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1.19.2012

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • The Office fans will love this cameo appearance of Steve Carell in last week's show that almost no one (well, almost no one) caught.
  • The lady lawyer who managed to unwittingly take a gun onto a plane at DFW Airport yesterday didn't have the most flattering picture in a rotary club newsletter a while back.
  • You know it is tough in TV when Channel 8's Dale Hansen takes a paycut and doesn't complain.
  • A loyal reader suggested these as Random Girls. Hey, Now. 
  • So when the Rangers win this summer, a regular guy who struggles to just get by in life is going to stand up and cheer because the player who helped a professional sports team win was purchased from Japan for a total cost of $111 million?  I don't get it.
  • The Decatur ISD Superintendent makes $147,906?  Did superintendent salaries somewhere along the line get out of whack? 
  • The former Athletic Director of Southern University and ex-NFL player was arrested in Houston last year during the Final Four for soliciting prostitution after he was approached on the street by an undercover cop. A jury found him not guilty in 34 minutes yesterday. From the cops on the street, to the supervisor who authorized the sting, to the prosecutors who couldn't evaluate a case to save their lives, what a tremendous waste of tax dollars. 
  • And get this: He was fired after the arrest. The only crime committed in that case was by The State of Texas.
  • The economy might be hurting, but Texas ads 58 new DPS Troopers to the payroll this morning. 
  • If I'm reading this right, a former Bridgeport player is now the head coach and athletic director of Crosby High School. (And he has become the brother-in-law of former UT standout Jordan Shipley.)
  • We had a toilet crisis in our office which caused the City of Decatur to dig up a portion of our parking lot. "Toilet" and "crisis" are never good when combined. 
  • President Obama's decided to care about the environment yesterday and kill the "Keystone XL" pipeline. Basically, he said more time was needed to study it but if Congress was going to force him to make a decision, he'd err on the side of caution.  
  • There's a story in the Star-Telegram today about a historic home "overlooking Luther Lake" in Fort Worth that may end up getting torn down. Luther Lake looks more like a pond via satellite, but I had never heard of it. (It's not far from that traffic circle at the end of Camp Bowie.)


89 comments:

Bacon said...

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Loyal reader Pics
4 out of 5
Hot hot.

Gary the Graboid said...

In the wake yesterday's signing the Rangers have announced a new internet promotion called the "Yupon." You get two $25 tickets for a hundred bucks.

Any irony to the fact that the Rangers' new pitcher wears the same number as Tom Hicks' favorite chapter on his jersey?

Anonymous said...

What gives the President the authority to kill the Keystone Pipeline? Certainly not the Constitution. The pipline approval belongs in the hands of Congress or the Senate, depending on your point of view. The President is greatly overstepping his limits and we are one step closer to a dictatorship. Wake up America before it is too late to reverse all of the damage.

Anonymous said...

"58 new DPS Troopers"...

It was either that or unemployment, because they couldn't hold a normal job.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that needs more time to study whether or not an oil pipeline would create over 100 thousand jobs and reduce our dependency on Arab oil is a f&(*$g idiot. He has told us he is focused like a laser and will not rest until every American has a job. He must be one tired son of a bitch.

Anonymous said...

Sympathy on toilet crisis. Somehow, the phrase "just hold it" doesn't seem to work. EVER.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

What's the problem with 147K? Haven't you seen all the fencing 10KRod has built this year? Scores down....fences up! Would loved to have easeddropped on the evaluation session....the board president was probably foaming at the mouth in excitement, the other six pondering how they are going to keep One-n-done.

Anonymous said...

You could have led with the suggested pics and didn't.. FAIL

No pipeline. OK. We have all the oil we will ever need. It aint like there is no pipeline across Nebraska now. FAIL

Perry note: GTT

Being found not guilty don't mean one didn't comport ones self in a manner detrimental to the reputation of a University.

Anonymous said...

