3.11.2010

Breaking: Decatur ISD Superintendent Resigns

Oh, my. We've got a school district in chaos. Developing . . . .

126 comments:

Anonymous said...

I, unfortunetly, work in this district and am trying to find another position to leave this hell whole in my past. Never, in all my years of teaching have I seen more enept teachers (speaking for my campus only), back stabbing, unsupportive bunch of people (building administration). It does make for good laughs when the AP throws a hissy fit. That and my wonderful students are what keep me going!

Anonymous said...

Omg- to add insult to injury we chose to rename the middle school? I do agree that the McCarroll family needs to be recognized - but rename another building. The middle school just got the letters put on the builing they have occupied for 4 years. Let's spend more $ so we don't have to fix our buildings!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, 9:04:

Could you tell us what campus that is? From what my kids come home telling (kids on three of the four campuses) it could describe any number of them. Oh, don't we wish for the good ol' days of Dr "DA" Kennedy and the wicked Melinda of the East.

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a middle school student - I know what campus you speak of.

Anonymous said...

Misspellings of unfortunately and inept and whole rather than hole. I hope your position in DISD doesn't include teaching. The Newsweek cover story this week is about "firing the bad teachers". Let's start right here!

Anonymous said...

How about naming just the 6th grade campus after the McCarroll's - they will not have a football team or school & fight song. Not the entire middle school.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the mispellings....C-SCOPE is more phonically taught. Spelling no longer counts!

Anonymous said...

IS STORY NEXT........The girls athletic program is headed south in a hurry.......JH athletic programs are awful........and the boys arent far behind.....Stroy better get it together

Anonymous said...

I forgot that my district issued Mac has spell check....money well spent!

anonymous said...

Dr. Gindt is a good man. The DISD School Board is dysfunctional. Really.

Goober said...

Yea 9:04, You better watch out! Next thing you know, "they" will want you to do janitor duty, keep gates @ ball games half the night for free, and have a Saturday evening curfew of 9:00PM! Oh, wait! You have already done those things back in the 20th Century, when education was at it's peak! Right? The best thing that could happen for education in Texas is collective barganing for teachers and a state wide massive two day sick out of every public school teacher in the state. Teachers, quit being a bunch of sheep and tell the parents if they know so much, keep Buffy and Missy @ home and teach them, themselves!

Anonymous said...

Because a person makes a few spelling errors on a blog you want to have them fired! I bet all the words are spelled right on her/his resume as they depart the "support" of this "feel the love" community!

Anonymous said...

DISD got too big for its britches too fast. It was only a matter of time before it to all came crumbling down. Wheels fell off a long time ago.

KC1 said...

Hell WHOLE???? I believe it is HOLE!!!! Glad you don't teach my kids!!!!

Anonymous said...

Does this mean DISD will now get artificial turf?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it peachy keen the way they waited until AFTER the last day to file for a school board slot to announce this "decision"? I guess now Howard and Quanz(sp?) can be co-supt. and finally get to run the entire district w/o any interference from the guy in charge.

Anonymous said...

AMEN 9:37
Dr. Gindt is NOT the big problem with this district.

Tony Lemieux said...

The thing that I don't get, is why don't people have the "GUTS" to put their names before their statements on this blog! Decatur ISD has many faults, as does any other school district, or any other job or organization for that matter. But as long as people "hide" behind anonymity and just talk bad about people, ideas or agendas, rather than try to be a part of the solution, things will never get better! If you REALLY want to fix things, get out from the top of the keyboard, and do your part to help!

Anonymous said...

Goober isn't that what happened to general motors?DAGO

Anonymous said...

I agree that the middle school girls athletic program needs some assistance. Lots of assistance.

Anonymous said...

I believe Dr. Gindt is a good man. I've worked for him for 6 years and he, and his administrative team, have been nothing but supportive of me and the teachers around me. I wish him well.

Anonymous said...

Next thing you know, they will be putting porta-potty's outside for the students to use. I heard that was what happened at Chico ISD when things fell apart.

Anonymous said...

Wow 9:04. A lot of incorrectly spelled words...and not just stray keystrokes either...but genuine "I don't really know how to spell these words" sorts of errors FROM A TEACHER COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HE OR SHE WORKS FOR!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good riddance.....

Anonymous said...

Tony,

You may want to make sure your wife reads your post. I hear her do a lot of complaining. Maybe you can get her on board with you! My poor child had her and had to listen to her C-Scope bashing...oh, the list could go on.

