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7.01.2008

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • If I were at the beach.
  • The Cotton Bowl is adding complete upper decks to the end zones. That's quite a few more seats (and a pretty good pic of it is here.) But based on stubhub.com, that doesn't make Texas/OU tickets any cheaper.
  • Wal*Mart is getting rid of the "*". As smart as they company has been, that was a goofy idea to put it there in the first place.
  • Funny line from Vegas Vacation (I saw parts of it again last weekend) when Clark asks Eddie if he is worried about living near a radioactive site: "All I know is that my garden is spittin' out 10 pound tomaters and my teeth have never been whiter."
  • I receive Newsweek every week and never get around to reading any of the articles like I promise myself.
  • The find-a-parking-space-dance at Casa Torres on a given weekday in Decatur will suck the life force out of you. And there always seems to be a pack of guys in Haliburton outfits in there.
  • There was a huge wreck on I-35E at the Lewisville Lake bridge this morning. There's simply no way to get around that and the traffic folks were suggesting people exit at Teasley Lane in Denton. Oh, my.
  • The story all over the AP yesterday was that "9 out of 10 Families Affected By Gas Prices." Isn't that the same thing as saying that 9 out of 10 families aren't rich.
  • My cruise control has gone out on my vehicle. Beating.
  • I saw the movie Fragile in a theater and its been on HBO pretty frequently over the last couple of months. Verdict: It's ridiculous. 
  • The new First Financial Bank building in Decatur at 51/287 looks pretty good. But it appears there is yet another hotel going in right by it. 
  • Fox 4's medical reporter John Hammarley has been suspended. Don't know why.
  • There was a report yesterday that many people will have to walk one mile from their parking space to the new Cowboys Stadium. But if you ever parked at the outer lot at Texas Stadium, that's about the same distance. 
  • I saw a book review in the paper last weekend about Doris Day. I didn't know that she was still alive, in her 80s, and a recluse for the last 40 years. I like that "recluse" idea.
  • It is coming up on the 4th of July and that means fireworks. Overrated? And haven't they been exactly the same for the last 30 years?
  • And isn't it amazing that 30 years ago there was a firework sold that had an unofficial racist name. Uh, it ended in "chaser"?  I remember every kid on my block calling it that and we didn't think twice about it.
  • Former Fox 4 traffic reporter Todd Caruth went to the ER for kidney stones. That cost him $4,227.85.(before a voluntary discount.)
  •  Back in November I posted the 911 call where the man pretty much told the operator that he was going next door to shoot two guys robbing a house. He did. It was chilling. Yesterday a grand jury no-billed him.
  • I do a good job of keeping house plants alive.
  • That Granbury killing of two women is also chilling. But it was odd that they met in a Women's Shelter.
  • By the way, Embarq promptly showed up on Monday morning and replaced the defective modem in our office. Good job. 

131 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not only is the Granbury deaths chilling. One victim is the Sheriff Walkers sister-in law. I am not sure about the details.

Anonymous said...

She looks she's saying,Mr. Green I'm sorry but I just don't seem to have the money to pay you like I said I would today.

Is there ANYTHING that I could do to Ahhhhhh work it off.

onmyway311 said...

With all the hotels we have, you'd think we're a Metroplex metropolis...

Anonymous said...

So how much will the accident rate increase from cars heading East on Hale and attempting to turn left into the bank lot? Another traffic flow wonder.

And the front of the bank looks like the Acropolis.

Anonymous said...

i must have esp or somthin BG, cause as i was readin down tue thots ,got down to long walk over to cotton bowl and it made me think of something from my childhood, kinna funny/strange. a few weeks ago i went to state track finals at ut, had to park about a mile away. when i was leavin there was this uh "black dude" about 40' ahead of me with his pantses pullt down about a foot. i remember thinking about a device we used back in 60's that ended in shooter. i member thinkin a good old "nigger shooter" would help that dude pull up those pantses!! i do member those chasers too,never could get them to work right for me..bur the N SHOOTERS worked great!!!

gern blansten said...

Not to belabor the Alvord thing, but I have a question: Since John Trice is "retiring", why is there talk of a "separation agreement? I know that if he were fired, any contract between the two parties would have to be honored. But why do they have to pay him if he quits?
Anyone? And have a great day!

Anonymous said...

i believe mr torres is about to start a shuttle service to run every 15 minutes. i believe it will run from armondos parking lot to casa del torres...

Anonymous said...

8:40 shame on you, it's people like you who have caused african-americans to hate white people, if you had treated them with dignity and respect they deserve, they wouldn't be robbing and killing white people every day!! it's your fault honky mo-fo!!!

Anonymous said...

And if you're a Decatur fan arriving a little late to a Decatur-Bridgeport football game being played in Bridgeport, you may have to walk that same mile from your parking spot way out on the street up by the old school building to a seat in the visitor's bleachers.

Jarhead said...

Finally! Something newsworthy to come out of Granbury! Unfortunately it's not good news.

I was beginning to get a little bored with the lack of drama down here. I'll say one thing for the WC, You guys always have some crazy shizznit going on.

I was in Ft. Worth all weekend so I can't possibly be a suspect in those murders.

They were found near a sushi restaurant that I frequent, however... curious.

Anonymous said...

Something I don't understand about the Enis deal - According to the report in the Messenger of the last meeting, Enis repeatedly spent more on meals for students than the $6 allowed - one time $18/student, another time $10/student; another time $200 with no record of how many students were there. THey also had something he signed saying he understood he should not do that, that all other coaches followed the rules, etc. So here's my question (took me long enough to get to it) Why didn't the amdmistration just reimburse him the amount that they told him they would and he had to pay the rest himself? Or, if he put it on a school credit card, quit giving him the credit card? THat seems easy enough and would certainly have been done the first time it happened at my school, that is, IF I was allowed to take students to something out of town again. It almost seems like they were trying to give him more chances, but then suddenly not anymore.

I don't know, maybe none of that's true; I just read it in the Messenger and they generally do a pretty good job of reporting on the facts of meetings, so I thought perhaps it was.

Anybody got any answers?

Anonymous said...

9:01 that's mr honkey mofo 2 u!!

Silicone Alley said...

I work off of FM 407 and traffic was horrible.

But it gave me time to put my makeup on while waiting in my WHITE truck! :)

Anonymous said...