He also cut libraians and remodeled one of the libraries. It looks great but they have not purchased a single new book this year for the kids to read. Where are the priorities of this DISD administration and school board. Every sitting school board member needs to be voted off that board and hopefully be replaced with some who actually value education and educators!

Anonymous said...

Suggested RT Girls HELL Yes....

Anonymous said...

And they offered the DISD Sup a raise??? Ahh, but he "refused". Shame he didn't refuse the raise they gave him last year, which he took while slashing dozens of teacher and librarian positions because we "couldn't afford them". THEN, he spends hundreds of thousands on "facilities" (i.e., 90% of which went to athletic facilities).

THEN, he goes on to celebrate his inauguration as the big-cheese whatever-he-is of Texas school superintendents by showing off all of Decatur's great fine arts programs ... all of which were built under his predecessors. And of course then eliminates many fine arts teaching positions and runs off most of the remaining fine arts instructors who built up all of those fine programs. Can we say "hypocricy"?

If there is any standard by which a Superintendent ought to be judged, it's by tracking the test scores that result under his/her regime. We don't know enough about those yet to be making any decisions. But for what it may be worth, my prediction is that they will fall. And keep falling.

He's a nice guy, and he knows how to make a decision. But he's just an old west Texas ag teacher who doesn't know or understand the first thing about education. Morale among DISD teachers is extremely low. That does not bode well for their product.

So I agree. Dump this board and try voting for somebody who is NOT in the booster club. Wouldn't THAT be refreshing?

Anonymous said...

Suggested random girls pics...

professionals paid by the website sportsbybrooks.com

a sports (college football) gossip column out of LA

Anonymous said...

With regard to the former Athletic Director of SU adn the ex-NFL player being prosecuted for soliciting prostitution...surely you, of all people, should know that there is a very distinct difference between being found "Not Guilty" and being Innocent of the crime.

So, just because the end result is an aquittal, doesn't mean the DA's Office wasn't doing their job...in the interest of justice.

Well done on making a snap judgement based on less than all of the information. I'm sure you know EVERYTHING about the case, instead of a snipit from a news article you happen to glance at.

Anonymous said...

9:02 i'm calling you out: where in the wide, wide world of sports did you come up with the statistic of 100,000 jobs associated with the Keystone? All three of the evening news networks that covered the story yesterday noted that the jobs killed ranged from a low of 2,500 temporary jobs (based on an Stanford University study, which i readily concede is WAY low) to a high of 20,000 jobs (based on a study commissioned by Transcanada, the company seeking approval to build the thing in the first place). i have no objections to the thing being built and figure if there is money to be made by oil and gas companies somehow it will manage to get built regardless of what the president does or says, but where in the world did you get your supporting data?

Anonymous said...

Steve Carell DID NOT make a Cameo on the office.

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/01/the-office-sadly-that-was-not-a-steve-carell-cameo-in-trivia.html


Follow the link

Anonymous said...

Maybe "loyal" readers should be in charge of RT girls. Better than your pic.

Anonymous said...

We are as bad as California. Unnecessary spending on more troopers during a fiscal nightmare in Texas. We have so many local police to fill gaps and the State spends more money.

Consilium ac prudentia said...

To bad the Keystone pipeline wouldn't have resulted in more government jobs. Obama would have approved it without thinking and we might have accidentally benefited from something he did. Oh well. I am sure he will find somewhere in government to create those jobs. Lord knows he is doing everything he can to stifle private sector jobs.

Anonymous said...

I can tell you there isnt much intrest in the JH Athletic Programs at Decatur and its a shame. Girls programs at Decatur are getting the shaft. I think they fill the JH coaching spots with people that are standing by Allsups in the morning looking for a job. Its bad.

Anonymous said...

The new head coach/AD at Crosby does appear to be a BHS alum, but the Shipley he is married to is not a sister Of Jordan. His father's name is Bob, not Ben

Anonymous said...

10:06 He probably got the 100,000 number from Fox News. It definitely doesn't pass the reasonable test. But my question is why are they running a pipeline to Houston? Don't they have to refine that stuff in Canada before it will even flow down a pipeline?

