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New School Start Times A Flub For School Board?

Posted in Ashley Ritchie, Beth Griffith, Board Meetings, Board Members, Board of Education (General), Michael Kuduk, Michael McGowan, School Buses, Schools with tags , , , , , , , on May 28, 2014 by Joan Graves

374837_2066137873001_485897450_nI am hearing everyone loud and clear. So, please don’t send me anymore emails in an all caps rage. These school start times are for the birds. No, wait. The birds won’t even be up when the littlest kids are sent out the door.

As I’ve said, many times before this board has been left with a mess to clean up from the previous board. I’m fully aware that this board spends more time making decisions along the lines of, “Is it better to shoot our selves with this gun or stab ourselves with a knife?”  We have people like Judy Hicks to thank for that. However, that doesn’t give them a free pass on all of their choices.

Yes, they were left with an atrocious facility plan they had to clean up but did that lead to this decision about start times?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, because schools had to be closed and others opened because the state refused to allow us the freedom to toss the entire plan out the window and begin again. The state eventually conceded on some items but refused to budge on others. That left us with a less crappy facility plan than we originally had but not a great plan by any means. Now, we have too many kids, in too few of schools, in too large of an area, with too many obstacles for it to make any kind of sense.

I am certain there were many things to consider in making this decision.  But the only true vision of what they have done can be obtained by actually walking in the shoes they forced on our kids feet, especially the little kids.  I challenge every board member, with the exception of Ashley Ritchie (she voted no) and our superintendent Paul Christy, to get on these buses and ride them. Each of them need to be endure the sentence they have placed on our kids. And after they served their time on the bus that’s on the road the longest then go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan.

While we wait to see if anyone actually has the courage to take up this challenge, I challenge all of you to contact them and tell them exactly what you’ve told me. This board may make ridiculous choices sometimes but I do believe that they will actually listen.

Stand Up Clark County and say no to these new start times

My Final Thought In Song For Tonight’s Meeting

Posted in Ashley Ritchie, Beth Griffith, BJ Swope, Board Meetings, Board Members, Board of Education (General), Deanna Wolfe, Debbie Fatkin, Dr. Michael Kuduk, Elaine Farris, Encouragement, Judy Hicks, Michael Kuduk, Michael McGowan, Point of View, Schools with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by Joan Graves

keep-calm-and-love-toby-mac  I find the words I long to say to my community in the lyrics of a Toby Mac song.  I ache for our school board struggling to make decisions for the common good of everybody.  But my heart also aches for those, few as they may be, who will feel disappointed.  My prayer is that we all find a way to look beyond ourselves and go back to being the family of a community.  It was Winchester that taught me the meaning of community and forever changed my life.  I pray for us to once again become the family we were meant to be. After all, as Toby Mac says, “If we’re gotta start sometime why not now?”  Well, I’ll let Toby tell you the rest.  Just know I love you Clark County – ALL of you.

If you gotta start somewhere why not here? If you gotta start sometime why not now? If we gotta start somewhere I say here. If we gotta start sometime I say now. Through the fog there is hope in the distance, from cathedrals to third world missions. Love will fall to the earth like a crashing wave!

Tonight’s the night, for the sinners and the saints. Two worlds collide in a beautiful display. It’s all love tonight. When we step across the line, we can sail across the sea to a city with one King. A city on our knees

Tonight could last forever. WE ARE 1 CHOICE FROM TOGETHERas a family. We’re family.
Oh Tonight couldn’t last forever, we are one choice from together. You & me. It’s you and me.
IF WE GOTTA START SOMEWHERE WHY NOT HERE? IF WE GOTTA START SOMETIME WHY NOT NOW?
Stand Up Clark County & be that City on our Knees. A city willing to start here and now.

Facility Plan – What Are We Made Of?

Posted in Ashley Ritchie, Beth Griffith, BJ Swope, Board Meetings, Board Members, Board of Education (General), Deanna Wolfe, Debbie Fatkin, Encouragement, In The News, Judy Hicks, Michael Kuduk, Michael McGowan, Point of View, School Board Election 2012, Winchester Sun, WKYT with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by Joan Graves

the-future Tomorrow night the Clark County School Board will vote on which facilities plan to accept.  Each plan has its strength and its weaknesses.  Each plan will make some pleased and leave others mad.  That can be said of any facility plan in any school board room in any town USA.  Clark County will no doubt have double the emotions simply because of all we have been through prior to this point.

