ERIC Number: EJ726641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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A Capstone on Her Career
Goldman, Jay P.
School Administrator, v62 n9 p59 Oct 2005
Joan Raymond was just six months into a well-earned retirement following 20 demanding years in the superintendency of some of the hottest kitchens in the nation. But when some longtime friends told her about an opening in South Bend, Indiana, Raymond could not ignore the itch to give it one more whirl. Raymond found the school system in far more desperate need of an overhaul than she had envisioned when she came on board in fall 2000. And yet, this was the perfect target for the highly demanding, no-nonsense Raymond, who sees South Bend as a coda to an already accomplished career that began as a substitute teacher in her hometown of Chicago in 1957. "She had more in her toolkit than anybody we could have brought in here," says John Ritzler, the district's director of research and evaluation and a member of the superintendent's cabinet. As she begins her sixth year at South Bend's helm this fall, Raymond has been the dictionary definition of perseverence, sublimating attacks on her person and property to engineer a wholesale reorientation of a flagging system. Most courageously she directed a redrawing of the boundary lines for South Bend's 33 schools as part of a long-overdue updating of a two-decade-old federal consent decree for desegregation.
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, School Administration, School District Reorganization, Educational Finance
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana