published Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The cheating school board

The five members who now control the county school board rarely miss an opportunity to disappoint. Their utterly arrogant vote Tuesday night to override standing board policy governing the selection of a new superintendent keeps their recent string of disappointments intact.

The policy they effectively ditched required a number of specific steps and strong public participation in choosing a successor to ousted Superintendent Jim Scales. For example:

* It directs the board to develop a job description, timeline and process for accepting and reviewing applications, and it spells out selection procedures.

* It says those procedures “shall include” an invitation to the community to participate in the selection of candidates by “suggesting selection criteria, participating in sessions with, and asking questions of, the candidates, and by attending board interviews with the candidates.”

* It says resumes of candidates interviewed by the board “shall be available in the central office for public inspection.”

* It says “the interview process for each finalist shall include meetings with various staff and community groups and an interview with the entire board.”

* It says that “candidates shall be interviewed by the board in an open session,” though only board members would be allowed to ask questions during the interview.

* Lastly, it directs the board to attempt to select a superintendent by unanimous vote, but adds that “a two-thirds vote of the membership of the board shall be required for the appointment of a (superintendent) of schools.”

The codified policy also specifically expresses a preference for a superintendent with a doctoral degree, and it says that an “interim” superintendent “shall not become a candidate” unless the board expressly permits such inclusion in the selection procedures.

If you had read this policy before the nine-member board’s majority faction of five began paving the way to oust Scales, you might have thought the board would not have the gall to ditch all these rules — and nonchalantly disregard the mandate for a national search and public participation in it — and quickly move to make Rick Smith first its designated “interim” superintendent, and then its new permanent superintendent.

And you would have been wrong.

The board quickly signaled it would install Smith as an “interim” candidate — though he has no doctoral degree. And then its proposed amendment to allow the board to ram through his appointment surfaced earlier this week. That memo simply says that “notwithstanding the provisions of this (current selection) policy to the contrary,” the board can select a superintendent anyway it darn well pleases, and finalize the appointment with “15 days public notice.”

That’s the next step. Still, it’s wrong. It’s a slap in the face of both a public policy and the public’s standing right for public participation in the selection of a new superintendent. The memo’s origin and author should be outed.

The standing policy was adopted for good reason. Following the merger of the former county and city school systems, citizens here became aware of how critical the superintendent’s position would be to the operation of the school system. Citizens wanted a participatory voice, and they still should have that.

Board member Rhonda Thurman, one of the five who has long favored Smith, says the board doesn’t need to look further — that Smith has been “interviewed” for 25 years. But Thurman’s judgment is dubious, at best. She also has said, for example, that she would close the county’s magnet schools immediately if she had the power. And through Smith, she may well hold that power — never mind the value and popularity of the magnet schools and their attendant usefulness in mitigating resegregated schools.

That’s just one of many reasons why the board should conduct a national search for an educational leader, as the Chamber of Commerce has rightly recommended. The public, and new businesses here, will not be well served by a yes-man to the board’s current, short-sighted gang of five. The public should have a voice in choosing the next superintendent, and there’s ample time to provide that.

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rosebud said...

There are 3 certainties in life...death, taxes and Harry Austin. The Times left-page editorial writer continues to collect a paycheck for copy-blocking the same drivel every other day. It's a good thing Walter Hussman is busy fighting off lawsuits, because he apparently doesn't notice this writer's laziness.

Harry, I know you long for the good ol' days, when your downtown foundations controlled the school board. It sure was nice having outstanding citizens like Charles "Tennessee Waltz" Love and Janice "Banned from Walmart" Boydston in the PEF's back pocket. Not to mention Chip "the Ringmaster" Baker, and Joe Conner, the architect of numerous late-night contract extensions and buyouts.

But those days are gone. Voters finally caught on, and elected honest, upfront educators and parents with integrity. The current five-member majority is made up of Mike Evatt: a longtime employee of HCDE, with a wife who's a teacher, and children who attended public schools. David Testerman, a respected retired principal, and parent of public school children. Joe Galloway, beloved in Lookout Valley as a teacher and coach, parent of public school children who are now HCDE teachers. Everett Fairchild, a retired principal, whose children attended public school, and who has unquestioned integrity; and Rhonda Thurman, a public school graduate and self-made business owner whose district re-elects her, usually without opposition.

Thanks to these five people, the school district is finally out of the hands of special interests, and back in the hands of the voters.

On the other hand, judging from their role in the sneaky, last-minute retirement payoff to Janice Boydston and the unwarranted contract extension to Jim Scales, board members Linda Mosley and Chip Baker are unlikely to be re-elected next year, if they choose to run.