Anonymous said...

On CSPAN this morning, the conversation was on public schools. Kansas City Missouri is closing twenty or so schools out of sixty. A lot of this is about mismanagement of money and lack of parental support. Nothing new there.

Those closings will really put a lot of teachers out of work.

Sad.

Anonymous said...

11:48, what a dope. A school has a problem with plumbing; they enact plan B so that kids can go to the bathroom; and for you that's a fail? Guess you would have the little ones squatting in bushes and stepping behind trees.

Susanne Parker said...

I teach at DHS.

I am tremendously proud of our programs (academic & athletic), my fellow teachers, the administration, the comaraderie at our campus, and the outstanding and precious students we teach.

I also really appreciate the beautiful and functional building that our community and our school board provided us several years ago. When a community provides this kind of building - a building that showcases a library of space and beauty, a building with the latest in technology, a building that impresses visitors, a building that younger students look forward to attending, a building that students can't help but be proud of when their competitors comment on how nice our school is ---- it sends a message. A message that says to the faculty and students alike that what you do here is important and is treasured by the people that live here. I thank you for that.

I got sidetracked when I mentioned the building, but that's something I feel strongly.

To sum up - I love teaching here with this faculty, this administration and these students. We have much to be proud of.

I have no idea what is going on at other campuses or why Dr. Gindt is leaving. He has always treated me well & I can only speak for what I know & that is what I know.

BUt I do know that this is a distraction and can be a source of anxiety and divisiveness - as already evidenced by the previous posts. I hope this is straightened out soon, for the sake of DISD and its students and faculty.

Susanne Parker
A Proud and Happy DHS Teacher

Anonymous said...

MIDDLE SCHOOL LOOK AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS PROGRAM IT IS AWFUL AWFUL!!!!!!!!

Maybe we can get a superintendent that will do something!!!!

anonymous said...

9:54--- that is basically what has gone on now for months. Dr. Gindt and the DISD administrative team have been so infringed upon by a Board that does not understand their role in the Texas system of education. He was too progressive for the overly officious, micromanagers on the Board.

anonymous said...

9:59--- there is some truth to your statement except that in a good-ole' boy system that type of disclosure can ruin a person (often unjustly and so out of line with freedom of speech). It is unfortunate, but that is the reality. If you have seen this School Board in action, you know how off base they are. No name required. They speak for themselves. Go watch the show if you've never seen it.

Anonymous said...

I teach at the MS and I agree with Suzanne Parker!! Thanks for saying this Suzanne.

Anonymous said...

Susanne,
Thank you for your comments. Those of us who work for DISD get very frustrated hearing about or reading comments on this blog. While DISD is far from perfect, there are some really good people here. It would be nice to hear some positive comments every now and then!

Anonymous said...

Well, there is ONE High School Girls Athletic program that doesn't need fixing--the cross country team! Don't be TOO broad with your criticisms, Coach Park is OUTSTANDING.

Ex-HS Boys Cross Country Team parent.

Anonymous said...

Here's somethin I was just thinkin about a little earlier:

Who gives a rats ass what he does?

Anonymous said...

6:57 - The girls program at the HS is AWFUL? Really?

- 2 back-to-back State Championships in Girls Cross Country - Do you know how hard that is to achieve & how few do achieve it?
- Volleyball program that regularly, consistently advances farther than district
- a girls' soccer team -
Do you have any idea how few 3A schools have a boys soccer team, much less girls?
- Girls tennis that advance out of district.
- Girls Golf that advance out of district

That's hardly AWFUL!

Anonymous said...

Crazy Board. Not only this fiasco but what's next?

I motion to rename the Home Side Concession Stand the Dewayne and Kris Tamplen Memorial Concession Stand.

I motion for the Visitor Side Concession Stand to be named the Kevin Haney Concession Stand.

Let's name the high school parking lot the Bill Montez Parking Facility.

Blah blah blah

Why in the hell did the Decatur Middle School get renamed? There was no good reason to make a decision like that when there is only one Middle School campus. Goofballs. How much will this unnecessary name change cost?

Let's here it from taxpayers now!

So, now who thinks the problem is the Superintendent?

Anonymous said...

