Using fear and intimidation are apparently Vitti family traits
First let me say I have met the superintendent numerous times and generally he has taken the time to answer my questions, as critical as I am that can’t be easy and he deserves kudos for it. I also don’t want to be that guy who hates puppies just because he likes them. The parent academy is genius, him bringing back the arts though ham-fisted was the right move and this administration can write a grant better than just about anybody.
All that being said I think the district is worse off since he arrived and perhaps the biggest problems is that he runs the district through fear and intimidation and please don’t take my word for it ask a teacher or an admin. I have heard time and time again, please keep my name out of it because I don’t want to be fired or messed with when teachers have come to me with stories. Sometimes it’s over mundane stuff but other times it’s over things that negatively affect children. I am sitting on stories I can’t tell because after people came to me they asked me not to write about them because they are afraid they will lose their jobs. The bottom line is a lot of the district work in fear of speaking up because they are afraid the super or one of his minions will make them pay for it.
Apparently with the revelation that his wife Rachel Vitti followed school board member Connie Hall after a school board meeting where she introduced a letter to be put in his file because of what she and at least two other school board members deemed inappropriate to them, demeanor, using fear and intimidation are apparently common Vitti family traits.
Nobody I have talked to with one notable exception (and if you PM I will tell you who) buys for a second that Rachel Vitti and Wendy LeHockey, Vitti’s chief of staff, parked across from Hall’s car waited, moved to the back of the parking lot and waited and waited and then just by coincidence followed Hall out.
The entire story is kind of crazy too. Vitti, took LeHockey’s car home, because Rachel and her wanted to talk and apparently she doesn’t drive in the rain and they may have taken some of the same streets but they can’t say for sure it was Hall was in front of them or not? Oy vey.
I can’t be completely sure what was going on in Vitti and LeHockey’s heads (and how does LeHockey still have a job, if a teacher or another employee did the same, followed a school board member home then they would have been fired) but I believe she was mad and wanted to put a scare into Hall, as in don’t you dare mess with my man kind of scare.
Look, I don’t believe what Rachel Vitti did is anything approaching criminal, though if Hall felt intimidated or scared that could be considered assault, I think she just exercised in a moment of anger, bad judgement. Just like the superintendent does when he daily treats teachers like easily replaceable cogs, and refuses to value their input.
We have problems in the district and they aren’t going to fixed as long as we have a teacher corps, that feels marginalized and intimidated.
To see the tapes of Vitti and LeHockey waiting for Hall and then following her out, click the link.