State Board of Education recommends suspending Miller County, Ga., school board

From the state Board of Education:

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to recommend to the Governor suspension with pay of the Miller County Board of Education. The State Board conducted a hearing pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-73, relating to recommendations for potential suspension of local boards of education for governance related issues. Attached is a copy of the Georgia code section for reference.

The following statement was read by the Chair of the State Board of Education, Barbara Hampton at the conclusion of the hearing:

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-73(a)(1), Suspension and removal of local school board members under certain circumstances, the Georgia State Board of Education has received and reviewed all reports requested since the initial hearing date of November 28, 2011 in addition to the testimony heard and evidence presented today. In accordance with the official vote, the State Board of Education hereby recommends to the Governor to suspend with pay all members of the Miller County Board of Education this day of March 20, 2012.

For background, I went to the Miller County Liberal, the longtime local newspaper. This is from a November story:

This was all started in July 2011, when Georgia AdvancED/ SACS received a complaint from Superintendent McIntosh that a board member approved repairs on the school that was not approved by the BOE, and that this board member discussed confidential information during one of the executive sessions on a cell phone. These complaints cite violations of GeorgiaAdvancED/ SACS governance and leadership according to the superintendent’s letter. He went further to describe the Miller County School Board meetings “bordering on becoming dysfunctional” and the Board seemed to operate in a state of turmoil since January 2011.

Subsequent to the superintendent’s complaint, two BOE members visited the Georgia AdvancED/SACS office and discussed several complaints, one being a BOE member moved out of the district that he was elected to represent, and that the previous and current BOE members violated their own policy CEA that requires the school superintendent to be a citizen of Miller County, thereby violated House Bill 977 which prohibits local boards from using state funds to give the local superintendent or administrators’ raises when other employees are being furloughed. There were several other alleged violations of governance and leadership.

In addition to reviewing documents, the Special Review Team members conducted numerous interview with various stakeholders from the Miller County School System. The team held extensive interviews with five board members, the current and former superintendents, two central office members, three principals, three teachers, a parent, a paraprofessional, and two community members, along with written information from stakeholders.

The committee found sufficient evidence to support a finding that Miller County Schools are in violation of AdvancED Accreditation Standards and policies.

The Miller County Schools appear to be in violation of:

Standard 1:Vision and Purpose; Standard 2: Governance and Leadership; Standard 5 Resources and Support Systems; Standard 7: Commitment to Continuous Improvement.

There are pages of indicators concerning problems with the schools, superintendent, and board members, and their duties, responsibilities and authority, and abuse of authority.

The board members only have authority as a board, not individually. The superintendent only has authority and power as giving by the board. The Board Code of Ethics is in question.

The superintendent and the board are in violation of their own Policy CEA (Superintendent Qualifications). This policy requires that the superintendent be a “citizen of the county and of the state.” The current superintendent is not a citizen of Miller County, and was not at the time he was hired by the board.

The school do not have textbooks for some of the classes.

The stakeholders, nor the public have been requested or solicited to give input into what goes on with students, monies, scheduling, reduction in force, programs being cancelled or budget reductions. The prevalent pattern of most decision making appears to be that of the superintendent making recommendations and board members approve it, often by a 3-2 vote.

Based on the findings of the Special Review Team, it is concluded that the Miller County Schools are in violation of the following AdvancED Standards for Schools: Standard 1, Indicators 1.1,1.2; Standard 2, Indicators 2.2,2.3; Standard 5, Indicator 5.5; Standard 7, Indicator 7.1. In accordance with AdvanceED policies, the Miller County Schools have been placed in the accreditation status of “Probation” through June 2012. The Miller County School System must host a Monitoring Team visit no later than May 15, 2012, for the purpose of assessing the progress made to complying with the Special Review Team’s Required Actions given. There are nine directives given that are required. These requirements will be published in another addition along with what may happen to our schools, our students and our community.

The Special Review Team stated that it is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that the content of this report is shared with the community.

This information was received from one of the new board members, and not the superintendent or from the board. The board seldom has regular or called meeting that does not include “executive sessions” that take any shareholder or public citizens. State law does not require closed meetings.

In the closing comments, it seemed that the Special Review Team agreed with the superintendent as he described as “bordering on dysfunctional.” Evidence gathered confirms a lack of respect and professional conduct among and between board members and the superintendent.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

48 comments Add your comment

Ernest

March 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

Wow! Does the State BOE appoint a Board in the interim? Should this be done by a local grand jury? How does Miller County Schools conduct business during the suspension?

