The books Good to Great and Mind Set both define successful leaders as people who encourage and invite questioning of the direction they and their organizations are headed and through this questioning head off and prevent group think. DeVincentis has, what those books describe as, a growth mindset, which invites questioning, and not a fixed mindset.
DeVincentis has always been a leader who invites and states his questions about the direction this school district has been, and is headed. His questioning of what constitutes best practices and trying to implement best practices in Strawberry Park Elementary School allowed our students and teachers to perform at high levels, scoring in the topmost levels on Colorado state standards tests year after year. His same questioning of this school district's leadership, however, was neither welcomed nor tolerated by previous school boards, and recent-past and current superintendents. It is my recollection that former superintendent Dr. J Alan Aufderheide didn't mind, and even welcomed questioning.
This questioning is what initially landed DeVincentis in hot water with some superintendents. It was Cyndy Simms, with the support of her school board, who went after DeVincentis first, all because his questioning was too much of a challenge and threat to their authority.
I, too, have stated questions to and about the previous school boards, this school board, Simms, DeVincentis (while he was my principal), Donna Howell, and the Steamboat Pilot & Today. So, Pilot & Today, here I am, a questioner, you may as well target me in your next investigation. Further, dozens of people both within and outside of the school district have brought their anger, frustration, and concerns to me about all of the above-mentioned people over the years, and I have shared their feelings. Will you be going after all of us?
It has proven not to be a good situation, anywhere in the world, when the press is in league with parts of the government against any of the people.
Speaking of questions, here are some to think about:
1. Why didn't the Pilot & Today break this old news and print these e-mail excerpts while Dr. DeVincentis was running for school board? Didn't you have this information back then?
2. Why, who, and how did this school district release the e-mail of DeVincentis? Did the Pilot & Today ask for the e-mails of Simms from the time period when she was at odds with DeVincentis?
3. Why are you printing this story now? Does this printing indicate that the local press is taking sides and practicing character assassination?
4. Have you ever investigated Superintendent Howell's culpability regarding her current dilemma with the school board? Are you reporting on this whole issue accurately and impartially?
5. Do you think if we dredged up the Pilot & Today's past articles mentioning the situations between DeVincentis and Superintendents Simms and Howell that we would see fair and unbiased reporting or slanted and biased reporting?
6. Have you ever dredged up and investigated the e-mails of Superintendents Simms and Howell's, or mine, or any other current or former school district employees'?
7. Was it necessary for the Pilot & Today to bring DeVincentis' wife into the article? Is she a target as well? Was the Pilot & Today antagonizing or bullying her to get a quote?
8. Will the Pilot & Today be targeting friends of Dr. DeVincentis? Is there guilt by association in this case? Since Dr. DeVincentis is a friend of mine, will I become one of your targets?