I dont think you can blame THIS supt. I worked for DISD only ONE YEAR (98-99)! All I could stand. Even asked the supt then (can't remember who it was-- Oct. 1998--he was new at the time) if I could get out of my contract in Dec of that year! It was awful! Lack of leadership at campus level, principal was never out of his office, teachers could be heard screaming at kids down the hallways to sit down and shut up, lack of classroom management, much less the lack of instruction because there was no management at any level! Best thing I ever did was leave that district! Love my job now in a neighboring school! Pity the fool who gets the supt job this time!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone keep any record of the success of the Middle School Girls program? They are consistently winners, their team spirit is outstanding, and their coaches the best I have ever seen with those kids. I've watched cross country where the girls that finished went back and brought the slower girls home encouraging them all the way. The basketball teams show that fundamentals are being coached instead of run and gun like some many young teams do. Check the facts before you deliver a blanket opinion.

Anonymous said...

I get a kick out of reading some of these comments. Especially the rants about the athletic department performance, what building gets named after who, spelling errors, while completely ignoring the academic performance. Because thats what the public school system is supposed to concentrate on.. the athletics and building names. Get a grip.

Anonymous said...

The DISD is still a wonderful place to work. I have been here for eleven years and have never regretted my decision to move here. I chose to move here. DHS students, faculty and staff are a wonderful group. The community is supportive of our programs as well. I also started an eighth grade Spanish class at DMS and find that campus a great place to go to each day as well. Be thankful for what we have and help us to strive to maintain what I see each day in the schools. As a teacher, I am with the students everyday and I can tell you that good things are happening.
Thank you "Susana" for your comments. I second your motion.
Sr. Stewart/Profesor de EspaƱol/DHS

Anonymous said...

Gindt's leaving is long overdue. So is Story's. When's that going to finally happen?

Anonymous said...

9:01 You are SO CORECT! It amazes me how in discussing quality of schools, some people actually bring up athletics as if that were of any importance or relevance AT ALL! Schools are for academic education, people. Who gives a damn about the girls' or boys' sports? Not most of us. What matters is that DISD has a bunch of wonderful teachers who work very hard to educate our children. They deserve our support. Don't know anything about Gindt...don't care whether he leaves or stays, but I hate it when people bash the teachers, who are doing their job every day to teach annoying little kids....I sure couldn't do it!

Anonymous said...

I am a retired teacher from this district, I am proud to say. Having been in other places, this one is no worse, and maybe a little better than most places. Our facilities are good, the faculties are dedicated, and our academics are high.

While not as important, we have good athletic programs as well. THe fact that we have a swim team in a 3A school is laudatory.

Our music programs are the best. Our kids are great.

Yes, teachers gripe. Have you ever worked somewhere that employees didn't gripe? Sometimes it is justified. I think C-Scope is the worst thing that ever happened. It took away the teachers' personalities and individuality. But this will be overcome. The pendulum will swing the other way.

I'm sorry that Dr. Gindt is leaving. He treated me with dignity and respect. My principal didn't always do that.

Good luck, DISD!

Anonymous said...

We don't have to be good spllers we good footbal player we got em Turf and idoor feild.
coach Stroys be good mon.
Go ahead and vote for Jeff and Gary and get me some turf to play on and then i be working on my spellin and heck i pee in the parking lot anyway so no need for bathroom

Star Fooball Players

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm not sure it's the Jr. High Athletic program that needs to be reworked. Maybe they just need some athletic kids. It's hard to be competeive when you have no talent.

Anonymous said...

Is 9:22 Melinda Reeves? It's funny to me that the lack of athletic ability of our children has now become an issue for our superintendent to fix, or our coaches for that matter. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Anonymous said...

I'm still amazed how many people are worried about the girls' sports programs! It's school people, not sports camp.

I understand that girls' sports get the short end of the stick compared to FOOTBALL, but apparently in Decatur everything, including education, is less important than FOOTBALL.

Anonymous said...

I quarantee that we will never know for sure why Supt. Gindt is leaving. We don't know what the board knows and shouldn't. That's what executive sessions are for. Usually when there is just dissatisfaction overall, they buy the remaining years on a contract. If for something else, there is a resignation and no comments.
Give the persons we elected to the board the courtesy of believing they care about the school and the students and let them do their job.

Anonymous said...

In High School,I was a a Jock,now I just an old worn out athletic supporter.

Anonymous said...

Fact check:

Average stay for administrators (both supts and principals) is 4-5 years and falling. The stress of the job is tremendous.

Quality is a fluid thing....rising and falling based on people involved.

At any one time one program of a school is successful and another is lackluster........once again fluid.

Tyler Tamplen said...

