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Hiring the Very Best
Hiring the very best

Challenging a school system to hire the very best hardly sounds very radical. It is a phrase that sounds so much like a cliché it hardly appears worthy of further discussion. After all, it is hard to imagine a school district claiming that its intention was to simply hire average or mediocre employees. However, when one examines the way staffing occurs in many school systems, it can seem as though leadership is behaving in a manner that purposefully contradicts the goal of hiring the very best.

While Dick Sagor was assistant superintendent in West Linn, he recalls once attending a meeting of principals from a school district with a very good reputation. He asked the principals if they would ...

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