Monday, June 3, 2013

Mural probably emulates superintendent's feelings

Don't know whether Rick Mills is an aficionado of modern art.
Or whether he's ever heard of Edvard Munch.
But I bet that extemporary 2-story mural hanging outside Manatee High School, an imitation of the Norwegian painter's most famous creation, made Manatee County's new school superintendent want to holler, indeed.
Or do a very slow burn.
The mural was made by 300 art students as a protest over school district budget cuts in general and the lack of kilns to make ceramics in particular.
They made the mural unveiled Monday out of trash.
There's a metaphor for you.
Especially on the same day Mills announced the results of a study conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of Florida Association of Area District Superintendents.
The findings?
Absolutely no surprise:
-People were hired without regard to the budget.
-Nobody understood the district's finances.
-The district is dysfunctional.
It's a mess. all right.
"More dire than anticipated," Mills said.
That mural at Manatee was meant to make a statement, but it probably captured the feelings of a new superintendent trying to save a school district that has gone off the rails.
It's enough to make a grown man scream.

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