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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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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!

 

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

 

New Beginnings – The First 2013 Board Of Education Meeting

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), Dr. Michael Kuduk, Judy Hicks, School Board Election 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2013 by Joan Graves

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Tonight was the first meeting of our newly elected board of education. For anyone not in attendance you missed the excellence of a board united in improving the educational climate we have adapted ourselves to. Should you happen to run into board members within the community be sure to take a moment and stop to thank them for taking on the enormous responsibility of improving the education of our students.

The new board elected their governing body this evening. Previously, Judy Hicks served as chairperson with Debbie Fatkin as vice-chair. For 2013, it will be Dr. Michael Kuduk directing the board by serving as Chairperson. Michael McGowan was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Dr. Kuduk wasted no time getting down to business. One of the first changes he wants to initiate is changing board meetings from once a month to twice a month. When Judy Hicks indicated two Tuesday’s a month would be too much for her work schedule, Ashley Ritchie wisely asked if board meetings had to occur on Tuesdays. They do not, which opened up enormous opportunities for setting days convenient to all. There are still details to hammer out but at this point it appears as though board meetings will be conducted one Tuesday and Thursday of each month.

By increasing the frequency of meetings it provides the board extended time to review and finalize the agenda, as well as provide the community additional time to come before the board with comments and concerns. Board meetings have a history of being extensively long. In June, a board meeting wasn’t adjourned until two in the morning. Many working parents find the extensive length of board meetings a deterrent for their attendance. They simply don’t have the time to work, care for the family and attend a 3-4 hour board meeting. Dr. Kuduk’s proposal will decrease the time commitment for parents, board members and faculty. If you are unable to make a meeting you won’t have to wait an entire month before getting the assistance you need. Tonight’s meeting was for organizational purposes so the regular board meeting will take next week as usual.

During the years I have been attending board meetings it has always been easy to determine who the new board members were. They are often timid and unsure of themselves. That was certainly not the case tonight. Our newly elected officials had no hesitation making motions, seconding them, asking questions or offering recommendations.

Another significant change was inclusion. Several times Dr. Kuduk looked to those in attendance to include them in decisions. He specifically looked to them as the second date for a board meeting was discussed. Involving the community and employees in decision making was highly promoted by Stand Up Clark County so we are well pleased to see the board turning in this direction.

After a tumultuous year, hope, peace and unity reined this evening. This is a board willing to put the needs of the students above their personal ones. This board firmly established that they have done their homework and are well-versed in proper procedure and knowledge of how a successful board conducts themselves.

This is only the very first meeting on the very first day of our educational restoration. It is a new year filled with the promises of what is truly a new beginning. So, Stand Up Clark County because without a doubt, you made it happen.

 

Judy Hicks & The Winchester Sun – What’s THAT About?

Posted in Board of Education (General), Elaine Farris, In The News, Judy Hicks, School Board Election 2012, Winchester Sun on November 5, 2012 by Joan Graves

I am responding to Judy Hicks comments in the Winchester Sun because so many of you have asked me to. What I first want to say is we need to see this for what it is; a desperate attempt to save a sinking ship. It’s a whole smoke and mirrors act that isn’t even close to being honest.

We have previously posted emails from Elaine Farris where she treats the Winchester Sun more like her publicist than a local paper. We have emails between Judy and Elaine in which Judy says, “Strong PR” will be needed to convince the public to buy into the superintendent’s propaganda. Even Debbie Fatkin admitted that Elaine has an uncanny ability to “use the media to her advantage”.

We must first look at the fact that it’s Judy, not Elaine.When have you ever seen our schools in the news for anything and Elaine wasn’t prominent?  Why not now? Elaine’s picture and words have become a stigma. People are angry and fed up. Elaine is smart enough to know that any message coming from her would not be well received.

We should also note that Judy’s remarks are not a letter to the editor or a report from a Sun employee. This is the chairman of the board of education having her say about controversy that is a major part of tomorrow’s election. In other words it’s a political ad. Stand Up Clark County had an ad in today’s paper. The only difference is that we paid for ours.

The board claims the facilities plan has been in motion for years so why on election eve would Judy suddenly feel the need to explain?  If her account in the Sun is accurate why did she not mention it at the meeting with parents? Rather than respond to the people who vote her and the rest of the board in she waited to take a one-sided stand at the midnight hour.

This deceitful tactic reveals how low this board is willing to stoop. Every middle school parent should be outraged. Judy Hicks is using your child’s education for her political gain. Rather than face you and respond to your questions she opted to take an “ad” out in the paper when you can’t question her about the validity of her statements.

