Apologies to comedian Stephen Colbert for ripping off his "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger" bit, but I would like to tip my hat to Victoria Elementary School Principal Linda Tenno, and wag my finger at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
Tenno gets the nod because she is essentially doing two big jobs at once. In addition to running the Costa Mesa school, she also heads the district's Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, program.
The district gets the scolding because there's no way they could be paying Tenno enough.
To be fair, I should cut the district some slack because it's facing the same harsh financial choices as other school systems statewide. The new normal in public education means double duties like Tenno's are hardly unique. Budget constraints have forced many districts to slash programs, which often means that when one employee is laid off or retires, remaining staff absorbs the extra work.