Anonymous said...

10:44, No they don't have to refine it first. You sir are a dumbass.

Anonymous said...

10:06, I got my numbers from the same source that said the trillion dollar stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8 per cent and create shovel ready jobs. Feel better now?

Anonymous said...

who cares how many jobs, we need the oil, the pipeline has been studied for almost 3 yrs and found to be safe, i think obama is trying to apease the iranians and the environmental wackos.

Robert said...

historic home "overlooking Luther Lake" in Fort Worth

Here is a Liberally Lean and internet exclusive:

The Ridglea Hills house does not overlook Luther Lake. It doesn't overlook Bal Lake another private Ridglea Lake.

The house overlooks a third private lake or pond that isn't visible from the road like Luther Lake is.

Anonymous said...

11:20, Millions of unemployed care about jobs, that's who.

Anonymous said...

Do you Keystone supporters realize the reason they want to pipe the tar sands oil to Texas to refine is that it will then be shipped OUT OF THE COUNTRY at a tax-free port? Yup, we refine it and send it away, untaxed - not for your use.

Anonymous said...

Wind power is the answer...♫

Anonymous said...

As a Wise County resident with kids approaching school age, the comments on this blog sure make me want to home school. Is there anyone out there with a favorable opinion of any of the school districts in this county???

Anonymous said...

That lady lawyer could not get a flattering pic if she tried a thousand times!

Anonymous said...

China will lay the pipeline if we don't watch out.

Anonymous said...

12:06, Did you know that it will still create JOBS?

John Holmes' Ghost said...

What's going on with yesterday and today's randy girl pics. Were they taken twenty years ago or something?

I enjoy milfs and hot gilfs as much as the next living guy, but I those gals are pushin the limit.

Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Suggested RT Girls makes me want to lay some pipe.

Anonymous said...

Geez, Barry .. what IS it with you and ugly middle-age fat chicks?

Anonymous said...

Seeing as how the DPS has more than 350 Trooper positions open, I'd say the handful they just graduated are greatly needed. Heck, you should see it as an investment in your shady future. :)

Anonymous said...

He doesn't even own property here. He's here to get fat off the hog. He'll be living back on his Hico, Texas hacienda after he's had his way with the Decatur School Board.

Anonymous said...

12:15 Bless your heart.

Are you unable to form an opinion for yourself with actual research instead of hearsay?

Anonymous said...

So, if they pipe to the west coast and ship it to China, it's ok?

Anonymous said...

12:22 I hope they do! It will add another notch in that big ole Democrat/Liberal tree showing how stupid they really are.

Anonymous said...

12:06...virtually all export points are in tax free zones. If we do not allow the pipeline, the pipeline will go west through British Columbia. If we allow the pipeline, it will go to the gulf coast to be refined. These jobs are not just during the construction phase, the refinery jobs will be there for years to come. Historically, refinery jobs are high paying, high benefit positions you can actually raise a family on. Also, we could concievably have some measure of control over where that oil is exported to or if we buy it ourselves without transportation costs.

CT said...

Congrats to Jeff Riordan!! Great example of an athlete that comes outta Bridgeport!!


side note: at least this paper referenced Bridgeport correctly as being on the North side of Ft. Worth...

Anonymous said...

Obama had asked to delay the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until 2013 to allow time to properly "study" the environmental impact. The reality is that this has been a lose/lose proposition politically for Obama. If he OK's it, thousands of union workers will have jobs and their unions happy, but the environmentalists will point to one more failure by this administration to uphold green promises that have not materialized. If he says no because of environmental impact to make the environmentalists warm and fuzzy, he angers not only the out of work union workers, but possibly the whole union voting bloc.

This way he can sidestep his responsability, save political face, and ultimately blame it on Congress (read between the lines Republicans), and come out with a win/win/win for his administration. Teflon, nothing sticks to him.

The only loser is anyone who has to buy petroleum products, the unemployed, taxpayers,...anyone who is remotely dependant on our economy.

