I watched Lowell Billings' testimony in the Danielle Cozaihr case. He made it clear that he wasn't in the habit of observing classrooms at that time. But now the Chula Vista Elementary School District superintendent is retiring, and board member Larry Cunningham says:
“Every week, [Billings] visits four to five different schools and spends several hours there in the classrooms with principals to see what’s going on.”
So why didn't Billings give credit to the large part that lawyers have played in his journey? He only mentions "the children, parents, larger community, teachers and administrators."
Billings to retire as Chula Vista Elementary superintendent
By Janine Zúñiga
San DiegoUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 1, 2010
Chula Vista Elementary School District Superintendent Lowell Billings has announced he will retire in December from the position he has held for eight years.
Billings, 59, is leaving after 36 years in South County public education with mixed emotions.
“The important part of this journey has been the people: the children, parents, larger community, teachers and administrators,” Billings said. “Although I’m not moving out of the area, there’s the day-to-day contact that will be dearly missed.”...
Chula Vista trustee Larry Cunningham said he was on the school board when it hired Billings away from South Bay Union Elementary School District. He said one of Billings’ greatest assets is the time he spends in the classroom.
“Every week, he visits four to five different schools and spends several hours there in the classrooms with principals to see what’s going on,” Cunningham said. “His heart is really in education and the bottom line is children.”...