9:21 please let me try to make this simple enough for you to understand. at aisd it about the same as that little white speck in chicken shit... it's chicken shit too, that's the way they have dealt with coach enis!! hope this helps...

Anonymous said...

I don't know Enis, so I have nothing at stake in this - I was just wondering if some of you could rationally explain this. You are so emotionally attached that it's hard to get to the facts. Being emotionally attached is not a bad thing, but it makes those of us that are not emotionally attached hard to find out the real story. Dare I ask - If they are treating Enis so badly - what is the reason for it? Did they just wake up one day and decided to be unreasonably mean toward him? There's got to be a reason. I certainly haven't seen a reason on this blog. So I thought maybe the Messenger had the reason. I was just asking for information, but you are not the one to give out just information. And I understand that - You feel very strongly about Enis and you feel that he is being treated terribly. You're too close to the subject.
Maybe someone else can help with the facts. There has to be a grain of something that started all this. ......... or is it just trying to make Enis follow the same rules every other coach does, & you guys think that he should not be accountable for the tax payer money the way everyone else is? Is so, why not? Is it something like - If you produce championships, you can spend more money on the champs to celebrate. I can even see that.

Anonymous said...

BG..isn't that the chick that cleans your office now???

Anonymous said...

Last night my family and I went to eat at Armondo's. We got there at 9:00 pm. the sign on the door says they close at 9:30. We walked in and a waitress said we are closed. We said the sign on the door says you close at 9:30. We saw the owner out in the parking lot putting up a coming soon sushi sign. We asked him what time do you close. He said 9:30. We told him its 9:00 and they would not let us in to eat. He said in his broken English. Sorry we close at 9:30. We said its 9:00. He said I guess they want to close early. Never going back there.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the DB for N E Patriots got arrest for pointing gun to girlfriends head?? Those Baylor Bears are fierce.

Anonymous said...

Last time I ate at Armondo's we sat beside one of the windows. Ants were crawling all over it. We told the waitress she said yeah they are bad. Needless to say, we got up and left.

Anonymous said...

9:53 this has festered for a couple of years between trice and enis. trices daughter was replaced on track relay team, with a faster runner by enis, that is it, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

My aunt ordered cheese enchildas at Armondo's. She cut into it and found a dead roach. They just took it away and brought her another plate. My uncle and aunt got up and said they were leaving. They still had to pay for their plates. GROSS!

Anonymous said...

any news yet on this am meeting at alvoid??

Anonymous said...

It was personality conflict between Enis and Trice/Chaney. You don't demote a man for things stemming from 2 years ago when you knew about it all along. His contract was renewed in April and nothing said until the last day of school when all the kids were gone. It was a set up for Trice to take Enis out on his way to retirement so Chaney could bring in his friends. Watch and see who is hired in his spots.

By the way, a Title IV has been filed against Alvord, so this is far from over.

Anonymous said...

10:17 what's a title IV?? and who filed it..?

Anonymous said...

10:11 & 10:17 - Thanks I can see that. If someone thinks their child was treated unfairly, sometimes they can't ever get over it, no matter what the facts are.

Anonymous said...

So do you guys not care that Enis was spending more on the athletes meals that he was allowed by policy? Or do you believe those charges are false?

Anonymous said...

10:39 we believe this really had nothing to do with spending too much $$ on team meals..this is obviously personal..it's all they could use against him, so .......there u have it.

Anonymous said...

10:39 penny-anti bullshit is exactly what this is.

Anonymous said...

10:11 so long as the roach was cooked to around 200 degrees and was in the cheese sauce,i'm not sure why you're complaining, unless they tried to charge extre ferit!!

Anonymous said...

10:38 statue bullfrog??

Anonymous said...

Didn't Enis play on Dukes of Hazzard?

They made me laugh a whole bunch.

Anonymous said...

It sounds as though Trice may have had a personal vendetta, and the principal wants to bring in his own people (not uncommon). So, did the board members have a vendetta, or were they flexing their "we will protect the tax payer dollars" muscles? And if their concern was over spending, why did they wait until now to do something about it?

Anonymous said...

It's not 9 out of 10, it's 10 out of 10 that are impacted by higher gas prices. It's just that some are impacted less than others.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Also, I would love to see the boys coaches receipts. Hmmm... nothing was ever said about that but things will change for Chaney now that his go to guy Trice is gone. Trice has helped make the bed but he has left Chaney and Bullard to lay in it.

Anonymous said...

So many new houses,banks and hotels going up you can't swing a dead cat around over your head without hitting a dozen of each but,the economy is a shambles?
As they say, you can't have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

10:06 just one question why? why would you take your family there? are you trying to make them sick?? you were lucky they didn't let you and your family eat there, you may all be dead by now..wonder how the sushi will be????

Anonymous said...

11:05 - Huh?
Translate please.
10:38

Anonymous said...

11:30 fugetaboutit!!

Anonymous said...

Keep the Newsweek on the back of your "throne". It will give you something to read while you uh...uh...well....you know. I read the complete set of World Book encyclopedia's in my day.

Thank ya, thank ya very much.

Double Fake Elvis

Anonymous said...

Dear Citizens of Alvord, There is life after High School. Time heals all wounds.

Anonymous said...

10:49, if you would've read the article more clearly you would see that he committed over 20 acts of insubordination. the guy's luck he still has his job.

M&M said...

Barry, every Monday when that Newsweek comes in, put it next to the commode in your office and throughout the week it will get read, slowly but surely, depending upon the level of constipation you might be suffering from.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a Title 9, unequal treatment between boys and girls programs.

Trice approved every single PO for meals. Not once telling Enis he would reimburse him only the 6 dollars allowed. That's approval by default. That's failue to enforce his own policy.


Trice used a memo from Enis saying there would be no additonal cost of supplies to refinish the gym floors. Trice accused Enis of lying when Enis submitted a PO for his labor refinishing the floor per the signed agrrement Trice/Enis had regarding his labor for doing the floors.

What supt expects his coach to do the gym floors for nothing? Can you imagine Chaney doing them at any cost? Once again looking for excuses.

Enis was evaluated and rehired in 07 and 08 without a single negative memo attached to his evaluation. Are you getting the picture.

If you have to go back 2-5 years for wrongdoing, you have to be looking for an excuse.

