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Old 06-08-2011, 04:31 PM
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FORT WORTH -- School trustees voted 8-1 Tuesday night to name longtime administrator Walter Dansby to be interim superintendent and approved a separation package for outgoing Superintendent Melody Johnson that sets Friday as her last day in office.
Johnson, who led the district for nearly six years, abruptly resigned last month, effective in September. The agreement sealed Tuesday allows her to take all remaining vacation and personal leave, moving up her departure.
Trustees also adopted a $588.5 million budget for 2011-12 and approved redistricting recommendations that would create a ninth seat on the board, from a largely Hispanic area.
Dansby, a Dunbar High School graduate, has spent 37 years working for the district, most recently as deputy superintendent overseeing the bond package. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve my city and my school district," said Dansby, who grew up in Stop Six. "I look forward to the challenges. I know there are many, but I don't shy away from them. I never have."

Read more: Fort Worth trustees name Dansby interim superintendent | Schools | News from Fort Worth,...
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:34 AM
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I don't see how promoting someone who has worked for FTWISD for so many years and has been in position of authority for many of them is going to help this district's problems
it is going to have SO many schools that are rated UNacceptable for this year--
I would say that he is more part of the problem than the solution
and might have gotten the job only because the board is so disfunctional it could not agree to whether or not the leave the room if the fire alarm went off...
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:54 AM
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He's only an interim super, not permanent. They needed someone to be in that job so they could let the current one go now instead of waiting until Sept and while they do their search. That is a smart move. Of course, it's not often that the interim becomes perm either, so the possibility of this man getting the job is next to nil.

Since they can't use the same formula in figuring ratings as they did last year, most districts are coming up with lower ratings across the board, so it's to be expected this would happen. Sadly. Even more sad is that Eastern Hills High has been making steady progress, yet they are still rated unacceptable....that's one tough high school to be in.
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