Our facility plan drama began years ago with a highly controversial plan cloaked in accusations of wrongdoing and corruption.  From the moment the ink was quietly placed on the contract, the deal immediately began treading water in a pool of innuendo that immediately divided the community.

It had been quite some time since several of those school board members had been challenged so apparently they were under the misguided notion they could do as they pleased.  They simply did what they had always done.  They counted on the community’s outrage to play itself out and citizens to lose their steam.  When instead the community rallied together to fight for the common good of everybody then things changed.

behind clouds  The previous board’s inability then and even now to consider that they made terrible mistakes, disregarded community opinion, failed to weigh all the options or even begin to have the courage to stand up for the least of us, proves how grossly inadequate they were to represent the greatest of us.  Therefore, they brought shame and suspect upon all of their actions most notably the notorious facilities plan.  In an outrageous show of unification, the community made clear their disgust of being muted and voted out the old and in the new.  Now, we turn to a new era.  It’s a new time and opportunity.

This is the first time that any board member, with the exception of Judy Hicks, in this entire facilities plan drama, has taken time to consider all angles.  This board heard the community loud and clear.  They fought the state.  They have labored, sweat, prayed, talked, lost sleep over and contemplated beyond the realms any of us wish to consider.  This board has taken on what everyone wanted changed but few dared to tackle.  This board, with the exception of Judy Hicks, stepped up to the mound in the last inning with everything lined up against them and nothing going for them but an overwhelming desire to take one for the team because it’s the right thing to do.  Could you do it?  I couldn’t.  That’s why I didn’t run for the board.  images (18)

So, on this eve that changes everything I am asking you, Clark County, what are we made of?  This facilities plan is more than about a mere vote on metal and steel.  It’s a vote on the kind of people we are.  Are we selfish people willing to turn on one another if we don’t get our way?  Are we weak people willing to flaunt that our vote won over the plan that didn’t?  Or are we people with backbone, people who reach deep and know that regardless of what tomorrow holds it is a new era?  It’s a time of when we say all that is gone before, matters no more.  We have a board that will never again put our kids or their own reputations on the market to the highest bidder.  There is no more secret meetings, over-paid bureaucrats, over inflated egos or nauseating misuse of the media.

Life has shown us that more often than not to find what is keeping we must first sift through the rubbish.  To find a hidden treasure we must get dirty digging it from the dirt.  To find a diamond we have to travel the blackest coal shafts.  And if we want real gold then we have to spend hours on our knees shaking it from the imposters and fool’s gold surrounding it.  Finding what is real is important but what becomes more important is how do we treat what is authentic when we are not accustom to seeing it?  Now, is our time Clark County.  Stand up for your school board and say we respect your effort you have put into this decision making process – thank you for having the courage to do the job no one else wanted.

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WARNING EXTREME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE School Attorney Verbally Abuses Parents

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), In The News, National Stories with tags , , , , on July 14, 2013 by Joan Graves

I posted a video about Peggy Hatton, a parent of a special needs child, speaking at a board meeting and ridiculed by the school district attorney. Clearly the attorney has a bucket of crazy where his head should be to behave this way. Unbelievable.

 

Parent Of Special Needs Student Ridiculed At Board Meeting

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), In The News, National Stories with tags , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by Joan Graves

Peggy Hatton could easily be Joan Graves. Be warned this video escalates into heartbreaking emotion. It will be especially hard for parents of special needs kids to watch because we know all too well the raw pain Hatton expresses.

 

Controversy Continues Over Clark County Schools

Posted in Board Meetings, In The News, WTVQ with tags , , , on April 16, 2013 by Joan Graves

Controversy Continues Over Clark County Schools.

WTVQ the only station to report on what matters most right now to the community of Clark County. Lets show them some love.

Making a 911 Call To KDE

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), Judy Hicks, Point of View, School Board Election 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by Joan Graves

Tonight the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will be our board meeting. Regardless of what you think about the middle school merger KDE’s attendance is important for 5 reasons.