Regarding the PO's not signed by by Chaney per policy. Trice approved every one of them, not once rerouting them back to Enis for Chaney's signature. More importantly, of the 35 (over what length of time) mentioned by Trice in his presentation, not one was rerouted. Every one signed off on by Trice. It is a shame no one asked how many hundred PO's were correctly submitted to Chaney as AD
Trice once again was looking for an excuse. Once again Trice and Chaney not only failed to enforce their own policy, but gave default approval.

The source of all the trouble? Enis embarassed Trice's tribe with his success and approval in the community. Enis's work ethic embarassed Trice tribe, for they were not about to match Enis in the hours he put in advancing his girls. He prevented one of Trice's tribe from getting assistant job she wanted. Enis didn't make stars out of a couple girls belonging to Trice's tribe.
(Reality was their talent prevented it)

The Tribe put their own self interest above the Girls Program at Alvord......and that is the real crime here. The interest of a handful was more important than the whole of Alvord girls.

Step one.....a new superientendent.
Step two......close supervision of Chaney, Holsen, and Bullard
Step three, replacing Wilson, Garrett, and Compton when they stand for re election

Anonymous said...

im very dissapointed you in BG. there is not one thing about the reeves resignation, yet you guys cant get off of ennis.

RPM said...

10:50, It's penny ante, not penny anti. They have nothing against pennies/







Double Fake South 40 Slim

Anonymous said...

The AISD fiasco has taken over this blog, and it wasn't even mentioned in today's random thoughts. You folks need to start a support group or seek therapy so that you don't have to rant on the comment page unless the blog brings it up

Random Tuesday Afternoon Afterthoughts:
The star in the Wal*mart logo was placed there to honor Mr. Sam after he passed away. I thought it was a fitting tribute. Too bad most of the merchandise you find there now is made in Asian countries. That was not his M.O.
Another interesting fact from the NL Vacation series: the girl who played the cousin (Eddie's daughter?) was Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal/30 Rock).
The sad part about the Granbury slayings is that it was probably a stranger that did it. I can understand a crime of passion when your emotions play a part, but to lose your life that way is awful. Was robbery a motive? I didn't see that in the article. My feeling is that scum who are convicted of that type of murder should be taken out and shot, without delay. And wounded a few times before the fatal shot is delivered. That way the victims and the suffering of the families involved will be the (next to) last thing that goes through their heads. And yeah, bring on the bleeding hearts who feel that is just as bad as murder. A majority of (the Supreme Court +) the population at large would disagree.

Hoping I don't twist an ankle dismounting my soapbox...Oh, yeah! Nailed it!

Anonymous said...

12:44 What's to say about the Reeves resignation? She resigned. She's going to a bigger school. She'll make more money. Her husband will follow after the kid graduates.

By the way-I've heard that her husband only coaches and teaches driver's ed. I though most coaches had to teach a regular class or two.

Anonymous said...

Barry,I'm just gonna relax here in front of your desk while you read that silly book...what did you call it...oh yeah, Penal codes.

Anonymous said...

Is that a picture of Jesse Jane? Sounds like you have been doing a little more than searching for "Devon"...

Anonymous said...

She looks European.
Hee-hee he said,"Penal"
I would never kill anybody in Granbury. It seems calm and kind of cool.
If I had to walk a mile to get to that stadium I'd do it somebody elses shoes
9 out of 10 families? That sounds as retarded as something I'd say. Everybodies affected by it. Dig and find some families who have nearly been destroyed.
When the cruise goes out on a modern vehicle it is very often a fuse and most have there own for the cruise so it's labelled on the schematic that's affixed to the fuse box cover.
That 911 call didn't bother me a bit. Not only did the guys have it coming they knew it might happen themselves and I'll gaurantee they discussed that factor beforehand. It just didn't bother me. Robbers should think more often about bad men such as myself. There are over 1,000,000 of us troops who have served in Iraq. It just doesn't feel that bad to kill someone who needs killing.

Anonymous said...

You said:

"12:44 What's to say about the Reeves resignation? She resigned. She's going to a bigger school. She'll make more money. Her husband will follow after the kid graduates.

By the way-I've heard that her husband only coaches and teaches driver's ed. I though most coaches had to teach a regular class or two.

2:23 PM"

Well, I think we all know there's more to this unfinished story - just nobody's talking yet.

And, yes, he teaches driver's ed, it's offered to students during the school day- that's no secret.

Jarhead said...

Martin High School Warriors rule!

~ Jarhead, MHS '87

Anonymous said...

4:20 Huh. Well. So that's, what, $50,000+ for teaching driver's ed plus the stipend for coaching linebackers and (is baseball an additional stipend?)outfielders? What's that-$60,000 or so? Wow. No wonder my math and English teacher friends get so bitter...

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me where the "I" or "Y" is in Alvord? I see a "R". How can a word spelled with a "R" be pronounced with and "I" or "Y"?

Anonymous said...

BG didnt even report on Coach Greever (dhs track/cross country coach) leaving because he made "mistakes in his personal life.."

thats a real story.

Reeves is nothin, shes going to Martin. a school that has better technology, bigger budget, better oppurtunities and WAY more money. With all of that, why would she want to stay here?

Anonymous said...

2:23, you haven't been around a school in a while if you still think coaches in DISD are teaching regular classes! That's been taboo for a L O N G time. We pay 'em to just coach a few teams and do parking lot duty. Fine use of taxpayer money.

Anonymous said...

I remember, back in the '80's when a Gawd's Country school had a run in with the townspeople over the superintendent that the school board chose. All surviving (those who were too stupid or proud to resign) members of the school board were eventually found guilty in a court of law for violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act in the hiring of the superintendent, fined a measly $100 bucks a piece, placed on probation for a year, and had a misdemeanor on their record. And yes, we had the sheriff and deputies at many school board meetings, because the citizens could smell a rat, and they came in droves to roust the superintendent out.

To this day, the board members who were fined, that still live around here, will not speak to me or look me in the eye. I'm glad one of them, our local fire chief, retired from the fire department. He wouldn't have pi$$ed on my house if it caught fire back then.

Come to find out, the sheriff of said Gawd's Country was a pedo. He was arrested by the FBI, in a county post office, while picking up an envelope full of child pornography, and rumor has it, he was supplying said superintendent with juvenile delinquents.