The fact remains that if anything Judy Hicks said in the paper today was actually correct why wait until now to say it? Her intent was to provide a presentation that might give voters a bit of doubt and keep you from voting for the candidates backed by Stand Up Clark County. Then after the election you discover it was all just a fairytale. It is blatantly trickery and insult to your intelligence.

We need board members willing to answer questions we put before them. We need board members more concerned about our kids than their image. We need to ask ourselves why the board is going to such lengths to keep us from voting for Ashley Ritchie, Michael McGowan and Steve Graves.

This board knows that when those three are voted in the community seizes control of the board room and our schools. That is something they can’t  tolerate. If Judy Hicks is so certain she makes the right decisions how come her kids weren’t educated in the schools she runs?

Stand Up Clark County and tell Judy Hicks her deceitful tactics won’t work anymore. If you want the truth about the facilities plan the only way to get it is to vote for Steve Graves, Michael McGowan and Ashley Ritchie. They’ve been here all along answering your questions when you ask.

When A Picture Hides A Thousand Words & Costs You Lunch

Posted in Board Meetings, Board of Education (General), Elaine Farris, Emails, In The News, Judy Hicks, Winchester Sun on October 18, 2012 by Joan Graves

Yesterday, the Winchester Sun ran a picture of Superintendent Elaine Farris going through the lunch line at Shearer Elementary to mark school lunch week. But what you saw in the paper is not a complete picture. This is the  rest of the story.

In the August 9, 2011 edition of the Winchester Sun Elaine announced that Clark County was going to opt out of the Community Eligibility Option. The program is administered by the USDA as a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Obama. The program provides all students with free breakfast and lunch in school regardless of income.

School districts in three states, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois were the initial states selected to participate in the program. But each district had the option to opt in or out of the program.

In emails obtained by Stand Up Clark County, there were several between Elaine and Judy Hicks pertaining to the Community Eligibility Option. To Judy’s credit her emails reveal that she did a lot of research on the issue and questioned Elaine on the wisdom of opting out.  As is typical of her, Elaine refused to entertain the notion of changing her mind.  Unfortunately, Judy lost sight of her responsibilities and went from trying to talk Elaine into it, to trying to talk the community out of it. (see email at the end of this article)

Nine months after refusing to take part in a program that provides free breakfast and lunch to all students, the board announced an increase in lunch prices. Elaine was quoted as saying, “We are never happy about putting another mandate or increase on our constituents or our stakeholders. I just want to say to our public that we do try to find ways not to put too much of a financial burden on you. However, this is a mandate from the federal government, so we have to bite it off and chew it.”

Elaine quoted the Healthy, Hunger-free Act of 2010 in both of her decisions. The program is implemented in stages over a span of about 3 years. When Elaine opted out in August 2011 she did so with full knowledge of what was coming. She knew what foods schools would be required to serve and how much should be paid for them. She certainly didn’t share that information to the community.

Elaine stated in August 2011 that by choosing to be a part of the Community Eligibility Option the district’s annual revenue would drop $249,150. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced grants of approximately $100,000 more than what she said we’d lose.  Rather than give us all the information Elaine reveals only the  parts of the program that support her thought of the moment. She forced us to bite it off and chew but turns out the hardest part is swallowing it.

Stand Up Clark County and demand all the facts behind the decisions.

Why The Number One Has More Power Than One Board Member

Posted in Board of Education (General), Deanna Wolfe, Debbie Fatkin, Dr. Michael Kuduk, Elaine Farris, Judy Hicks, School Board Election 2012 with tags , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2012 by Joan Graves

The common theme of the community is a desperate cry for change. People want more from the board of education and they deserve it. Parents want to know their opinions matter. Teachers want to work without fear and students need to know their best educational interest is more important than political games. So, what do we do? Who do we believe?

I keep asking myself how we got here. I know the obvious answer is poor leadership but how did the leadership get placed? How have less than stellar board members been able to retain their seats on this sinking ship for so many years?  I think the most obvious answer is that most of us just don’t want to be a part of the board. The pay is a joke and the headaches many.

Once a board member is seated they tend to retain the position until trouble rears its ugly head. Historically, it has been that as long as there are no huge news making negative events no one runs against current board members. BJ Swope’s position is case in point. He was tapped to run by a citizen’s group formed long before Stand Up Clark County. That group vehemently opposed the building of a new high school. At that time, our board of education was making news for their conduct which resulted in a near brawl on more than one occasion. The goal was to get former board member Minnie Spangler out and they succeeded. But the victory was short lived.

