Making the Case for Hiring a Superintendent

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  1. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    I posted this originally on the CFO thread.... One step at a time...... And it starts with YES voting to start hiring the superintendent. Which made me think of yet ANOTHER reason to have the superintendent hired instead of elected- if hired, the board and superintendent are essentially on the same "team". As a parent of a child in school, I want the "boss " focused on the schools and education, and everyone be team players. The current system is anything but a team- this isn't the US government, we don't need checks and balances, which has become a negative in the school situation. We need to have a NORMAL system, where the educational leader is hired based on qualifications. The superintendent of a school system should NOT be a politician- especially in a place like Walton County, where a very vocal minority makes any campaign a nightmare and surely will keep any sane qualified person from running for school superintendent (it has, along with great people who would have been great commissioners and school board members). Look no further than the arguments made by the opposition to this referendum, and attacks on candidates in other races. I want my teachers' boss to be doing the job he /she was hired to do, not having to spend time on fending off political blows during election campaigns AND during the term. The current system is a time and energy suck for any person in that position. My kid deserves better.
     
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  2. Jdarg

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    I still cannot understand why the school superintendent is elected in the first place- it is completely illogical, especially in a capitalist economy. We don't elect other positions that "work" for us (county administrator, fire chief, county attorney, etc., although I guess it is also weird we elect the sheriff). The people who actually make policy should be elected by the people - commissioners, school board, fire board, mosquito control. There is no right to vote being lost- this is the biggest ruse of all. Wake up Walton County and let's jump start some real progress and change. The opposition arguments against the referendum highlight every reason to vote YES and crawl out of the reasoning and political and cultural status quo that has held this county back for too long. With the population increase, especially in South County, and the explosive growth in the school system, we have outgrown the current model. Of course, if this referendum gets voted down, it is highly unlikely that the opposition will come up with any real solutions to adjust to the real needs of the students and teachers, and it will be back to same old same old. The students and Walton Countians deserve better than that!!
     
  3. Andy A

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    Let us all hope that good ol' common sense prevails in the upcoming election. "NO" supporters, I'm still waiting, and thanks for tearing my "YES" sign down. It shows that lack of common sense I mentioned earlier.
     
  4. Jdarg

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    That stinks Andy. I'm sure as a US veteran, that makes you angry, since the opposition keeps making this issue about you giving your service to the country so we could vote for an employee of the school system instead of hire one.

    Also not the lesson to teach our kids. Sad that an education referendum has brought out the worst in some people. On a positive note, the YES side has united a very large group of people that, after the election is over, will certainly be looking at the way this county does politics and business!
     
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    I've noticed several YES signs missing, I found particularly interesting the ones on J.D. Miller road were gone after the county mowed the right of way on each side of the road. Other signs were still standing, including the NO signs, but the YES signs were gone. People who go around removing signs because they disagree with a particular issue or candidate, are pathetic, ignorant people. Hopefully there are enough people that are smart enough to see thru the smoke and mirrors B.S. of the NO side. The losing your right to vote crap doesn't cut it, especially if you've ever lived anywhere besides Walton County, and know what a well run school system looks like.
     
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    Isn't funny that people who say you wil lose the right to vote aren't opposed to taking your right to free choice?
     
  7. 30A Skunkape

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    The truly awful anonymously mailed hit piece on Sharon Roberts in the old mailbox today is case in point why we will NOT have a true cohort of able people opting to run for superintendent. The political crap in this county is unbelievable!! I'm guessing the mailer brags on their Walton values?!
     
  8. DaleDalbey

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    I think the YES group should find comfort in the fact the that NO-nothings ( for those of you offended, read your American History books about a political party of that name) are concerned enough to rip down signs, lie, and mislead. They are worried that the YES vote will show that the county us moving forward without them. Even if, Heaven forbid, the referendum fails, they have been put on notice that their time of running the county like the hillbilly mafia is winding down.
     
