Thursday, December 30, 2004

Second to Last

Second to last day of 2004. A long way since 1942. Got the Court House visits out of the way, the County and City are taken care of for another year. Stuck with Jury Duty - on call duty - for the next 6 months. Oh well! Let us hope nothing strange happens in the surrounding Counties. We are so small that any trial always has a change of venue. We all know each other. So we get the trials from the adjacent counties and they get ours - when necessary.

Work again today - almost done with the server rebuilds. It has not been fun. MicroSoft always changes things. One of the fun things about technology, always something new to learn. My student helpers for the vacation like the money, however, resent the time it takes to earn it:) Work! The curse of the leisure class! Still have two more servers to rebuild. We will see how it goes today. Need at least 72 hours to do the job right. Perhaps the next set will be done when we have some snow days in January and February.

Dinner out tonight with the Momma Bear. She enjoys getting out of the nursing home. Tomorrow is a home day - New Year's Eve - safer to be off the roads:) Try to clean the nest out a bit. Hit the net - work the blog and web sites and see what gives for 2005. Do not want to think about next week, but the thoughts will sneak in. All sorts of new things in the non - home world in 2005.

We get a new Superintendent in 2005. Our current leader only stayed in the District one year. During my tenure in the district, one leader for three years ( I got in on the last two); another for 3 years (got his higher salary for retirement and bailed); the current leader for only one year (a better, higher paying job in another district) and then the new one to start in July. A state review will be in the spring of 2006 and whatever other brush fires that will need to be put out.

We are not positioned well for the NCLB scores that will come in the fall of 2005. As the line in the movie went "we have a long way to go and a short time to get there". Looks like we will "chip and scrape" the paint off the old boat and put a fresh coat on - stand back and say "gee - we have done a great job" and that horrible old test is not fair. A couple of "sacrificial lambs" will be sent packing and another class will be graduated doing math at the 9th grade level - if they are lucky.

I seem to remember that the only place in the world that "success comes before work is the dictionary" Ah - that old imposter "work". You know - pushing the lawn mower instead of riding the lawn mower:) Of course, I must say that when I walked 5 miles each way to school, it was up hill in both directions.

The cat is secure -

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