Board OKs firing of special education director Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Mar 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm
The school board approved the removal of the Menlo Park City School District's director of special education from her job on March 12, but not until the defiant director publicly accused Superintendent Maurice Ghysels of bullying staff members and creating a "traumatic, hostile workplace" since he took the district's top post in July 2011.
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Posted by Les Bloch, a resident of another community, on Mar 24, 2013 at 9:35 am
As a long time friend of Maurice Ghysels, I find it highly inappropriate to suggest that he admires Mussolini--suggesting he has a "favorite quote" from a fascist ruler. Allowing slanderous unattributed comments on the internet does nothing but damage the reputation of a caring, earnest man trying to improve the educational system. Maurice is of Italian descent, so it hardly makes sense. I respectfully ask that you remove this comment--it has already caused enough damage as an unsubstantiated, obviously vindictive comment.
Posted by Kate , a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm
My child was at Oak Knoll, I have spoken with Superintendant Ghysels, and I am now a Hillview parent. I have to say that Menlo Park is exceptionally lucky to have gotten such a savvy and competant administrator for our district. Mr. Ghysels is responsible for hiring Eric Burmeister to be the Hillview principal, and we are all very impressed, watching these two move in professionally, and begin to raise standards. This was a smart move and will allow Mr. Ghysels to raise the level at which MP meets special ed needs. Sending an district-wide email criticizing your boss is a rather... negative political move, if you think about it. This isn't socialism. It's a professional environment. BTW, 97% of the special needs parents in MP absolutely hated the now-fired director, but they won't talk about it.
Posted by Former Ghsyels Associate, a resident of another community, on Mar 26, 2013 at 6:25 am
Let's see. Hillview has been named a California Distinguished School eight times, more than any other school in the state. It is among the few public middle schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.
Erik Burmeister has been on the job only a year and a half. Did he really make Hillview great or did he inherit a great school?
But that didn't stop Ghysels from spinning the news as is if he came along, hired Burmeister came and rescued the school from poor performance. And then Ghysels nominates him for a leadership award with the Wiseman Group before he even finished his second year at Hillview???
This is spin and nothing more and demonstrates how Ghysels just wants to plug his name into anything linked to corporate leadership. This is classic Ghysels. He networks with his cronies and buddies at ACSA, Leadership Associates, the Wiseman Group, Brandon Partners, ect. These are all a small group of networking and old boy groups that all point back to each other. They are purely designed to fluff up one's qualifications and create the illusion of someone who is plugged in, highly qualified and knows how to lead.
Posted by Damage control, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:03 am
Was there any reason for this thread other than to counter the negative publicity the sup has gotten?
I agree with Former Associate about Hillview. Mike Moore gets all the credit for making it an amazing place to go to school. Michael Melton, unfortunately, tried so hard to distinguish himself from his illustrious predecessor that he eliminated many of the programs that made Hillview such an outstanding place. Burmeister looks good compared to Melton, but neither comes close to Mike Moore.
That said, in a district like ours, with so many bright kids and motivated parents, the academically performance is typically going to be very high. So the sup and administration are going to look good...unless they massively fail at their jobs.