I’ve written before about the misconception of many leaders over the concept of apologizing; of saying “I’m sorry” to anyone who may have suffered from their action or inaction.

These fake leaders believe that apologizing is a sign of weakness when in fact, many reputable studies have shown that it is a sign of strength.

Sometimes, however, the rest of us can benefit from a leader’s inability to say “I’m sorry.”

The case in point is the failure of the superintendent and the trustees to make a formal, public apology to the Estancia aquatics teams for ruining their experience by draining the pool prematurely. There’s also that apology owed to the general public for wasting over $100,000 and over 75,000 gallons of precious water but that’s inconceivable.


As strange as it may seem, the failure to apologize may actually benefit those of us who are tired of the mismanagement, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, and general arrogance of the school board club and the superintendent.

Here’s what: Those “kids” that are on the aquatics teams? They range in age from about 15 to about 18. One day, ALL of them will be voters. Some of them may be voting this year. So tell me, when it comes time for them to decide on the type of leadership they’d like to see on the school board, do you think they’ll vote for the person or people who ruined their athletic experience and didn’t apologize, or do you think they’ll vote for someone who promises to be more secure, more mature, and more responsible?

My money is on the latter. And if I’m right, it means that there is a whole new crop of young voters on the cusp of transforming the school board. For you and me, it means that we owe the superintendent and the school board a word of thanks for not doing the right thing.

Fake Meeting Tonight

The school board club meeting is starting right about now. The agenda is front-loaded with awards and reports, then it’s rubber-stamping time, then it’s more fluff from the trustees about the wonderful and amazing things they’ve seen.

The agenda includes item 16.b.3, which tackles the math program and reads:

“Callahan Consulting will develop a performance task to be completed by all students in grades 6-10.  Upon the completion, Callahan Consulting will score each task and compile baseline data to inform instructional decisions for NMUSD’s math program.”

The cost to you is $32,000. The question is, once again, “Why do we have highly compensated assistant supers if all they’re going to do is hire consultants? Shouldn’t these assistants know this stuff, that is, why haven’t they been properly screened to reveal their limitations?

I’d love to give you a good answer but the truth is that I don’t know.

Sorry about that.

Steve Smith
Taxpayer, N-MUSD