Is the new Superintendent shaking up ...

Is the new Superintendent shaking up the teachers at Bonham ISD?

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Since: Mar 13

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#1 Mar 8, 2013
Admin raises
Bringing in teachers from Troup
Teachers forced out that have been there for long while
Will the school board do anything?
Citizens will not let this go on for very much longer
ProGOODTeacherBa dBYEBYE
#2 Mar 8, 2013
True there are teachers that are no longer teaching in BISD but this is due primarily and in large part to their lackadaisical work ethic, bad attitude, subpar teaching abilities and also not adhering to the new administrations vision for a better school system. Folks...change is not coming, its here...finally. Thanks to everyone involved for making the changes and ar decisions necessary to improve our schoolsfrour kids. We taxpaying parents who live i the district back you 100%! If teachers do not toe the line they have to go. No more apathy!!!
Resident

United States

#3 Mar 8, 2013
I don't think everyone knows of how things have been handled by the supt. Horrible people skills, basically rude to anyone and everyone.
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#4 Mar 8, 2013
Resident wrote:
I don't think everyone knows of how things have been handled by the supt. Horrible people skills, basically rude to anyone and everyone.
Have you met the Supt., I didn't think so.
Steve

Texarkana, TX

#5 Mar 8, 2013
I think if all of you would just stop and look back on Bonham ISD, it's teachers, staff, etc., we need a change.And the only way that was to happen is to bring someone in that has NO ties to any of the employees. The teachers don't care anymore they did not have to. Even the way they dress, their appearance looks like they going to clean someones house or mow the yard. Terrible!! So, I commend the new superintendent trying to bring Bonham ISD back to its glory days or perhaps the future.
hmmmm

Point, TX

#6 Mar 8, 2013
Steve wrote:
I think if all of you would just stop and look back on Bonham ISD, it's teachers, staff, etc., we need a change.And the only way that was to happen is to bring someone in that has NO ties to any of the employees. The teachers don't care anymore they did not have to. Even the way they dress, their appearance looks like they going to clean someones house or mow the yard. Terrible!! So, I commend the new superintendent trying to bring Bonham ISD back to its glory days or perhaps the future.
So NONE of the teachers care and they ALL look like they are going to clean houses or mow the yard?! Funny!

Since: Mar 13

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#7 Mar 8, 2013
pridehonortrust wrote:
Admin raises
Bringing in teachers from Troup
Teachers forced out that have been there for long while
Will the school board do anything?
Citizens will not let this go on for very much longer
Does the new superintendent newly hired teachers from Troup look very appropriate with some having nose rings and all? Just saying hate to point out the obvious

Funny how the mass of teachers are the problem looks to me like the new superintendent wants his own outside teachers to form a new little click (yes man)

Is this new superintendent really going to fix your problems?

Instead of transforming within and leading he might just bring in someone to replace all of you teachers and principals and staff????

Hmmmmmmmm Just stating the obvious

Bonham citizens might look at standing up for teachers and let the school board know?

Since: Mar 13

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#8 Mar 8, 2013
ProGOODTeacherBadBYEBYE wrote:
True there are teachers that are no longer teaching in BISD but this is due primarily and in large part to their lackadaisical work ethic, bad attitude, subpar teaching abilities and also not adhering to the new administrations vision for a better school system. Folks...change is not coming, its here...finally. Thanks to everyone involved for making the changes and ar decisions necessary to improve our schoolsfrour kids. We taxpaying parents who live i the district back you 100%! If teachers do not toe the line they have to go. No more apathy!!!
Broad assumption and you know what happens when you assume? Have you been in a classroom and observed the hard work and effort? Subpar?really? Any specific examples of observations of classrooms? Apathy? really When is the last time you observed the teachers working in a classroom? Just stating the obvious...

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#9 Mar 8, 2013
Michael Williams wrote:
<quoted text>Have you met the Supt., I didn't think so.
Have you observed all the teachers working in the classrooms? Just saying... Pretty broad assumption
Alumni

Texarkana, TX

#10 Mar 8, 2013
I think what is important to consider is what makes a business strong? Experience of their employees. It's pretty evident from all of the recent resignations and retirements that our experienced employees are leaving in droves. This is not a good thing. I have several concerns that include the work conditions of BISD professionals, risk to students and staff with no nurse in the district, excessive spending, and the repercussions of losing tenured staff. I have not spoken to a single BISD employee that had anything positive to say about the guy. That is very concerning.

