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Leadership Lite


Desiring a Better Place
It was the first day of school, and Mark Stock, the superintendent in Cheyenne, Wyo., was touring the elementary schools to admire all the energetic little ones shuffling in with their shiny new lunch boxes and new backpacks.

But that’s not what he encountered in one of the schools in late morning. Stock noticed two little boys slumped against the wall outside the 1st-grade classroom. Their heads were down and their bottom lips were quivering. It was obvious they were in some trouble and were placed in the hall for a short time-out from class.

Stock overheard one little fellow say to the other, “Do you think they will let us come back tomorrow?” To which the other little guy whipped his head around and said emphatically, “I hope not! I want to go fishing!”


A Rooftop Send-off
Roger Boddie thought he was hosting a hard-hat tour of the new middle school under construction in Hingham, Mass., for the purposes of a short YouTube video. But when he and the film crew reached the roof of the two-story structure and heard the commotion down below, he knew he’d been duped.

Down on what will serve as the school’s playing field, some 950 students and a full complement of staff assembled in well-orchestrated formation, carrying oversize letters that expressed deep-felt appreciation for Boddie, who was retiring at the end of June after 36 years as a Hingham educator, the last nine as the school’s principal.

Then a flash mob erupted with a choreographed dance formation over the music of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” That brought tears to Boddie’s eyes.

“I might have known I’d been had here,” he quipped.


A Little Confused
As the adviser to the student newspaper at Circle High School in Towanda, Kan., Vanessa Whiteside had been growing increasingly concerned about the rumors that a competing underground magazine was about to be published by students at her school.

Imagine, though, Whiteside’s surprise when she received a letter mailed to her home address asking her as an adviser to “contribute financially [to the fledgling publication] since they are not school sanctioned.”


Did They Get the Message?
During the days he was working as a central-office administrator in Rochester, Minn., Jim Sheehan spent some time in the office of Neil Davis, the assistant principal at Mayo High School. Behind Davis’ desk was a large wall hanging that had this inscription: “You can’t teach a pig to sing. It’s a waste of your time and it annoys the pig.”

Sheehan has wondered often over the years how many student discipline conferences Davis conducted in this office … and what the participants thought of that statement.


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