UPDATED 11/3/16 9:25am
Whether you want it or not, quite a few Nashvillians have expressed their support for you and outrage at the lynch mob following granular details of your travel and work habits.
These Nashvillians, from all walks of life, are looking beyond the headlines only to find a faulty deck of cards being dealt to our new director of schools. The consensus is that it’s too early to evaluate operational and budgetary decisions and the stories about cars, drivers, rent, and staffers working at your home is bull – at best. You’re welcome.
So check out these Facebook excerpts starting with Board Chair Anna Shepherd:
The casual observer could tell you that we, as a board, rarely have unanimous votes. Hiring Dr. Joseph as our new DOS was one such vote. We hired him to right this big ship called MNPS with a laser focus so each and every one of our 89,000 students can have the world class education that he or she deserves.
Dr. Joseph has brought the board together like has never been seen or done before.
School Board Member Amy Frogge:
Because we are now communicating more effectively and building trust, the entire board has reached agreement on many levels. Dr. Joseph has led this amazing work, and I am so appreciative that he’s been able to bring together a board that has, for many years, been deeply divided.
School Board member Mary Pierce:
I am ready to let Dr. Joseph do his job free of distraction and fully focused on the most critical issues facing our district. Let us all, Board and community alike, allow him to do the job he was hired to do. His results for kids are what matter. Everything else this community sets in his way is a distraction from the work of bringing us together around solutions that work for our city. Solutions to big problems we’ve hired Dr. Joseph to solve.
In light of all of the negative media, I was struck last night by the words of the CMA Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind,” written by Lori McKenna and performed by Tim McGraw.
“Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why:
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind.”
Our kids need to fly–let’s not keep them grounded with adult distractions.
Former MNPS Staffer Lisa Wiltshire and current MNPS parent:
“I am excited for Dr. Joseph’s vision. I am impressed by his leadership. I love how he engages families and the community, and knows how to listen. I like how he is tough when he needs to be, and kind when it matters. He is fabulous and we deserve him.
I am doubly excited he is a minority leader in a city that has struggled mightily and tragically with racial divide and discrimination.
So, what I would ask of every citizen is to give our school system and city a chance. Don’t get caught up in petty manipulation. Dr. Joseph’s contract is a standard contract for a job this big and the caliber of his leadership.”
Former MNPS parent Terri Short:
Dr. Joseph we support you!!
Praying that you will be able to make a positive change in our school district. Realizing that our students are the first priority,teachers,support staff and admimstration.
Thank you for excepting the challenge!
Nashville Attorney Carrie Searcy:
We wanted the best director, and to get that you have to give a quality contract. If he knocks it out of the park with our schools I don’t care if we all have to take turns picking weeds at his house.
Miranda Christy, attorney and former school board candidate:
A number of people have asked me recently what I think of the attention Dr. Joseph has been receiving from bloggers and our local media.
I think it’s garbage.
The hiring of Dr. Joseph signaled a new day to thousands of families desperate for better schools. It literally makes my stomach turn to see our local media hypervigilantly create stories where none exist, manipulate that desperation, and then disingenuously profess they are interested in accountability.
Nashvillian Juanita Bradford:
Watching the News Randomness… I need your assistance. Can someone help me to understand what the controversy is with the Director of Schools? Why is he being interrogated by Phil Williams? He hasn’t been on the job long enough for any of these so called issues to be his fault. If my memory serves me correctly, a newbie wouldn’t be able to come in and manipulate a good ole boy network that was in existence long before he got here.
Nashvillian Ben Jordan:
Dr. J., I believe maybe a little green when it comes to this type of southern foolishness but there’s more where this comes from. The reporter is someone’s chess piece on this one and everyone with eyes can see this. From the beginning the new director has said that the central office needed to be push out of the office and into the schools and everything he’s done thus far has been consistent with that ground game. Never has any other director been under this kind of scrutiny in such a short period of time at the post.
Former School Board Chair Cheryl D. Mayes:
When you’re doing right you will always make an enemy. Keep your head up and keep fighting for our children @MNPSDirector! #TeamJoseph
I think Ms. Mayes sums it up – We are #TeamJoseph!