Drennan in convertible takes Thompson’s parking space
By Elsa Maxey
Sartaria Middle School has an interim principal and Bruce Drennan will be completing his first full week at the school on Friday. As of Thursday last week, Tom Thompson, who had been serving as principal of the school since July 2010, has been reassigned to another FBISD school. So what’s the big deal?
Some parents say it was the way they found out. The first ones with some kind of a clue said they noticed Drennan sitting in a
convertible in Thompson’s parking place Thursday morning. A meeting inside the school was also underway and the doors to the school were locked. The school kids could not enter and waited outdoors.
These parents are upset and say “there is a lack of conscience and tact in the way this was handled.” They don’t fault Drennan, who retired as an FBISD school administrator, and say he “deserves a chance to help this situation, but a little consideration for what the faculty, parents, and especially our kids have lost in the process deserves more respect.”
One inquiring parent told the “Star” that the school children found out about the immediate reassignment on Thursday and a note to parents from Rhonda McWilliams, Assistant Superintendent, followed. No explanation was given for the transfer and he says many parents are still upset, disturbed, and concerned about “the truth behind this shady story.”
Another one said, “Again, these closed-door decisions and consistent lack of transparency in FBISD’s process” leaves parents and kids frustrated. We are paying for these schools, and we should get information from this school district when we ask for it.”
Why did Sartartia’s principal get transferred?
FBISD Superintendent Dr. Tim Jenney, said he determined Thompson’s reassignment to be in the best interest of the school district.
“Out of respect for our employees’ privacy and in order to help foster a collegial working environment, the District maintains the confidentiality of sensitive personnel information to the greatest extent possible,” said Dr. Jenney. “Accordingly, I believe it would not be appropriate or productive to engage in a public discussion of the specific reasons for the reassignment.”
Based on many of the parents’ concerns, it appears that some kind of advance notification would have best served their interests, rather than the abruptness intensified by the school doors being locked at the start of the day of the effective transfer… and the convertible.