To "err on the side of caution" implies that he cares. Obama was "forced" to make this decision because he cares only about himself.

wordkyle said...

BG, your interpretation of Obama's rejection of the pipeline is extremely generous. Here's what the notoriously conservative Washington Post had to say:

"a government analysis last year concluded that the original [pipeline plan] would have “limited adverse environmental impacts.”

"Stopping the pipeline, then, wouldn’t do anything to reduce global warming, but it would almost certainly require more oil to be transported across oceans in tankers."

"Without the pipeline, Canada would still export its bitumen — with long-term trends in the global market, it’s far too valuable to keep in the ground — but it would go to China. And, as a State Department report found, U.S. refineries would still import low-quality crude — just from the Middle East."

"President Obama’s Jobs Council reminded the nation that it is still hooked on fossil fuels, and will be for a long time. “Continuing to deliver inexpensive and reliable energy,” the council reported, “is going to require the United States to optimize all of its natural resources and construct pathways (pipelines, transmission and distribution) to deliver electricity and fuel.”

"[Obama's Jobs Council] added that regulatory “and permitting obstacles that could threaten the development of some energy projects, negatively impact jobs and weaken our energy infrastructure need to be addressed.”

So in making his decision, Obama went against the recommendations of his own Jobs Council and his own State Department's environmental impact report.

Once again, the Washington Post: "We almost hope this was a political call because, on the substance, there should be no question."

Anonymous said...

Obama has stated that he wants gasoline to cost $8/gal so we will not use as much. He does not realize that most of us have to use the same amount each week no matter the cost. He is completely out of touch with real people. Vote anybody but Obama in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Is it a requirement to have low IQ to be a school board member? Must be! They certainly aren't representing the community in their stupid decisions.

Anonymous said...

Since when does any elected official represent the community that elected them? Once in, you are there until you decide to leave. More lucrative to represent big unions or other block voting groups.

Anonymous said...

Obama turned down the Keystone pipeline out of spite.

Anonymous said...

Laying pipeline: Wasn't that how Bill Clinton got in trouble with Ms. Lewinsky?

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

1:21, Bless your heart…

Let me help you out here. To paraphrase 12:15, I think he/she was trying to say, “Wow, there is a lot of complaining on this blog about area schools. Does anyone have anything nice to say?”

And you respond with that? Interesting.

(By the way, I’ve formed an opinion of you without relying on hearsay.)

Anonymous said...

I want to know who the cowards are that voted for the contract extension of the super. I am going to ask the messenger to obtain and show the votes. I wouldn't want any of those board members running my company

Anonymous said...

Obama turned down the Keystone pipeline because he prefers Budweiser.

Double Fake Keith Stone

Anonymous said...

2:44 , your Oil/Gas , Payday Loan, and Liquor industries lobby more than any "Big Union", and have deeper pockets.

Anonymous said...

Let's hear it for the republicans...lol...they still don't have a clue, a brain, nor any wisdom about who they are rooting for to represent them in an election, not even a viable candidate...all you rednecks keep tuning into your right-wing radio and/or feaux news. Might trying mixing it up with real news on every other channel available and get a clue of what's really going on in the world. Don't feel too bad though, you are still stuck with your fine texas governor (who btw was spending $400K/month of Texas taxpayers money on security for protection while running for president). I still don't know who they were protecting him from, the danger was himself! OOPS!

Anonymous said...

3:47 Are you a hypocrite much? You and your ilk have a problem with that.

Anonymous said...

Poor 3:24 Always jealous of anyone who doesn't get a welfare check.

Anonymous said...

3:01 That was over your head, huh?

The fact that a parent would go to a blog, FB, or any other social networking site to obtain information about a school system is hilarious and lazy.

Anonymous said...

3:55...3:47 here...i don't care what any of the bloggers say about me on here...as long as they don't label me as one of the deaf/blind republican groupies, I will be happy as hell!

If you want to assume that I am a "whining liberal", "collect welfare", "don't have a job", or "don't have health insurance", because I don't agree with the comments made on this blog, that's fine, far from the truth, but fine.

