Fox High School Superintendent
Please

Sunrise Beach, MO

#64 Oct 20, 2010
Bullwinkle wrote:
This is obsurd. Those of you who are relishing in these rumors are worse than the rumors theirselves. Complete rubbish. I have two kids that graduated from the district. Couldnt be more impressed with their experience and education. I applaud the superintendent and all her efforts. Her personal life is exactly what it is. Hers...not yours! Get a life people!
We are not talking about the education that your children got. We are talking about the kind of character that your administration is showing. You are right when you say she has a personal life but when two people work at the same place and those two people are married and they have children they should not be sleeping with each other. They above anyone else should know how this effects kids. Let me ask this have these same administrators fired teachers for this same behavior? If so the I say they get the same boot to the a$$ right to the curb.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#65 Oct 20, 2010
I would agree that Paul is incorrect on this one. The Administration should lead by example. IF they are having affairs, and I stress IF, then that is setting a bad example for the kids and they are not practicing what they preach. The kids pick up on that and then they won't practice it either. It sets a bad precedent.
Observer

Kansas City, MO

#66 Oct 26, 2010
Paul Vinson wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't believe this dribble for a minute!
Diane Brown is smart, talented, attractive and successful.
Maybe you'll be husband #3 with compliments like that!
DIST COMPLIANCE REVIEW

East Saint Louis, IL

#68 Oct 26, 2010
The District is currently undergoing a District Wide Compliance Review by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. The District was notified in March 2010 that they would be undergoing a Compliance Review. The school district attorney wrote to Russlynn Ali, the Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights trying to get out of the Compliance Review. Russlynn Ali responded back stating that OCR will be conducting the Compliance Review.
This information has not been made public by the Superintendent or the School Board for more than 7 months. However, Senator Bond, Senator McCaskill and Congressman Carnahan were all sent letters by Russlynn Ali in March 2010 informing them that the Fox C-6 School District would be undergoing a District Wide Compliance Review by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
It would seem that the patrons of the district should be made aware of this as it is a public entity and by not informing them that this is occurring gives the appearance that there is not that much transparency in the district.
Does the School Board or the Superintendent not want the patrons to know what's going on behind closed doors?
The School Board meeting minutes were not posted online for the April through September meetings until October 11, 2010. However, none of the board minutes make a reference to the District Wide Compliance Review. The Office of Civil Rights initiated a total of 8 Compliance Reviews in the entire country this year as of a few months ago. Arne Duncan, the Secretary of the Department of Education mentioned that these Compliance Reviews would be coming in his March 2010 press release earlier this year.
Here is the Press Release:
http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/03...
The audio recording of the speech and question and answer session:
http://www2.ed.gov/news/av/audio/2010/03/0308...
As well as the transcript of the speech and question and answer session:
http://www2.ed.gov/news/av/audio/2010/03/0308... .
It seems that maybe the monthly keywords posted by the District should be Reviewed and Followed by the Administrators and School Board Members and not just published for the kids in the District. Like someone else posted before, Administrators should lead by example. If leaders do not conduct themselves ethically, honorably or honestly, it makes it difficult for the patrons and parents of the district to respect them.
Nobody Important

East Saint Louis, IL

#69 Oct 27, 2010
Gospel of Matthew wrote:
If you are looking for ethical problems those don't stop at the administration. Those ethical problems go all the way to the school board. There isn't a single member of that School Board that hasn't used their position to benefit their family. EVERY ONE of them has at least one member of their family feeding off of the public trough that they control. Or how about using your position to make sure your own employer gets big time contracts with the school district and then puts you in charge of that contract. Must be nice
Ethical... this district has NONE (ethics that is). From the teachers to the board and everyone, and I mean everyone in between. I've been lied to by teachers, principals, administrators and ignored by the board. Guess I'm just a nobody.(shaking my head) Amazing we let these kind of people run our school district,.. worse yet what is it doing to our children? The monthly character words are a joke,.. they need to learn to follow them.
School Board

Arnold, MO

#71 Oct 27, 2010
Hi everyone. What kind of things would you look for in a school board candidate?
Superintendent Salary

East Saint Louis, IL

#73 Oct 27, 2010
Apparently, the moderators keep removing a post with Public Information regarding Superintendent Salary. The school board is responsible for determining what the salary is for the superintendent. Since 2006 when Brown became superintendent, her salary has increased from $137,859 which ranked 42nd in the state to 2010 at $207,393 which now ranks 7th in the state.

What is not known is that her contract contains an additional $13,000 for the 2010-2011 school year for a Commitment Fee and an additional $15,000 for Family Health Insurance Cost and a $200,000 Term Life Insurance. The additional $28,000 in addition to her salary is not reported to Missouri DESE. So, without reading her contract which is public information, the patrons of the district would not know about the additional money being paid out.

