TOO much emphasis is being placed upon the position of school superintendent. More the spotlight should be illuminated on the elected board members. I have watched this School district decline since the era of the ICA to the now clergy controlled party. My children attended this system when there was less political turmoil within it. I watched as Ronald Ross, who a lot of people criticized, as board members, like the now National Republican Party, road blocked his, every proposal thereby forcing him to leave.
The Coleman led forces that did not like the fact that he had very strong and determined personality.
He cleaned house and fired the under-performing teachers who rode the gravy train of tenure.
I realize he is in hot water presently, but he was on the right path for the education of our children, politics never deterred his motive
I have watched the weak “YES” personalities follow. I hope this hired superintendent has the gonads to stand up to the political and corrupt forces that are so deeply ingrained within this system. These forces, and you know who you are, could care less about the education of the children. Their main goal is MONEY, POWER AND FAME.
WE must clean the SCHOOL BOARD, house and just, maybe this superintendent and those who follow, will wipe their feet before entering.
The only people who claim to be optimistic are those compensated by our taxpayer dollars. Are they high fiving knowing they have another superintendent that has the potential to be manipulated?
I believe you are shooting at the wrong target,have you lost sight of the Black Clergy of Mount Vernon? Think about the group formed to challenge the Italian power structure, there are many targets to aim at in this group.
In my opinion: Davis is, and has always been, a TOOL in this education process.
As a matter of fact the way he is running and has run this city displays part of the lubricant needed to grease the powerful Democratic Machine politics of this entire county.
If this man is principled, and the school board members are principled, perhaps the citizens might have some reason to become optimistic.
Until this school district rids itself of corruption and the entire associated “ism” (crony, nepot, and patriot), the more the superintendents change the more things will remain the same.
IN MY HUMBLE OPINION:
Until honest non-political board members, who have the education of the students as the highest priority, are found, I shall remain pessimistic about this school district’s present leadership. Superintendents may come and go, but until the future board members become MORE non-political and LESS self-serving, this district will never function properly.
WE shall see how this guy handles himself in this district.
I suggest to those speakers, who are outspoken, at the board meetings, view the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlvL-L7UMiI View Comment
I can only hope that Ms. Darcy miller will pay heed to the following quote:
"If power corrupts, WEAKNESS IN THE SEAT OF POWER, with its constant necessity of deals and bribes and compromising arrangements, corrupts even more."
As the days past, I pay more attention to what is done and less to what is said. I believe the worst form of any crime or deception is the misuse of children to accomplish the goals of those involved.
Seeing makes one believe; one may believe when one sees. I wish you well and hope that I am wrong on what I believe will happen.
What has happened in the past, concerning proposals and unfilled promises, is relevant to the present. Promises and incomplete proposals, of the past, have led to a community of non-believers with attitudes of cynicism and distrust towards politicians and religious leaders. If this project comes to fruition, it MAY create some trust for those who HONESTLY mean what they proclaim.
I believe a utilization study should be performed, by and outside agency, to determine if this library is worth the present expenditures. Should the old system be replaced with the 21st century of electronics?
Are we wasting money feeding a white elephant for the sake of status?
If all ”roads lead to Rome, will the fourth and 3rd roads lead to sixth, eight and ninth? You might want to include religious organizations. Beware the turned around collars and diamond laced fingers. View Comment
I don't believe there is a relationship to income and a commercial corridor.
This avenue is a gateway to parkways, highways and shopping centers. I believe people of all incomes and professions are inconvenienced by this problem. I believe the funds had been allocated for this project and THE Republican had to be prodded to use them.
A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.
Richard M. Nixon
5 Early Warning Signs of Ineffective Leadership
1. Visible, but unavailable.
2. Answers rather than guidance.
3. Communicating without openness.
4. Mistaking position for power.
5. Putting popularity ahead of respect.
"DON'T LOOK BACK. SOMETHING MIGHT BE GAINING ON YOU."
Looking forward and bringing this city into the 21st century requires progressive thinking.
If this administration is constantly looking back and living in the past, there is very little hope for the future.
A CITY IN DESPERATE NEED OF CREATIVE THINKERS!
I sat, watched and heard (BEFORE A STACKED AUDIENCE):
Veiled threats by, the mayor, to person(s) in this administration.
Acknowledgement to various relatives, religious leaders and others (IN HIS CORNER.)
North and South Carolina tales, mules and 80 acres.
Upcoming capital expenditures related to services.
Taking over or sharing the school tax revenue.
Personnel shortages in emergency service departments.
“Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.” Mark Twain
What I did not see or hear:
Creative thinking to resolve the tax situation.
Proposed boondoggles to South Korea on the taxpayer dollar.
Cutbacks on the double dipping patronage appointments.
Others and I could probably go on and on about what’s wrong, because there is so little about what is right.
Machine politics, in my opinion, has forced upon us recycled mumbling politicians of the old school.
POLITICIANS WHO ARE NOT LEADERS, BUT TAKERS.
THE STATE OF THIS CITY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER!
My utility bills are taxed, my property is taxed and yet we are looking for a superintendent who has crisis management experience. Who or what has put us in this position (financial mismanagement, corruption or both)?
I was there, I watched and I heard the presentations. I paid close attention to the questions asked by the board members. I paid little attention to questions asked by the public. I believe the questions, presented by the public, will be as usual totally ignored. Their claims about safety issues have been ignored over a period of years and nothing has been done to correct those issues (school board). Non-functioning elevators, water fountains and lack of entrance ramps? The SCHOOL BOARD should be embarrassed for not doing the functions you were elected to perform. Teachers recommending, to parents, that a gifted child should be taken out of this system? What does that say about the morale of our teaching staff? Is there too much emphasis being placed upon financial manipulation and less on needs of the children? Are the teachers looking towards the future (gaming the system) awaiting a ride on the tenure gravy train?
I pay my taxes and really have no choice but to pay them, regardless how I may feel. However: I am concerned about the disbursement of those funds. Should a School Superintendent be selected based on his knowledge of finances or is this a criteria set by this board? I wonder why, although to me it’s quite evident. Isn’t the job of the superintendent to point out the needs and the board to find ways to fund it?
In my opinion, although I know it does not count at all, I believe: The YES man will be appointed and the children will be continually robbed of their education. I have seen, over a quite period of time, the emphasis being placed upon questionable financial manipulations, political pandering, nepotism and springboard attempts for high political positions. I have no faith in this entire school board, I believe the person, that they select, will be the one who they consider to be less of a roadblock for their personal endeavors.
My vote goes to the person who is physically fit and mentally capable to perform a very demanding task (to me there is but 1). Three appear to be (take away the titles) worn tires looking for a retread.