One would be hard pressed to come across a male candidate less impressive on paper than the one you will be interviewing on Friday. Taking seven years to complete an undergraduate degree isn’t as problematic as not knowing what he did from 1996-1999 and 2001-2005. Mr. Prince seems like a job hopper.
This district needs an independent thinker not beholden to special interests, if that’s even possible in this State. Someone who can help empower our principals and tackle the root cause of why South Kingstown is no longer considered one of the top public school systems in RI – the power grabbing language that has seeped into the union contracts over the past two decades.
If the process is going to be rigged at least bring forward three worthwhile applicants. In fact, Mr. Mezzanotte would have been my first choice over these applicants.
When Mr. Prince entered the high school cafeteria entrance for his public in-person interview I knew immediately that my sight-unseen review of his application, and the assumptions on which it was based, was worthless. Mark Prince is a Black educator in search of that one opportunity to prove he belongs. Here are the comment sheets I submitted to the school committee and an email to the RI Commissioner of Education.
|Date:||Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:48:51 -0400|
|From:||Dorald W Beasley <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Subject: Minority Superintendents
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:48:51 -0400
From: Dorald W Beasley <email@example.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The South Kingstown School District just concluded a search for a new superintendent. One of the three finalists, is a Black educator. His name is Mr. Mark Prince.
Mr. Prince’s life story by itself is inspiring. I thought his public interview was outstanding. He is obviously smart, poised, and articulate. His answers to the questions which were posed to the candidates were expansive and showed a measurable depth of understanding.
Unfortunately, our school committee decided on someone else.
I recommend that you find Mr. Prince before he has a chance to accept another offer and ask him to come in and interview for a position in the restructured Providence School System.
Dorald Beasley – Kingston, RI
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