.Nameplate February 2013 Issue 
Humor                                                               Page 52


Leadership Lite


Bovine Bussing
Mike Kennedy, the board of education president in Conneaut, Ohio, figured the odds were in his favor when he agreed to sub for Superintendent Donald Houston at a fundraising affair to support a local couple facing hefty medical bills.

But then the rules of the cow-kissing stunt changed on Kennedy. Originally, the dozen participants were told they stood only a one-in-13 chance they would be forced to pucker up with Tatiana Marie, believing the only kisser would be the individual who collected the most donations from the public. Then an anonymous donor pledged $1,000 if all the players snuggled with the bovine.

Kennedy had no choice in the matter, but he was a good sport, telling the Star Beacon he spent his youth working on a dairy farm. “This doesn’t bother me a bit,” he said, laughing.

A Really Wrong Route
Roger Enger’s application for the vacant superintendency in Pinellas County, Fla., looked pretty sharp to school board member Robin Wikle. His cover letter indicated he had overseen multimillion-dollar budgets and managed hundreds of staff members.

But Enger was rather shocked to learn from a newspaper reporter that he had actually applied for the top job with the local school system. He assumed it was a construction superintendent post, since the online jobs site Monster.com listed it simply under “Superintendent” and the description was written to appeal to candidates from business and other nontraditional backgrounds.

In fact, three of the first six applicants thought they were applying for construction superintendencies.

Said Wikle: “I was thinking, ‘Wow, the economy is really sad — and good for them if they think they can really do it.’”

A Ticket to the Top
Luis Villegas credits a winning lottery ticket for launching his 38-year career in education, which recently concluded in retirement following a decade in the superintendency in two California school systems, Pleasant Valley in Camarillo County and Santa Paula in Ventura County.

It was the $15,000 windfall that his parents collected in 1951 as their prize that allowed them to move from the jungle in Panama to San Diego, Calif., where they enrolled Villegas, then 8, in school for the first time in his life. Once he learned to read and write, a lifetime career was off and flying.

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
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