Another rat deserts the sinking ship.
Dear Lee, thank you for the email alerting us to your departure. We wish we could say we’re sorry to see you leave NT DECS but we’re not.
In the four years you’ve been in charge of DECS Legal we’ve seen many aspects of what should be a positive public education environment in which to work, go straight down the toilet quite frankly.
We’ve witnessed your arrogant, aggressive side and we don’t like it. We feel it has no place in NT DECS which should be in the sole business of educating our young people but sadly it seems is far from that ideal at the moment. We’ve seen you pursue people in the most vindictive and bullying fashion and we’re worried that the next place you end up will have the same problems that you created here in the NT Education Department for us.
The direction you took the Legal Services Unit was an embarrassing disgrace to many of us and we were glad that it wasn’t our own teachers you were intent on destroying seemingly at all costs. Their job and ours is difficult enough without you bearing down on them as well for things that could easily have been dealt with in a much better (and much less expensive) fashion for everyone.
Let us remind you – and any government people who are reading this blog – that protecting perpetrators, no matter where they are in the organization, from the mechanisms of the NT Public Service (and the law for that matter) does no one any favours in the long run. You might think that the higher up the tree you go the more virtuous the person but we’d say that we all often find that to be quite the opposite.
It costs everyone a heap of time, energy and money that we as principals would like to see better spent in our schools supporting our students. Your petty games at the public purse’s expense should have been stopped a long time before they were. However, even after every mess you created, if indeed it is true that were offered another 4 years working for the SFNT department somewhere, then it looks like the people making those decisions haven’t learned very much either.
We’d like to think that Mr Ken Davies, from a more money orientated background, will have his financial eye on the expenditure coming from the Legal Services Unit in future and that he might put a stop to any action that appears to have your stamp on it.
Maybe a smoking ceremony after you’ve vacated your office up there in Mitchell St will exorcise the demons that you might have left for other SFNTs who follow in your footsteps. It was sad for us to see other lawyers coming in and in no time at all beginning to act and sound exactly like you.
Your position carried with it an impressive amount of responsibility yet from where we were standing you seemed like many others in NT DECS to have used it to abuse those beneath you.
Mr Chandler, this is your Education Department, please remove the cancer of bullying from the organization and allow us to do the job we all signed up for, free from victimisation, harassment and intimidation. It’s not much to ask, is it? How many more teachers do we have to lose in this fashion before someone has a lightbulb moment up there?
We are not your friends Lee, it’s not “us versus them” as you commonly made it out to be, it should instead be “all of us together”.
Now that you’re gone, we at least have a fighting chance of drawing your disastrous reign to an end and starting afresh, working towards the same simple vision of making Territory students some of the best educated in the country.
Lastly, saying “sorry” is very powerful. I think you owe a lot of people an apology Ms Rayner, not just for harassing them unnecessarily but also for all of our tax dollars you wasted doing it.
Principals with Principles