So, Harry, that "gang of five" you write about every other day will likely soon be seven. Sorry that you and your foundation cronies are out of power now. That's what happens when you squander an opportunity. It's someone else's turn now; so saith the voters.

June 16, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.
Selah said...

Strongly, agree...Chatt Times do not let this go...Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce do not let this go...Teachers and employees of HCDE do not let this go...STAND up HCEA...people's rights, teacher's rights are getting took away without a blink of an eye by these wildmen and women...Let's put a STOP to it...DON'T LET THIS GO!!!

June 16, 2011 at 8:24 a.m.
timbo said...

The editorial writer is at least consistent. That is consistently wrong. Harry, there was an election. Elections are to decide which side sets policies. When the PEF, the Lookout Mountain crowd and you had the school board you wanted, you guys set policy through them. Anything they did, no matter how underhanded, you thought was just fine.

Obivously, the public has rejected those policies and as elected representatives have changed the direction of for the better.

Quit whining and start working to elect people who agree with you. Stop using Rhonda Thurman as your boogie man to scare the school children. Deal with it, the majority of the county agrees with her.

It is just tacky to keep repeating yourself because it will do you know good. You have been beaten by a hair dresser. You elites need to get used to it....Again, you were beaten by a hair dresser.

June 16, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
chet123 said...

SELAH..DID YOU SAY PEOPLE RIGHT??? THAT ARGUMENT WAS MADE IN LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE......THE MAJORITY DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DENEY THE MINORITY OF THEIR RIGHT.....THE HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD HAVE BEEN DISHONEST....THE PEOPLE WONT FORGET THE UNDER HANDNESS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE BOARD....I USE TO NOT AGREE WITH THE BOARD BUT I RESPECTED THEIR DECISION.....I NO LONGER HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR THIS BOARD OR THEIR DECISION

June 16, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD....I TRULY BELIEVE YOU ARE RHONDA THURMAN...YOU TALK CRAZY JUST LIKE SHE DOES.....LOL LOL...YOU FAIL TO MENTION THE WAY YOU ILLEGALLY RAILROAD RICK SMITH AS FUTURE SUPERINTENDENT...HE WAS GOING TO GET FIRED...AND YOU PANIC!...BOUGHT OUT SCALES CONTRACT WITH TAX PAYER MONEY(SURE SCALES LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK)..THIS WILL BE THE MOST HATED BOARD IN THE HISTORY OF HAMILTON COUNTY...THANKS TO YOU(RHONDA THURMAN)AND YOUR GOONS

June 16, 2011 at 9:28 a.m.
rosebud said...

chet123: Could you post your opinions in English for those of us who don't speak rap?

June 16, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD....WHY DONT YOU GET TO THE POINT??? YOU WASTE TIME TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE YOU HATE....WHO GIVE A RAT BUTT YOU CRAZY WOMAN...SO THAT IMPEL YOU TO SCHEME LIE, COLLUDE,AGAINST THE COMMUNITY AND THE MINORITY MEMBER OF THE BOARD TO PUSH IN A LOSER LIKE RICK SMITH IN FOR HAMILTON COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT

June 16, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
chet123 said...

I FORGOT YOU HAVE HIGH STANDARD...RICK DUMB BUTT SMITH AS SUPERINTENDENT

June 16, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
Selah said...

I once respected Rhonda...now I think she is just like the status quo...I respected her b/c she wouldn't let them shut her up. She once stood up against them all Fairchild included. Now she has succumbed to same ole, same ole... Rosebud...that remark you made to chet123 sounded racist...what are you really tryin to say.

June 16, 2011 at 9:43 a.m.
Selah said...

Rhonda come back to yourself...You'll wake up later and realize the other side used u too... now to railroad their candidate in before they used u as a scapegoat...When the air clears...Again, Rhonda u will get the blame. Why Why did u change

June 16, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD....SEE HOW ARROGANT YOU TALK! IF THE NATIONAL MEDIA COME HERE AND THIS GO TO COURT.....THE WHOLE BOARD NEED TO BE REMOVE.....WITH BACKWARD, BOONEDOCK IGNORANT PEOPLE WITH PSEUDO INTELLIGENT LIKE YOURSELF, ROAD KILL EATING HILLBILLY AS YOU!!....HOW MY ENGLISH! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

June 16, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
Selah said...

Timbo...check the pocketbooks of the people you seem to think are elites...then review the pocketbooks of the now fab 5...then you may change your tune...

