Public school board chair starts career with foot in mouth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It was a rough start for the new chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, who has now apologized after joking to hundreds of educators that their bosses play video games, drink and have "stitch-and-bitch" parties at work.

Ward 8 Trustee Al Pierce, in his first public speech as board chair, was introducing a guest speaker to 450 educators at Michelangelo's banquet centre January 10.

During the introduction, Pierce said he joked that principals and vice-principals need an appreciation day, as teachers have. Or, he said, like the days superintendents enjoy.

"It could be a special day like our superintendents have. You know, the kind of day where they visit a few schools, have a three-hour lunch then go back to their office to play games," said Pierce.

He also admitted to using real names jesting that superintendents drink at work, have big-screen TVs in their offices and pretend to be working.

Pierce, 52, who thought he was being funny, said his worst gaffe was saying "lady superintendents get together and have what my wife calls, when they get together to knit, a 'stitch-and-bitch' session."

The public board chair immediately responded to his mistake by writing an apology to those present, and to all principals and trustees. Pierce's letter reads:

"This morning I had the privilege to address those individuals charged with leadership for our Board. It has been brought to my attention that some of my remarks this morning were considered to be offensive.

Let me assure you that I am deeply regretful about this and I sincerely apologize for giving any offence. It was certainly not my intention to do so and it is not who I am as a person. Nor is it characteristic of the person elected as Chair for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

As Chair, I am committed to supporting the Director in his quest to achieve student success - to improving employee moral and continuing to build greater public confidence in this Board.

I am also deeply committed to strengthening relationships between Trustees and leaders in this Board. As your Chair I want to work with you and to support you in our common goal - the success of every student.

I look forward to achieving this goal together.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please share this letter with your staff.

Al Pierce, Chair"

As of press deadline, Pierce has the support of those who received the apology.

Public school board chair starts career with foot in mouth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It was a rough start for the new chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, who has now apologized after joking to hundreds of educators that their bosses play video games, drink and have "stitch-and-bitch" parties at work.

Ward 8 Trustee Al Pierce, in his first public speech as board chair, was introducing a guest speaker to 450 educators at Michelangelo's banquet centre January 10.

During the introduction, Pierce said he joked that principals and vice-principals need an appreciation day, as teachers have. Or, he said, like the days superintendents enjoy.

"It could be a special day like our superintendents have. You know, the kind of day where they visit a few schools, have a three-hour lunch then go back to their office to play games," said Pierce.

He also admitted to using real names jesting that superintendents drink at work, have big-screen TVs in their offices and pretend to be working.

Pierce, 52, who thought he was being funny, said his worst gaffe was saying "lady superintendents get together and have what my wife calls, when they get together to knit, a 'stitch-and-bitch' session."

The public board chair immediately responded to his mistake by writing an apology to those present, and to all principals and trustees. Pierce's letter reads:

"This morning I had the privilege to address those individuals charged with leadership for our Board. It has been brought to my attention that some of my remarks this morning were considered to be offensive.

Let me assure you that I am deeply regretful about this and I sincerely apologize for giving any offence. It was certainly not my intention to do so and it is not who I am as a person. Nor is it characteristic of the person elected as Chair for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

As Chair, I am committed to supporting the Director in his quest to achieve student success - to improving employee moral and continuing to build greater public confidence in this Board.

I am also deeply committed to strengthening relationships between Trustees and leaders in this Board. As your Chair I want to work with you and to support you in our common goal - the success of every student.

I look forward to achieving this goal together.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please share this letter with your staff.

Al Pierce, Chair"

As of press deadline, Pierce has the support of those who received the apology.

Public school board chair starts career with foot in mouth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It was a rough start for the new chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, who has now apologized after joking to hundreds of educators that their bosses play video games, drink and have "stitch-and-bitch" parties at work.

Ward 8 Trustee Al Pierce, in his first public speech as board chair, was introducing a guest speaker to 450 educators at Michelangelo's banquet centre January 10.

During the introduction, Pierce said he joked that principals and vice-principals need an appreciation day, as teachers have. Or, he said, like the days superintendents enjoy.

"It could be a special day like our superintendents have. You know, the kind of day where they visit a few schools, have a three-hour lunch then go back to their office to play games," said Pierce.

He also admitted to using real names jesting that superintendents drink at work, have big-screen TVs in their offices and pretend to be working.

Pierce, 52, who thought he was being funny, said his worst gaffe was saying "lady superintendents get together and have what my wife calls, when they get together to knit, a 'stitch-and-bitch' session."

The public board chair immediately responded to his mistake by writing an apology to those present, and to all principals and trustees. Pierce's letter reads:

"This morning I had the privilege to address those individuals charged with leadership for our Board. It has been brought to my attention that some of my remarks this morning were considered to be offensive.

Let me assure you that I am deeply regretful about this and I sincerely apologize for giving any offence. It was certainly not my intention to do so and it is not who I am as a person. Nor is it characteristic of the person elected as Chair for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

As Chair, I am committed to supporting the Director in his quest to achieve student success - to improving employee moral and continuing to build greater public confidence in this Board.

I am also deeply committed to strengthening relationships between Trustees and leaders in this Board. As your Chair I want to work with you and to support you in our common goal - the success of every student.

I look forward to achieving this goal together.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Please share this letter with your staff.

Al Pierce, Chair"

As of press deadline, Pierce has the support of those who received the apology.