Saturday, August 28, 2021

Pam, Dr Hamlet isn’t worth the save.

PPS Board Member,

Hi  Pam,

When Dr Hamlet came to town, I supported his early weeks and months, and asked the board and fellow parents and citizens to stick with him. I went out on a limb to back the process of his hiring. Yes, there were missed steps in the resume. Blush. Move on. Big job. Lots to do. Don't pay a guy for not showing up for work. Get to the education efforts. Some might have pitched a fit regardless as they didn't get their Brode pick, or whatever. 

I was a Dr Hamlet fan. 

We did have a breakfast together, and I told him about our district,  its pools (and we toured one together at PCA). I shared the legacy of Sports Reform Task Force. Thompson, Roosevelt, Lane all did this and that. He knew about my decade of work w Summer Dreamers and Swim & Water Polo and Afterschool stuff from WHS to Arsenal and such. 

That was then. 

Then came a principal change at Obama and Dr Walters departed. He was poor to sports teams and coaches and the next principal was far worse. Hard to fathom. She gave me a very raw deal, and I went to Dr Hamlet three times and asked for his attention to the matter. He said he would look into things each time and didn't. Total fumble. 

The kids and team at Obama got screwed. The sport is all but dead. Another 40 families disenfranchised. 

Dr Hamlet could have simply asked for a written investigation within 30 days. Nope. Total train wreck.   Dr Hamlet is not worthy of a leadership job. Principal Colbert at Obama gets no love for me either. 

I am so happy my kids are out of PPS. Their age group had an uphill battle, but we made the most of it as a community. Not any more. 

Don't renew Dr Hamlet's contract. Fire him if you have just cause. 

Good luck. 
Thanks for all you do for our community. 

Mark Rauterkus

Presently head swimming coach at The Ellis School (HS & MS) and Duquesne Univ Club Swim Team (Men & Women),
Webmaster for the International Swim Coaches Association 


Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3),
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) & &

412 298 3432 = cell

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