A reporter for one of the county newspapers earned a Silver Gavel Award for reporting on the whole mess.

I should know. I drove my parents all over Texas talking with administrators from other school districts, asking why our superintendent had been dismissed from their schools. Off the record, they told us what was going on, but the slimebag never got caught; none of the school districts ever reported him, for fear of ruining their stellar reputations. He was just reassigned to the TEA in Austin. Since 20 years have passed, I hope he's burning in hell now.

So good citizens of Alvoid, although I feel for you all, you ain't never had to deal with what we did. My parents, whose names were on the suit against the school board, got anonymous death threats...the FBI came to our house several times, it was totally creepy and scary.

Good did prevail in our situation eventually, as I am sure it will in yours. Just keep involved as citizens, and maintain your composure and professionalism during trying times.

Anonymous said...

hey yall i've been out of town for a couple of weeks, has anything been going on?? what did i miss? wtf goin on in the big void!!!??

Anonymous said...

"Bend and stretch,

Reach for the stars!

There goes Jupiter,

Here comes Mars!"

Double Fake Uranus

Anonymous said...

The hotels popping up are to house all those Halliburton people hanging out at Casa Torres...and all the other oil people.

Anonymous said...

5:17, If you will recall, Reeves left Martin HS to COME to Decatur. Now she's going back. Glad. Should have happened a long time ago!

Anonymous said...

What's the word out about the school board meeting this morning in Alvord? What was the "separation agreement?" WHY didn't they just FIRE the guy?

Anonymous said...

To 5:14
"Alvoid" instead of "Alvord" is a colloquialism, possibly stemming from people just too lazy to pronounce it correctly. I remember a friend from HS in Fort Worth who pronounced it that way. That was about 35years ago. Plus, it could be a derogatory nickname, as somebody pointed out earlier: the 'void.
Are you new to the area or just totally clueless? Perhaps somebody from the town in question who is a little peeved about the pronunciation?
Why is Brett Favre's name pronounced Farve instead of Fav-ruh or Faver?

Double Fake Noah Webster

Anonymous said...

7:54 because the big fix was in..

Anonymous said...

John Hammarly's father was the first person in the world to receive a repeat heart transplant.(1968)

Anonymous said...

A - L - V - O - R - D....

That spells Alvoid.....

Ding!

Double Fake Tori Spelling

(PS 9:23 is the fake Double Fake)

Anonymous said...

2:23 - Several coaches coach REAL classes, and will this coming year, too. Two are teaching English classes, two in Social Studies, one in Science, another in Food Science.....

Anonymous said...

7:52 - not totally accurate. She left Arlington BOWIE to come to Decatur. She's going to Arlington MARTIN.

Anonymous said...

9:23 what about fart worth?? actually some of the old timers and farmers say alvoid when referring to alvord. i think it was just a mispronunciation that just kinda caught on with local folks, however some of us just like saying alvoid in hopes of pissing someone off, by any means necessary!! .. ..DOUBLE FAKE PISSER OFFER

Anonymous said...

9:59, um, that accounts for SIX coaches.... and the other 19 are where??????

Anonymous said...

I might let you kiss it just a little bit..but only if you really, really, really want to!!!

Anonymous said...

10:44, since you seem to be hung up on Decatur coaches, why don't you just take a look at the website and see for yourself. As for Reeves and the "real subject" hang-up you have, someone has to teach driver's education. All high schools offer it. What do you want to see happen? The person that teacher's driver's ed must be certified in genetic engineering as well? Get a life and go sling mud somewhere else. Your bitterness is showing.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I'm passing through I just love to stop by Alvoyd with it's local charm,quaint shops on the square and the hot sauce made in nearby Chico by the Gringos brothers Hose A. and Hose B.is a varitable cornucopia of sensual delights.

The Completely Fake Rick Steves

Anonymous said...

Hey, 8:36, I don't have a hang up on the DISD coaches. I'm just simply stating the facts. Too many coaches who do not teach classes. That is a WASTE of money. Evidently you are one of them and want no one causing any flack or you may one day have to actually go to work as a class room teacher as well. Last I heard, coaches earned a stipend paid to them for coaching. Coaching should be beyond the classroom teacher job. However, DISD pays coaches their teacher salary plus that coaches stipend, but the teaching never happens. Don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, I do.

Anonymous said...

What's the big fuss,there's more coaches where he came from.

Anonymous said...

9:04 - I'll jump in on this one, too.

Yes, coaches are paid a stipend, everywhere! But when you said "DISD pays coaches their teacher salary plus that coaches stipend, but the teaching never happens. Don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, I do."

Sounds like your grief is with DISD. Go to the next board meeting, sign up to speak in public forum, and voice your opinion. Or do you wnat anyone to know who you are?

By the way, are there really 19 coaches on a campus? Where are they hiding out?

By the way, I have a wonderful coach who is also an over-the-top wonderful teacher, right on my hallway, just to name one. Yes there are more, and their TAKS scores are even great. Go get the data and see for yourself before you spout off that they never teach anything.

As for the few who don't have any academic classes, well, I guess that's an issue with the principal or whomever makes the schedule - again that's not the coaches fault now is it.

Anonymous said...

Reeves used to teach history (maybe geography-one of the social studies)-until they started TAKS testing social studies and those scores started counting towards the school performance rating. A friend of mine who teaches in Lewisville told me their schools (all 5 high schools) don't teach driver's ed during the day. It's an after school class, and the teacher gets a stipend for teaching it.

There are some schools, especially small ones, that do not offer driver's ed. Those kids have to have their parents teach them, or they have to go through a private company. Twelve years ago my oldest son took it in the summer at UNT.

Anonymous said...

DISD is one of the few schools in the area that pays driver ed teacher out of tax dollars. Most teach it after school, and the instructor is paid by the driver for his instruction and his driving mentoring.

I imagine the current DHS strategy will be one of the first changes new principal adopts. After all he could have a teacher teaching five classes for the same money.

Anonymous said...

Re: coaches and teachers.

There are some incredible coaches/teachers and there are some incredibly poor coaches/teachers. It's a principal thing. A school board thing. A community thing.

Be careful painting with too broad of a brush.

Will have to admit, my kids over time had more of the latter than the former. Just lucky they didn't major in those subjects.

Anonymous said...

