The bad news for Rosemont High was that Tom Galvin was ever even considered for the position of superintendent. Tom was one of the good old boys (and girls as this type of leadership weakness is clearly not gender specific) that populate too many of the school superintendent positions in the U.S. He was endowed with the outward characteristics of wit and charm – two attributes that serve one well in interviews for superintendent positions but do little for the school district down the road.
School board members immediately understand superintendent candidates like Tom who make them feel comfortable and secure. Meanwhile, they’re completely unaware that Tom totally lacks the necessary ethics, attention to detail, high expectations for staff, curiosity and the ability to simultaneously maintain both a holistic perspective on the issues facing the district and a detailed perspective on leadership challenges critical to his effective leadership.
The Tom Galvin’s of the education system are first and foremost political survivors who can read the political winds and find a way to stay ahead of them so that they may keep their jobs.
While the School Superintendent was tackling the problem of how to win more football games, a new high school principal, Debbie Fortunato, was trying to raise the visibility of academics.