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Please wake up Atlanta

United States

#1 Dec 27, 2007
I am very concerned about the direction that the school board is taking the students. As I understand, There has been a 50 student drop in the enrolled students since this new board has been empowered. Janette Sarkozie ran a recall against former members aledging failure to bring students that had left back to the school. As I said since she's been there the kids are leaving faster than ever. Does anyone understand that the Big Rock church is controlling the school now! The board members are mostly from Big Rock, the Principle is from Big Rock and many of the teachers also attend. The President of the Board was recalled a few years ago from the board because of serious problems during his tenure. Big Rock Church has removed members from the Board who disagreed with their policy and replaced them with members of their church or supporters of their policies. Look at the facts. Valentine,Orm,Karr,Sarkozie,Sm ith all have ties to that church. I don't know Anderson's affilation and Fazekas does not belong. In administration Darryl Kent has ties as well. Matt Wottenburg who should not even be around kids let alone be teaching 5th grade girls also is a member. This is the reason I beleive that all charges(internal and criminal) were dropped against him for his "Touching" a young girl. Tarry Deo the former superintendent drove the school district into serious financial trouble before taking his retirement. The school board who came in a few years back. picked up the pieces of a failing district which Ernie Valentine and David Smith did and repaired their mess. Smith was recalled by the voters because of his bungled running of the school district.
Rev McGarvey stepped up and started to dictate how the church membership could set policy. Big Rock church is running that school. You won't see acturate reporting in the Tribune Tom and Jim Young would not dare anger that group. Isn't it interesting that Mrs Deo is on the intermediate School board and initially appointed Janette Sarkozie to the Atlanta Board and Janette Sarkozie inturn brought back Amy Corbin back into the school as the counselor, in case you don't know That's the Deo's daughter. The is so much cronyism and back scratching going on thier now all under the direction of Big Rock. This is one reason I got my kid out of that school. People wise up its your tax money and that faction is destroying our school.Look in the Alpena paper and you'll see reports of illegal meetings held by the Atlanta Bd. Won't see that in the Tribune though.
school closing

Sparta, MI

#2 Dec 27, 2007
Last one out shut off the lights!
NEW SCHOOL BOARD

United States

#3 Dec 27, 2007
I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A MESS AS THE SCHOOL IS IN NOW. LET JIM MOUCH DO HIS JOB!!! THE NEW BOARD HAS THE SCHOOL IN TROUBLE, NOT ONLY WITH BRINGING A TEACHER BACK THAT SHOULD NOT BE AROUND YOUNG GIRLS IT IS ALSO RUNNING OUT OF MONEY. YOU CAN NOT LOSE 50 STUDENTS IN 1 YEAR AND KEEP ALL STAFF ON.(HELLOOOO) FUNNY HOW THIS WAS A ISSUE DURING THE RECALL A YEAR AGO, AND NOW THE CIRCULATORS OF THE RECALL NOW SIT ON THE BOARD.WHAT GOES AROUND -COMES AROUND. HOLD ON
OPINION

Sparta, MI

#4 Dec 27, 2007
The school is not in trouble because of any one board or decision. The school is in trouble for many many reasons. You can not take people off the street, put them in charge of a multi-million dollar budget, compounded be federal and state regulations, and expect success. This needs to be handled by people who are familiar with this type of budget and regulations.
Please Wake Up Alanta