Re: coaches or teach/or don't

This blog has multiple references Enis's effectiveness/success in coaching. He held his own in the classrom. Last year he taught math he had 100% pass TAKS math with 90% commended.

Anonymous said...

"Go get the data and see for yourself before you spout off that they never teach anything."

Why don't you show me where I said they "never teach anything!"
You're a bit "touchy" on this subject. It is a FACT that many, as I said before, do NOT teach classes but instead are assigned a duty of one kind or another. All one has to do is come take a look at the schedule board in DHS if one would like to see for onesself. Once again, don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, because I DO!! You need to read what is written and respond to it, not to what you "interpret" from your own touchy emotions. Fact is fact.

Anonymous said...

NERD ALERT! No need to read beyond this unless you get giddy over taking classes...

UNT is offering a grad class this fall called "Mythic Rhetoric of the American Superhero." Blast, I've already spent my grad school budget for the year.

Anonymous said...

I dig that chick already,butt ugly with a great body. I bet she's cool. Probably a lesbian.

Anonymous said...

Lesbians are cool,they like the same things us guys do,you know,drinking beer and eatin...ahhh...hamburgers or somethin.

Anonymous said...

So many people on a blog, & I suppose in conversation, present things as if they know what they are talking about when they don't.

Example 1:
Quoting: "Reeves used to teach history (maybe geography-one of the social studies)-until they started TAKS testing social studies and those scores started counting towards the school performance rating."

Coach Reeves has never taught social studies at DHS. I am aware that he has taught Drivers Ed (which DHS had before the Reeves came) and Health, both of which he is teaching next year; there may be other classes I am not aware of that he has taught in the past.

Example 2:
Quoting: "9:59, um, that accounts for SIX coaches.... and the other 19 are where??????"

I just went to the DHS website and looked at the schedule. There are 17 coaches, not 25, plus Coach Story who is the AD. Of those 17, they ALL have regular classes during the school day, as well as their coaching duties. The coaches of which I have first-hand knowledge are fantastic teachers. Coach Story is full time AD, which is common in a town like Decatur that takes a lot of pride in their athletic program. It's the main entertainment in town, after all.

Here are the coaches on the schedule, if you want to check them out on the schedule & see for yourself: Coach Carter, Mrs. Coach Carter, Mynarcik, Cobb, Garner, McTee, Speed, Hand, Stallard, Jones, Harris, Mazzei, Rose, Stokes, Brown, Reeves, Vrba.

Here are the competitive sports DHS has: football, volleyball, girls and boys cross country, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys track, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys soccer, softball, & baseball.

Unless and until Decatur decides they want their school system to get rid of athletics as part of the school system (which admittedly would save a lot of money), coaches will coach their teams during class periods, as well as after school. A few people may want this, but in my humble opinion, most people are fine with having athletics as part of the school system.

A DHS Teacher

Anonymous said...

Very well put 8:01.

Another DHS teacher.

Anonymous said...

8:01, AGAIN, I say: Not ALL coaches teach in the classroom. Am I CORRECT in that statement?
You give the names of the coaches at DHS...did you also include the other campus' coaches? I have simply been implying that if ALL coaches were assigned a teaching assignment (not a "duty") and taught at least 2 classes, then the schools could save a great deal of money. I was at DHS a few years and again, I KNOW what I am saying is correct! I'm not attacking anyone, I'm just stating facts. Yes, the new principal could/should fix this problem, but it is doubtful that will happen. No, it isn't the coaches fault if they are not teaching in the classroom, I never said it was. Organization in a school system is essential if we (taxpayers) expect economical use of our tax dollars. Story is NOT the only coach without a teaching assignment. Hopefully things will change and our coaches will teach as well as coach. I also never said coaches were not good teachers. (Lots of "touchy" folks on here.) I also know many coaches who are excellent teachers! Maybe that's another reason they need to be in the classrooms. I know one thing, when more coaches were in the classroom, school spirit was higher and more students were active in sports. Once they began to leave the classroom, those two things diminished.

A DHS ex-teacher

Anonymous said...

Lounge lizard...they are poisonous.

Anonymous said...

I remeber having Coach Reeves for health back in 1997. One day one of the "stud" athletes in my class had a dip of snuff in class. Coach took him out in the hall and he came back in without the dip. "Stud" said Coach made him swallow it. It was probably a fitting punishment. Except that earlier in the year, an non athlete got caught with tobacco in his pocket and sent to AEP.

We all knew, as athletes (at least those of us who were excellent), we could get away with a great deal that the other kids would get busted for. Looking back, I'm not proud of that. But I sure enjoyed it at the time. I loved it when the coach who taught my computer class would throw me his truck keys during class and send me on an errand. That was a heady feeling for a 16 year old boy.

Anonymous said...

So who IS that new principal going to be?

Some say it should be someone from the outside, while others think it's already a done deal on the inside.

I think somoene with no Decatur ties would be best for the DISD, students, teachers, community.

The mystery carries on.....

Anonymous said...

I bet a women's shelter would be a great place to meet chicks with low self esteem. You'd have to get to them quick though before some do-gooder helps them get their life on track.

Anonymous said...

Your question:
"You give the names of the coaches at DHS...did you also include the other campus' coaches?"

No, I did not. I thought we were talking about DHS. I don't have knowledge of other campuses like DMS & I speak to what I have direct knowledge.

You said: "I also never said coaches were not good teachers. (Lots of "touchy" folks on here.)"

Just because I complemented the teaching abilities of coaches I know, is not an accusation that you said coaches were not good teacher. Who's being touchy?

I will admit, if what 10:25 said is true, that's not a good situation. But he said it was in 1997 so that was 11 years ago, so we can't do much about it now.

On second thought, I don't think there's anything reported on this blog that's going to change anything in a school. If you have real concerns and you really want something done about it, you will have to go to the teacher or administrators.

Anonymous said...

3:36 - You said,
" You're a bit "touchy" on this subject. It is a FACT that many, as I said before, do NOT teach classes but instead are assigned a duty of one kind or another. All one has to do is come take a look at the schedule board in DHS if one would like to see for onesself."

And so 8:01 goes and does that and lists the coaches and says they all have regular class, as well as coaching.

Then you respond;
"You give the names of the coaches at DHS...did you also include the other campus' coaches?"