June 16, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
chet123 said...

TO MY FELLOW POSTER...LOOK JUNE 16,8:22 by rosebud(cactus with two hairy legs)

ROSEBUD...LOVE YOUR LOGIC....YOU RAISE THE BAR FOR THE STUDENT IN HAMILTON COUNTY WHILE LOWERING THE BAR FOR ADMINISTRATORS ......Hmmmmmmmm LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN..YOU RAISE THE BAR FOR STUDENT IN HAMILTON COUNTY AND LOWER THE BAR FOR THE TOP JOB OF SUPERINTENDENT...PLACING A MAN WHO IS YOUR FRIEND/MAYBE BOYFRIEND WHO ONLY HAVE A "MBA" NOT A "PHD" LIKE REYNOLDS, REGISTER, SCALES....Hmmmmmm..ARE YOU FREAKY CRAZY! HOW CAN OUR CHILDREN HAVE A CHANCE IN THE WORLD OF EMPLOYMENT WITH THESE TYPE TACTIC....REWARD STUPIDY LOL LOL LOL

June 16, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
chet123 said...

SELAH....WHAT DOLLAR CHASER HAVE MADE GREAT IMPACT IN OUR HISTORY ....WHERES YOUR VALUE FOOL!

June 16, 2011 at 10 a.m.
chet123 said...

SELAHStrong

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF MOHANDAS GANDI,ABE LINCOLN,MARTIN LUTHER KING,NELSON MANDELA,JOHN BROWN,GEORGE WASHINGTON,JONAS SALK(INVENTED THE CURE OF POLIO WAS NOT A DOLLAR CHASE-JEWISH), JESUS CHRIST....THESE WERE NOT DOLLAR CHASERS.....NOR IDOL WORSHIPPER(MONEY AND WEALTH #1 PRIORITY)LIKE YOU. EVENTHOUGH YOU WILL NEVER BE FILTY RICH IN THE BOONIE

June 16, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
chet123 said...

SELAH...WHY WOULD YOU WANT THE MEDIA TO BE SILENCE....SO YOU CAN OPERATE IN THE DARK??? IF YOU DID THE RIGHT THING WHY HIDE IT....IS IT BECAUSE YOUR ACTION WAS IN COLD-HEARTEDNESS, RUTHLESS,EGOTISTICAL AND REPUGNANCE...DO YOU NOT RESPECT THE 5TH AMENDMENT!

June 16, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
chet123 said...

WHERE IS ROSEBUD/RHONDA THURMAN.....RUNNING LIKE A SCARED RABBIT....SHE WAS COOKING LAST NITE....HOWEVER MY COMPUTER CRASHED FROM THE STORM ...I WAS NOT ABLE TO REPLY.....HOPE THE PEOPLE OF HAMILTON COUNTY SEE ROSEBUD WRITING AND REALIZE WE HAVE IMMATURE ADULT PLAYING GAMES WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS....THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST BE ABOLISHED......WE DONT HAVE ADULT THINKING GROWN FOLK IN MAJORITY OF SCHOOL BOARD...COSTING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR TAX PAYERS BIG DOLLARS.....ROSEBUD TALK ABOUT A GRUDGE SHE HAS WITH ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER....SHE TALK LIKE A CHILD....TO ROSEBUD...I KNOW YOU RAN OFF....PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU WILL RETURN

June 16, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
chet123 said...

SORRY SELAH...I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY..YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON!.I DONT LOOK FOR PWERFECTION IN ANYONE..JUST LOOK FOR A LITTLE FAIRNESS...ROSEBUD GOT ME FIRED UP...CANT BELEIVE ANYONE CAN BE SO STUPID AND HATEFUL....AND I DONT MIND HER RACIST COMMENTS...SHE HAS NOTHING ELSE TO GRAB ON TO....

June 16, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
rosebud said...

Thanks Selah and chet123 for joining Harry Austin on his crusade to celebrate the work of Janice Boydston, Charles Love, Chip Baker, Joe Conner and Jim Scales. You all make a great team.

You children keep playing. Hopefully some grown-ups will post here soon.

June 16, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD....ARE YOU INSANE!...WHAT HAVE THAT GOT TO DO WITH YOU PLACING A MAN WHO SHOULD BE A MIDDLE-SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AS SUPERINTENDENT OF HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOL ....YOU LOWER THE BAR...YOU DUMB DOWN THE REQUIREMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT TO GET HIM IN....AT THE SAME TIME YOU RAISE THE BAR ON OUR CHILDREN...WOMAN!DO YOU HAVE A SOUL?

