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#121 Once burned

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 11:51 AM

So here we are, distracted by national politics and the candidates before us, and locally, there is an election coming up to determine the future of our community school. Candidates for school board should be willing to go on record supporting the current board's decision of non-renewal for the superintendent and express urgency to begin search for a replacement. Enough of the veiled, non-commital approaches to garnering potential votes.

Let's set the record straight: the board hired the person who has attempted to redefine our community schools. Their choice has succeeded in closing an elementary building and renaming the existing elementary school without consulting the community (despite teacher recommendation that the students and community be involved in naming their own community school). Their choice has pushed most of the community teachers out (who are now teaching for other communities around us). This person has committed MILLIONS of dollars to a school project not truly supported by the community as a whole (and it shows--look at enrollment), she has deceived both Indiana legislators AND community members regarding our graduation rates, she has closed public access to tax funded areas (track is closed, tennis courts are closed, play grounds are closed), she railroaded elementary teachers into a program not funded by state or federal funds but promising bonuses for student performance and requiring mountains of meetings and extra work (to cover that gap, she has spread other monies--thinly--to offer minimal 'bonuses' without any real window of longevity). The corporation, under her leadership, endured years of not only her blaming others for failures, but ultimately throwing them under the bus so as to not be held responsible for problems directly related to her demands or dictates (Custodial, maintenance, transportation, teaching, co-op issues regarding special ed, case-Conference reviews). She has created, perhaps, the single-highest turnover rate for teachers and faculty in a single school in the entire state. And through all this, the board implicitly accepted her explanations as gospel, law, RULE.

Our "COMMUNITY" school has slowly become HER PUPPET. And it is time to take back our school. Elect board members who are running on change, not experience. If someone is running unchallenged, then let your voice be heard. Speak at meetings. YOUR TAXES PAY FOR THEIR STIPEND (they don't get a salary but can be offered benefits--health, dental, vision, etc, though they have voted to NOT take those benefits for many years--and they are given a stipend plus any travel expenses incurred for the exercise of their duties (trainings or conferences for example).

Like ANY elected public official, they are responsible to us, the voters, the constituents, the public, the community. And starting with their former choice for superintendent, I say FAREWELL. Let's move forward with hope. For, it is true, "'once burned', twice shy." Let's not settle this time.

Edited by Once burned, 30 October 2016 - 12:24 PM.


#122 CE Martin II

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 04:34 PM

I support the decision, but don't want Ms Knott to get all the blame. The current school board let her do all she's done. Not renewing her contract is too little, too late. And hopefully, it's just the beginning.
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Posted 01 November 2016 - 06:17 PM

I support the decision, but don't want Ms Knott to get all the blame. The current school board let her do all she's done. Not renewing her contract is too little, too late. And hopefully, it's just the beginning.

 

 

In my humble opinion, the first action that needs to be undertaken by the board is to give the teachers a raise. Eliminate some of the extra fat at the top and use that money to keep quality teachers in the corporation. The recent article in the Courier Journal was illuminating, it stated that 1 in 5 teachers employed by CCSC leaves every year. In an effort to fund two assistants and a whole host of the other administrators, teacher positions have been eliminated by attrition. At CHS a math teacher left to seek employment elsewhere and the position was not posted, therefore there are only two math teachers at the high school this year, yet CCSC has a licensing/credential specialist. Why does the smallest corporation in the area need a licensing specialist and a principal who oversees only 127 students when there are 30+ students in a math classroom? 



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:29 AM

Avidreader, I agree. CCSC lost a lot of teachers recently. And what does it say about our school corporation when we don't reward excellence from our teachers? Any employee deserves a raise when they've earned it and not giving them demoralizes staff and impacts performance. Maybe if CCSC stopped advertising and pumping dollar after dollar into Renaissance there'd be enough money to reward those teachers and staff exceeding standards. If we want the best for our kids, we need to recognize greatness and act accordingly.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 05:50 PM

Paranoia has taken over. A little bird told me this weekend that there are teachers at Clarksville schools being blamed for my posts. Shame on you to a certain board member for starting the blame game. My wife is in education, but she is not a Clarksville employee. We are fortunate to have many friends who work for all four of the wonderful school corporations in the area!! I am a supporter of strong public schools, as I believe that education is the foundation of our community. I believe that our young people deserve better than they have been getting lately. Greater Clark students deserve a safe learning environment. West Clark students deserve buildings that are clean, safe, and well-maintained. New Albany students deserve equity among their schools. Clarksville students deserve more teachers and more curriculum options. Stop blaming teachers when less than flattering information comes to light, start placing the blame on the administration that allowed the situations to occur.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:55 PM

After reading the articles in our local newspapers about the new superintendent who will be hired this week, I have one question. Is this what is best for the students of Clarksville or what's best for the board who wants to maintain the status quo? Will this new superintendent be for the new tech school or will they start moving toward turning the corporation into a charter school to take advantage of the funding available for them?

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 06:31 PM

CCSC will be headed up by done other than Tony Bennett's wife - without a superintendent certificate.  How can this go wrong?  LOL!


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#128 GrumpyGranny

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 06:53 PM

Yeah, I can't believe the school board made such a bad decision!


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