Another Solid Reason for Charter Schools

March 20th, 2012
6:27 pm

Just another solid reason for a charter school. Charter schools allow citizens to break away from greedy, corrupt, idiotic school boards.
Had enough?
Go charter.

teacher&mom

March 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

“The stakeholders, nor the public have been requested or solicited to give input into what goes on with students, monies, scheduling, reduction in force, programs being cancelled or budget reductions. The prevalent pattern of most decision making appears to be that of the superintendent making recommendations and board members approve it…”

@ Maureen: I really like to know what SACS considers appropriate solicitation for input. Our school board will meet and the next day announce furloughs and budget cuts. No one is ever aware of the agenda before the meeting. If anyone does attend the meeting, the BOE will go into closed session and then come out and announce the decision.

Any chance you could get more information from SACS?

Moon Mullins

March 20th, 2012
7:06 pm

My guess is they’ll meet in a smoked-filled barn to handle business and make their important educational decisions. What a dang joke some of the Boards of Education are and it’s the children that suffer while they make fools of themselves.

Prez Obozo

March 20th, 2012
7:07 pm

Sad they are not suspending the Bibb co. BOE in Macon. A circus is happening there.

mjct1

March 20th, 2012
7:09 pm

Ask Warren County Georgia. They now have to bring the league issue of the action of the board that replaced members do to the order of the Governor (Sonny Perdue). The question now comes since the Ga. Supreme Court ruled it was illegal what the Governor did, is to determine if the actions of that sitting board was legal. I watched a few you tube videos and was amazed at the Chairman of that Board would sit with his hat on his head. This man is leading an institution of progressive learning and he has not the desire to sit as in an official and important meeting in his “just come of the job clothes?” I have always known that the further you go south in Georgia, there are still some catching up to the present that needs to be done.

mjct1

March 20th, 2012
7:11 pm

I was talking about the Chairman of the Board of Education for Miller County. Great sports teams!

WTF

March 20th, 2012
7:33 pm

Dekalb you might be next…we can only hope

catlady

March 20th, 2012
8:51 pm

These folks merely mirror state government in general.

In saying that, however, I would love the state of Ga telling SACS (AdvancED) to (shove) off. Too much power, too much money involved, to non-elected, non-answerable people!

Bernie

March 20th, 2012
9:37 pm

This sounds like a county’s school system that is definitely in the Rick Santorum voting block. You do not need no Stinkin education anyway or have to call for meetings. Meetings are a waste of time.

The Voice

March 20th, 2012
10:12 pm

@WTF…..not unless the Atlanta board screws up again. They all need to go!

Hillbilly D

March 20th, 2012
10:22 pm

I bet I’m not the only one here who really doesn’t have a clue what goes on with the Miller County School Board. I’ll admit it, though.

That being said, I don’t think the Governor should have the power to suspend elected officials. Those officials can be recalled or they can be indicted. If I was Nathan, I’d put my own house in order before I started worrying about somebody else’s.

Hillbilly D

March 20th, 2012
10:23 pm

I watched a few you tube videos and was amazed at the Chairman of that Board would sit with his hat on his head.

I was always taught that clothes don’t make the man.

Dr. John Trotter

March 20th, 2012
11:13 pm

AdvancED and SACS should be jettisoned. They do more harm than good. Both (incestuous relationship) are private, money-grabbing organizations which are not accountable to the people of Georgia. All of this “standards” talk is a bunch of hooey which is applied capriciously and arbitrarily all of the time. In my opinion, Mark Elgart is power-tripping…with a huge salary which comes from the public largess.

Gone Fishin'

March 20th, 2012
11:18 pm

Ever notice a common thread of all of the boards that are in trouble with the state of GA?

Positive Cynic

March 21st, 2012
1:15 am

SACS avoids school systems with a majority minority population and large number of minority educators. Miller County Schools are 60% white. I agree that SACS has too much power, but the fear of SACS for school districts in Georgia (especially outside of Atlanta) is the only thing stopping public education throughout Georgia from becoming the worst in the nation. The reality for metro Atlanta is schools do not fear SACS as much as becoming a news story in the Atlanta area which does not really apply for the rest of the state because “investigative local rural news” is an oxymoron in Georgia. SACS is not the solution. Georgia politicians and education leaders need to awake up and realize that an entire generation of black children are being robbed of an education and a future by other greedy blacks. The sad fact is that no one wants to do anything about it for fear of being labeled a racist or a traitor to their race.

