Annoying Burgher of the Week

So, obviously you are aware that the Pittsburgh School Board is a divided body constantly fighting within, right? Right.

The Annoying Burgher of the Week is the former interim superintendent and current chief academic officer Andrew King.

Hiya, Andy!

Why is Andy the annoyingest?

Well, Andy’s been at the school district forever, yes. He began in 1974 (my birth year) as a teacher and has climbed the ladder like crazy.

So when the board fired the previous superintendent whose name I have already struck from my memory, they set out to find a new one. They had 36 candidates, from which a search committee made up of a white man Richard Wallace and a black woman, Helen Faison, whittled it down to ten who received interviews.

Andy applied and Andy didn’t get an interview and now Andy is pissed and is threatening to sue that he wasn’t interviewed and hired because of racial discrimination.

Why is that annoying to me? Couple of reasons. Helen Faison is an 80-year-old black woman who is a highly respected education advocate, civil rights advocate, youth advocate, former teacher, former superintendent, etc. She is a solid rock. Accusing Helen Faison of racism is like accusing Paris Hilton of being camera-shy.

Another black individual made the top four! But they hired a white guy, over the objections of the two black members of the board.

Likely the reason Andy didn’t get the job is because the school board didn’t want to deal with the ramifications of hiring him. See, in 2000 Andy was demoted after he was caught having sex with a homeless woman in a vehicle on a dead-end street behind Robert L. Vann Elementary School in the Hill District. He was charged with open lewdness and convicted of disorderly conduct.

The fact of the matter is that this is not something the man did while a teen. He did it five years ago, while married, and while a father. I just don’t think it was something the board could forget so soon, even if he has paid his debt to society.

King’s lawyer says he isn’t sure how the district could make it up to him. My guess? Money.

And he’ll probably get it.

And that’s annoying.


  1. Mark Rauterkus
    September 9, 2005 10:50 pm

    Nice story presentation.

    I’ll second your motion.

  2. Luke
    September 12, 2005 8:10 pm

    There are certain stupid actions in life that should disqualify you for certain positions. Andy’s arrest should clearly disqualify him for superintendent.