We guess he’s right.
Fowler in late spring was under fire from his teachers’ union, who said they had no confidence in his leadership. At the time their complaints seemed minor. They were upset about their advice being ignored, about being discouraged from applying for grants to start programs that could not be sustained and about some spending issues.
Despite Fowler’s awkward column defending himself with comparisons to Santa Claus and Jesus, it seemed a little staff communication and relationship rebuilding could fix things.
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Summer passed and Fowler again loaded up his pen, wrote another column a week ago and exploded Facebook and Twitter. His column describes volleyball and his recollections as a 15-year-old of a 15-year-old girl playing opposite him: “My eyes were in direct line with her well-developed assets which were hidden under a T-shirt with the word ‘bullets’ sprawled across the front,” Fowler wrote. “It was 10 seconds of Heaven.”
The social media firestorm began — “creepy,” “yikes,” “unprofessional.” Fowler was headed down the mea culpa trail, swearing to parents he was not ogling the 15-year-old girls in his charge.
Hindsight being 20-20, Fowler would not have done the column the way he did. He will not write any more of them.
But the issue is not hindsight, but rather foresight — especially when you are already under scrutiny. For a school district leader to be so very tone deaf and, as he said, “stupid,” gives the teachers’ “no confidence” vote credibility and all but removes Fowler’s credibility.
School board members need to take a hard look at Fowler’s ability to lead after he so seriously compromised himself. They should listen to Forrest Gump’s momma: “Stupid is as stupid does.”