Neumann’s resume says she worked at the Wyandanch Union Free School District as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and technology from 2004 to present.. . . . And George H.W. Bush was President from 1981 to 1993 (12 years!) . . . wasn't he?
Neumann actually was hired as the director of technology in 2004 and promoted to assistant superintendent a year and a half later. . . .
Willis’ resume says he served as assistant superintendent of human resources and administration at the South Orangetown Central School District from July 2005 through July 2007. He actually was hired as the director of technology and was promoted to assistant superintendent in July 2006
What's worse than candidates fudging (lying) on their credentials are our local officials minimizing it:
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Superintendent Howard Mettelman, who serves as the district’s search consultant, said Tuesday the listing of the last title held is common practice.Bull tickey! This has nothing to do with "style of resume" or "level of detail." Expecting it to "come out in the interview" is a deflection of responsibility. Do Mettelman and Kalies actually think someone is going to ask "Now what did you really mean when you said that you were assistant superintendent from 2004 to present?" How outrageous! They got caught . . . and Mettleman and Kalies are sanctioning dishonesty.
“Some of it depends on the style of resume,” Mettelman said. “The purpose of a resume is to see the scope of experience. The other background information comes out in the interview.” . . .
“It’s generally a common practice to list the last position held,” said Steven Kalies, an associate professor at Utica College and retired BOCES superintendent. “You’re not going to get to that level of detail on a two- to three-page resume. That’s something for the boards to follow up on.”
And speaking of Supt. Mettleman -- as well as other BOCES Superintendents, because the practice of offering so-called "free" superintendent-search services is wide spread -- "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" as they say . . . and then "There is no such thing as a free lunch."
How about all those lucrative contracts between local school districts and BOCES? Isn't it nice that BOCES' superintendents are in a position to manipulate the process that will select the people who will ink deals with them later on? Ever wonder why a lot of superintendents seem to think alike? They are sorted that way to keep the "bloodline" pure.
The School Board will fix this right? That Lou LaPolla, who is a dependable voice of reason will take care of this . . . won't he?
Board Vice President Louis LaPolla also said he was not concerned.Wow . . . So I guess people who would inflate their claimed time in a position by 100% or more can still be counted upon to present accurate financial information for the Board to act upon... or to accurately report student scores on standardized tests . . . or simply be honest in how district employees are performing.
“It is not a necessary requirement to be an assistant superintendent before becoming a superintendent,” LaPolla said. “I look at the educational qualifications and business experience to oversee tax money.”
The Utica City School District should reject these candidates and consider others . . . and get beyond the carefully screened Stepford Supts churned out by BOCES.
While Steve Schiavi (who publicly tossed his hat in the ring months ago) may be a tad too liberal politically for my tastes, he (1) is qualified, (2) is a known quantity, (3) is willing to work for less, and (4) based on his writings in the Life and Times, clearly holds the needs of the community paramount. He, or some other independent minded individual like him, should be given a shot.