To not be included in the climate of the republican party, I will gladly run as fast as I can, whining and screaming, as loud as I can, to the left!

Ciao!

Anonymous said...

Hey 3:47:
I do, indeed watch a lot of other news sources, particularly CNN, about the political news. What do I see? Lots, lots, lots of negative coverage about ALL of the republican candidates EXCEPT ROMNEY. I wonder why that is? Take the interview with Newt Gingrich's ex wife. ABC waits until Gingrich begins to make another push, then they air the interview FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY. Wonder why? SHOCK VALUE, perhaps? All the liberal news organizations want Romney because they know he has NO CHANCE of beating their little golden child Obama.

gern blansten

Consilium ac prudentia said...

Wordkyle, according to a recently aired Obama campaign ad, Obama claims to have reduced American dependency on foreign oil to under 50%. He is a blatant liar. We can't expect anything else from him so his decision to go against every common sense opinion about approving the Keystone pipeline should come as a shock to no one. Those left still supporting him are strictly doing so precisely BECAUSE he ignores common sense and positive opinions from everyone. Some people are hell bent on destroying this nation out of spite.

Anonymous said...

I'm an educator and I'm appalled at the cuts all districts have had to make. It's not just Decatur. It's the state funding.
Also, while I know it looks bad that the athletic facilities have been improved, those monies can't be used for salaries. They were voted on by the people of Decatur in a bond election. \
There isn't just one general fund that pays for everything. It's all allocated and marked for specific areas.
Do the research.

Anonymous said...

Hey y'all voted for the DISD school board members "It's for the kis" and voted for the head nigger Barry so shut the FuC up.. They were putting turf on the baseball field this week when did you vote for that? Next time you get a chance to vote THINK before you do..

Anonymous said...

gern:

Maybe CNN is telling the truth and it stings a bit. Nobody knows where Romney stands on anything, he is always changing his mind, just like a woman! : )

As far as ABC, they can air the candidates' dirty laundry as much as feaux news tries to cover it up.

Anonymous said...

How anyone can say that the main stream news is unbiased and factual is beyond me. They have to be living in a fantasy world. Liberals will be the downfall of this country. Heil Obama. We had better start paying more attention to history, or we are doomed to repeat it. Oh yea! Isn't Newt a PhD in History?

Anonymous said...

I'm not certian but I think DISD's baseball program has had to lots of additional fundraisers to get the things they wanted.

Anonymous said...

do we need to have a fundraiser for some extra teachers that were let go so they could put in jumbotrons and new fencing or some new lights at the workout field? When do they ever workout in the dark? Remember they said it's for the kids just not for the teachers. Please Think before you vote next time.

Anonymous said...

4:38, lay off the kool-aide.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Riordan graduated from BHS in 1997. Why do you seem so surprised? Yes, graduates from BHS can move on and become successful. Congrats Jeff.

Anonymous said...

for all you parents out there who are frustrated with the raise of our superintendent, be patient. I am from roanoke and we went through the same pains. what is going to happen is that more outsiders are going to move into the town and change the make up of the voting community. The current board members are voted in because "their daddy was a good man" or "he grew up here, or even better "he was a hell of an athelete". I really dont think there is a qualified person on the board. Sure you have some doctors and lawyers, but they are only serving their own interests. If I am not mistaken, one person on the board has a family member who is an administrator in the school system. (conflict of interest?) Be patient, stay on their ass and expose their stupidity. When their child strikes out at bat everytime, throws 10 interceptions per game, or makes the basketball team when they can barely dribble, we can all sit back at laugh at the real reason they are on the team. After all, their fathers are good ol boys which make them outstanding school board members.When they graduate, they wont have any interests in being a school board member anymore and maybe some talent will move into the community to change our miserable schools.

Anonymous said...

4:38, YOU do the research. The money spent on athletic facilities in Decatur was NOT bond money. Decatur voters certainly never approved all those fences.

