Northmont hires a leader?

I was reading the Englewood Independent yesterday and a sidebar article caught my eye. Northmont has hired a new superintendent, Douglas Lantz, formerly the superintendent from Franklin City Schools. Great! New blood, fresh leadership, a focus on building the human infrastructure of tomorrow…

But, then I get to Linda Blum’s quote. For the people who have since lined their recyle bins with the paper, here it is:

“[Lantz’s] experience as an athlete and a coach have taught him much about teamwork and the important components of an organized structure.”

What?? Where is the educational excellence? Where is the leadership skills that will infuse a new level of academic excellence into our kids that will better prepare them for leadership in the changing world? Where is the challenge of producing thought leadership in our students to better equip them to adapt to the dynamic world around them? Where? Where?

Perhaps it is best if we look at Mr. Lantz’s performance as measured by the State of Ohio Report Card System (yeah, I know.. but that is an entirely different blog.)

Northmont’s Report Card | Franklin City Schools Report Card

Well, I can do the analysis, but you all can probably do it better. Bottom line, we are bringing in a superintendent whose highest score was 92.8, Effective to manage a school district that has already achieved a score of 102, Excellent. Hmmm..

I think what Mr. Lantz has really learned from his being an athlete and a coach is that if you hang around long enough on the bench and show up every day for practice, the coach will eventually play you, whether you are good enough for the job or not.

I’m a dog who can read, write and think. Perhaps I should have applied for the job. As an athletic dog, I can probably out-run Lantz as well 😉

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11 Responses to Northmont hires a leader?

  1. Al Guler says:

    If “fitness” is the issue, the public records should be checked regarding the arbitrations lost (3 out 3)as well as the grievances (over two dozen)last year. Has anyone in Franklin City Schools done the “math” as to how much the legal fees cost the taxpayers? Must have been too concerned about the “aftermath”. Can Northmont afford this? Looks like no one else could. Why five job changes within ten years?

  2. Rufus says:

    @Al Interesting….. Northmont can’t afford this. The Northmont employer community can’t afford the cost of an ever-increasing “dumbing down” of the education the kids are receiving. Rufus has stopped hiring anyone with a Northmont history simply because they can’t do math, they don’t know basics like how to address an envelope or write a short thank you letter.

    You don’t have to look very far to see where the problem lies. Every “article” Dr. Mabry has ever written for the Northmont newsletter.. chock full of grammatical errors, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, verb/noun disagreement and just generally rambling. Now, we have Lantz, who has a worse track record (pun intended!) His first published piece as the Northmont superintendent will be interesting. Rufus will carry it here.

    Blum and board just looked to get someone, anyone installed before the start of the school year. If they looked outside of the Miami Valley, they didn’t look very hard. We needed someone who could raise the standards of the district, not for the district to pad the resume of someone who is clearly not qualified for the job.

    One more year for me… Rufus will be watching this closely.

  3. Mario Pompeii says:

    How do I get a copy of Mr. Lantz’s resume?

  4. Rufus says:

    @Mario
    I’m sure as taxpayers, we are entitled to Mr. Lantz’s resume. I;m equally certain that Blum and the Northmont School Board will not release it.

    But, a Google search reveals the following links. With some more effort and some digging, I’ll bet there is a resume floating around somewhere. If you find it, we would be happy to post it up here.

    Northmont’s “official” CV of Mr. Lantz.

    The Englewood Independent article

    Ohio Dept of Education Franklin City scorecard for 2007-08
    Ohio Dept of Education Northmont City scorecard for 2007-2008

    Some comparison stuff from Ohio Dept of Education

  5. Good Riddence says:

    Apparently, everything Lantz feels he can accomplish generally gets wrapped up in two years or less. He has submitted a resume or letter of interest to an executive search agency charged with filing the upcoming superintendent vacancy at Forest Hills School District in Anderson Township (Cincinnati). I wish him much success in his search…really, I do!

  6. Rufus says:

    Seriously? We didn’t feel a thing which means he really didn’t matter that much. Hopefully the district will get someone who knows how to spend money wiely becuase they are digging at us all again with another levy.

  7. Good Riddence says:

    I think they may be looking to promote from within should he leave. Caras has been spending lots of time at the Board building and rumor has it that Kaltenbach will be the new Principal at the high school next year. Or maybe Caras will just be the new HR guy.

  8. Al Guler says:

    Just saw where Lantz is in the final seven prospects for
    Edgewood City Schools Superintendent. Isn’t this a step down? Why the move every two years? Seems very suspicious to me.

  9. Rufus says:

    @Al you got me. Some would argue that anything after Northmont is a step down. The only way anything over there makes sense is when you accept the fact that it is one big shell game and the taxpayers are just stooges. I just want the school to teach the kids to read and write; they seem to have lost that primary mission on their way to social engineering.

  10. Franklin taxpayer says:

    Just saw where Lantz was hired by Edgewood School District in Trenton. Do you think the Board did it’s homework? I hope they can afford him.

  11. Good Riddence says:

    Don’t worry Franklin, if history is any indicator he’ll be gone within two years anyway.