Sydney Leggett, Alton Principal, Oct. 16, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.
by Anura Guruge
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I received the following e-mail from a typically impeccable Alton source this morning. Per the time stamp it was sent at 10:07 this morning.
I am beyond floored.
Despite the credentials of the source I have to believe that this cannot be the case. There are TWO major flaws as far as I can see.
I cannot for the world of me see Sydney abandoning the school she is so committed to. Can’t see that happen. So this has to be false.
The 2nd thing that doesn’t ring true is that she is ‘one of the 3 finalists‘. That CANNOT BE! Sydney, per everything she has told us over the last 3 to 4 years, is in a stratospheric league of her own. When I saw this e-mail, with its ‘Mrs. Legget‘ (sic.) subject line I immediately assumed that it was to tell me that Sydney, as we had been expecting, had won “New England Principal of the Year”. It was not possible for her to be ‘one of …’ — anything. IF she applied she would be the immediate and automatic pick — no contest. Matter closed. So this has to be bogus.
I did a quick Google. OK, it is true that Gilford Middle School is indeed looking for a Principal.
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Wow, my “buddy” Paul Warnick is on the Search Committee. I was going to see him at the end of the month. Now I will have to e-mail him. [I did NOT get the above e-mail from Paul Warnick! I would not be that stupid to post it, if it was from any Gilford source. The e-mail was from an Alton parent — as plainly stated right in the first sentence. Paul is much too professional and savvy to have divulged anything like that. Plus, he doesn’t e-mail me!]
What should I tell him? That he can’t deprive Alton of the BEST principal that they have ever had? I can’t even imagine ACS without Sydney. Who would Champion Common Core and bravely stand up to the School Board? Who will make sure that the stringent dietary standards of Alton are not compromised by indulging in Pie on Pi Day? I could go on an on.
But, this is a FALSE ALARM.
Legget will never leg it from her beloved ACS.
Never mind the kids and the parents, what about the ‘poor’ teachers? They would be beside themselves.
I need to get back to some real work. This was a distraction BUT I am glad it was, like the Carbon Monoxide scare, just nothing. All I ever hear from the teachers (and to be honest it kind of gets tedious given that I have heard it so many times) is how things are so different under her leadership.