Anonymous said...

Loyal reader submission made up today's RTM girls with the WTF eyebrows.

Anonymous said...

Decatur has had some solid Superintendents this one included
The problems in Decatur meet on a monthly basis

Anonymous said...

"Is there anyone out there with a favorable opinion of any of the school districts in this county???"

Chicken Little is alive and well in Decatur! Poor, poor children being made to learn. The fact is Decatur has an excellent school district and excellent teachers.

I have two children in the school district and I can say with authority that they are receiving an EXCELLENT education by caring teachers. They are lovingly cared for, motivated and challenged. Is it always wonderful? Hell no. Kids cry because of homework, someone was mean on the playground etc. but they are engaged, encouraged, challenged and LOVE school.

IMHO if the "outspoken ones" who have nothing positive to say about the district took the time to actually listen and learn instead of storm in with their pre set agenda they may actually end up helping their children get an excellent education instead of teaching their kids that school is "bad."

Anonymous said...

147k to run a school district a travesty? Hardly. What do you suppose a CEO makes who runs a company with a similar budget and number of employees? Guarantee it's a lot more than that, and without all the crazy headaches that come with being a superintendent. And to all the "vote the bums out" people...well...what are you waiting for? Do it, already, or shut up.

Anonymous said...

Yupon? Pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with the superintendent. My problem is with the school board. The super. Is just cashing checks and spending other peoples money. As with any company the the board of directors listen to the stock holders. According to the Messenger, the stock holders were @ a standing room only meeting and has completely ignored their concerns. To have that many voices express concern with the operations of the school and to turn around one week later and give him a raise and contract extension is abuse of their elected authority. Maybe I should start attending board meetings myself. Something seems a bit suspect.

Anonymous said...

So yesterday the Update reports that our school board discussed a raise for Mr. Townsend and today it reports that they will have to cut teachers again next year???? If the voters in Decatur do not see a need to replace EVERY member of that school board then something is terribly wrong!

Anonymous said...

It is definitely time for some changes in the DISD school board! We need some fresh, new people on the board who will advocate for the teachers and kids!

Anonymous said...

If you only knew the hours of VOLUNTEER time the School Board members put in to serve their community you would shut your anonymous mouths and be more supportive.

They have more insight into what goes on inside a school district than the "average joe" who has an opinion (and you know what they say about opinions being like assholes...) The school board members are also community members and many have kids in Decatur ISD. They have a dog in the race and are not random yahoos wasting district money.

Anonymous said...

1:21/4:11... 12:15 here. On second read, I can see how someone would take my comment seriously. However, it was written in my typical (though frequently ill-advised) format of sarcastic statements and rhetorical questions. That said, I have to admit amusement at the fact that you contributed to my point, in a very roundabout way.

Obviously, there are many people who have a decidedly favorable view of the various schools and school districts in the county. As is so often true in our society, it is those who are unhappy who tend to be the most vocal.

I have no idea how you concluded from my post that I was conducting “research” on this blog about Wise County schools, or anything else for that matter. As you correctly asserted, that would be hilarious!

Thank you for your comment, as I periodically need to be reminded to keep my sarcasm in check.

Anonymous said...

Decatur does have good schools. My grandchildren are learning the necessary lessons, having a good time, are focused and engaged, and come home with a smile every day. Their parents are degreed professionals who take an avid interest in their education. They are satisfied with the district. Is it perfect? Of course not, there isn't a perfect district.
Do their kids whine? NO, they know they have a job to do at school and they do it. The parents work with them at night, going over skills like reading, counting money, times tables, etc.
These are parents that don't havea time to bash the schools==they're too busy building up their kids.

Anonymous said...

