I don’t know about her time at Lakeshore but at Jackson it took nearly half the student body leaving, a change in the scoring formula by the state and four years to move the needle. As for her leadership style it was described to me as autocratic. A former teacher and there are lots of former teachers from her tenure at Jackson, said; she would talk to the staff in a fashion that if we would talk to the kids that way we would get fired. Her motivation techniques consisted of threats and intimidation. Much of the veteran staff she inherited has moved onto other positions in the district or has left the teaching field all together replaced by “easily moldable” rookies who often don’t know that they shouldn’t be talked down to and forced to work sixty hours a week.
Some might say let Vitti succeed or fail with her but the thing is how many good men and women, teachers, principals and support staff, is she going to browbeat, cajole and demoralize on their way down? How many grieving mothers is she going to first ignore then disrespect?