Mr. Anonymous 8:32AM I would like to know who you think you are going off talking crap about renaming things. I mean, is renaming a building really that big of a deal that you feel the need to complain about it on an open forum. I just don't understand why none of you can put your name on any of this. I know I'll get crap because my parents are in the district, but honestly until I checked facebook this morning, I knew nothing of this. I feel that people are just nitpicking because they can say what they want without any repercussion. Yes there are flaws in every district, but I am proud to say that I graduated from Decatur ISD. I was able to move onward to gain further education at Texas A&M University. Thanks to all of the great teachers and faculty members that helped me along the way.

Anonymous said...

Terry Stewart and Susanne Parker ARE wonderful teachers! They are also departmant chairs. I'm not. I'm what you might call a grunt. I don't have any extra conference period times and I have no honor students classes. I'm not a coach that teaches two real classes a day. I don't have "duty" classes where I go check on the learning lab, etc. I have 120+ students (not going to point myself out for a bad review...that happened last year to someone I know) I have (averaged out) 45 minutes per day to prepare an inept curriculum (that Stewart and Parker don't have to deal with), prepare individual education plans for special ed students, document any Rti students, prepare and deliver lessons for students in ISS, try and recall the 5-10 students that might be absent today or are returning so I can remind THEM to do their make-up work, call parents of kids that are failing, talk down the "A Junkie" parents off their cliffs, prepare documents that will document my performance, so the Assistant Principal's performance so my Principal can document his performance, so the Superintendents can document their performance, so the School Board can get some warped sense that our kids are performing (TAKS is a sad joke for performance rating, by the way).

What I'm saying is that I'm glad we have Sr. Stewart and Mrs. Parker. But, when your curriculum doesn't include more mainstream kiddos or have the microscoped eyes of principals on you because of TAKS, there are some of us who are constantly gutting it up and smiling at you in the halls but can't wait to get the hell out of this school.

What is all boils down to is TIME!!!! TIME!!! TIME!!!

We have learned to pull rabbits out of our hats but no one wants to give us time to do it anymore. They keep loading our plate but not giving us any time to handle it. The school board better start talking/listening to the teachers in the trenches. We are sick of working 10-12 days. It's a pretty miserable existence and you are robbing us of our passion for and gifts to students.

Anonymous said...

Having worked in DISD for several years now, I think the biggest problem currently in this district is Quanz and Howard. Both of them are former educators who think they know more than the principals and the superintendent. Granted, Gindt is far from perfect, but with a board like we currently have(thanks to a couple of members on it), I don't think even the very best superintendent would be able to properly function under their reign. Our new superintendent has got to be strong enough to stand up to the DISD board and inform them of what their real duties really are. And those duties do not include listening to teacher's complaints and then telling the superintendent what he needs to do. Maybe the May election will bring about the real change that is needed!

Anonymous said...

12:01, you are not correct. Superintendents work FOR the school board. The school board represents the community, therefore, the superintendent works FOR the community. No superintendent will come in and TELL THE BOARD their duties.
Doofus!!

Anonymous said...

Vote HD Boswell

Anonymous said...

Decatur is too big for its britches. It thinks that it is Dallas, but it is double fake redneck Dallas. Be content that you are in Wise County and stop being idiots.

Anonymous said...

I feel another ALIEN INVASION IS IMMENENT!!!!!!!!!!!! PUT ON YOUR TIN FOIL HATS AND TAKE COVER. You people are retarded.

Anonymous said...

12:20 I agree. Vote NO for Clayton and Elder.

mzchief said...

I think I have figured this out...
Half of the people who have children in Decatur/Bridgeport schools think the teachers, administration, curriculum and coaches suck and the other half are happy as pigs in slop.

Jack Daniels said...

9:04 How in the hell did you get a teaching certificate? I have a 4year old grandchild that can spell better than you. What do you teach? Ag or Auto mechanics? Maybe you can step up and get a job at A&M. Sounds like you are qualified!!

Anonymous said...

11:42
Is Decatur on spring break right now, or, are you using school time to comment on this blog?

Anonymous said...

hey Jack you don't know Jack about the AG department don't start on them. They do a good job. People are getting way out of control. I agree with the alien comment, Ya'll are nuts.

Anonymous said...

"Vote HD Boswell"

I miss him. Although, I'm not sure the current Mess would print his letters.

Anonymous said...

1:05--Jack Daniels----1:23 said it best--leave the ag guys out of this! Who else do you think is teaching REAL life curriculum? Who else do you think teaches these kids to fill out job applications? I think that's one place you don't want to go!!!!! Just saying!

