When Burbank Unified Supt. Kevin Jolly announced his resignation six months after taking the job, it was, despite all the finger pointing, as much of a reflection of him as it was the stakeholders he had to work with.
The teachers union, the parents, and, above all, the school board each had a hand in the short shelf life of a chief executive who, by most accounts, was too much to handle.
When Burbank Unified broke the 800 mark on the Academic Performance Index, the standardized testing benchmark, it was considered a major improvement. But Jolly introduced newer, higher goals. Teachers complained that he was out of touch with what was feasible, others complained of his reader recognition program, while school board members essentially threw him under the bus.