And this opinion that BISD doesn't need to employ people from Bonham is crazy. What if every employer here had that philosophy? Nobody would be able to work locally. Including myself. That reasoning is just ludicrous.
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#11 Mar 9, 2013
pridehonortrust wrote:
<quoted text>
Have you observed all the teachers working in the classrooms? Just saying... Pretty broad assumption
I have and I am a substitute teacher myself.
Resident

United States

#12 Mar 9, 2013
LOL, another laugh. He now claims he had sat in and observed "all" teachers! Just wait folks, it will get better. Then let's see how big the fit he and his wife throws this year after the election. Last years was a pretty big one, this years will probably be even more hilarious.

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#13 Mar 9, 2013
Alumni wrote:
I think what is important to consider is what makes a business strong? Experience of their employees. It's pretty evident from all of the recent resignations and retirements that our experienced employees are leaving in droves. This is not a good thing. I have several concerns that include the work conditions of BISD professionals, risk to students and staff with no nurse in the district, excessive spending, and the repercussions of losing tenured staff. I have not spoken to a single BISD employee that had anything positive to say about the guy. That is very concerning.
And this opinion that BISD doesn't need to employ people from Bonham is crazy. What if every employer here had that philosophy? Nobody would be able to work locally. Including myself. That reasoning is just ludicrous.
I agree.
anon anon

Bonham, TX

#14 Mar 9, 2013
Alumni wrote:
I think what is important to consider is what makes a business strong? Experience of their employees. It's pretty evident from all of the recent resignations and retirements that our experienced employees are leaving in droves. This is not a good thing. I have several concerns that include the work conditions of BISD professionals, risk to students and staff with no nurse in the district, excessive spending, and the repercussions of losing tenured staff. I have not spoken to a single BISD employee that had anything positive to say about the guy. That is very concerning.
And this opinion that BISD doesn't need to employ people from Bonham is crazy. What if every employer here had that philosophy? Nobody would be able to work locally. Including myself. That reasoning is just ludicrous.
Experience sometimes makes a business strong. With today's education ever changing; new testing requirements, some of the 'experienced' teachers have not been able to adapt with the new teaching standards. They are being left behind. Some do not want to incorporate technology into the classroom. Others still teach strictly from a textbook. This is not a blanket observation but it definately applies in some circumstances.
How do I know? I think I have talked with several teachers you may not have talked with. Some are tenured teachers. A couple have not liked the new Superintendent while several others have. The one thing that I have noticed though - the ones who are okay with him all have a similar thinking pattern.'I do my job well and put in the time it takes to make sure the kids are learning.' They have all gone on to say that they have never felt threatened but could understand how one could if they were not doing the things necessary to foster a good classroom environment.
Of course, I agree that it's great when we can hire locally. But I will also state that a good blend from the outside keeps the nepotism to a minimum.

Resignations from experienced teachers is also not just a Bonham thing. Texas education, in general, is driving good and great teachers to other professions. And not just the tenured ones. Parents no longer support the teachers as in years past. They are too quick to defend and bail out their kids. Some of the new state mandated requirements are outlandish. Most parent teacher conferences are now with 'both' sets of parents, if they bother to show up at all. Lack of parental involvement is a driving factor that most any elementary teacher will be glad to tell you is a primary reason for student's failures.

Teachers fighting against the odds is a stressful situation. Some still work hard to overcome; some have taken the path of least resistance and when the superintendent came in, he wanted accountablility. Not a bad thing to ask for from experienced, tenured or even new employees.
Alumni

Texarkana, TX

#15 Mar 10, 2013
anon anon wrote:
<quoted text>Experience sometimes makes a business strong. With today's education ever changing; new testing requirements, some of the 'experienced' teachers have not been able to adapt with the new teaching standards. They are being left behind. Some do not want to incorporate technology into the classroom. Others still teach strictly from a textbook. This is not a blanket observation but it definately applies in some circumstances.
How do I know? I think I have talked with several teachers you may not have talked with. Some are tenured teachers. A couple have not liked the new Superintendent while several others have. The one thing that I have noticed though - the ones who are okay with him all have a similar thinking pattern.'I do my job well and put in the time it takes to make sure the kids are learning.' They have all gone on to say that they have never felt threatened but could understand how one could if they were not doing the things necessary to foster a good classroom environment.
Of course, I agree that it's great when we can hire locally. But I will also state that a good blend from the outside keeps the nepotism to a minimum.