1. Our superintendent has direct ties to KDE.

2. The Winchester Sun recently printed a letter from KDE, they claimed to have obtained through an open records request. However, they would have to have known EXACTLY what to request. Considering, it was a letter to Dr. Kuduk from KDE someone obviously had to tell them. That is an incredible ethics violation that at the very least borders on the illegal.

3. KDE stated months ago that the department had been “inundated with complaints regarding Clark County Schools” for months but they have failed to intervene. They have also stated that they are “carefully monitoring” events.

4. In November the community ousted former board members when the middle school merger was a major voting point. Beth Griffith appeared to change her opinion on the matter frequently however, her conduct on the board makes clear her intention to support this merger despite the fact that the majority of the people she represents is NOT in favor of it. Judy Hicks also continues to support the merger when her constituents are also opposed.

5.  This community heavily voiced their disapproval for this facilities plan, years ago. In fact, prior to the existence of Stand Up Clark County another citizen’s group took their fight against the facilities plan straight to KDE’s door, receiving no assistance.

I have no idea what will happen at tonight’s board meeting. What I do know is that this community is being held hostage by an unwanted, poorly executed facilities plan we never wanted and despite our many pleas to the state they refused to help us. Now, the only people paying for this mess are the very ones they sought assistance to stop it in the first place. In an emergency you dial 911 for help and protection. Clark County made an educational 911 call and have been on hold for years. So, KDE, will you at long last take our call tonight?

Stand Up Clark County!

 

Kudos To Kuduk For His Handling Of Tonight’s BOE Controversy

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), Point of View with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Joan Graves

When Dr. Michael Kuduk became the board chair he made it clear that a major priority will be improving the district and community relationship. He certainly demonstrated his commitment tonight. Even though tonight’s board meeting meets Kentucky Open Meeting regulations that was not enough for Dr. Kuduk. He has higher expectations. He does not want a board willing to meet the bare minimum of the law. Instead, he seeks a board that embodies the “spirit of the law“. That spirit is how the board carries out KRS statute 61.805 which states that the public must have ample notice regarding any meeting that will be discussing public business. Dr. Kuduk made clear  someone had failed to put the public’s best interest first and he was not happy about it.

To remedy the situation, Dr. Kuduk announced the board wouldn’t be taking action on any agenda items tonight. Instead, the public would be made aware of what was going to be discussed so they may attend the next meeting if they desire. He went on to say the board would continue with presentations from superintendent search organizations in attendance but there be no board vote on it until the public had an opportunity to comment.  What is likely not a surprise to anyone,  Judy Hicks objected.

Judy determined that because one of the agenda items was the acceptance of Superintendent Elaine Farris’s  resignation they shouldn’t hear any presentations until the resignation had been formally accepted by the board.  Judy seems to be laboring under the misconception that Elaine’s resignation is questionable. Dr. Kuduk pointed out that Elaine publicly announced her resignation to the board at the last meeting and it has been posted on the  district’s website.  He concluded that it would be a tremendous waste of time for the organizations prepared to pitch their services to now be denied because someone on our part dropped the ball.

In her typical passive-aggressive style, Judy continued to verbally spar with Dr. Kuduk, who was having none of her nonsense. Then in a shocking move, Judy attempted to undermine Dr. Kuduk by soliciting the opinion of board attorney Henry Rosenthal. Rosenthal agreed with Dr. Kuduk, stating it was common knowledge Elaine resigned and the vote to accept her resignation was formality because Elaine couldn’t be forced to work at a job she quit.  Discussion over.

The importance of the exchange between Dr. Kuduk and Judy Hicks cannot be ignored. Judy claimed only to be asking a question to get clarification. Yet, there was no confusion. It had been established that Dr. Kuduk was acting in accordance with the law and that Elaine had made her resignation public.  Despite these glaring facts Judy continued to press the issue.

Dr. Kuduk is the chairman of the board which technically makes him Judy’s boss. In what other job would an employee be allowed to continue protesting the instructions of her boss and not be insubordinate? Insubordination is grounds for automatic dismissal in the working world. While Judy’s behavior is up for interpretation, it certainly raises some questions. Is she having trouble relinquishing control of the board to Dr. Kuduk? Was she challenging Dr. Kuduk because she personally resents him? Is there a deeper, more sinister motive of which we are not privy?

