Where Nat? We now have a situation with a board that has wasted no time signaling its intent to be reactionary, a staff heading towards mutiny and a polarized electorate, not to mention a situation where established order has been replaced by ill considered reversals and a mandate from the board simply to "make it work."
The candidate pool for a position like that is small to begin with, even in the best of situations. With the current fiasco in the making, nobody of any repute is going to come anywhere near the job.
You sound a lot like the board - thinking things will just somehow automagically be wonderful. They won't.
They've already had several chances, Nat, in which they've managed to 1) alienate support, 2) demonstrate that they clearly are working in a reactionary manner with little, if any, clear thought with regard to the consequences of their policy changes, 3) break the Open Meetings law, 4) violate their own existing policies with regard to meeting procedure, 5) vote to waste $15 million, despite clear evidence from an assortment of legitimate experts that it will result in higher costs and students spending an additional 2 years in trailers and 6) caused the existing superintendent, who despite partisan anger to the contrary has been excellent in the role, to resign. Now they expect to be able to find a well qualified replacement willing to step into the morass they have created of gaffes, reactionary policy changes, a polarized electorate and a staff ready to mutiny from the folks that I've talked to. To be frank, the pool of qualified candidates for a job like that is small to begin with, and in the environment they've created they'd have better luck trying to hire someone to be a crash test dummy than to walk into the current mess. No one of any repute is going to come anywhere near it.
Exactly how many more chances do they need? At this rate they'll have the whole system shut down by April.
Don't forget pisgah brewing company! They're in NC and brew certified organic beers. They're also very highly regarded amongst beer snobs/nerds. Also, highland brewing(asheville, nc) currently has an organic seasonal on shelves...Cattail Peak Wheat. Cheers.
Personally, I think Survey USA's poll is more accurate for these reasons.
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