Plainfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Gallon III has been much in the news in the past few days, and it hasn't been exactly edifying.
Like it or not, the public is going to have an opinion. Whether or not it is well-informed or less so is primarily the result of Dr. Gallon's ability to anticipate issues and explain his decisions. (For instance, walking a sensitive personnel matter onto the agenda AFTER the public comment section has been closed.)
Like it or not, the media is going to cover school district goings-on. It should come as no surprise that controversy sells newspapers.
Dissing the public or the press is never a good idea.
As Mark Twain is supposed to have said, 'Never pick a fight with someone who buys his ink by the barrel.'
Which can now be updated to include 'and uploads his files by the gigabyte'.
Cartoon by Steve Greenberg ©1996.
- Courier --
- Today: "Thank you Wilma Campbell for doing the right thing" -- Column by Jay Jefferson Cooke
- Saturday: "Assistant superintendent accused of assault"
- Thursday: "Two staff members get new titles"
- Doc's Potpourri: "Dr. Gallon's ill-advised sleight-of-hand"
-- Dan Damon [follow]