Replacing only one board member doesn’t change anything. A single board member has no power. Even 2 board members can’t accomplish much.  It takes at least 3 board members with common goals and ideas to bring about change.

It’s a unique time in Clark County because we have exactly that. Ashley Ritchie, Michael McGowan and Steve Graves are all like-minded. They are not clones. With their varying personalities and personal experiences combined with their common ideology and goals they will have the majority vote and represent equally our ever changing community. If you add to that the voting history of Dr. Michael Kuduk you get a perfect storm for change. That puts 4 out of 5 board members making decisions with a new focus on our schools. Judy Hicks’ votes, if not in the best interest of our community, will amount to nothing. Because one member has no power.

In the draw of  ballot positions I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Ashley Ritchie, Michael McGowan and Steve Graves all got the number 1 ballot slot. Many people have no idea what district they are in but to get change they really don’t need to. If you live in a district that has a board member up for election on November 6 you will be able to cast a vote. If not, the voting machine won’t allow you to vote in the board race. If you can vote all you need to do is simply, push the first name on the school board ballot and you will send change on it’s way to Clark County Schools. Spread the word to everyone you know that if we want our schools to be number one all we have to do is push it.

Stand Up Clark County for the perfect storm.

 

 

 

Are Clark County Schools Making You Sick – Literally? Toxic Mold In Our Schools

Posted in Deanna Wolfe, Debbie Fatkin, Documents, Dr. Michael Kuduk, Elaine Farris, Emails, Judy Hicks, Point of View with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2012 by Joan Graves

 

Superintendent Elaine Farris loves to say that if something is important to us we will invest time, effort and money in it. I agree. If we apply Elaine’s self-proclaimed mind-set, priorities and mode of operation to this email we find the driving-force and attitude of the leader of our school system.

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Foremost on her mind seems to be appearance. She has invested most of her time and energy and most of our money on cosmetic fixes. As long as things look good she can fool us into thinking they are good. She depends upon visual eye-candy to make her feel successful.

Science has proven that people obsessed with appearances hone in on even the smallest faults and use them as a way to prove weakness. Therefore, everyday  she passed through the slightly flawed central office she saw failure. If she saw it then surely the mass of commuters on Lexington Avenue saw it as well. But if they saw a well-landscaped building they would assume success, she hoped.

I took these pictures in the middle of a scorching hot, dry summer. Notice the greenery?  While the rest of us had grass so dry it could nearly cut and we watched our flowers shrivel up, our taxes paid for the water required to keep central office landscaping looking good.

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Meanwhile, a silent potential killer was enveloping our kids. Elaine generated this email and the board approved this spending and work less than a month after I told them there was mold in the preschool. I pleaded for their help and pointed out the possible deadly consequences mold may have on people with compromised immune systems, respiratory conditions and other health impairments. With the exception of Dr. Michael Kuduk, the board sat silent and unemotional. They gave no indication that they cared that every second someone is exposed to a mold spore it increases the likelihood of serious health complications.

They weren’t moved by my pleas because it wasn’t new information to them. They knew about the advancing mold problem long before I addressed it. In fact, one year the preschool had to delay the start of school due to mold. They knew then what I’ve only recently learned. The mold problem is advancing to  epidemic proportions and has spread through multiple schools. Everyday they ignore it the body of our students and school employees are being invaded by this.

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Each year teachers remark how the start of school always brings illness to them. It has always been attributed to germs spread between students and staff. Now we know that typical illnesses such as sinus infections, allergic responses, bronchitis, throat infections, headaches, respiratory illnesses or increased asthma attacks may be attributed to mold exposure.

We cannot allow this deliberate assault upon the health of our community to continue. The superintendent has invested time, energy and money in cosmetic issues such as prettying up central office and building a new high school. She dresses to the hilt, travels across the country and drives a celebrity-type SUV, all on our dime because she believes it makes her powerful and successful.

The board of education not only refuses to rein in our superintendent’s gross negligence but they actually support her. Judy Hicks and Debbie Fatkin lavished praise after praise on Elaine during her evaluation. Our kids are inhaling toxins and the board is giving Elaine a raise. Something is terribly, terribly wrong.  The board and superintendent have failed our kids. It’s unacceptable for us to do the same. STAND UP NOW CLARK COUNTY! The child you save may be your own.

 

The Infamous Complainers Email

Posted in Emails, Judy Hicks on June 14, 2012 by Joan Graves

The Infamous Complainers Email

Stand Up Clark County Complainers! These people make decisions about OUR kids. Yes, we will complain every single time they put themselves before the kids, abuse their power, bully a teacher or disrespect us. The difference is we call it ACCOUNTABILITY!!!