9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr People power organizations. Not products. People. Prudence posits that if we peer into the pates of professionals, there are a plethora of properties particular to each person. These properties, in the presence of positive pressure, progress as people are pushed to pursue their potential. Psychologists propose that each person possesses the power to be part of propelling organizations forward. Organizations participate in this process by perpetually pondering how to put people first. So it seems proper in this post to present postulations aplenty of propitious practices for the propulsion of people toward their potential.My apologies. Every once in a while, like in the preceding paragraph (dang it — did it again) I try the most random — and some might even say nonsensical — things to communicate my points. Like, say, alliterating an entire paragraph just for kicks. For a hot minute there — a really hot minute if you’re into verbiage — I felt like the V for Vendetta guy in one of my favorite scenes of any movie, ever. If only I had a black bath towel to pin around my neck. Of course who I am is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man behind a blog. (See what I did there? If you’re a fan of the movie, you do. If you’re not a fan of the movie…well…never mind.)In a post a while back, I mentioned that one of the components of a constructive culture was that people start to realize what they’re capable of. In other words, they start to realize their potential and push toward it. If I were talking nerdy to you, I’d say they self-actualize, but we’ll not go there. At least not today. continue reading »
Under Vargas, HLPUSD started a regular televised program about the district, a visual and performing arts foundation, and a technology program in partnership with Dell Inc. But his tenure was also marked by controversy. Students at Workman High School held protests last school year over the policies and leadership of former principal Sergio Garcia, and said Vargas’ administration was unresponsive to their concerns. The district also faces a budget crisis, and over the next three school years must cut spending by $10 million, or about 8 percent of its operating budget. “My biggest concern is the financial crisis the district finds itself in,” said John Crowther, Hacienda La Puente Teachers Association president. “I don’t think it’s totally related to declining enrollment. The district needs to get its spending under control. “I wish him luck,” Crowther said. “The teachers are looking forward to working with whoever replaces him.” School board member Joseph Chang said he hopes to find a new superintendent who will stay for a long period of time. “We cannot rush into it. It’s very difficult to find a good superintendent who can stay for a while,” he said, adding a search could last three to six months. If they cannot find someone quickly, they may hire an interim superintendent, he said. Staff Writer Esther Chou contributed to this story. email@example.com (626) 9621-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBoard member Norman Hsu said Vargas informed him and the other board members Thursday of his resignation. “We were all shocked,” he said. “This is a difficult time, with the budget cuts,” Hsu said. “It’s not good timing, but everyone has their own future” to think about, he said. The most important thing is to cut the budget without hurting students or educational programs, he said. Hsu said Vargas’ biggest accomplishment was improving academic performance, pointing to the district’s increased API scores and five newly named California Distinguished Schools. Before working at HLPUSD, which serves about 60,000 students, Vargas was superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools in New Mexico and superintendent of Ysleta Independent School District in Texas. He has a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. His salary reported in January was $187,000. He was recently a finalist for a superintendent’s job in Las Vegas. Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas has announced he will leave Hacienda La Puente Unified School District at the end of the school year. Vargas has accepted a job as superintendent-in-residence for a “nonprofit foundation, dedicated to social justice and educational reform,” according to a letter he sent to district employees. Vargas would not give the name of the organization he will work for, but said it serves school districts nationwide. He would not comment on his departure other than to release a one-sentence prepared statement saying it had been an honor to serve as the district’s superintendent.