What is happening to our school system?
Riddler

Mio, MI

#287 Jul 2, 2012
What do you get when you combine:
One Psychotic and Incompetent ACS Superintendent, One Narcissistic and Dishonest ACS School Board President, and One Moneygrubbing, Sleazebag downstate lawyer?

Answer: One Bankrupt School District!
Dr Phil

Mio, MI

#288 Jul 2, 2012
Wondering wrote:
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I'm not sure what you are concerned about, but you didn't get anything right in your post. The "agreement" was a modification of the original plan. Without the agreement the original plan was supposed to be followed which is what Atlanta wanted all along. The state absolultely did not find Atlanta wrong. The Calhoun ISD audit proved that. It is the AMA that (1)wanted to change the terms of the plan (2) refused to provide a detailed budget for their general fund (3) refused to provide any budget for special education and their $4.9 million fund balance, and (4) read a letter at an Atlanta Board meeting releasing Atlanta from the AMA without being requested by Atlanta. That's why the law suit so that the Atlanta students can get the service they deserve without the taxpayers having to pay for it again.
So you must be concerned about how you can try to snow the people in Atlanta by being Brian's lap dog in spreading his, and now your lies.
So, how's that lawsuit working for you? LMFAO

Since: Jan 12

Western Hemisphere

#289 Jul 2, 2012
They need to have more recess periods and ice cream socials.
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#290 Jul 2, 2012
I will start and go through each of your lies or comments. There was no change of terms but the document, by law, has to signed every year. No signed agreement the services can not be provided. The plan you are talking about is the Special Education plan which is updated frequently. The problem with your argument, is your superintendent did not show up when discussing this document. She knows very little about Special Education but thinks she knows everything. They even let her choose the date and time for a meeting and she still did not show. She has zero respect from anyone in the education industry in this area and most likely the state. Each district receives the same thing as far as a budget but the AMA business manager asks each district if they would like for him to come out and then the board can ask anything they want. The only way this could happen was if the AMA released Atlanta schools, this is by state law. The AMA board knew if this did happen the students would be the ones who pay because of poor services. We are know seeing that occur. The board felt that if they went to another ISD at least they would get services. The biggest issue for me is when all is done no matter which side you are on there will be nothing Atlanta wins, even if the decision is in their favor. Why would you spend more than $100,000 of the taxpayers in order to prove your right. That is the type of people you have running your schools. The people have the power to recall and need to do it soon before the state takes you school.
Olin Vulgamore

Grand Rapids, MI

#291 Jul 2, 2012
Something has been bothering me with the article published in the Tribune a few weeks ago, particularly a statement made by the AMA about the audit. The AMA questioned how ethical it was to pay Calhoun ISD to come in and do the audit, and yet conveniently forgot to mention that they were also paid to do the audit as well.

Even though the state has had the final word in the issue of the audit, it seems that the AMA is still fixated on punishing Atlanta schools for opposing them. I'm not saying that the lawsuit was right or wrong, but the state has made it's decision and the pursuer of the lawsuit is no longer there. Why does the AMA insist on being difficult when there are so many children that need their services?

As for Haskin being called a lapdog, I find that grossly unfair. I've never met him, but I HAVE met the other two nominees: Techman and Harmon. One was a susbstitue teacher that all the students were wary of, and the other was an interim superintendent that didn't stick around for much longer than a summer. Of the nominees, it seems that Haskin was the best choice.

It has been an uphill battle for Atlanta since 2004, if not before. With the multiple changes in Board members, superintendents, and many other speedbumps, it's very easy to blame the most recent people for the decline of our school. Don't forget, it's been 8 years in the making, with many factors contributing to today's problems. What the school needs most now is some consistency and a little positive energy.
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#292 Jul 3, 2012
Great post except for the facts. The AMA does not get paid for the audit, it is mandated by the state that the ISD's do the audit for each school in their district. Also the business manager for the AMA has more integrity in his thumb then Theresa, Jeanette and board combined. Here is a question for you. Why would two people resign from the school board but hang around the school and one except a contract for zero dollars> The only logical answer is to cover up all the illegal things that have occurred.
As far as Mr Haskins, I don't know him at all but I do know he began to work with the AMA and the other districts. He also made the comment that the lawsuit needs to end, the agreement signed and things can get back to normal. Then he met with Jeanette and Theresa and was told what to do and what to say. That is a lapdog. As far as the other candidates for interium superintendent. Would it not be good to have someone who has many, many years of experience in administration? Instead they choose a PE instructor with no administrative experience. Why, you may ask, because they can control their puppet. Common sense! Lacking with this board.
I'm sure it has been a battle for the school system as it has been for everyone. So, here's a list of things you don't do:

* Spend over a $100,000 on a lawsuit, with nothing to win.
* Allow individuals who resign on their own to continue to guide the school.
* Continue to pay for services that they can get for very little or free.(Accounting, Technology, Math consultants, Science consultants and language arts.
* Provide no services for the special ed students.

Now your comment said that this board should not be held responsible for the last 8 years and that's true. But the damage has been done with this board the last three years. There was a nice fund balance but the above items has made that dissappear. The district has pissed away more than $3000,000 in the past two years and will piss away another $100,000 next year on a useless lawsuit. This shows that the board, Jeanette an dTheresa care more about being right then the kids.
Sorry but no

Alpena, MI

#293 Jul 3, 2012
Olin Vulgamore wrote:
Something has been bothering me with the article published in the Tribune a few weeks ago, particularly a statement made by the AMA about the audit. The AMA questioned how ethical it was to pay Calhoun ISD to come in and do the audit, and yet conveniently forgot to mention that they were also paid to do the audit as well.
Even though the state has had the final word in the issue of the audit, it seems that the AMA is still fixated on punishing Atlanta schools for opposing them. I'm not saying that the lawsuit was right or wrong, but the state has made it's decision and the pursuer of the lawsuit is no longer there. Why does the AMA insist on being difficult when there are so many children that need their services?
As for Haskin being called a lapdog, I find that grossly unfair. I've never met him, but I HAVE met the other two nominees: Techman and Harmon. One was a susbstitue teacher that all the students were wary of, and the other was an interim superintendent that didn't stick around for much longer than a summer. Of the nominees, it seems that Haskin was the best choice.
It has been an uphill battle for Atlanta since 2004, if not before. With the multiple changes in Board members, superintendents, and many other speedbumps, it's very easy to blame the most recent people for the decline of our school. Don't forget, it's been 8 years in the making, with many factors contributing to today's problems. What the school needs most now is some consistency and a little positive energy.
No, AMA did not get paid by Atlanta to do the audit. ISD's do these audits as part of thier oversight role as intermediaries between the State and local schools. BTW the state has not issued the final determination on the audit.

The reason AMA is not providing services is because the law requires that an agreement be signed between the local school and the entity providng the services. Atlanta has repeatedly refused to sign the agreement. Two highly respected school law firms have issued opinions verifying the need for such an agreement and the MDE has directed Atlanta to sign the agreement. Our board remains defiant ans so AMA cannot provide the services. AMA has gone on record as saying if the agreement is signed they will immediately begin providing the services again.

Your comment about the interim is also inaccurate. Mr. Harmon was heer for several months. His job was to hold things together until the board hired a new superintendent. He was a great leader while he was here. Mr. Haskin on the other hand was hand picked by Teresa and Janette. This one fact tells the reason none of us teachers respect him and why so many of us parents plan to move our kids to another district in the fall.

