Friday, November 6, 2015
COVER-UP CENTRAL: "Willfully Obtuse"-The Bay City Academy Edition
It appears that things may not be cheery at the Bay City Academy.
I've examined the claims made in this comment submitted to this blog, and found them troubling.
Here's the unedited comment:
“None of the administration has leadership degrees, or even continuing credits in administration. One administrator is highly educated, but as a guidance counselor. The other has risen the ranks due to close personal ties with Steve, and that was the case with Comer as well. This is a huge reason why the day-to-day operations of BCA are set to fail: people who are not qualified to be leaders continue to lead. Even worse, they refuse to accept constructive criticism from current and former teachers/administration/families, yet continue to ask for help and wonder why enrollment is dropping. It is the same story with Pat and Brian. We are past the point of assuming that these are well meaning people who just don't know better; the higher ups are being willfully obtuse and blames the teacher and support staff when things go wrong and allow parents to walk all over them. It's a toxic environment. For the teachers' sake, I hope the ship sinks soon.”
Let's examine the claims, beginning with the administrator/guidance counselor.
State of Michigan records reveal this administrator is a “Limited Licensed Professional Counselor”, granted that certification on August 31, 2015.
However, in order to become become a Licensed Professional Counselor after receiving a limited license, future counselors must accrue an additional 3,000 hours of post-degree counseling experience in no less than a two-year period with 100 hours accrued in the presence of a certified supervisor. The future counselor must complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision in the immediate physical presence of the supervisor and must remain in supervision until becoming fully certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
And that's unlikely to happen at the Bay City Academy.
The reader's comment implies there's at least one staff member who may have parlayed a personal relationship with Steven Ingersoll to rise to a supervisory position.
Vicious office politics? Quelle surprise!
Snitch rats always go to the biggest cheese — obsequiously fawning, carrying their crumbs of information.
Pointing a finger at the Bay City charter school's administration, the reader asserts they are “willfully obtuse”, blaming them for the “toxic environment” pervading the school.
Unlike former administrator Comer, who was certified as a School Administrator by the State of Michigan on November 18, 2011, the two most recent Superintendents lacked administrator certification.
And that takes us to Mr. Superintendent/Dean of Students/Special Projects Coordinator Cleland. State of Michigan records reveal that Cleland's “Professional Education Certificate” expired on June 30, 2007...and that's where his professional trail ends.
But not his criminal background.
With an estimated $4.0 million dollars expected to flow into this rat hole during the current school year, it's no wonder every con man wants to run a charter school clip joint!