Discussion in 'Local Government and Groups' started by Bob Hudson, Jun 1, 2014.
I hope people have learned that our current superintendent is first and foremost, a politician. The quality of our schools have suffered and or children aren't getting the quality education they deserve. A lot of really fine teachers no longer teach and Walton county and incidents like the "cocaine teacher" fiasco underscore this. I hope Mrs. Anderson and her cronies take note!
Just the "cocaine teacher"? Why not include the drunken principal who plunged 60 feet into the bay after having had way to much to drink?
Such a sad state that we pine for a bureaucrat over a politician.
I really wonder about your term "bureaucrat". The school board, duly elected and with the authority, will hire one each well qualified individual, to supervise operation of the schools in their district. That person will be directly answerable to the school board and will serve at their pleasure. Your term "bureaucrat" is a little far fetched in this particular case. And oh, yes, vote "yes" in the referendum if you value quality education for your kids.
A bureaucrat is anyone who has a desk in a bureaucracy. Which is what we are mired in more and more everyday Some people call it government. Lawyers, corporations, unions, lobbyists, order givers, order takers - what happened to the PEOPLE? We have all been choked by bureaucracy.
If there was ever an example of insidious and soul-killing bureaucracy, it is what the school system in America calls our "education system" but what people with common sense call child abuse.
Your definition of government in general and a bureacracy is humorous, though I agree with you about the "education system".
I agree that the government is too big, but you just want to pull some dude off the beach to run the school district?
I'm a Libertarian, but even I understand the local government needs some pieces.
"...Some dude pulled off the beach to run the school district?" would, in all liklihood, have a Phd or at least a Masters Degree, a backround in education management and a stellar reputation. As it is now, any "dude pulled off the beach to run the school system" can run for superintendent and be elected. I ask you in all sincerity, which is the better choice...a well vetted individual hired by the school board or the elected "dude pulled off the beach"?
Thank you Andy. This is a very serious and positive change that needs to be taken seriously, and people need to take the time to learn the facts instead of making assumptions. Superintendent searches happen in 14,500 school districts across the country, and while they all have different circumstances, the bottom line is that there is a job description, the candidates have to meet certain qualifications, and many times there is a search committee made up of the school board AND community members, which would be great for Walton County. There will be no "dude pulled off the beach". Sounds like this is one of several pieces of misinformation about this referendum!
Sorry Andy A, I guess my point was lost or I just didn't make it very well. My response was for Dawn. The dude on the beach was to counter her bureaucrat statement. My apologies. I take the district issues very seriously because my wife works in the district. She loves her job and her students, but the pay problem is crazy. The district is more concerned with rewarding custodians than teachers. Why in the world do custodians in Walton County start at almost $14 per hour when Okaloosa starts at $4 less?
I'm all in favor of a search for a qualified superintendent. I support a search based on a specific set of standards. Someone needs to give this district a serious shakeup.
I want our school south of the bay to be as nice or nicer than the ones north of the bay. I'm hearing that is not the case; and that the lion's share of county revenue comes from tourism.
You are correct in that the lion's share of revenues come from tourism.
However, the South Walton schools are very "nice", and some are "nicer" than some of the North Walton schools. Emerald Coast Middle School is an example - it is also the newest facility, built with all the modern bells and whistles. Hopefully, all Walton County school buildings can be brought up to higher standards. Building some new schools in South Walton will ease some crowding as our end of the county is growing so rapidly.
The referendum to appoint a superintendent will be the first step in getting a team of professionals in place to work with the schools, teachers, parents, and community. The way the superintendent is elected now and the great divide that an elected superintendent position creates between a board and the community will do nothing to move education forward. The current system allows for zero accountability.
Representatives from the Kids Before Politics group are happy to speak to any club, organization, or meeting- just let us know! We need to get the word out, and the vote. At least 5 people have told me they didn't know the superintendent was an elected office here- which really told me that those people had never voted here. Nothing changes unless we ALL get to the polls.
Vote YES on August 26th.
The Kids Before Politics campaign is on a roll! Lots of speaking and presentation engagements booked!
Yard signs are in! Let us know if you want one for your home or business. They really "pop" and it is an easy way to bring awareness and support to the "Yes" vote on the referendum.
The Kids Before Politics team will be at the 4th of July celebration in DeFuniak Springs tomorrow. Look for our tent at the lake yard, and bring the kids and grandkids by for patriotic face painting and (temporary) 4th of July tattoos! We will have yard signs available, and look forward to seeing you and discussing why Walton County really needs to hire a superintendent instead of electing one!
I hope I'm wrong but I doubt that this effort will pass. The people in Walton County seem to love their politicians, and some of the folks on this very board who are behind this now were defending the superintendent not too long ago.
I hope you're wrong, too. There is nothing as senseless as having both the school board and superintendent elective offices. They almost automatically countermand one another, with neither having the required power to do the most good for the district's students. And guess who ends up suffering...those students.
Vote YES on August 26th.
On which specific issue?
Why are the two mutually exclusive?
IIRC, the superintendent herself, who is stepping down, recently stated she supported an appointed superintendent over an elected one.
Vote YES on August 26th.
The Walton County teachers' union members voted to endorse the referendum to hire (appoint) rather than elect the school superintendent! Great news!! Vote YES on August 26th!
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