Anonymous said...

Hey "Anon/11:42"....sounds like you are an unhappy camper. I know for a fact that Sr. Stewart has NO conference period this year/he's teaching the 8th grade Spanish in lieu of a conference...and aren't you aware that a student has to have two years of a Foreign Language to graduate? That's "mainstream" students.....and Ms. Parker teaches Social Studies.....TAKS related. I will guarantee you that those teachers work a lot of extra hours too and on weekends/at school. I see them here often. I know that Sr. works up here on Sunday. So do your homework before you comment on things you don't know about If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

Are we still talking about this loser....shouldn't we move on to new drivel?

Anonymous said...

If any of you want to blame anyone for what you think are shortcomings of the district, maybe we should read this and see how many people are not supporting of anything in this district.

Nothing makes you people happy, but smearing as many educators and administrators as you can. Grow up. If you are unhappy with the district, pack up your kids and go somewhere else. I assure you, you will see that this is a great school district. If you are an unhappy employee of the district, start applying. I am really tired of hearing negativity. Accentuate the positive or shut up!!

mzchief said...

To anonymous 2:34...
Ahhhh... Using your suggested technique of "Accentuate the positive or shut up!!" would have resulted in Blacks still being slaves and women not having the right to vote.

Rarely, if ever, is the "Accentuate the positive or shut up!!" technique of dealing with incompetence, unfairness and ill conceived ideas the best way to resolve a dilemma.

Anonymous said...

Hey
8:04, 8:17, and 9:14 - Since you teach at DISD, why are you on this blog during school time?
1:05 - Jack
Don't start on the Ag Dept or the Auto Mechanics Dept. They both are great departments, and the kids do learn lots of things.

Jack Daniels said...

Sorry Ag guy. Just pointing out that hopefully they are not teaching enslish/spelling.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmmmmm....wonder why my positive comments about the teachers at DISD weren't posted? Barry? You got some reason why you didn't post my comments?

Anonymous said...

11:42 here...I posted this on my smoke break. Cough Cough Hack Hack! Anyone got a cigarette?

Anonymous said...

Bottom line...If everybody on here making a negative post about DISD and supporting Howard and Quanz would just withdraw their kids and homeschool them, DISD would get an EXEMPLARY rating from TEA every year. And guess what? This was not posted during school hours, nor does it have misspelled (yeah look it up losers) words. Now, I have two words for you pathetic illiterates...SUCK IT!

Anonymous said...

10:52, the fact that you really think getting an exemplary rating from TEA actually means something for kids is pathetic. That test doesn't measure anything but how much your kid's teacher has drilled the hell out of them on how to take a stupid test. Maybe if Dr. Gindt and the like could finally understand that TAKS isn't isn't the end all/be all (with football a close second), then Decatur ISD might become a better place to be.

The fact is that students, teachers, and parents on a fairly substantial scale aren't happy with the atmosphere of Decatur ISD. It has become a TAKS obsessed, punitive, and spiritless school district. I'd like to see that change.

In addition, Jerry Howard and Ruby Quanz are absolutely going to be my choice at the ballot box. They care about academics. Elder and Clayton are nice guys but not the direction this district needs to go right now. At least Howard and Quanz have experience in education. They know so much more about what it takes for the WHOLE district...not just athletics.

Anonymous said...

MRS PARKER IS THE BEST!!

The girls athletic program doesn't suck. I was apart of it. Sure the basketball team can not win a game to save their lives, but that is just horrible coaching. The guys athletic program is good too except football has been kind of disappointing lately, but look at the soccer team that just made playoffs. Also the girls cross country team that has won two year in a row at state. You can't say the athletic programs suck, and who cares about middle school. No one will remember the score of some middle school game that is just for fun. High school is when the score really matters....

Anonymous said...

Is he headed to Little Elm?

Anonymous said...

Howard & Quanz may know, but don't practice, the roll of a school board member. Since they have educational backgrounds you would think they would, but they don't.

They seem more like frustrated school people that want to throw around their authority now that they are on the school board. Neither one of them had an exemplar career in education by the way..

Their micromanagement is the cause of much of the confusion and frustration on the various campuses.

Anonymous said...

12:22 - Most of us educators would gladly back off emphasizing the TAKS if only the state would do the same.

It is the primary thing on which we are judged.

No administrator or teacher can afford to do anything but stress it. Believe me, we would LOVE it if TAKS was not the be-all and end-all on which we are evaluated as a teacher, as a campus and as a district.