KMOV recently did a story about Superintendent pay in the state asking the question why superintendent pay was so high and also looked at why some school districts with so few students had such high salaries. Fox has roughly half the number of students of Rockwood, Francis Howell and Fort Zumwalt but is ranked higher in Salary than those district superintendents.

You can find a ranking of all of the superintendents in the state from MO DESE as well as from a nice report from the ShowMeInstitute,org. The ShowMeInstitute,org has also compiled many of the Employment Contracts from most of the superintendents in the state. An earlier post asked about the morality clause in Brown's contract and there is not one.

http://www.showmedaily.org/superintendent-con...

Fox C-6 Superintendent Pay and Rank in State
2006 -$137,859 - 42nd in State
2007 -$152,068 - 35th in State
2008 -$164,428 - 33rd in State
2009 -$192,586 - 16th in State
2010 -$207,393 - 7th in State

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#74 Oct 28, 2010
I would LOVE to have those types of raises. How can I become super?
Mom and citizen

Saint Charles, MO

#76 Nov 2, 2010
We need to get back to the point. Maybe someone should report what is going on in the district!! Infedelities in high places, in fact all over the district. Staff getting caught with their pants down just get moved to a new position. How can a superintendent do anything about it when she contributes to the casue!! Interesting that the councilman should use the word attractive to describe Dr. Brown?? I did not realize that was one of the requirements!! Those positions should be filled by experienced, qualified individuals regardless of their looks. Perhaps Dr. Brown started off with good intentions, but it seems to me just like a politcian that after too many years in a position your agenda shifts and hers is now the friends and family plan!!! The donation of the pay raise was just a political move to make her and her numerous administers look good. They will recoup their raise next year while getting another on top of that, while teachers and other staff got pay decreases and then a 1% raise on that, which comes out to most of them making less than they did the year prior and hurts their retirement!!!
DOE OCR Investigation

East Saint Louis, IL

#79 Nov 4, 2010
Report wrote:
Interesting, perhaps this needs to be reported to the Education Department back in Washington D.C
Well unrelated to Ms. Brown's personal issues, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is already investigating the Fox C-6 School District. Ms. Brown was informed of the investigation in March 2010. However, the School Board nor the administration has informed the public about the investigation. It has not been reported in any School Board Meeting Minutes. Maybe Dianne or Dan Baker has not told the school board or maybe the School Board does not want the Public to know about it. The SD Attorney tried to get the School District out of the investigation by writing a letter to Russlynn Ali, the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights. The DOE's office wrote back and informed the school district that the investigation would be forthcoming.

All of this happened right around the time the administrators decided to forgo their raises for the year. I think the Fox Community should start asking questions of the School Board members about what's going on to see if they are getting the full story. I've been told by a board member that Dianne let's them know what they need to know to keep them informed. Well, maybe Ms. Brown is not informing the board. I don't know. I can only speculate. I think a lot of people over the years have gotten fed up and gave up when confronting the system. However, when people are very knowledgeable about the law and the school board, the administrators and the staff are not, it costs the district a great deal of taxpayer dollars and a makes a great opportunity for school district attorneys to take advantage of the administrators lack of education and knowledge. So, you are paying for the administrators and for the attorneys to do the administrator's job.

So, a lot of taxpayer dollars are wasted on attorneys! I guess that's just the cost of doing business.
DIVORCE NOTICE IN LEADER

East Saint Louis, IL

#80 Nov 4, 2010
POST #2
Please wrote:
The proof will be there when you see her name printed in the paper in the divorce section! Ask any teacher they will tell you what administrator is sleeping with who. It is ridiculous. They should be fired for wrecking families.
DIVORCE NOTICE IN LEADER NEWSPAPER

"Dianne P Brown, Arnold v Harley B Brown, Arnold" was posted in the Leader newspaper today.

There isn't a morality clause in Ms Brown's current contract, unlike that in the Rockwood School District Superintendent's contract.

From the Rockwood School District contract:

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"12. This Agreement may be terminated prior to expiration of the term hereof or any extension hereof as follows:

...

b. For Cause. This agreement may be terminated by the School District at any time during the term of this Agreement or any extension hereof by giving notice in writing to Superintendent by certified mail, for one or more of the following causes:

i. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

ii. Immoral conduct or conduct unbecoming of the position of the Superintendent of the Rockwood R-VI School District, as the same may reasonably be determined by the Board of Education consistent with the state statute and judicial interpretation thereof; or"
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The C-6 School Board should be asked why this type of language IS NOT in the superintendent's current contract.

