Now the old memory isn't what she used to be, but this I do recall. In the ramrod the bond days of yore, former Wylie ISD Superintendent John Fuller was preening Cole McClendon to replace him at the helm. In fact, it came down to two candidates in the end, Dr. Vinson and Dr. McClendon. Indeed, that old WISD ship really dodged a bullet.
Back in 2011 when the board of trustees were seeking candidates, I have a feeling that some behind the scenes power-plays were taking place between board members. The theme of the day was out with the old, crusty, bond-happy superintendent Dr. John Fuller and in with a shiny new, sheen on the old bald head Dr. David Vinson. Vinson and his gawky smile and teenage exuberance was a far cry from Fuller or his virtual mini-me McClendon. Suffice to say, McClendon didn't get the position and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 2011 McClendon, then Assistant Superintendent, found better digs at Community ISD and Wylie got a far better Assistant Super match in Scott Winn,
Since McClendon took the reigns at Community ISD, their ratings have slipped. So how do you go from a school district that receives a Superior Achievement rating in 2013-2014 based on 2012-2013 data to one of the worst ranked school in North Texas? Superintendent Cole McClendon, obviously.
According to Schools at Risk, Community ISD ranks 84 out of 92, just above Dallas ISD with a "D" rating. I shudder to think what goes on in the "F" districts.
Community ISDs 84th ranking is a far cry from Wylie ISDs 28th rank, which is great but there is certainly still room for improvement:
Recently, McClendon has been at the front of a massive Community ISD scandal involving a district employee complaint against him, According to the Wylie News article "Citizens turn out for CISD meeting" Veigel lists the legalese:
“to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee, including, but not limited to, the Superintendent,” “deliberations regarding District investigation of a personnel matter,” and “consultation with District’s legal counsel regarding legal and procedural issues relating to a District investigation, regarding to personnel matters, including but not limited to those involving the Superintendent, and regarding possible resolution of a complaint by District employee.”
I cannot speculate as to why McClendon was forced to resign from his position, but I can say with all authority that it wasn't good. Sounds like both Community ISD and Wylie ISD are well rid of him.
Wylie ISD didn't just dodge a bullet, they dodged a cannon ball.