AMA is not punishing Atlanta. All of our wounds are self-inflicted!
Wondering

Mio, MI

#294 Jul 4, 2012
Sorry but no wrote:
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No, AMA did not get paid by Atlanta to do the audit. ISD's do these audits as part of thier oversight role as intermediaries between the State and local schools. BTW the state has not issued the final determination on the audit.
The reason AMA is not providing services is because the law requires that an agreement be signed between the local school and the entity providng the services. Atlanta has repeatedly refused to sign the agreement. Two highly respected school law firms have issued opinions verifying the need for such an agreement and the MDE has directed Atlanta to sign the agreement. Our board remains defiant ans so AMA cannot provide the services. AMA has gone on record as saying if the agreement is signed they will immediately begin providing the services again.
Your comment about the interim is also inaccurate. Mr. Harmon was heer for several months. His job was to hold things together until the board hired a new superintendent. He was a great leader while he was here. Mr. Haskin on the other hand was hand picked by Teresa and Janette. This one fact tells the reason none of us teachers respect him and why so many of us parents plan to move our kids to another district in the fall.
AMA is not punishing Atlanta. All of our wounds are self-inflicted!
You couldn't be a better spokesperson for the AMA at the expense of the truth. Keep promoting the AMA and its misrepresentation of the truth. Your vast army of supporters keeps shrinking. Could that be due to the fact that more people have been learning the truth? You have been unsuccessful in pressuring the board into dropping the law suit for the benefit of the AMA. The AMA charges Atlanta for everything it does in one manner or another. Tony Susak was the one who recomended that the board pass a resolution to get the attention of the AMA board. The AMA's answer to the resolution was to release Atlanta from the ISD and not provide services. The agreement AMA wanted signed was to change some of the provisions of the plan that had been signed. Quit misrepresenting the case and the law.
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#295 Jul 4, 2012
There is not one fact in your entire post. I believe you think everything in there is true but you continue to live under that Big Rock Church Rock. A judge has already determined that the Atlanta schools were given every opportunity to be part of the plan process but did not show up for the meeting - FACT. The state then took the judges decision and approved the plan - FACT. The plan and the signed agreement have nothing to do with one another - FACT. Again this year your superintendent was given the document to discuss changes and sign and to my knowledge has done neither - FACT. I personally could care less if you drop the lawsuit because you are only hurting your own school system. I also know that it is not costing the AMA anything to defend the lawsuit - FACT. I believe what will happen is when the finances get so far in the red the state will come in and take your school over like they have in many districts. Mr Suszek was not the one who inspired the resolution, it was the 7 board members - FACT. They saw that there was no way to work with the superintendent and board President in Atlanta - FACT. But, it was Atlanta who suggested it at a AMA meeting in a letter they read - FACT. They were only giving Atlanta what they wanted - FACT. I was in the audience that night and must say that the story that Donna A. told was one of the dumbest thought processes I've ever heard - FACT. I realized that night the AMA was dealing with small minded, small idea, unintelligent people - FACT. I know this isn't the best way to communicate but it is the only way where a lot of people are exposed to both sides. People of Atlanta please become involved, ask questions and demand more for your tax money. You have 8 people making the decisions to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money NOT on education. Just ask questions and get involved.
Coming Soon

United States

#296 Jul 6, 2012
Haha. NO Recall.
Gene

Alpena, MI

#297 Jul 6, 2012
Coming Soon wrote:
Haha. NO Recall.
Haha! The Board has: No scruples, No ethics, No brains, No conscience, No money, and soon No students!!!
Wondering

Mio, MI

#298 Jul 7, 2012
Concerned wrote:
There is not one fact in your entire post. I believe you think everything in there is true but you continue to live under that Big Rock Church Rock. A judge has already determined that the Atlanta schools were given every opportunity to be part of the plan process but did not show up for the meeting - FACT. The state then took the judges decision and approved the plan - FACT. The plan and the signed agreement have nothing to do with one another - FACT. Again this year your superintendent was given the document to discuss changes and sign and to my knowledge has done neither - FACT. I personally could care less if you drop the lawsuit because you are only hurting your own school system. I also know that it is not costing the AMA anything to defend the lawsuit - FACT. I believe what will happen is when the finances get so far in the red the state will come in and take your school over like they have in many districts. Mr Suszek was not the one who inspired the resolution, it was the 7 board members - FACT. They saw that there was no way to work with the superintendent and board President in Atlanta - FACT. But, it was Atlanta who suggested it at a AMA meeting in a letter they read - FACT. They were only giving Atlanta what they wanted - FACT. I was in the audience that night and must say that the story that Donna A. told was one of the dumbest thought processes I've ever heard - FACT. I realized that night the AMA was dealing with small minded, small idea, unintelligent people - FACT. I know this isn't the best way to communicate but it is the only way where a lot of people are exposed to both sides. People of Atlanta please become involved, ask questions and demand more for your tax money. You have 8 people making the decisions to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money NOT on education. Just ask questions and get involved.
The only FACT that you have in your entire post is the last two lines. "You have 8 people making the decisions to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money NOT on education." They are the AMA board and Brian Wilmont.
"Mr Suszek was not the one who inspired the resolution, it was the 7 board members." He most certainly was the one who suggested that the board pass a resolution to get its point accross to the AMA board. When he made that suggestion he pretty much implied that they are not being told what was going on by Brian Wilmont.
"But, it was Atlanta who suggested it at a AMA meeting in a letter they read." The Atlanta board never voted to be released from the AMA, FACT. You are so full of yourself that you cannot see daylight.
If the AMA is so willing to work with Atlanta and does not want to cause harm to the students and the district then why are they appealing the decission of the independent audit by the Calhoun ISD? They are accusing everyone of being corrupt except themselves. The only thing they would accomplish with the appeal is to prevent Atlanta from receiving pupil funding.
Jehova