A School District Superintendent should demonstrate High Morals and should be held to a higher standard as they are Public Figures and represent Our School District and Our Community! It is up to the community to bring change by speaking with your School Board Members. Well, that is if Ms. Brown will allow you to speak with them.
VoteNoAmato

Saint Louis, MO

#81 Nov 4, 2010
Paul Vinson wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't believe this dribble for a minute!
Diane Brown is smart, talented, attractive and successful.
The anonymous coward posting this is apparently jealous of Diane for one or more of those attributes.
I have put three girls through the Fox school system. As a former Arnold city councilman, and as a parent, in my opinion, Diane Brown is the best Superintendent I have ever interacted with.
We live in a free society. Exercise your right to freedom of speech, but have the guts to attach your name. I will now exercise my freedom of speech by saying you, the poster of the above, are gutless and a complete idiot.
Keep up the good work, Diane. I applaud you for your efforts, and hope you remain with us for a long, long time.
Paul
I think you spoke to soon. The dribble - divorce just made the paper
Please

Sunrise Beach, MO

#82 Nov 5, 2010
I said just waituntil it hits the papers and then maybe people would believe it. Maybe she does not have morality on her contract but she should. Ask how many teachers have been let go for the same thing. Cheating on your husband is worse in my eyes then cheating on a test. I have no respect for her or any of the other administrators that are doing this very same thing. Infact the school board that allows this will not get my vote in the next election either. They expect my children to apply hard work in the classroom just as I expect my school leaders to apply hard work. Getting the slip of the old lip to say it nicely is not my opinion of working hard. And don't tell me this didn't start out on my tax dollar. Mr. Vinson you may want to rethink your opinion.
Bullwinkle

Columbia, MO

#83 Nov 5, 2010
Who here has been divorced or has had a close friend or relative get divorced? Because your not a public figure does that give all of us the right to judge you/her? Nope dont think so. One thing thats a common factor here is about the kids. Do you think your children would be proud of you guys posting negative remarks about their teachers and administration? Think about that...

I love humans nowadays. Collectively forming a cyber-subpar lynch mob with nothing to do other than try to tear people down.

As you judge others always keep in mind you too will be judged when your time comes.

Im proud of the school district. Its teachers, faculty, administration and staff are second to none. Kudos to you guys!!! I know your doing everything you can to help our children succeed.
Please

Sunrise Beach, MO

#84 Nov 5, 2010
Hey bullwinkle,

Why don't you take the time to find out just how many teachers have been let go for the very same thing that these administrators are doing! This school district is proud to annouce every chance they get that we as a district are based on character and honesty right????? If so then why is it every time I turn around another administrator is sleeping with another one and getting promotions everytime they do? Do you happen to realize that these same administrators that are sleeping with each other while being married are tearing famlies apart and childrens lives are being torn apart.

One thing you must realize is that job goes hand and hand with your character. If you will cheat your family who won't you cheat. Your set of morals must be different then mine. The old saying of if you can't take care of there needs at home then it's ok to look other places doesn't fly with me. Grow some gawhona's and get divorced first. Then there is nothing wrong with having a boy friend.
It Is OUR Business

Saint Louis, MO

#85 Nov 5, 2010
Please wrote:
Hey bullwinkle,
Why don't you take the time to find out just how many teachers have been let go for the very same thing that these administrators are doing! This school district is proud to annouce every chance they get that we as a district are based on character and honesty right????? If so then why is it every time I turn around another administrator is sleeping with another one and getting promotions everytime they do? Do you happen to realize that these same administrators that are sleeping with each other while being married are tearing famlies apart and childrens lives are being torn apart.
One thing you must realize is that job goes hand and hand with your character. If you will cheat your family who won't you cheat. Your set of morals must be different then mine. The old saying of if you can't take care of there needs at home then it's ok to look other places doesn't fly with me. Grow some gawhona's and get divorced first. Then there is nothing wrong with having a boy friend.
BEAUTIFUL and dead on. Cheater is a cheater period. Do these clauses exist in all school districts? What about city officials and elected officials?
How Stupid

Saint Louis, MO

#86 Nov 5, 2010
Bullwinkle wrote:
Who here has been divorced or has had a close friend or relative get divorced? Because your not a public figure does that give all of us the right to judge you/her? Nope dont think so. One thing thats a common factor here is about the kids. Do you think your children would be proud of you guys posting negative remarks about their teachers and administration? Think about that...
I love humans nowadays. Collectively forming a cyber-subpar lynch mob with nothing to do other than try to tear people down.
As you judge others always keep in mind you too will be judged when your time comes.
Im proud of the school district. Its teachers, faculty, administration and staff are second to none. Kudos to you guys!!! I know your doing everything you can to help our children succeed.
Well obviously Mr. Vincent you have had affairs or a divorce yourself since you think it is A OK and should continue.

I on the other hand think it is terrible. She should be setting a better example than that. How about practice what you preach ! If they expect all of the students to act appropriately and follow the honesty , integrity, and all the upstanding slogan banners then I think the teachers, administrators and school board should lead by example.