Atticus Joad

March 21st, 2012
7:00 am

Wow. I thought editors were bad at the AJC. I’ve never seen more atrocious spelling and grammar in a newspaper than in that excerpt from the Miller County paper.

Atticus Joad

March 21st, 2012
7:02 am

Positive Cynic: Does the name Clayton County register with you?

Atlanta Media Guy

March 21st, 2012
7:36 am

SACS is run by a for profit company, AvancED. Who died and made SACS the cure all? SACS is a waste of time and money for every school system that thinks they mist have SACS. Time for SACS to go.

Michael Moore

March 21st, 2012
7:52 am

The whole notion of school boards needs reformed. They made sense when the school district needed to be able to buy coal for the schoolmarm to warm the classroom, but currently there aren’t any real qualifications for these boards and board members. What other profession has boards but no practitioners? Can you imagine a hospital board not having physicians and administrators as part of the board? The problem with school boards is that since they all went to school, they all feel like experts and know how schools should be run and how students really learn.

yes i am worried

March 21st, 2012
8:24 am

For those of you who dislike SACs, and I am one of you, what is the answer? In the Miller County cases, the charges are pretty horrible and we can all list other examples of corruption and ineptness from the school boards. Unlike electing a corrupting state rep, whose power can be limited because he/she is part of a larger entity who can strip his/her power, school boards can kind of do what they want.

Taxi Smith

March 21st, 2012
8:39 am

Small town BS, that’s what is is. Gnats on a school board wanting to act like they have a brain. They don’t. Sometimes local control (which I generally support) fails. Democracy? Well, it ain’t neat.

skipper

March 21st, 2012
8:56 am

Another shining example of incompetent people elected by incompetent voters. The fact that all have (and should have) the right to vote does not make them competent to do so. That does not mean “Anyone who does not vote my way is incompetant!” However, it is painfully obvious that the Miller County system is a cluster. Look at everything from demographics, stakeholders, etc. and do the math. The truth hurts!

Unfunded pension

March 21st, 2012
9:54 am

Without SACS the situations in APS, Clayton and DeKalb would have been far worse.

I shudder to think…

Mr_B

March 21st, 2012
10:08 am

” Charter schools allow citizens to break away from greedy, corrupt, idiotic school boards.”
We already have mechanisms in place to do this. We call them elections.

still trying

March 21st, 2012
10:10 am

Being from the area I’m familiar with the Old Guard, wink and a nod system of local government there. Friends elect friends to keep it going and the schools suffer.

Shocking

March 21st, 2012
10:32 am

If you care about education then you need to see this series of videos from a former NYC 3 time teacher of the year and NYState Teacher of the Year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQiW_l848t8

Dr. John Trotter

March 21st, 2012
11:02 am

The answer to SACS? I have proposed this on many occasions: The General Assembly can pass enabling legislation which will create the Georgia Schools Accrediting Commission (GSAC) which will operate out of the Georgia Department of Education which is headed up by an elected State Superintendent, Dr. John Barge (or whoever is elected at the particular time). Since Dr. Barge is elected by the people, he can appointed members to the Commission. I’d prefer that it not be a “political” appointment like the appointments to the Georgia Board of Education by the Governor which have “terms” of so many years and have to be by Congressional Districts. These appointments to GSAC should simply by low-key appointments and should serve at the pleasure of the elected official, the State Superintendent of Schools. Then, these members are ultimately accountable to the People of Georgia.

This entire SACS stuff is an anachronism. It’s a throw-back to days when local grand juries appointed school board members. Yes, this actually occurred. Everyone in education knows that a SACS “review” is a rubber stamp; the review is a mile wide and an inch deep. The problems comes into play when SACS just arbitrarily goes after a school system (like Clayton and Warren and Miller) and handles with kid gloves systems whose violations of their so-called “standards” are much more egregious and flagrant (like Atlanta and DeKalb and Dougherty and probably Bibb and other systems). SACS’s modus operandus is Piccadilly-style. Hmm…I think that I’ll have friend catfish (three pieces, please), broccoli with cheese on top, sweet tea, and lemon pie today! It’s a terrible method of picking which system it will pick on.

I pity the school board that does not have the connected lawyer who seems to always pop up where SACS pops up. Ha! I pity the school system which has a highly independent school board which does not realize that certain connected individuals (perhaps the local State Senator or State Representatives) are supposed to be allowed to sell their wares (be it insurance, annuities, consulting, etc.) in the school system. I pity the school boards which actually think that they are accountable to the People! Ha! No, the Georgia good-ole-boy network has this thing called SACS which it uses to keep elected school boards in line. It’s all about the cheddar, folks, all about the cheddar.