You keep changing your points.
IT's hard to follow what your point is.

Anonymous said...

It appears 10:44, 9:04, 3:36 & 8:57 are the same person, an "ex DHS Teacher" She keeps saying something about - "Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about because I do!" She said that more than once - I say she because this has got to be a woman. I can hear the shrill in her words. How would you like to be married to that one?

Some advice, ma'am, if you are an EX DHS teacher, you need just to let go of all your anxiety about DHS - you're not there anymore - you don't know what goes on there anymore. Or if you can't let go, then go back to work for DHS so you can tell them what their problems are as an insider.

You should just relax, have a glass of wine, get in the hot tub, do something to calm down; if you have a husband let him relax your tension - you sound like you need it, and he probaly does too.

You're asking for a heart attack, I can tell you that.

Red said...

HELP! Could somebody pleeease call the GHOSTBUSTERS in for all us here in Alvord, something or someone is lurking in the halls of Alvord ISD. We got GHOST EMPLOYEES!

Maybe that is why Trice is leaving, those Ghost are demanding more money! We need the Ghostbusters in here to suck them out before they suck are school's dry!

I think for a minute at the June 26, 2008 School Board meeting one was spotted HIGH FIVING the Elementary Principle and his wife!

Ghostbusters we need alot of SUCKING power in those machines to do the job!

Anonymous said...

7:45 Every former DHS teacher I know (of course, I don't know them ALL) is a bit bitter about their experience there. I don't know what went on there for the past ten or so years, but you let those people get going, and before long, they are practically spitting with rage. It's not just the women either. I was having dinner with friends in Denton a while back and met a guy a who, when I said I live in Decatur, went absolutly stone faced and said "I worked at Decatur High School for three years. I've got nothing good to say about that school."

Anonymous said...

As often the case, the truth lies between the teachers/ex teachers at DHS. The question might not be if they have a class vs what they teach and what they could teach to lighten the load of other teachers.
A few coachs have extra conference periods to accomplish a task that they also get a stipend for. (for doing it after hrs) A few are assigned to monitor parking lots, locker rooms. etc. A few have small class numbers when their counterparts teaching the same subject have much larger numbers.
The majority do teach two and three classes.

It isn't always just the classes.Just one example. Do the coaches get favoritism when it come to TAKS test, very few actually giving the test, but most assigned the job of monitoring halls, running errands, and escorting students, guarding the doughnuts in the teacher's lounge. The classroom teacher gets stuck with not only the duty of giving the test but the risk of messing up and getting her certificate flagged by the state.

And of course there is the schedule. All assigned to first period. All assigned conference next to last period. All assigned to last period. This dooms the regular classroom teacher to get a conference period in between.

So both you guys are correct. It probably goes on everywhere. That excuse works for our kids, why not for our administrators. Things could be tweaked, but it probablly isn't going to happen.

Those who can't handle it will flee the district eventually. Those who can't flee will moan and groan in the teacher lounge and eventually burn out.

By the way, the tale of the coach giving keys to kid to leave campus isn't a tale just for coaches. More than one DHS teacher sends her students on errands during class.
You know it does take a a pickup load to carry those supplies and what harm is it to detour by Sonic.

Just wish both would tell them not to throw their trash on the lawn of our new high school.

Anonymous said...

haha...7:45, you're pretty funny! My job with DHS may be in the past, but believe me, my "tie" to that place is not yet over... unfortunately. (and I'm a much more 'satisfied' person than you think. If my comments unnerve you, then perhaps you should follow your own advice.)

6:43, the other poster did not take a look at the schedule board at DHS, but looked at the DHS website to pull the coaches names. The schedule board shows who teaches what. That poster also did not provide the classes that those coaches teach. I also said Story was not the only coach without a teaching assignment. Am I wrong on that one? And let me say my "point" once more so you won't miss it. If all coaches taught at least two classes, then the school would save a great deal of money.

6:33, I never "focused" on the number of coaches at DHS, but stated six of 19. No, I don't have the EXACT number of coaches in the DISD but I know there are too many for our needs. Since you ARE in the system, why don't you count them all and let us know that number? You certainly have access to the middle school employee list, right? AND, I was making the remark about coaches I knew who were/are great teachers because another poster (could have been you in an earlier post) drew the conclusion that I'd said coaches were not good teachers. I know the situation the HS is in at the present and I admire your loyalty to DHS. Let's just not wear rose colored glasses and try to keep things "all peachy." There will be better days for DHS and a new leader at the helm can certainly bring that soon.

Anonymous said...

Good point 9:01. We have pretended all is peachy at DHS. Had we spoken up, some of our great teachers (like you) might still be here.

However, even you know the consequences of "falling off the A list" Not all of us have the courage you do.

Hope is in the air! A new leader may restore the joy our old leader brought her first few years in Decatur.

Anonymous said...

Is Alvord spelled with an Y or an I?

Anonymous said...

9:57 Like the "joy" that happened back in '99 or 2000 when some of the varsity football players "initiated" new players by beating them sensless? Maybe I'm wrong, but I recall mutterings from some of the victims' parents that the HS administration pressured them to let it just die away. Got to say though, I haven't heard of that happening again.

I wonder what else has gone on though? What have the "A list" kept quiet about that the lower tier employees been afraid to mention? Cause I gotta tell you-talk to a DHS teacher and mention the school, and the attitude gets plain weird. Seems like a Stepford faculty.

Anonymous said...

10:47, those beatings have not happened again because out of those hazing incidents came a NO HAZING policy, which I assume is still mandatory reading and signing at DHS. At least it better be.

Anonymous said...

9:01 - I never meant to imply things are perfect at DHS; there are definately things that can be improved, and hopefully will be.

I don't want to take the time to go back and find your exact quote because this is taking way too much of my time and we're heading to the beach for a few days, so this will be my last post. But you did say something like, "THat's 6, what about the other 19?" That seems to imply that you were saying there were 25 coaches. And at that time,you were talking about DHS only. I don't know anyone at DMS; and I don't have access to a list of names other than what I assume is on their website & I am not interested in trying to throw my 2 cents in on that campus of which I am not a part.