What a bunch of freakin hypocrites !! HARPER VALLEY PTA ??? Frolicking in the work place especially in a school environment , doesnít set a good example , a decent reputation or respect. Respect is earned.
I am appalled that you would even take this matter lightly.

If you think high school kids donít know whatís going on you are sadly mistaken. Just how good is it for moral when all the high school boys/men (at 18) is saying the administrator is nothing but a [email protected] ? It happened to be high school students that I asked what was going on at that school and it will probably be all over Facebook if it is not already.

Getting divorced is one thing, having an affair at your work place much less at school and everyone knowing about it is entirely another. It is my personal opinion that would go for politicians, preachers, teachers, and anyone else that is supposed to be a LEADER POSITION. Leaders lead by example, they are suppose to be respected and when they fall, it is only appropriate they remove themselves. I guess reputation and respect means nothing to you ! If you want to be a regular ol joe, then donít put yourself in the lime light or a LEARSHIP POSITION. Especially when your leading children or young adults. It is wrong.
Lying, cheating and destroying families is not exactly what I would want my children to follow.

How would all you parents feel if the kindergarten teacher was a stripper by night. Same difference if you ask me.
Nice

Lake Ozark, MO

#87 Nov 5, 2010
Very well said.
How Stupid wrote:
<quoted text>
Well obviously Mr. Vincent you have had affairs or a divorce yourself since you think it is A OK and should continue.
I on the other hand think it is terrible. She should be setting a better example than that. How about practice what you preach ! If they expect all of the students to act appropriately and follow the honesty , integrity, and all the upstanding slogan banners then I think the teachers, administrators and school board should lead by example.
What a bunch of freakin hypocrites !! HARPER VALLEY PTA ??? Frolicking in the work place especially in a school environment , doesnít set a good example , a decent reputation or respect. Respect is earned.
I am appalled that you would even take this matter lightly.
If you think high school kids donít know whatís going on you are sadly mistaken. Just how good is it for moral when all the high school boys/men (at 18) is saying the administrator is nothing but a [email protected] ? It happened to be high school students that I asked what was going on at that school and it will probably be all over Facebook if it is not already.
Getting divorced is one thing, having an affair at your work place much less at school and everyone knowing about it is entirely another. It is my personal opinion that would go for politicians, preachers, teachers, and anyone else that is supposed to be a LEADER POSITION. Leaders lead by example, they are suppose to be respected and when they fall, it is only appropriate they remove themselves. I guess reputation and respect means nothing to you ! If you want to be a regular ol joe, then donít put yourself in the lime light or a LEARSHIP POSITION. Especially when your leading children or young adults. It is wrong.
Lying, cheating and destroying families is not exactly what I would want my children to follow.
How would all you parents feel if the kindergarten teacher was a stripper by night. Same difference if you ask me.
MORALITY CLAUSES

East Saint Louis, IL

#88 Nov 5, 2010
It Is OUR Business wrote:
<quoted text>
BEAUTIFUL and dead on. Cheater is a cheater period. Do these clauses exist in all school districts? What about city officials and elected officials?
You can review the contracts of most of the school superintendents in the State of Missouri that were compiled by the ShowMeInstitute.org .

http://www.showmedaily.org/superintendent-con...

The ShowMeInstitute studied the salaries and contracts of the superintendents in the State of Missouri in an effort to see how much of their pay is disclosed to the public and how much additional pay is "hidden" in their contracts such as annuities, bonuses, vehicle allowance, health benefits, etc. that is not reported to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Educator salaries are public information and are available from MO DESE and can also be found on the STLTODAY.COM website. But, you have to make a Freedom of Information Act request from your School District in order to obtain employment contracts and other documents that are available to the public. This is what transparency in government is all about.

By following the link above to the ShowMeInstitute.org website, you will be able to review the contracts from the majority of the superintendents in the state. You will find that many of the superintendent contracts have morality clauses and termination language in them.
Bullwinkle

Columbia, MO

#89 Nov 8, 2010
Dear unknowing fellow constituents,

I am amazed that any of you morality, podium pounding blabber-mouths feel you have any right to judge. Do you know the superintendant or any of the people being accused on here? What are your facts? Im sure you caught wind of a rumor and you took it to the highest level without knowing a damn bit of whats going on. Have you lived in her house? Have you been in her former marriage? Have you had her confide in you why she got a divorce? NO... you have not and dont kid yourself if you think you have a clue. This is where the term "hyppocrite" applies.

I know the parents and board hold her in high regard and have nothing but the utmost respect for her. And my opinion still remains the same. Get a life and find a positive place in your head to venture to. The world is crappy enough without this rubbish and your nonsense. Be a parent with a positive attitude...not a bad one.

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