June 16, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I nominate chet for the available position.

June 16, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD....ARE YOU THAT INFERIOR!! WHY CREATE A DIVERSION??? WHY ARE YOU DIVERTING FROM THE ISSUE....THIS IS NOT ABOUT CHARLES LOVE, JANICE BOYSTON, HARRY AUSTIN,BILL CLINTON OR OBAMA...THIS IS ABOUT CHANGING POLICIES THAT WAS PUT IN THERE SO OUR SUPERINTENDENT CAN DO HIS JOB WITHOUT THE PREJUDICE OF CHURCH MEMBERS, NEIGHBORS,FIRST COUSINS OR BOYFRIEND/GRIRLFRIEND OR GOOD OLD BOYS SYSTEMS

YOU ARE A SUPPORTER OF THE GOOD OLE BOYS SYSTEMS...AS LONG AS YOU ARE A MAJORITY......IF THE TABLE WERE TURNED YOU WOULD BE GOING TO COURT AND RIGHTFULLY SO.....SO FOCUS ON THE ISSUE IF YOU CAN(ADD)?

THIS COMMUNITY JUST DONT HAVE ENOUGH EDUCATED PEOPLE TO BE ON SCHOOL BOARD OR COUNTY COMMISSION(FRED SKILLERN--ANOTHER SODDY)

ALSO YOU LOWER STANDARD FOR RICK SMITH....WHAT WAS YOU THINKING.....HALF THE BOARD GOOSE STEPPING BEHIND A HAIRDRESSER....THIS IS A SHAME!

June 16, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
chet123 said...

THANK YOU DAO....I REALLY DONT CARE IF ITS A MALE, FEMALE, BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, LATINO, THEY MUST BE HIGHLY EDUCATED AND QUALIFIED..RICK SMITH IS NOT.NO A HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL...A PHD IS A MUST....WE ARE RECRUITING MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN HAMILTON COUNTY...THE SCHOOL ARE A MAJOR FACTOR TO WHERE THEY WILL LOCATE DAO.....THESE PEOPLE DONT WANT THERE TRANSFER WORKER HAVING TO PLACE THEIR CHILDREN IN PRIVATE SCHOOL BECAUSE OF EXPENSE......A COUPLE OF PEOPLE DO NOT NEED TO BE ON THE BOARD.....ONE OF THEM A DEMOCRAT(JANICE BOYDSTON)POLITICIAN HAVE NO SHAME!

June 16, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
timbo said...

Chet123, you make absolutely no sense. There is no discrimination going on here. The school board has changed. It changed because of an election. The new board is not going to do what it used to do. It has nothing to do with race, it is philosophy.

The only person who seems to be "educationally challenged" on this board seems to be you.

Stop being childish and face reality. We had to put up with your guys for years. We went out and replaced the old board with a new one.

Your post are absolute gibberish.

June 16, 2011 at 2:19 p.m.
timbo said...

Selah

Most of the fab 5 are middle to upper middle class. I was speaking of the gaggle of "who's who" that is in the Public Education Foundation. I think that Lupton/Libowitz/etc are just a little more well off than the rest of us.

Also, your comment to Rosebud about racist remarks might be relevant except you let Chet123's racist remarks go by without a peep.

The truth is never racist. Chet123 writes like a rapper. His grammar is tortured. It is like reading a something in another language. That is the truth. Emenim is a rapper and he is white. Has Chet123 ever heard of "spell check."

Using the race card is getting old.

June 16, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO.....THIS IS WHY YOUR FOLKS DONT NEED TO BE ON THE BOARD...YOU CANT FOLLOW A CONVERSATION...I SAID YOUR TACTIC WAS UNDER HANDED TO THE TAX PAYER...THAT YOU RAISE THE BAR FOR STUDENTS/CHILDREN AND LOWER THE BAR FOR YOUR BUDDY RICK SMITH...YOU DIDNT ALLOW THE COUNTY TO HAVE A SEARCH COMMITTEE TO BRING SOMEONE WHO IS NOT ALIGNED WITH DEMOCRATS NOR REPUBLICAN...RURAL OR CITY...BLACK WHITE NOR LATINO AND OTHERS..SOMEONE WHO IS NOT INFLUENCE BY A CERTAIN CHURCH...SOMEONE WHO IS NOT INDEBTED AS RICK SMITH TO RHONDA THURMAN....THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE TAX DOLLARS...NOT YOURS OR RHONDA...I DONT KNOW HOW CLEARER I CAN BE TO YOU AND ROSEBUD....I THINK YOU DONT WANT TO HEAR....MY QUESTION TO YOU AND ROSEBUD AND RHONDA THURMAN...WHAT ARE YOU THINKING......I DONT CARE A RAT BUTT WHAT THE RACE IS....YOU AND ROSEBUD AND RHONDA THURMAN INJECTS RACE...I WANT SOMEONE WITH MORE AN A MASTER TO RUN OUR COMPLEX SYSTEM...