You are wrong when you said I went to the roster; I did as I said I did, I went to the schedule board and checked what people were teaching. EVery coach was teaching at least 2 or 3 other classes. I only listed their names so other people could go to the schedule board and see for themselves. I am certainly not going to take the time to list here what the coaches are teaching. I thought I was being quite considerate by listing the names so you all could go see for yourselves, thinking that some of you might not know the names of all the coaches. I don't know if you can get it off the website, but the counseling office has copies. I have access to it in my email; maybe if you have parent access you can see it.

Once again, I did look at the schedule with the teachers names & their classes listed. I was responding to your accusation that some coaches don't teach any classes. They ALL (except the AD) teach AT LEAST 2 or 3 classes other than coaching.

The main thing I am taking offense to is your accusation that many coaches don't do anything but coach and do duties. THat is absolutely, completely wrong. THey ALL have classes, and if they are in a core area, they ALL tutor. And this past year, the athletic department took it upon themselves to have additional, required tutoring for their athletes during lunch simply if the teacher requested it. ANd the coaches did the tutoring. There is a mistaken impression that at DHS coaches and teachers are at odds with each other. As far as my experience goes, that is simply not true.

Can the school be improved? Yes. But in different ways than you note.

Anonymous said...

10:47 - I am going to tell you that you may be on to something there. We may be a bit of a Stepford faculty on occasions. I'm not going to explain further; my Stepford part won't let me.

Hopefully the new principal will take the time to actually ask the faculty what we think needs changing.

Anonymous said...

"I just went to the DHS website and looked at the schedule."

Your words. The website is not the schedule board.

" That seems to imply that you were saying there were 25 coaches. And at that time,you were talking about DHS only."

I never said I was ONLY talking about DHS, that's just what you assumed. Strange that you have no desire to check the number of coaches at DMS when you have been so accommodating so far. Does that mean I might be right when I say the number is 25? As I said before, I do not know the EXACT number of coaches, only that there are more than we need.

Enjoy your trip to the beach. Be sure to take those rose colored glasses with you. I'm sure they will turn that brownish water crystal blue! :-)

Anonymous said...

10:47 - I am a DHS teacher.

I do find your Stepford faculty comment a bit true.
Reeves sees herself as one who is happy to take input that differs from her opinions, but that is a self-delusion, in my short experience at DHS. It was her way or no way. We all knew that. It is one of the first things you learn when you start teaching there.

We were seldom asked for our opinions and if we were actually asked and went against what she wanted - well, that was going to be trouble for you.

She would sometimes tell us in faculty meetings that she asked what we thought about doing this or that & we said we wanted to do it. We would just look at each other in disbelief - we were seldom asked; we were just told.
The times we were asked, it was in such a way that you knew how you were supposed to answer to please her.

Yep, it is a bit Stepford-ish.

Anonymous said...

In addition to the HS coaches names mentioned in an above post, I could find the following coaches named on the DMS website:
Dennard
McComis
Heines
Hornsby
Norman
Estel
Galante

I'm adding these up, and we're getting pretty dern close to 25!!!

Anonymous said...

11:55 and 12:07 Wow. I am sincerely sorry. For your mental and emotionl well being, and ultimately that of the education of the kids, I hope you get an amazing principal.

I believe there is hope. Gindt seems pretty on the ball. The new intermediate school principal worked at Delay Middle School in Lewisville, and that place is amazing! Very low income, but the administration and faculty are pretty much miracle workers. Melanie Christian should be wonderful for the elementary school that got her, and Mr. Tamplin will be great at the midle school.

Best of luck to you all!

Anonymous said...

11:57 - I did say:
"I just went to the DHS website and looked at the schedule."

You are correct; I left out a couple of steps in how I got to the schedule. To be absolutely precise, I SHOULD have said that I went to the DHS website, then logged in, & then through my email accessed the schedule. (I thought my post was too long as it was; I didn't know I had to go into such detail, and I certainly wasn't trying to mislead you. My point was that I went to the schedule to look at the coaches and their schedules to see if you assertion was correct about their class load. How I got there was secondary in my mind, but still you are right. In describing how I went to the schedule, I left out a couple of steps. You win that one, although it does not change the information I got from the schedule. That was still accurate and I went to great lengths, I think, in that I listed all the DHS coaches.

Happy now?

(And this is REALLY the last time I am posting before I leave for sun and fun - or I will be left.)

Anonymous said...

12.07

Thanks for speaking up!

A common thread among way too many DHS teachers was a realization that "truth" was often a casulty in explaining the way things are or are going to be.

The list of "dearly departed DHS" faculty contains way too many who spoke up and paid a price. They found their class assignments skewed, their extra curricular duties altered, and probably the worst of all the shunning by the "believers." Believers can be defined as suck-ups, brown nosers, well you get the point.

Here's hoping the new era at DHS builds on the good done, but sheds the oppressive, manulipative, revengeful climate so pervasive these last few years.

Anonymous said...

Aren't y'all beating a dead pummel horse over this coach thing?

Dorthy Camel toe Hammil

Anonymous said...

Oh Barry,please show me how that body cavity search works one more time.

Anonymous said...

Coach Carter, Mrs. Coach Carter, Mynarcik, Cobb, Garner, McTee, Speed, Hand, Stallard, Jones, Harris, Mazzei, Rose, Stokes, Brown, Reeves, Vrba. (High school)

Dennard
McComis
Heines
Hornsby
Norman
Estel
Galante (Middle school)

PLUS Coach Story - AD and Coach.

HEY!!!!! That's 25 coaches!!!
Maybe she DOES know what she's talking about.

Are there more coaches in DISD that are not listed here? Now I'm curious.

Anonymous said...

Well, there might be some sorta off the books.

Anonymous said...

2:01 Who cares about the number? 25 on 2 campuses - so what?

The point the angry poster was making was that the coaches did not teach real classes, that they just did duties and coach. And that point is absolutely not true. I am not going to go to the trouble the other poster went to to show you, but you can go find the schedule yourself. All the coaches teach regular academic classes, in addition to coaching.

So what is your point? Do you want fewer coaches? fewer sports? If so, which sports should go?

Do you have anything positive to say about DHS? Do you live in the school district? If so, take your bitchin to the school officials if you have a problem.

Anonymous said...

Off the books, but on the payroll?

Anonymous said...

3:40, you are very naive, but you will learn.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, everyone!!!

Anonymous said...

4:06 - No, like in the stands!

Anonymous said...