Anonymous said...

12:47 - What an idiot - must be a DHS grad. MS athletics sets the foundation for high school sports. Look at schools with a good middle school programs, and you will see a successful high school program. Examples - Alvord, Peaster, Brock, Decatur CC and even Paradise is getting better. It's not about the score - it's about the foundation. The problem with most of the boys programs around here is that the coaches believe what you do - "it's just for fun - and I get a pay check!" Yea me!

Anonymous said...

"High school is when the score really matters...."

"The problem with most of the boys programs around here is that the coaches believe what you do - 'it's just for fun - and I get a pay check!' Yea me!"

You're both idiots. High school sports mean nothing in the real world.

Anonymous said...

I would like to recommend we rename the high school "Eighter from Decatur High School."

Anonymous said...

First everyone needs to realize that you are on the outside looking in at this whole situation. In the same way that a teacher wouldn't know everything about whatever business you run, we all need to realize that we know nothing about the inner workings of the district unless we are involved in it on a professional level.
As far as athletics are concerned, All you fair weather fans need to stop freaking the hell out. The quality of a team had much to do with the quality of the athletes and there are always going to be classes that are stronger than others. It's an ebb and flow so you are going to have your down years and your good years. Deal with it. Rest assured that the coaches are not all "just collecting a paycheck", most put in more hours in 3 days than you do in a week, trying to get the absolute best from your kids.
Just as was mentioned earlier, Decatur has some excellent educators and coaches, so let's stop bring so narrow-minded and pretending to be experts on things we are not.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Best Wishes....You will be missed by many!

Anonymous said...

As of today, Little Elm has NOT even announced their Lone Finalist.

Anonymous said...

Most will never play sports after the last game in High School But they will use what education they get for the rst of thier life.
Think about that when you vote for the 2 that want the turf field.
Please Vote no to Jeff and Gary they will only cost you a new football field and indoor workout field.

Anonymous said...

5:14 -
Your suppositions that you state as if they are facts - are nothing more than just that - suppositions.

You have no crystal ball on the future, nor do you know what you are talking about when it comes to the school board candidates.

Anonymous said...

You know there are a lot of commenters on this strand that are nothing more than Decatur-haters.

Comments like, "What an idiot - must be a DHS grad," reveal a substantial bias against the whole district.

So why would those people think that their opinions matter to those of us who are actually interested in discussing what is best for the district?

Anonymous said...

9:47 AM- AMEN!! You nailed it! Quanz and Howard DON'T know their spot on the board, especially Quanz! Otherwise, she wouldn't be meeting with disgruntled teachers during school hours at Rann in empty classrooms, or just waltzing into the building without first signing in, or campaigning on open house night at Rann. I do believe she retired a few years ago, but she seems to have forgotten this.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone realize that the board also did not renew 60% of the administrator contracts? That means they board has decided that they want to scrap quality principals...with no explanation. And we won't be able to get any other quality administrators? Who wants to apply at a district where everyone gets forced out by the board? The same night the contracts were not renewed was also the night that Decatur Middle School was recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as part of its 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas. Sounds like things are really going badly over there. The only way we can fix this is to get out and vote in May. Quality administrators/directors are getting treated like crap. Many of the principals also had their salaries frozen this year with no explanation. Why would anyone want to come teach in this district?

Anonymous said...

I hope that Decatur will hire Melinda Reeves.
She is a wonderful person and has been missed since she left for Arlington.

Anonymous said...

If Ruby and Jerry are so education oriented, why in the world did they agree to spend who knows how much money on the cscope curriculum? That was not only a waste of money, it is also a waste of your child's time in some courses. It is not the fix it all answer they were hoping for in all areas of the curriculum. It is only worthwhile for some of the courses.
I will vote for Jeff and Gary because I think they will hold some people accountable for such decisions and will make sure things get taken care of, for example the heat at middle school that was paid for in the last bond but did not get fixed until after the bitter cold days this year and the lights at the high school ag barn that were also approved on the last bond yet are still non existent. I also think a playground of dome sort was approved for Carson but still doesn't exist. There are such bigger issues in disdain than athletic programs. There is such poor communication from the top down as well as within. Those of you hoping to hear the real story behind gindt leaving...it ain't gonna happen. Well, not unless you have an accurate leak as one of the elementary campuses. They seem to know everything.

Anonymous said...

Obama is going to reform education after pushing through health care reform. DISD just needs to wait for the big fix from Washington.