Alpena, MI

#299 Jul 7, 2012
Wondering wrote:
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The only FACT that you have in your entire post is the last two lines. "You have 8 people making the decisions to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money NOT on education." They are the AMA board and Brian Wilmont.
"Mr Suszek was not the one who inspired the resolution, it was the 7 board members." He most certainly was the one who suggested that the board pass a resolution to get its point accross to the AMA board. When he made that suggestion he pretty much implied that they are not being told what was going on by Brian Wilmont.
"But, it was Atlanta who suggested it at a AMA meeting in a letter they read." The Atlanta board never voted to be released from the AMA, FACT. You are so full of yourself that you cannot see daylight.
If the AMA is so willing to work with Atlanta and does not want to cause harm to the students and the district then why are they appealing the decission of the independent audit by the Calhoun ISD? They are accusing everyone of being corrupt except themselves. The only thing they would accomplish with the appeal is to prevent Atlanta from receiving pupil funding.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
Wondering

Mio, MI

#300 Jul 7, 2012
Jehova wrote:
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A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
You should know.
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#301 Jul 8, 2012
Taxed payer wrote:
These are based on new cut scores. Every school district in the state looks like they are falling behind right now. All school districts need to step it up. Its not fair to say based on these scores that we are falling behind.
Well it is true. The scores are bad all over. The good news for Atlanta is their scores didn't fall as bad because they were already bad under Theresa. The help from programs for free she could have had from the AMA, not special ed, but she and Jeanette are to pig headed. They are not there for the kids, this a good example. I remember an article or something that stated Atlanta only participated in 2 of the 20 free programs. The programs are used y the other districts and there scores are higher. Other than Alpena, other districts are the same size, so what is the problem Theresa and Jeanette. How can your students test and not one Atlanta student tested ready for college. Again great job Theresa and Jeanette. You both ran a shit school you ran in the ground. Not the students fault, not the teachers fault, only you two and the board.
real voter

Detroit, MI

#302 Jul 8, 2012
Concerned wrote:
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Well it is true. The scores are bad all over. The good news for Atlanta is their scores didn't fall as bad because they were already bad under Theresa. The help from programs for free she could have had from the AMA, not special ed, but she and Jeanette are to pig headed. They are not there for the kids, this a good example. I remember an article or something that stated Atlanta only participated in 2 of the 20 free programs. The programs are used y the other districts and there scores are higher. Other than Alpena, other districts are the same size, so what is the problem Theresa and Jeanette. How can your students test and not one Atlanta student tested ready for college. Again great job Theresa and Jeanette. You both ran a shit school you ran in the ground. Not the students fault, not the teachers fault, only you two and the board.
You must be twins,no one person can be that stupid.Get a life.
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#303 Jul 8, 2012
Wow, what an intelligent statement. You now have the intelligence to replace Theresa as superintendent. She was the worst excuse for anyone in education.
Den Papa

Roscommon, MI

#304 Sep 8, 2012
real voter wrote:
<quoted text>I think you should put your real name on here so we will know who to thank when our school closes its door and we have no school in Atlanta.
Atlanta Community schools may not make it. To many students are leaving and the district is broke. Board members are spending Atlanta Schools into obivion with legal fees. Ms. Stauffer refused to accept educational services from AMA ESD that other districts use without problem or issue.

The current problems lay at the feet of the current board, some of the past members and the Ms. Stauf who left as she was being held accountable for the destruction of Atlanta Schools.

Den Papa
Mike S

Alpena, MI

#305 Sep 10, 2012
That is complete BS. I was at the last board meeting and Mr. Haskin said we have around 300 students. I don't think he would just make that up!!!!
Concerned

Alpena, MI

#306 Sep 10, 2012
Yes, he would lie, stupid.

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