Something’s missing Normally, I wouldn’t have paid much attention to the article about the new chief academic officer for the Douglas County School District, primarily because we no longer have …
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Normally, I wouldn’t have paid much attention to the article about the new chief academic officer for the Douglas County School District, primarily because we no longer have school-age children.
After reading the article written by Alex DeWind, I was taken back by the paragraph describing Marlena Gross-Taylor’s background as “being an educator is simply in my blood” and raised in a family filled with teachers, principals — a mother who was a middle school principal and being a nationally recognized speaker are weak credentials for someone with the title as chief academic officer making a salary of $169,000 a year.
I have eight nurses in my extended family. Does that make me qualified to be a nurse… I think not. As a former Douglas County school teacher and Highlands Ranch resident and taxpayer, I find this incredulous.
This is either a poorly written article or Gross-Taylor does not have the academic credentials for someone in this position. I would have expected at a minimum a notation of a master’s of curriculum development or a doctorates in the same or similar.
The article continues with the fact that the position pays $20,000 to $25,000 less than a deputy superintendent would make, as if that information is suppose to make us feel better about such a high salary. I would like to think that the article is just not as informative as it could have been.
(Editor’s note: Marlena Gross-Taylor has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, and a master’s of education in educational leadership and administration from Jones International University, according to her LinkedIn page. She has held the positions of middle school teacher, principal and director of secondary schools.)
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