Anonymous said...

9:27 - LOL - Either you are baiting us & your comment is dripping with irony
OR
You are Melinda Reeves.

You are stirring the waters, but I'm not biting.
LOL

Anonymous said...

When we get Turf it will be the same only we will have a new football field to play on .
You would think with a the problems with the teacher and things that the last thing anyone would want is a new football field to pay for .

M-M said...

10:57 Jeff & Gary will want the athletic stuff done before those things you are talking about. I've been at board meetings when they were discussing the turf and Jerry & Ruby were the ones that brought up the subject of the boards responsibility to make sure those kind of maintenance items, repairs etc were completed before considering such athletic expenditures. So, your logic makes no sense. And they were not on the board when that bond passed.

Ruby Quanz said...

8:41 must receive an accurate response. I, Ruby Quanz, have been to Rann on three recent occasions. Each time I went through the office and signed in or offered to do so. My first visit was to look at the examination copies of the literature up for adoption; the second time I went to support the visiting author and purchased books to further support Rann. I also attended the open house. No campaigning or listening to complaints was included in my visits. I worked there for several years and have some dear friends that usually indulge my grandmother tales. I have no trouble separating campaigning from interest and support of all schools in our district. This may not set the record straight, but I just needed to say it. Thanks for reading this.

Anonymous said...

11:10

Interesting!

Very Interesting!

Extremely Interesting!

Anonymous said...

I really don't think that it is appropriate for a school board member to be coming on this blog and making comments addressing issues that need to be dealt with amongst the board members and administrators.

Anonymous said...

So Mrs. Quanz, are you denying that you have ever met with teachers or taken phone calls to listen to their complaints about administrators instead of encouraging them to work through the proper channels?

Anonymous said...

The only reason Mrs. Quanz they want you out is that 3 of yall let the people Vote on the turf issue and it was wupped. They think if Jeff and Gary vote along with the other 2 then they can somehow get the field done along with some other deal.
Did the Turf Issue cost us a Superintendent??????? Why not cost us a coach ???????

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank Mrs. Parker and Sr. Stewart for their statements. They are both excellent teachers- this I know from personal experience. If the Athletic Programs are not up to your standard, please do not attack the coaches. Most of them do a fine job, and it certainly is not Ch. Story's fault. Perhaps you should spend a few years in the DHS athletic department before you make such harsh judgements. Yes it is true that adequate training in Middle School is essential to stellar performances in High School, but Athletics is not THE most important factor in the success of a school district (but it IS important). C-SCOPE is a joke. Just because a student can't pass TAKS does not mean that it is the fault of the teacher. Many students simply do not have supportive parents when it comes to education. Also, I think the decision to rename the Middle School is really quite irrational, and makes me want to vote out all the board members who voted for it (I mean absolutely no disrespect to the couple which it was named after). Sincerly, a DHS student.

Anonymous said...

MOST OF YOU ON HERE TRULY MAKE ME SICK, THESE TEACHERS WORK HARD AND HAVE A HARDER TIME WITH YOUR KIDS, HAVING TO LISTEN TO YOU THE PARENTS AT HOME TALKING SHIT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK EVERY DAY TO INSTILL MORALS AND LEARNING TO STUDENTS THAT DON'T CARE , DUE TO THE FACT THEY HAVE PARENTS THAT ACT THE WAY YOU DO IN FRONT OF THEM. MY MY IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE PROBLEM STOP CREATING THEM..... GOOD LUCK TO THE TEACHERS AT DISD!!!!!

Anonymous said...

YOU can Ask any girl from 7th and 8th grade who the best COACH is and the answer will probably be---- Coach KAYLA McComis~~~ she has done an awesome job with these students..... wish we had more like her to teach and coach !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

No, 2:17 - turf has absolutely NOTHING to do with why the people I know want Quanz off the Board.

Some of you people have TURF on the brain.

Your logic is missing something.

Why do you think the turf issue cost us a Supt.? Either Gindt left of his own volition or the Board pressured him to leave. At the same time they extended the contracts of only 4 administrators in the entire district. 1 of those 4 was Coach Story. It does not appear the Board has a problem with our athletic program - turf or no turf.

Anonymous said...

Funny how nobody wanted to run for school board untill the bond that had the football field stuck in it failed.
Now it's all about the education of the kids. I bet that the next bond to fix everything at school has the turf field piggy backed on to it.
yes I was in athletics when we were still BLUE AND WHITE

Anonymous said...

Is someone getting defensive?

