushed profusely about the leadership qualities Massie would bring with him. Massie, 68, previously was superintendent of two other Virginia school systems.

Following the board’s appointment, Massie told the meeting’s attendees that he was getting a “big head” from all the praise. But that was before Lynchburg’s assistant superintendent, Al Coleman, brought the new boss back to earth when he pointed out the reserved parking spot that accompanies his post.

“Here’s where you will be parking,” Coleman said. “It’s right across from the jail.”

Confesses Massie: “So I know where my place is now.”

(Source: The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.)

A Household of Mixed Grades
A recent exchange between Michael Smith, superintendent in Tuscola, Ill., and a young student during Smith’s visit to an elementary school.

Smith: “Hi.”

Little boy: “Are you Mr. Superintendent?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Little boy: “My dad says you are great.”

Smith: “Thanks.”

Little boy: “My mom says you’re terrible.”

Smith: Speechless.

The superintendent later sizes up the situation this way: “My job performance is evidently 50/50. Pretty good. I’ll take it."

He Knows His Place
Mark Stock had just received a promotion from elementary school principal to curriculum director in the central office. During his first return visit to the school where he had been principal, he greeted two 1st graders standing at their lockers.

One boy said, “Hi, Mr. Stock.” The other boy, who was new to the school, said, “Who is that?”

“That’s Mr. Stock,” the first boy said. “Last year he was our principal. This year I think he is the secretary or something."

Rainout Proof
Based on its location in usually sun-filled southern California, Mayfair High School in Los Angeles County may have one of the more illogical school nicknames.

The athletic teams are known as the Monsoons, and a tornado serves as the mascot. The meteorological thread continues with the name of the school newspaper (The Windjammer) and yearbook (Tradewinds).


Short, humorous anecdotes, quips, quotations and malapropisms for this column relating to school district administration should be addressed to:
Editor, School Administrator
1615 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-841-1543

Upon request, names may be withheld in print.


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