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Leadership Lite


Now That’s a Hoot!
As the culmination of a mascot-naming contest in the Riverside, Calif., Unified Schools, the communications office dispatched its new figurehead, an employee decked out in a fuzzy owl mascot uniform, to Taft Elementary School to congratulate the winner.

Just prior to the ceremony, students poured into the school’s multipurpose room. To keep them from spotting Rus D. Owl, the staff pushed the mascot into the nearby girls bathroom. A PTA mom volunteered to guard the door.

Unfortunately, the guard got sidetracked and a kindergarten pupil wandered into the bathroom. She took one look at the giant fuzzy head with big yellow eyes the size of baseballs in front of her and let out a blood-curdling scream that would do justice to any horror film.

The woman inside the costume felt badly for scaring the youngster. “Maybe I should have taken my head off,” she said.

“No,” replied Jacquie Paul, Riverside’s supervisor of strategic communications, “I don’t think that would’ve been a good idea. Then that little girl would have thought that the big, mean owl monster ate people!”

As a public relations professional, Paul was pretty sure that would not be good for the school district’s reputation.


“A district can be like an octopus on roller skates: There’s a lot of movement, but everybody is going in different directions.”

— Kelly Middleton, newly appointed superintendent, Newport, Ky.
Source: Kentucky School Advocate 

Best Behavior Incentive
In its profile of Manuel Lunoff IV, Texas School Business magazine asked if he’d ever been dispatched to the principal’s office as a student for errant behavior.

Lunoff, newly named principal of Marble Falls High School in Texas, answered he indeed had once, in junior high school, for suspicion of cheating. “I had no clue what was going on,” he said. “Turns out the other student was copying off my work when I turned the paper into the front.”

He said there was a really good reason why he never earned a trip to the office in high school — his father, Manuel Lunoff III, was the principal. “That would have been suicide on my part,” he quipped.

Back on the Mike
Thomas Fleming is turning back his clock this fall. As someone who once “dabbled” in sports broadcasting while a college student, the superintendent of Johnstown, Pa.’s Richland School District is reliving his fond passion.

Fleming was written into a contract between the school district and Forever Broadcasting to serve as the color analyst of Richland Rams football on radio. He’s handling the Rams’ 11 varsity contests through November and is being paid $35 to call each game.

Fleming intends to donate the money to the fledgling Richland Education Foundation.

(Source: The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.) 



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