June 16, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
Selah said...

Thanks Chattanooga Times for printing the facts. Thank you...Thank You...Thank You...

Timbo...check tax records Rosebud...join the good ole boys and be happy Middle -Class, Union members---let's take back our Republic which is a democracy...THE END...thanks Chattanooga Times for the opportunity.

June 16, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.
Selah said...

Timbo...get over yourself...When you called out as is just accept...I could always deal with an upfront racist than a behind the scenes philosophy (racist still)...Also, Timbo don't assume Iam a minority just b/c I called you out with Rosebud...Can't wait to you all see the outcome of your mistakes.

June 16, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
chet123 said...

SO TIMBO...I WRITE LIKE A RAPPER LOL LOL LOL LOL...ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR A ALIBI...AN EXCUSE TO SAY YOU DONT UNDERSTAND....YOU ARE A LIAR....YOU ARE GETTING BLISTERED ....DONT YOU KNOW OTHER POSTERS SEE YOU....YOU CANT PULL THAT EXCUSE FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW A CONVERSATION...I DONT UNDERSTANDDDDDDDDDD..SURE YOU DONT! .SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU...SINCE YOU ARE SO SMART AND HAVE THE ABILITY TO PSYCHOANALYZE WHO I AM(RAPPER)....TOO BAD YOU DONT HAVE SENSE ENOUGH TO GET A REAL PROFESSIONAL SUPERINTENDENT.....TOO BAD YOU CANT SEE WANT RHONDA THURMAN DID LOOK LIKE "QUID PRO QUO" ....I LIKE TO HEAR PEOPLE AS YOURSELF TALK.....EVERYTIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH YOU PROVE YOU ARE A DUMB BUTT ...LOL LOL...HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE WORD ETHIC!

June 16, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
chet123 said...

SELAH....WHAT TIMBO AND ROSEBUD DONT KNOW IS THAT 95% OF MY NEIGHBORS AND FRIEND I'M AROUND ARE WHITE LOL LOL LOL I HAVE ASSIMILATED INTO ANGLO AMERICAN CULTURE LOL LOL LOL...I LOOK AT IT THIS WAY...I HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLD LOL LOL LOL...NARROW MINDED PEOPLE LIKE TIMBO DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY NOR HOW TO HANDLE IT....HE AND ROSEBUD TRIED THEIR BEST TO INJECT RACE....I DIDNT TAKE THE BAIT LOL LOL THIS IS ABOUT ETHIC AND DECENCY.

June 16, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
chet123 said...

THANK YOU TIMESFREEPRESS FOR CARRYING THIS STORY...THESE FOLK WANT TO OPERATE IN THE DARK....THANK YOU SO MUCH!

June 16, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.
timbo said...

Chet and Selah

It is useless to talk to two people who are so bitter about losing. Throwing a fit like children won't change a thing. You guys are so brain washed and bitter that Scales was replaced you don't even make sense. The only reason he was still in office He was still in office was because the ousted school board member use the same underhanded tactics you accuse Rhonda of using.

June 16, 2011 at 9:18 p.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO....YOUR FRIEND RHONDA WAS OBSESSED IN DESTROYING THREE GOOD MEN FOR HER SECRET AGENDA....DO YOU KNOW HOW THIS LOOK...I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE TALKING BUDDY.....RHONDA LOWER THE QUALIFICATION BAR TO PLACE HER PERSONAL UNQULIFIED FRIEND RICK SMITH IN AS SUPERINTENDENT....DO YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT ETHICS...YOU GOONS RAISE THE BAR FOR THE STUDENT BUT THEN LOWER THE BAR FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH BUTT....EVERYONE HAVE HEARD RHONDA THURMAN GOING ON THE RADIO WITH HER BIG MOUTH CUTTING DOWN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS....SHE SAID MANY HURTFUL THINGS ABOUT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS....THEY HEARD HER TALK...NOW SHE GOING TO EXPECT THE PEOPLE TP RESPECT HERE...SORRY BUDDY...NO WAY!