Those of you who praise the school, need to understand who it is that your praise is referring to. THE TEACHERS keep that "goodness" in DISD because they work their tails off to keep things afloat. The regular Joe has no idea what goes on in school systems, except to know their kids are doing ok and seem happy.
I can NOT believe the Board even had an inkling of a thought to give that superintendent a raise AGAIN, after riffing so many teachers last year! Wow! That really takes an arrogant set! I think it is time to have ex teachers fill school board seats! At least they KNOW what the trenches are like and they also KNOW the BS that central office and even some principals pitch to the public. Can't fool a teacher who has been there!
I did drive by to see all the work going on at the baseball field: new fence, new concreted parking areas, new bricked walls! Don't even try to say that is ALL booster money! If you believe that, then you really don't have a clue of what goes on in DISD!
Shameful-shameful!!

Anonymous said...

I think many of you, including you, Grandma, are missing the point. No one is bashing teachers or schools. People are simply questioning the arbitrary decisions that have been made by people that clearly have no idea what they are doing. When a school board offers a superintendent a raise less the day before it is revealed that the district will have to look at elminating more teaching positions I think that is a no brainer. Also, did you even read the newspaper article that The Messenger published? How could someone read that and not see that there are some MAJOR problems going on a this school district and it's not with the teachers and those were all direct quotes of the superintendent!

Anonymous said...

It's for the kids! Only if they play sports.Thats the only reason they ran last time and one ran to keep his wife's job. Yes they have kids in school thats why they ran and only why.

Anonymous said...

6:13-One of the MAJOR problems is bratty parents that want the education of their children to be easy smooth. These are probably the same parents that don't want to keep scores in games where everyone is a winner. Everyone gets a trophy.
School boards aren't perfect and they do make mistakes. But I don't see many people willing to step up and run. Some of these ran unopposed. So, we get what we vote for. In their defense, the amount of time they devote to this is board is phenomenal, without any pay. It's intense and they do have to answer for their decisions. I wouldn't want to do it, would you?
As with everything else, until you've been in this position, you won't understand all the ins and outs that they must contend with.

Anonymous said...

There are also new fences going up around the Carson playground. I - as a parent - am glad they are there. Too many kids running around, people pulling up in the parking lot - I like that our kids will be safe and I have zero problem with that expense.

Schools have to keep growing and improving their facilities - play areas, signs, buildings etc. We can keep pretending we are a back woods country school or we can understand that we are a growing school and community and how we present ourselves tells a lot about us as a community.

Bash, bash, bash - but what are you actually doing to make your schools better? Quit complaining about the people who ARE stepping up.

Anonymous said...

School Boards are generally okay
It is indivdual members who create issues

Anonymous said...

Listen, folks run for school board and yes, they volunteer a lot of time while on the board. Does that mean everyone should bow down and kiss their feet no matter what decisions they make? One of the MAIN problems with school boards is this ridiculous idea of unified support. Boards are trained to be supportive of the superintendent, and are encouraged to always be unified in their voting. That is one place that local education has gone wrong! Communities vote for people in hopes that person has common sense and will be an independent thinker/speaker for what is RIGHT for the school. But veteran members end up taking the new members and placing them on the "bandwagon" and if they are not a "team player" then the veteran members place guilt on them. I've seen too many very good people become a school board member and within a year, they've been brainwashed.
Why do we still have the AD we do in Decatur? How long has it been since we have been deep into the playoffs? Yet, we give raises, hire more coaches, spend money on making coaches happy with new equipment, facilities, etc., while we cut classroom teachers, librarians, and overcrowd the academic classrooms.
WHO in their right mind can say that is BEST?????
Why do we allow thousands and thousands of dollars to be spent on "fix all curriculums of the year" when we have teachers who are more than capable ( and have proven so year in and year out for DECADES) to teach without new money sucking, company driven pages and pages of crap! WHY do we not have board members who will BACK THEIR TEACHERS????????
It is a very sad time in education. Extremely sad. And we have well educated board members who refuse to stand up for what is RIGHT for this community -- all for the sake of "looking unified" in support of the superintendent.
PITIFUL!!

Anonymous said...

So I'm curious. If they don't put turf on the baseball field (which I consider necessary maintenance) then the other half would be screaming that we don't have adequate baseball facilities, wouldn't ya! - Sheesh!