Listen up, Mo

Update: Mo Green is blogging as promised.  Here’s the simply named Superintendent’s Blog.  Comments are not currently enabled.  Hopefully just a start up oversight and not policy.

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At 8:10 this morning, I received a “robo call” from Guilford County Schools.  On the line was Mo Green, our newly hired superintendent of schools announcing that today was his first day on the job and that he would be spending his breaking-in period listening to what people have to say.

Well, listen up, Mo.

First, welcome and good luck.  You have a lot to make right and you can start with reading and heading the thoughts in Rev. Julie Peeples’ open letter to you published last week in the N&R.

Secondly, while I appreciate your willingness to communicate directly with parents, don’t use robo calls ever again.  They are just as annoying coming from your office as they are from telemarketers.

Get a blog, Mo.  If you don’t know how, come to ConvergeSouth next month and we’ll getchagoin’.

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8 Comments

  1. mc
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I hate robo calls. I can see why they would be useful for inclement weather and other emergency situations (such as the lock down at the elementary school this am) but to announce today was his first day on the job? Give me a break!

    I know of one college president who has a blog and it has done wonders to open lines of communication on the campus…

  2. Posted September 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know…I got the robo call as well, obviously, but it didn’t bother me as much as a telemarketer. I guess when the district is as bit as it is the robo calls are an easy way to let everyone know what you want to get across. Most people have phones, but not everyone has a computer, and I think even fewer people read blogs. I read them, most of my friends read them, but I do know a fair amount of people who don’t ‘get’ blogs and won’t read them. I prefer them, but that’s just me.

    About the lockdown, holy crap! My husband works over in that part of the city…I think his company actually ‘adopted’ Wiley. My goodness. I hope everything is ok.

  3. Posted September 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Ummm. Why is the timestamp for my comment an hour and 26 minutes before the post was made? I can understand being an hour differnt, or 2 or even 3 hours, but an hour and 26 minutes? That’s different!

  4. dhoggard
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    That’s how we land all of the scoops on Hoggs Blog before everyone else, Kim.

    (Seriously, I don’t know but will check on it)

  5. Posted September 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Kim, please check the time setting on your computer. The server is set to a national time clock. It *could* be that your battery is wearing down *or* something else that I can’t even imagine right now. But I know the server time is correct. Or at least I will when I post this.

    Hogg, if Moe Green shows up at ConvergeSouth, and lets us know a little beforehand, I’ll get him a mentor from A&T to help him with any session he wants. I’ll arrange for a private tutor for after the CS glow may have waned.

    However, a robocall for something important, like an unfortunate school incident that gets spread throughout a community, may still be an important means of communication. Not everyone reads blogs (even Mr. Green’s) and heck, there are people for whom the phone is the first line of information. I’d be hard-pressed to say “never use robocalls again” but I’d agree that at 8am, I don’t want to answer the phone and get a recording that isn’t critically important.

    If anyone knows Moe Green, if he shows up at ConvergeSouth, he’ll see 30+ of the smartest GCS IT kids and he, like many of the rest of us, can sit in awe of their smartness.

  6. Posted September 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    OK, something’s an hour and 15 minutes off, Hogg. Check your WordPress settings and see if there’s a time discrepancy in your settings and the rest of our reality.

  7. jwg
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Unless I am mistaken, when GCS implements NCWise, you can opt to have the robocalls delivered in an email as a link to the .WAV file. Think of what fun you can have making your own mashups!

  8. Posted September 9, 2008 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    This is a comment test and can be deleted. Just checking the time setting.

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