I reported to Highland Park Middle School at 7:30 yesterday morning. The last time I was at a middle school that early, I was a middle school student.
The ample spread of coffee, donuts, and sausage rolls at the HPISD Finance Committee meeting certainly helped me wake up. But what really opened my eyes was the agenda item that said Dr. Ben Coker, the assistant superintendent of business services, would be retiring effective June 30.
Huh? As I read that item, Coker was telling the Finance Committee that he’d have a 2010-11 budget for them to adopt at their August meeting. How could that be if he’s retiring at month’s end?
Once the meeting was over, I asked Superintendent Dawson Orr for an explanation. He told me not to worry; Coker is simply moving to a half-time schedule, i.e. he’s not going anywhere.
Whew. That’s a relief. Not only does Coker do an admirable job finding ways to deal with Robin Hood, sources tell me he’s the one responsible for all the sweets at those early-morning meetings.