Bruce Parrot and the mystery of Bryan Adams' Principal Susan Walker
Related: The Resume of Principal Susan Walker
For a number of years parents and Bryan Adams students have felt like the red headed step-child of the District, and they are getting really sick and tired of it. Principals have rotated in and out. Recently, one of the Chicken Little parents who has done nothing but cause trouble at every school her children have ever attended, including their exemplary and recognized Elementary School, began bragging (at Student Teacher Conferences no less!) that she had gotten Bryan Adams Principal Susan Walker fired.
A parent group of PTA leadership and others supporting Ms. Walker met with Dr. Hinojosa, who would not confirm or deny that Ms. Walker would be moved from Bryan Adams. Dr. Hinojosa commented that he knew the person we thought might be driving the witch hunt against Susan Walker and that she had absolutely no influence over him at all. However, he had other concerns. Dr. Hinojosa was extremely guarded in his comments but assured the group it was nice to meet an involved group who had good things to say about the new direction at Bryan Adams under Ms. Walker’s leadership. Dr. Hinojosa expressed concern about the number of fights at Bryan Adams. However, according to students there are not many fights at BA, though out in the neighborhood, after and before school, there certainly have been some. However, a check of “School Fights” on You Tube reveals hundreds, if not thousands, of posts of fight video which has become an epidemic as students seek a few minutes of fame with their own “Fight Club” from all across the United States.
Conversations and meetings with Trustee (now proven to be an oxymoron) Bruce Parrot revealed that Mr. Parrot believed the decision to fire Ms. Walker for a serious breach of her employment had been made. At a later meeting, he backed away from that comment slightly saying, Ms. Walker’s offense was firable and that there was a concern as to the safety of students at Bryan Adams. Bruce Parrot warned the parent group that when the whole story of Ms. Walker’s failings became public, the group would understand. He advised the group not to pursue helping Ms. Walker as it would reflect badly on the parents. Parrot has crossed the line a number of times in commenting and appearing to have an agenda regarding Ms. Walker. Parrot has revealed the name of who he believes the next Principal at BA will be to a Coach at BA. Parrot has apparently met with a group of low performing teachers who are being reconstituted and commented on the Walker issue to them. Parrot was vocally angry toward the Bryan Adams parents who spoke at the last board meeting and attempted to physically intimidate PTA President Marty Gulotta. On that same evening Parrot told the parent group, “Well, as you know, (Susan Walker’s) mother was fired today.” Ms. Walker’s mother is on administrative leave from her job as assistant to former BA Principal, Cynthia Goodsell, now , Senior Executive Director of the West Secondary Learning Community. However, she has not been terminated by the District. In short, Parrot has continually and repeatedly stirred the rumor pot while dispersing dis-information on confidential personnel matters over which he has no authority. Mr. Parrot may be the most untrustworthy trustee in the history of the Dallas School Board. We need competency, integrity, and people who are thinking of the kids of DISD first and foremost as Trustees.
A subsequent meeting with Regina Jones, Senior Executive Director of the East Secondary Learning Community, Principal Walker’s supervisor, revealed that Ms. Jones knew of no plan or decision to relieve Ms. Walker of her duties, and further, knew of no reason why Ms. Walker should be drawing such scrutiny. She encouraged the parent group to continue to vocalize their support for BA and for Ms. Walker.
Clearly, there is something going on at Bryan Adams. And parents believe it is mostly good! BA is half a percentage point from having their unacceptable rating removed due to the many students who were run off by Ms. Goodsell during her tenure before they could be documented. Ms. Walker and her team have recovered or documented many of the missing who affected BA’s “Completion Rate.” Confidence is high that test scores are up. It simply does not make sense that there is a problem with a principal who has been on the job less than two years, that would be so serious to warrant removal or firing, yet is not so serious that she can remain on campus for the rest of the year.
No one is talking, yet rumors are all over the place. "A lie can get half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get out of bed." Will Rogers. Hopefully, some organization with real investigative teeth will get to the bottom and find the truth and stop letting the chicken little's of Dallas and the foxes who guard the hen house, define TRUTH.
[Ed Note: I can appreciate your feelings on this. It would be nice if reasons were a little more transparent. However, I can point you to another story on this website where there are documented discrepancies in the documents she presented for the job. We can only speculate as to whether or not something else came up.