I agree with 3:40. That poster seems to have an ax to grind and is determined to find the cloud by the silver lining. However, I'm one of the few that are still standing at DHS. 12:42's phrasing is quite bitter as well. There are many teachers at DHS that are excellent leaders. To suggest that those people are suck-ups, brown-nosers, etc. because you didn't see or hear them speak up really makes me wonder who you are and what efforts you made to make the enviornment better. I detest the bitter coward that wants to sit back, criticize, and tear down those that try to have a positive effect. It's alot easier to sit back and trash those types than take a look at your own ethics. I agree that the atmosphere did not encourage open communication and input, that should change now. Often, people criticize others in order to make themselves appear better than they are. What a waste of precious time and energy it is to spend your time being bitter. Remember that we are all on the same side...the side that cares about educating students.

Anonymous said...

Truth is truth, 5:09. It doesn't mean "bitterness" is showing and just because you are " still standing" there doesn't mean you haven't experienced some of what the other posters are talking about. ALL schools have their ups and downs and if you people can't take the criticisms and concerns of the taxpayers without calling them "ax grinders" then you should take a hike!

Anonymous said...

5:50 - So could you be a bit brave & make your statements known at the school, where it might make a difference? People that complain and gripe behind people's backs, but never say a word to the powers that be & just sit and pout and spew their venom when they know they can't be held accountable to the truth.

Anonymous said...

6:11, I and many others HAVE many times made these concerns known to the "powers that be." That is one thing you need to understand. We're not "spewing venom" and when you have been there long enough to understand the true manipulations of DISD you won't be so cynical with your words. Believe it or not, there HAVE been many changes made due to people like us who have been "brave enough" to stick our necks out. One of those changes was mentioned in this blog, the HAZING POLICY. What you don't get is that some things will never change, no matter who comes forward, but that doesn't mean we should all just accept whatever the powers that be choose to ignore. You obviously haven't been around toooooo long, or else you have your head stuck in the sand. It IS much easier to ignore the problems, not "rock the boat" and pretend that all is "peachy" in DISD. But, then again, you know that, don't you.

Anonymous said...

“What you don't get is that some things will never change”

How sad that you see things that way. I’m really sorry that your experiences with Decatur have jaded you. I know there have been significant environment challenges but to say things will never change…hmmmm. I'm glad there are individuals that don't accept that philosophy that teach in the Decatur district. I would like to know what it will look like at Decatur HS on the day YOU could say, “Wow! Decatur HS seems like a really great place to be for teachers and students.”

Anonymous said...

6:11 As a parent, I did as you suggest. I spoke with administrators and wrote letters to school board members. My son was an exceptional athlete, and he HATED the way his less fortunate friends were treated. Because of the grief our concerns called down on his head, we left. He went on to enjoy his remaining time in high school, and enjoyed four years of college athletic success. But there are still people associated with DHS who won't speak to him or us. None of us consider it any great loss, but I know the fear people have about speaking out in such an environment. As 12:42 said, the "shunning" by "believers" is harsh.

Anonymous said...

While 8:56 makes some good points, I teach at DHS, and I also administer TAKS tests, and I did so, on more than one occasion this year with a coach in the room at all times. I do not believe most of them were given any type of special treatment. We had too many kids to test to have anyone with time off.

Anonymous said...

I, too, have weathered the storm, and I believe it CAN and hopefully will change.

I agree with so much on this post. Yes, there is an "A" team. Man, I hadn't heard that phrase in awhile. But "B" team was mentioned much more.

I'm glad a hazing policy was put in effect because that WAS a bad deal. I remember because I saw the results.

I HAVE spoke up and well, it didn't do much good, but I tried. At least I tried.

I agree that it would be a nice breath of fresh air to be asked what we want, and for someone to actually listen. I hope the new guy/gal asks us what our main concerns regarding DHS are. I want to say: building safety, student discipline/accountability, and teacher morale - in no particular order.

I hope we get someone who values all children in all areas of life, of academics and athletics and appreciates all that the students do to make DHS a better place. THEY, the students need to feel appreciated and cared for- everyone of them. They need to feel important. And, hopefully, as a result, they will be productive and they'll respect the beautiful building, campus and teachers and administrators that we have.

And I hope there's accountability in the classrooms - in all classrooms.

And I hope we can get them to stop littering up our beautiful campus - what a shame that has been for so many years.

And, I don't feel any animosity between coaches and teachers. It's just not there. The posters who say it is, or imply that it is - are no longer at DHS, or maybe never were. Our coaches work very hard and they CARE about our kids. What more could we ask (that's a hypothetical question).

And I hope the new guy/gal values family as much as most of the teachers do and should, and lets us spend time with our families on evenings and weekends. Our lives should not start with work and end with family. The countless evenings and weekends mandatory activities should be limited.

8:12 - that saddens me. I'm sorry you left, but I know what you mean. That's why we need someone with no ties to DHS?

And, by the way, if you're still at DHS - you've experienced what all these posters are saying. Everyone has experienced it whether they are willing to admit it or not.

Let's move forward!

Anonymous said...

I recall a teacher who many years ago sent one of his students on an errand in HIS car during classtime. Student had a wreck. I can recall him sitting at his desk, white as a sheet, sweat on his brow as he clasped his hands up by his forehead and shook his head back and forth. He KNEW what kind of liability he and the school were now in. Luckily that student's parents took no action against either him or school. If teachers/coaches/school employees do not understand the liablity of allowing a student to leave campus during the school day while running an errand (by the way, the aforementioned was a personal errand of the coach's, not any kind of school business at all), then by all means, administration, you should have a very sincere "Come to Jesus" session with the employees. Our school here could stand to lose LOTS of money!

Anonymous said...

6:11 I wish it was just that easy. Often we're asked what we want or for a suggestion, but if it's not a "thumbs up" for whatever is at hand, it's not accepted.

Anonymous said...

12:42 - I think the non-believers outnumber the believers now. It's time to bring DHS up to par with ethics, honesty and integrity - the kind that shows not tells.

Anonymous said...

5:34 - By the way - no coach was assigned parking lot duty at DHS this year. That's a fact - check the handbook. While you may have hit on a few facts - you're exaggerating many.

Anonymous said...

Well, 7:32, try to hold your pessimism at bay. The captain at the helm is changing and I think you will find that the mates have, too.