Mount Pleasant, MI

#5 Dec 27, 2007
I don't feel you have a grasp of whets going on here. The bd that was seated several years ago with David Smith, Tom Morton and Tarry Deo was superintendent. Wasn't it Tarry who shoved an 8 million dollar addition finally down the taxpayer’s throat, after 3 attempts! Tell me have you ever heard of a business that is losing customers putting on an addition to double the size of the business? Its ridicules that that Bd stuck it to the taxpayers and built a monument to their folly! Bd members were recalled because of their inept administration. A board was seated that worked with Mr. Mouch and they pulled away from closing the doors permanently. A special interest group worked very shrewdly and efficiently to remove people who did not take orders from them and replaced them with members from their congregation. Look who sits on this board and their affiliation with Big Rock. Do you think it was a fluke that Laurel Orm remains on the Bd while Mark Mowery was recalled? Do you really believe that Janette Sarkozie was successful in getting all those signatures against Mr. Mowery but failed to get enough signatures to place Orm on the ballot for recall? She was circulating both petetions at the same time. Wise up she rolled over and started taking orders from Sarkozie and the Big Rock group. Look how she votes now and look at her record before Sarkozie was appointed to the Board by Mrs. Deo. How do you think a person who was recalled by voters a few years before could be president of the board now? Make no mistake, Big Rock is running the school. They have illegal closed meetings bring back teachers who at the least have questionable morals. Look at the meeting where the board hired the new A.D. Kids and parents spoke in favor of jack Moir, who had been acting A.D. and was recommended by Jamie Huber before Big Rock drove him out. The Big Rock Board hired a member of Big Rock that the community for the most part did not even know. I know that those board members were elected to represent the kids, parents, and the taxpayers. It seems to me their only representing their interests and that leaves a chill running down my spine. If you don’t think Big Rock ran the last two or three elections I have some ocean front property in Arizona for ya. Look at Bill Englehart he’s trying to get a job that he turned down because he can’t run his own business. He drove it into the ground because of his attitude. But he did support and start the recall that Sarkozie was doing. So now Sarkozie will get rid of the present Bus supervisor Mr. Hitchcock (Who incidentally does a great job) and put in Bill “the whiner” Englehart.
OPINION

Sparta, MI

#6 Dec 27, 2007
Have you seen the UFO's landing at the church and giving the members instructions on how to take over the school?
Please Wake Up Alanta

Mount Pleasant, MI

#7 Dec 27, 2007
OPINION wrote:
Have you seen the UFO's landing at the church and giving the members instructions on how to take over the school?
No, but I have seen the ignorance displayed by the apathetic voters around here..You just displayed some..Ridicule people whose opinions differ from yours. Try to imagine this maybe I'm right and your not. Try and prove one thing I stated was not true. The information is available to those who choose to seek the truth.
OPINION

Sparta, MI

#8 Dec 27, 2007
Such big words from such a little person, the world isn't run by a conspiracy. Do you honestly beleive that Big Rock members are conspiring to damage the school? Maybe, just maybe their opinions are different from yours and you can't except that, so instead you chose to attack all their members and the church. People like you are the reason parents are pulling their kids from this school. You can not have a rational conversation without blaming someone, if anyone disagrees with you, you slander them, and no matter what they say or do they are your enemy. This is the REAL problem with this school, so fire away with your FACTS, as I now know I am your enemy for not laying down and accepting your opinion.
Please Wake Up Alanta

United States

#9 Dec 28, 2007
Oh a member of Big Rock huh! I'm not at "War" with anyone or any organization. I want the truth to be known, and if anyone is a little person it would be the people like you with their heads in the sand, "Can't see it so there's no problem..Are these words smaller and more acceptable to you? When the Michigan Board of Education or the Attorney General's Office looks into this maybe you won't be so arrogant.
Mont Co Resident

Flint, MI

#10 Dec 28, 2007
[QUOTE who=" You won't see acturate reporting in the Tribune Tom and Jim Young would not dare anger that group.[/QUOTE]

What is there to report? Conspiracy theories?

[QUOTE who="Look in the Alpena paper and you'll see reports of illegal meetings held by the Atlanta Bd. Won't see that in the Tribune though.[/QUOTE]

I read it, I have never seen anything about illegal meetings.
John Doe

Gaylord, MI

#12 Dec 28, 2007
Ok
BIG ROCK SCHOOL BOARD

United States

#13 Jan 1, 2008
What is going on?? We have people trying to run our school who can not even run there own lives.Like one person said "LET JIM MOUCH DO HIS JOB" Where does William Englehart play a roll in all of this?? I thought you had to Belong to the Big Rock cult to have any say in the Atlanta School. I think Englehart is just a s--t stirrer,without knowing any facts. Come on-good people are leaving this town because of people like him. Why did the Board not let the process go through with the teacher who was caught touching a female student?Is it because he is a affiliated with the Big Rock. And why would they hire a new A.D. without any experience? Could it be he is also a member of the church. Wake up Atlanta,open your eyes to what is going on around you.
Please Wake Up Alanta