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    I do not know her, but I have been to school board meetings where Ms. Roberts speaks truth to power by calling Ms Anderson to account for budget disasters and other shortfalls. I suspect those trying to tear ms. Roberts down are the same people who over the years have supported Ms Anderson's political career.
     
  10. John G

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    Yes, very true.

    They forget that Roberts opponent has an extensive criminal history...

    This mailer is their timed response to the factual info that was available to all via public record for years.

    This is the all important "3rd" vote needed to secure the Alamo.

    =-O
     
  11. Bob Wells

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    Alrighty, curious what an "EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL HISTORY" is?
     
  12. Andy A

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    Today is the first day of early voting. I will be at the South Walton Annex this morning to cast my vote. My vote cannot be taken away if it is for a position that shouldn't be voted for in the first place. If you would like to know who I am voting for and why, just ask me. While voting is a private matter sometimes it is alright to put it out in the open if an individual so desires. I don't mind at all. After all, I have been shot at, literally, many times, so a little flak here doesn't matter.
     
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    Please expound on that.

    Eddins may have some traffic infractions and some very shady business associates/friends and may have been influential in getting his DUI buddy off (the one who took the 60 foot plunge into the bay) but that doesn't make him a criminal. It does make him a shady individual with a very influential "daddy" and some undesirable friends/associates.
     
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    I also noticed that a prominent member of the "YES" group has given to Mr Eddins, but at the same time a Charter School proponent has given to Mr Catalano and Mrs. Jones and I think he is a WCTA board member. Saying that to say this, everyone has their own reasons to support who they want to support.
     
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    Multiple NSF Check Arrests, Three DUI's and a mystery Aggravated Assualt charge missing lots of paperwork...
     
  16. Jdarg

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    Great first weekend of early voting! We worked the South Walton annex, and I have to say it was fun. Thanks to all the friends, neighbors, strangers, parents of kids in our local schools, teachers, veterans, grandparents, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, small business owners, liberals, conservatives, RINOS, and DINOS for coming out for the YES vote- we certainly take the prize for a real bipartisan effort that is also being supported by all different groups in our community!

    Your vote counts on several levels. Let's keep up the positive momentum.
     
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    Financing political candidates and the school superintendent referendum initiative

    Friends:

    Early voting is open this week so please get out there and cast your vote for your candidates and causes. Of course I urge you to vote YES on the referendum on the school superintendent issue.

    Campaigns do cost money and reports are required of all candidates and Political Action Committees. You can view all of the reports online at:

    http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/WScandnew/candidate_pr.php?c=walton

    In the case of PAC’s involved with the superintendent referendum you will see the WINGS support is coming primarily from Mom’s and Pops and the Walton County Taxpayer Association which are all grass roots citizens and volunteer community based for the people. From the outset this movement has been totally about education of the children and the best possible qualified leadership.

    In the case of negative support on the issue it’s coming totally from the same business organization that last November tried to get a “Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, which would be under their control. This organization is all about politics and has absolutely nothing to do with the welfare and education of the children. Their interest is power and control of development issues, not education of Walton County children.

    Here are the links to these financial reports.

    Walton Initiative for Greater Students

    http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/WScand...v&e=15&c=walton&ca=297&rellevel=4&committee=Y
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    Walton County Small Business Political Action Committee

    http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/WScand...v&e=15&c=walton&ca=334&rellevel=4&committee=Y

    Please feel free to share this information with your voting friends.

    J. B. Hillard
    DeFuniak Springs, FL
     
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  18. Andy A

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    "NO" supporters, I'm still waiting!!! Please give me one VALID REASON to vote no on the superintendent referendum.
     
  19. Misty

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    You said you voted 2 days ago Andy! How many folks from the North end drove all the way to the South end to ask you personally why you voted the way you did? None?

    Do you just like to read your own type?
     
  20. Misty

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    Someone needs to look "closely" at Eddins teaching certificates as well.
     

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