Resignations from experienced teachers is also not just a Bonham thing. Texas education, in general, is driving good and great teachers to other professions. And not just the tenured ones. Parents no longer support the teachers as in years past. They are too quick to defend and bail out their kids. Some of the new state mandated requirements are outlandish. Most parent teacher conferences are now with 'both' sets of parents, if they bother to show up at all. Lack of parental involvement is a driving factor that most any elementary teacher will be glad to tell you is a primary reason for student's failures.

Teachers fighting against the odds is a stressful situation. Some still work hard to overcome; some have taken the path of least resistance and when the superintendent came in, he wanted accountablility. Not a bad thing to ask for from experienced, tenured or even new employees.
Accountability? I don't think you understand. I was taught by some of these wonderful teachers who are leaving or being forced to leave. It's not right. They deserve to leave under their own circumstances unless they do something worthy of termination. And I find it hard to believe that they would just now be leaving due to technology upgrades when we began upgrading technology while our former sup was still here. That was one thing he really encouraged and worked to improve.
Local

Sherman, TX

#16 Mar 10, 2013
Some people are ignorant of facts, yet still like to talk and stir things up...especially on here! No one on here (more than likely) has any idea how these teachers actually are in the classroom. Their dress code can change from the way teacher's dressed in the 50's since even accepted formal attire has made some changes over the last 50 years (as has business casual). But when kids are not allowed to have nose rings at school but new teachers from the Supt.'s former district can, that is a problem. And yes, many of these older teachers have already adapted their lessons to include more technology, so that being a reason for their leaving is, once again, ignorant. Many past graduates with successful careers and degrees in law and medicine or careers in civil service, military, etc. will tell you that many of these are good teachers. Have you asked them why they have retired/quit? They will tell you it's because of the working environment under the new administration. Just ask...
anon anon

Bonham, TX

#17 Mar 10, 2013
Alumni wrote:
<quoted text>
Accountability? I don't think you understand. I was taught by some of these wonderful teachers who are leaving or being forced to leave. It's not right. They deserve to leave under their own circumstances unless they do something worthy of termination. And I find it hard to believe that they would just now be leaving due to technology upgrades when we began upgrading technology while our former sup was still here. That was one thing he really encouraged and worked to improve.
"forced" I don't think you understand. If a teacher is forced/fired and they have nothing but good assessments/observations, they will retire RICH because they can and should bring a lawsuit and they will WIN. Teacher's jobs are very well protected once they have been there for just a few years. Yes, some are behind on technology - not nearly even the majority, but there are some.
Teachers today are well underpaid - I think we can agree on this. Every year, more and more duties and expectations are placed upon these teachers without any additional compensation. Some get very tired of this and move on. It is a very stressful job with all the new expectations from the state testing.
anon anon

Bonham, TX

#18 Mar 10, 2013
Local wrote:
Some people are ignorant of facts, yet still like to talk and stir things up...especially on here! No one on here (more than likely) has any idea how these teachers actually are in the classroom. Their dress code can change from the way teacher's dressed in the 50's since even accepted formal attire has made some changes over the last 50 years (as has business casual). But when kids are not allowed to have nose rings at school but new teachers from the Supt.'s former district can, that is a problem. And yes, many of these older teachers have already adapted their lessons to include more technology, so that being a reason for their leaving is, once again, ignorant. Many past graduates with successful careers and degrees in law and medicine or careers in civil service, military, etc. will tell you that many of these are good teachers. Have you asked them why they have retired/quit? They will tell you it's because of the working environment under the new administration. Just ask...
Okay, less than likely. Married to a teacher so I am very aware of what it's like in the classroom.
You said 'many'. You did not say all and there are some (older/tenured)that still really struggle with this.
Successful careers in law and medicine? That would indicate an average of 6-10+ years out of school.(yes, I am guessing by using 4 years college plus grad school). I, in no way, am saying that these were not good or even great teachers back then. Time moves on and some of them are still good/great teachers and some have not kept up. To qualify this statement; I had a long conversation with a 20+ year teacher just last weekend (still teaching elementary). She said just what I have stated. She is struggling with the new technology. She uses it but it takes her twice as long to get things ready as some of the newer teachers. She went on to say how basic education has changed over her career. Teaching to these tests and all the pressure to have near perfect test results with kids, whom she has ZERO control over anything but the short time in class, is driving her out of the classroom. Tremendously lovely lady whom many people admire for her success throughout her career, but she herself recognizes that she is teaching in a different environment than just 5 years ago. And maybe it's time for her to go.

** I'm not in favor of nose rings, period!

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