United States

#14 Jan 7, 2008
BIG ROCK SCHOOL BOARD wrote:
What is going on?? We have people trying to run our school who can not even run there own lives.Like one person said "LET JIM MOUCH DO HIS JOB" Where does William Englehart play a roll in all of this?? I thought you had to Belong to the Big Rock cult to have any say in the Atlanta School. I think Englehart is just a s--t stirrer,without knowing any facts. Come on-good people are leaving this town because of people like him. Why did the Board not let the process go through with the teacher who was caught touching a female student?Is it because he is a affiliated with the Big Rock. And why would they hire a new A.D. without any experience? Could it be he is also a member of the church. Wake up Atlanta,open your eyes to what is going on around you.
All I can say is AMEN!!!! Well said
the only one who matters

Atlanta, MI

#15 Jan 8, 2008
you all have some very incorrect ideas about what goes on in this town and if you ask me, you are all full of s***.
Please Wake Up Atlanta

Gaylord, MI

#16 Jan 9, 2008
OK we won't ask ya! and I would think anyone with a 2nd grade education and not legally blind can see what the "Big Rock" board is doing to the school. I talked with another parent last night. Gonna lose 3 more kids. Thats now over 50 since Big Rock took over and at $7000 per sdtudent thats about 350 K lost to Big Rock efforts
Do something about it

Atlanta, MI

#17 Jan 9, 2008
If you are so concerned why are you not taking action? Do a recall like Sarkozi, let the public know what is going on...
the only one who matters

Atlanta, MI

#18 Jan 9, 2008
Are you doing anything about it? And the reason those 3 are leaving is because this school is so screwed up and they screw over anyone that is actually dedicated to Atlanta. They go off and hire an AD that has no clue about anything and has no business being in this school system. The other thing you have wrong is the list of Big Rock members or the "people with ties to the church." I will admit that there is an overwhelming majority of people from that church and I know that that had a say in hiring the new AD. Students and staff are the lowest on the priority list to a lot of board members, but not all. Fazekas, Orm, and Anderson are about the only ones that care. And, make a note, none of them are part of the Big Rock group.
Please Wake Up Alanta

United States

#19 Jan 9, 2008
How do you fight a special interest group (Big Rock) that can put back a recalled member,(David Smith)and elect him not only bck to the Board but make him President. Two members of the current board,(Not from Big Rock) stated that the interview Dave Smith gave the Alpena Paper Regarding Bill"the weasel" Englehart that the info supplied to the reporter about the illegal closed session meeting was a lie. Even some of his board members see how they lie. Sarkozi, Smith, Valentine and Karr should all be recalled and maybe deported as well.(Well just kidding about deported,but it would be nice)Let Jim Mouch clean house, fire the pricipal, fire the A.D. Put DeVaul in as Pricipal, Jack Moir who the parents and kids wanted as the A.D. Wash the school from the stench of Big Rock once and for all. Get ride of Amy Deo too. She's there as a pay back to Naomi Deo for appointing Sarkozi to the board. We really need the former Superintendent's wife in the intermediate school dist don't we. Wasn't it Mr Deo who damn near ran the school into receivership? Wasn't the school within days off closing because of massive debt he ran up building his temple to his folly? over 8 million tax dollars spent on a new building with a srinking student population. While we're at it pull the teeth of the teachers union too. If you look at the budget they make up about 90% of the whole budget. Isn't it amazing that "Charter Schools can do a better job educating kids with quality teachers for less. What do they have that the Atlanta school dosen't. They have NO TEACHERS UNION.....
Teachers

Atlanta, MI

#20 Jan 10, 2008
Why is this school district supporting poor non-preforming teachers? Because big rock students are dong well in those classes. How do these student preform in society? I suppose many of us are supporting them
Please Wake Up Alanta

United States

#21 Jan 10, 2008
Teachers wrote:
Why is this school district supporting poor non-preforming teachers? Because big rock students are dong well in those classes. How do these student preform in society? I suppose many of us are supporting them
Is that fact or are you speculating? It sounds possible but I want only truth ot here. If you know this is the case tell us about it.

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