Simon

March 21st, 2012
11:05 am

There are two qualified members of the total of five on the Miller County School Board. The other three are rubber stamps for the illegal Superintendent and that explains so many 3-2 votes.
The cap wearing chairman of this board told a reporter, and then repeated it to a state investigator, “We can do any damn thing we want
to do”.
Therein lies the problem in Miller and other small counties in Georgia.

Follow Through

March 21st, 2012
11:10 am

Like it or not, the local School Board represents the locale’. The members are elected and serve regardless of the values of the rest of the State, SACs, State School Board, etc. … not everyone’s’ “value” or “belief” are the same in directing educational systems.

There do need to be standards … OR just do away with local school boards and bring the Big State Brother in to bring its beliefs and values in. One can not have it both ways and educational system needs breaking up … and re-thinking all aspects.

In addition, I worked in a BOE warehouse for two years and there is so much legal wasteful spending just because they have to spend the money or loose it. Money is not the issue … Governance is.

Dr. John Trotter

March 21st, 2012
11:31 am

@ Simon: There are dozens and dozens of Miller Counties throughout Georgia. The real culprits in these counties are the appointed superintendents who have a seemingly insatiable need to have their decisions rubber-stamped and their posteriors kissed. In the old days, when the voters had had enough, they just voted elected superintendents out of office, as they should have. I was involved in a couple of these campaigns, and we were successful in cleaning house. But, now in Georgia all of these superintendents are somewhat insulated from the direct anger and or angst of the People. All an appointed superintendent has to do to keep a five person school board happy is to keep three members somewhat beholden to him or her. Let’s see how easy this might be. Hmm…perhaps School Board Member One has a daughter who wants to move up the school systems. Strangely enough, she becomes an Assistant Principal at a very young age and with bare minimal qualifications. She’s on the move. School Board Member Two has an nephew who has a lighting and roofing company. Bam! He gets the year contract to do all of the new installations and repairs in this area. School Board Member Three is simply and vain, gullible, and naïve. Ah, she’s the easy one to co-opt. The superintendent just makes sure that the school system sends her to all of the State Conferences in Jekyll Island, Atlanta, and Callaway Gardens. The superintendent makes sure that she eats high on the hog and is treated like royalty! Oh, yes, don’t forget about the National School Board Conference held in San Francisco or New York City! Make sure she gets to attend this all-important conference there too! The meetings are nice…but the sexual trysts that often occur at these conference among school board members are quite interesting. I guess this is all about getting to know school board members from other parts of the country! Ha! Exchanging ideas, heh?

Let me stop for now. Maybe I know too much! But, don’t come reading my posts unless you want to know the truth! Isn’t this why they hate me? Oh, it’s going to be another great day today! My bald head is beet red from the almost two hours in the sun at yesterday’s picket in South Fulton. Had a bunch of teachers in the MACE Office last night. If I could only let you know some of the vile curse words that the students routinely – yes, routinely – say to the teachers these days! And then the response from the principal is unconscionable! But, this is a family newspaper.

C Jae of EAV

March 21st, 2012
11:38 am

@Positive Cynic – Well placed observations.

@Follow Through – You’ve nailed it by citing the real problem plaguing public education in GA and that is Governance on all fronts for many local districts.

Ron F.

March 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

“The General Assembly can pass enabling legislation which will create the Georgia Schools Accrediting Commission (GSAC)which will operate out of the Georgia Department of Education”

Doc: think back to Kathy Cox and say these words again…with a straight face! :-) I’m not sure I’d trust the state BOE any more than Elgart.

I will agree that we did not do education a service by changing to appointed superintendents. I think the sometimes cozy relationship they have now encourages corruption.

Dr. John Trotter

March 21st, 2012
12:33 pm

My friend Ron: You have a lot of wisdom. But, also think that Kathy Cox might have taken that job in D. C. because she thought that she might not be able to win at the polls. In a hurry. You guys have a good day!

Beverly Fraud

March 21st, 2012
12:55 pm

Without SACS the situations in APS, Clayton and DeKalb would have been far worse.

I shudder to think…

Unfunded, according to the AJC, it’s reasonable to conclude (Maureen can correct if this is in error) if it was up to SACS Lanchandra Butler-Burks would have remained as board chairman of APS; the same Butler-Burks who conspired with Beverly Hall to conceal evidence of widespread massive cheating from the rest of the board.