It’s important to keep these questions in mind. If Judy is on a personal mission it is the responsibility of the board and the community to seek her removal from the board. It is also our responsibility to give Judy an opportunity to demonstrate that she is willing to work with the new board for the betterment of Clark County students. At this stage we can’t determine for certain what is taking place so we should carefully observe her behaviors and attitudes in the future.

In the mud of all the legalities, petty differences and personal agendas one thing is absolute. A new era has arrived in Clark County. Change is marching in and taking no prisoners. Dr. Michael Kuduk is taking the board of education in a new direction. People are talking about how, under his leadership, the board is more focused on priorities. As more energy, enthusiasm and zeal tear through the board the public celebrates its readmission into education.

Stand Up Clark County and give kudos to Kuduk.

Board Of Education To Finalize Restructuring

Posted in Board Meetings, Dr. Michael Kuduk, Elaine Farris, Judy Hicks, School Board Election 2012 on January 15, 2013 by Joan Graves

I Apologize for this late notice but the board of education will be meeting tonight.at 6:30. I’ve been so busy I forgot about it. Ooops! If you can’t attend the meeting you can watch it online using this link  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ccps-boe-test. Sometimes the link doesn’t work so you can also access it by going to http://www.ustream.com and in the search box at the top of the screen enter “CCPS BOE” (all caps & space in the middle). That will bring up the channel for the board. If the meeting is already in process a box will appear and ask you if you want to watch live. If they are not live a choice of videos will be provided and you can click the date you want to view.  I’ve provided tonight’s agenda at the end of this post.

This will be the second meeting with the new board. As reported last week, Dr. Michael Kuduk is leading the board and has a number of changes he intends to make. At the top of the list is putting the public back in our public education system. Last week Dr. Kuduk made clear his intent to turn the board from an internal focus to a focus on students, employees and the community. His leadership goals will likely be an important aspect of tonight’s meeting.

New vice-chair Michael McGowan, known for his exceptional ability to break down jargon into real terms, is also in-line with the community focus. During middle school merger meetings and the candidate forum he articulated the very real results of the ramifications of board decisions. He removed the fluff we had come to expect from the previous board and made clear our options and projected outcomes of each.

Last week, Ashley Ritchie stunned as she behaved like a 5-year board veteran rather than a newly elected member. Her uncanny insight into the hearts and minds of a younger generation is unprecedented. Last week Ashley silenced anyone who may have questioned her ability. She arrived early and was in her chair reviewing board documents and expressed her thoughts and  provided insight. District 5, once a silent “yes man” seat now has a confident, focused voice.

This board is like none other. Typically high profile positions as this board has taken on, often creates a mountain of stress. This board, however, runs like a well oiled machine. It is an extremely exciting time to have a student in Clark County.

Stand Up Clark County for board members eager to serve our children.

CLARK COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION January 15, 2013 REGULAR MEETING 6:30 P.M.