June 17, 2011 at 9:44 a.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO YOU AND RHONDA CONTINUE TO SLANDER AND DEFAME OUR PAST SUPERINTENDENTS....ONE THING WE AGREE ON BUDDY...IT IS USELESS FOR YOU OR RHONDA THURMAN TO TALK TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN HAMILTON COUNTY...INCLUDING THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!...YOUR DAY IS COMING...MAYBE IN COURT....YOU TALK ABOUT SCALES UH...WHAT WAS WRONG WITH REGISTER hmmmmm...WHAT WAS WRONG WITH REYNOLDS Hmmmm THIS IS NOT ABOUT SCLAES..EVENTHOUGH YOU WILL LIKE TO MAKE IT. THIS IS ABOUT RHONDA THURMAN ILLEGAL BACKROOM PROCESS TO PLACE A MAN NOBODY WANT AS A SUPERINTENDENT BUT HER OWN MANIPULATING SELF....YOU CANT SAY YOU ARE NOT WORRY....BECAUSE YOU ARE!...PAYBACK IS HELL....WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND....THE BIBLE SAY ..THAT WHICH A MAN SOW SHALL HE ALSO REAP...THE CHICKEN WILL COME HOME TO ROOST....PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT

June 17, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO....I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU, ROSEBUD IN COURT WITH RHONDA THURMAN....SEE HOW BRAZEN YOU WILL BE THEN MY BUDDY...AND WE'LL SEE WHO REALLY MAKE SENSE WITH A JUDGE IN FRONT OF YOU LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

June 17, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.
Humphrey said...

This is disgusting cronyism. Tit for tat, pig in a blanket, coup de tat. Disgusting.

June 17, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
librul said...

Vote Republican garbage in - get Republican qarbage out. It's not about Mr. Scales. When will you people come to realize that these arrogant ideologues are all about imposing their narrow views - not open dialogue to find the best way forward. They want one of their own or a compliant puppet, not leaders who care about the people at large. You are looking at the local face of a national Republican movement to destroy public education.

June 17, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
teach_them_all said...

I have to say that if you think Rick Smith is a compliant puppet, then you do not know him. At the high school level he was a good science teacher and coach. I know because I was in his science class and also witnessed his coaching. He also has been a good principal and deputy superintendent. He understands what it takes to be an effective teacher and what it takes to be an effective principal. He has witnessed first hand the results of poor decision making by the previous superintendents, and he also understands special education as he has personal experience with a daughter who has special needs. He is probably one of the most well-rounded candidates Hamilton County has seen in a while. While I greatly value education I do not believe that it takes a Ph.D. to be an productive superintendent. Experience, leadership, vision, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get the job done effectively is what it takes and Rick Smith has these qualities. So give him a chance, just as you would any other new superintendent before you crucify him based on your hatred of certain school board members and their actions. You may choose to take the board policies concerning this issue as gospel, however, the policies are written in such a way as to allow flexibility and change to occur when necessary.

June 18, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
chet123 said...

TeachThemAll....This is our children future....not a good ole boy systems..or it shouldnt be...you say you dont beleive a PHD is necessary to run this systems effectively....My question to you IS WHAT THE POINT OF HIGHER EDUCATION...DO WE LOWER THE STANDARD BECAUSE RICK SMITH IS YOUR FRIEND...THEN RAISE IT IF YOU DONT KNOW OR LIKE THE PERSON SEEKING THE JOB OF SUPERINTENDENTS..HOW CAN YOU CHALLENGE OUR YOUNG CHILDREN TO RAISE THEIR STANDARD WHEN THE OLD ADULT(RICK SMITH) CANT CUT THE MUSTARD SO WE LOWER IT FOR HIM....CANT YOU SEE THE PARADOX...I PROMISE YOU...ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE WITH THE HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS..WHAT PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF AND RHONDA THURMAN WILL LEARN IS THAT YOU CANT HAVE YOUR WAY ON EVERYTHINGS...I DONT CARE WHO YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN FOR SUPERINTENDENT,,,BUT YOU CANT BE SO BIAS THAT YOU CHANGE THE STANDARD AND LOWERING THE STANDARDS.....SORRY YOU CANT UNDERSTAND THIS....YOU CANT HAVE DOUBLE STANDARDS...ONE FOR YOUR FRIEND AND ANOTHER ONE FOR EVERYBODY ELSE....THERE A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING...THIS MAY GO TO COURT....IT WAS DONE UNDER-HANDED BY RHONDA THURMAN....

June 29, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
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