Yes SACS tried to STRONG ARM the BOE into keeping as chairman someone who CONSPIRED TO COVER UP CHEATING.

Not quite sure how SACS thought that would make things “better” for the children, as much as perhaps it would make things better for Beverly Hall, Kasim Reed and the Chamber of Commerce.

Simon

March 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

This was a recommendation by the State Board of Education to the Governor. It was not a binding action that immediately affects the county board, so it will continue to function as it has been doing. When, and if, the Governor carries it further is anybody’s guess.

Beverly Fraud

March 21st, 2012
1:10 pm

“My friend Ron: You have a lot of wisdom. But, also think that Kathy Cox might have taken that job in D. C. because she thought that she might not be able to win at the polls.”

Not so sure about that Dr. Trotter. After she was a “good friend” (as quoted in the AJC) of the illustrious, prestigious, Beverly Hall.

Sure, it’s not quite the endorsement that Bernie Madoff would have provided, but remember Beverly Hall was AWARD winning.

Lee

March 21st, 2012
8:04 pm

Here is a video of their latest board meeting. I watched about ten minutes and didn’t see anything that would warrant removing them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8MnPc2a_Sc

Maureen Downey

March 21st, 2012
8:05 pm

@lee, I watched parts of two board meetings on Youtube and also didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary, but not sure that is enough to make a judgment from this distance.
Maureen

Anonmom

March 21st, 2012
10:33 pm

I’m for vouchers…money to the lowest level possible and let it filter up. Corruption would then be minimized — note I say minimized not eliminated. Our biggest problem in Georgia is abject corruption in education and government. If we get the funds to the lowest level possible and spread out into the most hands, we minimize the ability of folks to misuse them. I know there are lots of you against vouchers for various reason but I really believe it would go a long way to minimize the corruption and towards accountability that we so desperately need.

Simon

March 22nd, 2012
9:13 am

Lee and Maureen……..The tapes of the meetings are edited by the board before they are published. You only see what they want you to see.

Maureen Downey

March 22nd, 2012
9:19 am

@Simon, Board members themselves edit them or someone from the system?
Maureen

Claudia Stucke

March 23rd, 2012
12:25 pm

A few years ago DeKalb County insituted DeKalb Online Learning Academy (DOLA). Students have been encouraged to use this resource particularly in cases to make up classes that they have failed. I have to wonder about DOLA’s value and effectiveness, especially when students who had failed my high school literature/composition classes told me that they made As and Bs in their DOLA language arts courses. These were students who came to the eleventh grade with serious reading comprehension issues–in fact, some were functionally illiterate. All had difficulty with written communication, and I am incredulous about any course that supposedly teaches and evaluates this skill without human interaction. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of DOLA, though, is the most obvious: Who is really online, taking the tests and working through the scripted material? Apparently cheating is rampant; and I have personally witnessed the lack of security when students do DOLA classwork at school computers–with access to a variety of information from other students, textbooks, and the Internet. (Internet access via smart phone is a classroom problem generally, but that’s another messy issue.)

Unfortunately, DOLA brings some obvious advantages to the table: It’s less expensive than a flesh-and-blood teacher and it helps with overcrowded classrooms (by removing students who have already taken and failed a class). Moreover, my semi-literate students who were expected to read Hawthorne and the Transcendentalists (not my choice but the county’s or the state’s) scored much higher on their DOLA coursework; DOLA apparentlly succeeded where I had “failed.” These higher scores help narrow achievement gaps and increase graduation rates.

But what happens to these kids when they graduate? Do they have a false sense of accomplishment or ability? Can they read a contract or a lease? Will they be educated, informed voters? The schools may look better on paper, but this is a deal with the devil.

Claudia Stucke

March 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Sorry–I just posted this comment to the wrong topic–I meant to respond to Maureen’s topic of online learning. –cs

A Sad Pirate

March 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

As a parent of children in Miller County school systems it has been very disheartening to see the school that I was once a student of come to such a low state. We were once the best public school in our region.

Our board is the heart of all the issues. They have hired administrators (Superintendent and Principles) with little interest of the well-being of our children, most of which are not Miller County residents. There is no discipline in the school system. Our principle of the high school sells candy outside during lunch and the lunch room becomes a zoo because there is little or no supervision. The disruptive students literally beat on the tables and act like monkeys and talk about sex, drugs and make crude comments to the other children that are around them. Anytime an African American student is disciplined for disrespecting teachers, coursing, dress code violations, etc , their parents go to our “Chairman of the Board” which is also an African American and the discipline is reversed and the threat of bringing in the NAACP is brought up.