AGENDA
CALL TO ORDER
 Welcome
 Moment of Silence
 Pledge of Allegiance
1. Adoption of Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes for December 11, 2012 Regular Meeting and January 8, 2013 Organizational Meeting
STUDENT/STAFF RECOGNITION
Board of Education Recognition Month
PUBLIC COMMENTS
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
3. Update on New Elementary School – Mike Smith
4. Update on New George Rogers Clark High School – Ron Murrell
5. 5th Month Attendance – Barbara Disney
6. District and State Updates – Dr. Farris
STUDENT LEARNING AND INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES
7. Overview and Update of Implementation of Instructional Rounds – Brenda Considine
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
8. Consider Approval of Contract Between Clark County Board of Education and OVEC Financial Services – Dr. Farris
9. Consider Approval of 2012-2013 Nutrition and Physical Activity Report Card – Rebecca Lowry
10. Consider Approval to Surplus Used/Non-Working Cell Phones – Gina Amos
11. Consider Selection and Approval of Name for New Elementary School – Barbara Disney
12. Consider Selection and Approval of Name for Combined Middle School – Barbara Disney
13. Consider Approval of Pay Application #10 from Codell Construction Company for Construction Services for the Conkwright Renovation Project in the Amount of $30,973.00 – Paul Christy
14. Consider Approval of Pay Application #14 from Codell Construction Company for Construction Services for the New Elementary School Project in the Amount of $1,000,076.65 – Paul Christy
15. Consider Approval of Change Order #20-3 for the New Elementary School Project
Regarding Change of Heat Pump Lines (credit of $10,438.00) and Addition of a Manhole
(Cost of $11,465.00) for an Additional Cost to the Project of $1,027.00 – Paul Christy
16. Consider Approval of Pay Application #20 from Codell Construction Company for Resident
Observer Services at the New George Rogers Clark High School in the Amount of $9,375.00
– Paul Christy
17. Consider Approval of Pay Application #26 from the General Contractor D.W. Wilburn for
the New George Rogers Clark High School Project in the Amount of $331,815.00 – Paul
Christy
18. Consider Approval of Change Order #41 for the Phase I: George Rogers Clark High School
Project Regarding the Addition of Wall Hung Aluminum Canopies at the Green Roof Area in
the Amount of $5,265.85 – Paul Christy
19. Consider Approval of Pay Application #1 from Allen Company for the New Highway
Entrance and Turn-Lane Project for the New George Rogers Clark High School Project in the
Amount of $297,996.00 – Paul Christy
20. Consider Approval of the Pay Application #5 from D.W. Wilburn, Inc. for the Phase II:
Clark County Area Technology Center Project in the Amount of $239,265.00 – Paul Christy
21. Consider Approval of Change Order #4 for the Phase II: Clark County Area Technology
Center Project Regarding the Reworking of the Pavement in the Courtyard Area in the
Amount of $4,200.00 – Paul Christy
22. Consider Approval of Change Order #5 for the Phase II: Clark County Area Technology
Center Project Regarding the Addition of Anti-freeze Type Sprinkler Heads for the Exterior
Material Storage Area in the Amount of $4,582.75 – Paul Christy
INTERNAL BOARD BUSINESS
23. Discussion of 2013 Agenda Planning Meetings – Dr. Kuduk
24. Consider Approval of 2013 Agenda Planning Meetings and Dates, Times, and Locations –
Dr. Kuduk
25. Consider Approval for Board Team to Attend KSBA 77th Annual Conference February 22-
24, 2013 at the Galt House East, Louisville, KY – Dr. Kuduk
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
26. Consider Approval of GRC Varsity Cheerleaders Trip to Bowling Green, KY to Compete in
the State KAPOS Competition January 25-27, 2013 – David Bolen
27. Consider Approval of GRC Band Trip to Louisville, KY to Participate in All-State Band
February 6-7, 2013 – David Bolen
28. Consider Approval of GRC Winter Guard Trip to Nashville, TN to Compete in Winter Guard
International Contest February 16-17, 2013 – David Bolen
29. Consider Approval of GRC Senior Advisory Senior Class 2013 Trip to New York City
March 20-24, 2013 – David Bolen
30. Consider Approval of GRC Softball Trip to Orlando, FL to Participate in Softball
Tournament March 30-April 6, 2013 – David Bolen
31. Consider Approval of BG-4 Closeout Document for the Direct Purchase Order #DPO 0746-
37, (CCBoE PO#11010062) for Rexel Southland for the New George Rogers Clark High
School (Phase I) Project – Paul Christy
32. Acknowledge the Cash Position Report – Gina Amos
33. Acknowledge the Clark County Clerk’s Motor Vehicle Tax Report – Gina Amos
34. Acknowledge the Clark County Sheriff’s November and December Report – Gina Amos
35. Acknowledge the Monthly Financial Report – Gina Amos
36. Acknowledge the General Fund Budget Summary Report – Gina Amos
37. Acknowledge the Notice of Personnel Action Report – Scarlett Ryan
38. Authorize Payment of Salaries and Accounts Payable – Gina Amos

 

Winchester Sun Reports On Board Changes

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), In The News, School Board Election 2012, Winchester Sun with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by Joan Graves

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Winchester Sun Reports On Board Changes

Casey Castle with the Winchester Sun reported on events from last night’s board of education meeting.  His report is the latest in the accolades being heaped upon new board members. Expectations for the board were high but  after only one meeting, the praises are higher.  Control of the board is now in the very capable hands of Dr. Michael Kuduk who made it clear that the community-board relationship a priority.  Stand Up Clark County for Dr. Kuduk as he stands for us.