Thursday, September 28, 2006

Post report hints Weast might be in trouble

In a straight news story (as opposed to the editorial page), the Washington Post reports that Superintendent Jerry Weast might be in big trouble next year when his contract expires.

He's expected to have few friends on the board of education.

Correspondent Lori Aratani reports on the possible school board makeup after November: Four seats are up, with incumbents Gabe Romero and Charles "Sleepy" Haughey quitting, and Patricia O'Neill and the popular Nancy Navarro running for re-election. O'Neill is running unopposed. Some lawyer is running against Navarro.

Board member Valerie Ervin is considered likely to resign from the school board if she is elected to the County Council. Supersized Steve Abrams would resign if he wins his long-shot candidacy as a Republican at-large member of the County Council.

The only one sure to stay on the school board for now is the controversial Sharon Cox, who made national headlines last year as promoter of the since-discredited condom-on-a-cucumber video.

Aratani comments: "The big question is, what could this mean for Superintendent Jerry D. Weast, whose contract is up for renewal next year? Stay tuned."