Our teachers have no support from their principles because the principles have no support from the board and so the saga continues. Our taxes are among the highest in the nation and we can’t even afford to buy books for all of our students. Our AP teachers are buying books with their own money to teach the AP students and the teachers spend their own money to pay for basic school supplies when we are paying administrative salaries that are unprecedented for a school of our size.

The majority of our teachers are good teachers, but they can no longer control their class rooms because they are intimidated by a board that doesn’t care if there are discipline problems as long as certain children aren’t singled out for their behavior.

I am not a racist. There are also white children that are very disruptive in our schools. They too are not disciplined like they should be. There are a lot of African American children, Hispanic children, ect… that are missing out on a good, quality education like my children are, because of the lack of discipline in the classroom and money being put toward administrative salaries instead of the benefit of our children.

The point is that the children that are disruptive should be removed and sent to an alternative school if they cannot follow the rules. But if the rules aren’t enforced in our schools by our principles, the teachers are left dealing with the chaos.

What happens to the kids when they graduate is that if they were lucky enough to have parents that cared about their education and helped fill in the gaps that they missed during the school year, they will succeed in college and in life. Others will struggle and make the basic attempt at college with little success because there was no foundation of learning.

The children should be the focus and they are not, bottom line. The board is out of control and should not just be suspended but dissolved. We have lost a generation of children to the ignorance of this system and it breaks my heart!

jamie

March 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

The superintendent didn’t like two BOE members elected in Nov. 2010, beat the previous two and took office in Jan. 2011. The previous 5 BOE members before leaving hired this superintendent. On Jan. 18, the superintendent started harrassing the two new members, and one recieved a reprimand on Jan. 18th 2011. They had only been in office for 18 days. Then he secretely recorded meetings and sent to SACs. and even though he got 3 to 2 vote on everything, he called SACs, he wanted to get rid of only the two new BOE members. When he called SACs, he thought he could get only two removed, but the state board must remove all. 3 BOE members are up for re-election in July, and two will not be running, so why didn’t the state board go along with the recommendations of the two BOE attorneys, and the state appointed mediator to let the electoral process play out and allow thes voters to decide the fate of the board. The superintendent did just want he set out to do, get rid of the boe because he knew if he didn’t the two that wanted him fired would possibly get one more vote this summer and he would be gone, which the county wants. He has a better chance of keeping his job with the two new members. One of them has 37 years of teaching experience and holds a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and he knows what should go on in schools. This superintendent is killing the teachers with a 7 period day, all teachers in elem. middle ad high school have the same planning period at the same time at 2:30. He lies on the two BOE member to the State BOE. They didn’t even want to hear the facts, and they even asked some BOE membes why they voted on certain issues the way they did. Like why didn’t you vote to allow the superintendent to live out of the count like the other 3 voted? Tell me how that has to do with the 7 SACs violations, which were corrected, but it was all about personal issues with these two BOE members. The three should have voted to fire the superintendent like I was told that two different attorneys told the to do before going back to the State BOE hearing. Wonder what the super. has on the three that they are willing to go down instead of firing him. He intimidates teachers, and fires the ones that question him. He is hated by all the teachers and faculty, students, and most parents. As long as the super. does what the chairman wants, hires, fires, etc. then he votes to keep this man. Who calls SACs on his on BOE. That is insubordintion, itself. He should go or let the people decide. The sad thing is that two of the BOE that are up for reelection are not running,and it the gov. throws them all off, the chairman is going to run again, which is legal, so the State BOE has only removed the two new members, which is discriminatory, and the voters of their districts have been disenfranchised and over ruleds by an inept state board. He is a loser and SACs came this week while he was crying at the state board hearing, then left for Augusta, never saw any of the SACs team the entire week. How is that for leadership. The whole office was closed. He took the Elem Princ, his sec., computer guy, with him. SACs couldn’t get answers from him. How is that for concerned?

Witness

March 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Jamie, you hit the nail on the head. The appointed Supt can do anything he/she wants to do by using SACS as a scare tactic to put fear into the community. We never get to see what is sent to SACS which means tapes can be edited, info can be incorrect , stakeholders only selected by the Supt to speak to SACS, etc, SACS investigations are so bias and they need to be investigated and sued. Look what happened in Warren County, the Supt called SACS in and they allowed her to conduct the investigation. The board had no input.

Dr. John Trotter

July 13th, 2012
6:15 pm

SACS acts as a union for unelected superintendents who don’t really want to be accountable to the elected school boards.