Anonymous said...

The board pressured him to leave. Just like they are pressuring all the administrators to leave. Important note: Our administrators have been working on frozen salaries this year when anywhere else in the state they could have gotten a raise. That takes a lot of character. They deserve better from our school board.

Anonymous said...

I work for the district and I HAVE
NOT heard one good thing about
Ruby Quanz! The only that I have heard is she always is stirring up trouble with the PTO president by trying to get rid of people's jobs that they don't like. We need a new pto president that is not a busy body and a school board member that is not doing everything this lady tells her to do. Lets get off the busy body crap and have an independent individual that can think for themselves and not do things just to cause trouble for people for the fun of it.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with freezing the salaries of the admin. Do you KNOW what their salaries are?

Anonymous said...

Decatur admin salaries are lower than most similar sized districts, while Decatur teacher salaries are higher than many comparable sized districts of around 3,000 kids.

Anonymous said...

The principals who had salaries frozen make much less than other comparable districts. And there was no good reason they are being punished.

Anonymous said...

Most intelligent thing said here was for the whiners to pull their kids from DISD and homeschool them. It would lower the IQ of the homeschool student population and increase the IQ of the DISD student population exponentially for each student removed.

Anonymous said...

12:16 You need to clarify what campus you're referring to in regards to PTO president. Each campus has their own president and PTO committee members.

Anonymous said...

Okay people...listen up! His boys don't play football, basketball or any "ball." Get a grip! They are not "from" here. His family needs a place where they belong. This is not it...not sure anyone "belongs" here. They have a choice, and they are making it. Leave them be! Soon a new person will be in you can fry!

Anonymous said...

9:57 -

Have you even read the comments?

Most of the comments on here are not about Gindt. The ones that are about him seem quite supportive.

Your comment of "Leave them be. Soon a new person will be in you can fry," is just odd.

Anonymous said...

That is a pretty lame "hey now" pic - don't you think?

Anonymous said...

The busy body is at Rann!!!! She is moving to the new school next year, so the peace will be back!!

Anonymous said...

3:10 Is your reference to the busy body meaning the PTO president or a teacher? Just curious...

Anonymous said...

2:30 - I HAVE ASKED, and you couldn't be FARTHER from the truth! Maybe YOU should ask!

Marsha Hafer said...

"QUEEN JEAN"

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean Miller, 1st grade teacher at Rann for exemplifying perfection as an educator. She successfully individualizes the curriculum to meet the needs of each and every student. Mrs. Miller is positive and kind to every person she meets. I have enjoyed watching each of your students including my son, grow into strong confident learners. Thank you "Queen Jean" for your positive attitude and willingness to progress through education and technology alike. You have reminded me of why I chose this profession, and I thank you for all that you do. You will be missed! I encourage each person who reads this to thank our educators and administrators in this district for all of their hard work!
Thanks again Marsha Hafer

Anonymous said...

There are a ton of excellent athletes at the middle school, with no girls coaches to seek that potential. The coaches at that campus are simply drawing a paycheck, never stay late or come early, never open the gyms for the girls, cut practice short after every meet/game day, and don't even have late practice on Fridays. Last I heard, that's less hours than the average teacher, much less a coach with an extra stipend. Where is the accountability in the middle school girls program? Does your child deserve someone who cares and is willing to allow those kids to work up to their potential, or is status quo just OK? If it were their math or science teacher producing mediocrity, that wouldn't fly - why should it be OK on the court or track?

Anonymous said...

Why are you people so concerned about what goes on in Middle School athletics? Truly in the grand scheme of things is this really important? And the real question is, are you taking your 12-14 year olds word for when practices occur or have you spoken to the coaches? The problem with parents these days is that you allow your children to dictate the way they are raised and they are running all over you. Be the grown up and ask the coach yourself, you might be surprised what the answer is. Surely your child isn't pulling the wool over your eyes.

Anonymous said...

We're talking about when practice ends and we pick up our children, many times to find the coaches have already left. I'm pretty sure that when I pick up my child from a practice, and people are leaving, and the coach has already left, that it's over!

This has NOTHING to do with what my child tells me, and EVERYTHING to do with what parents observe!

My eyes are open and there is no wool covering them.

Anonymous said...

Please, please take Melinda Reeves back. Arlington doesn't want her!!!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should educate yourselves and read the current events in the news about Melinda Reeves before suggesting wanting her back. Go ahead google her name. SUSPENDED from her job last week. Wake up people!