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Revolving Door at VHS

Bristol, VA

#1 Feb 6, 2013
Seeking honest and fair comments concerning the school board. Do you think it's time for a change? Lots of comments throughout the community about teacher turnover, buildings not being clean and maintained, football coach turnover, bullying, and the list goes on. Your thoughts please.

I personally think it is time for a change.
Frito

Bristol, VA

#2 Feb 7, 2013
Attend the next school board meeting and voice these topics you listed here! Have you tried that? If not get together with other parents that have the same concerns or just go by yourself and they will listen. I know of one that will!!
Revolving Door at VHS

Bristol, VA

#3 Feb 8, 2013
I appreciate the feedback Frito. Yes some, not all will listen. They have been there way too long. Hopefully a very good level headed candidate or two will run next time.
Pete The Piper

Knoxville, TN

#4 Feb 9, 2013
The School Board all needs to be replaced. It is my opinion they all run their own agenda and special interest. Stay tuned in the media...you'll be hearing more about the Bristol Va School Board and what they have filed to do...
VHS Student

Bristol, VA

#5 Feb 10, 2013
Get rid of Tyrone White, it's his fault that Wheeler is gone.

WHITE HAS GOT TO GO
Revolving Door at VHS

Bristol, VA

#6 Feb 12, 2013
You are NOT naming a valid board member.
gurdy13

Bristol, VA

#7 Feb 13, 2013
VHS Student wrote:
Get rid of Tyrone White, it's his fault that Wheeler is gone.
WHITE HAS GOT TO GO
I think you need to learn your facts before implementing someone. There is no Tyrone White on the School Board.. There is a Tyrone Foster and a Randy White. How do you know that this "so called" person is the reasn why Wheeler is gone? Was you there? You will learn Bristol is good for the gossip through the grapevine.
Sting

Bristol, VA

#8 Jun 23, 2013
I would have thought the bullying would have decreased since Danko-Panko left! She was a true bully for her five year terror rein.
Revolving Door at VHS

Charlotte, NC

#9 Jul 1, 2013
Word has it among numerous boys that are working out for football that the new coach already has his picks. He is cattering to the boys that played baseball and the seniors that didn't even play last year. Avoiding or no attention to the ones that have played for a few years. Getting off on the right foot ain't he!
Herewegoagain

Bristol, VA

#10 Jul 2, 2013
Revolving Door at VHS wrote:
Word has it among numerous boys that are working out for football that the new coach already has his picks. He is cattering to the boys that played baseball and the seniors that didn't even play last year. Avoiding or no attention to the ones that have played for a few years. Getting off on the right foot ain't he!
This is exactly why VHS will never have a decent football program. Cuss a little at practice, get canned. Try to instill some discipline in an undisciplined, disrespectful kid, get asked to resign. Some moron parent who doesn't think their kid is getting the attention they deserve, start a conversation about the coach on topix.

Life is not fair or equitable. Never has been, never will be. No matter how much you want it to be that way, the laws of nature will always prevail. Only the strong survive, and to my way of thinking it is much better to make your kid one of the strong than it is to coddle him or her and keep them weak.

I am a compassionate person, and I believe in showing it at the proper times and in the proper ways. But when your kid comes home and whines that the coach is showing some other kid attention, that isn't the time to be compassionate. Tell them to make themselves standout at practice so the coach can't ignore them. Don't sympathize and blame the coach.
Revolving Door at VHS

Bristol, VA

#11 Jul 3, 2013
I agree with some of your comments "herewegoagain". I personally do not have any children at VHS, but I keep track of whats going on. I agree life is not fair, etc, but this coach came in not knowing anyone and right off the bat he starts having his favorites. The kids have not even put on their helmets and pads for the first time. All I'm saying is show them all equal respect and respect will be given back. Start having favorites in the first few weeks and he will lose respect, which is needed to have a quality football team. Coach Wheeler was fair to all regardless if you personally liked him or not.
Funnything

Bristol, VA

#12 Jul 4, 2013
Ask yourself, "Why are these kids his favorites?" It could simply be compatible personalities, or it could be he likes their attitude and their work ethics.

I am sure names will be added to that list as time goes on, like you said, he is only just now getting to know everyone. However, it is unfair to him to make an assumption and criticize because a kid, or group of kids, is complaining they are being left out, when nobody knows the answer to he question above.

Did you ever think that a kid who would whine about everything being "fair" might also be the one who would show the least amount of effort, drive, enthusiasm, attitude, desire, etc...? I mean, I would expect a kid with a strong work ethic to increase their efforts if they weren't being noticed, not start whining about the coach playing favorites, and especially not this early in the game.

I had a talk with a friend of mine just the other day. We were talking about coaching and how parents get so caught up in the recognition game that it causes problems. Everyone is living vicariously through their kids, and everyone expects junior to make all-state because he was on the all-star team when he was ten. Junior has gone through life having his parents blow smoke up his hiney about how great he is, how the coach is stupid, how so and so shouldn't be playing QB, it should be him. About how he would have made the all-state team if the coach would have stuck up for him, how he will one day be a D1 prospect and go on to play in the NFL, NBA of in MLB. These people have unrealistic expectations, they see things through their own paradigm and fail to recognize that not everyone see little junior the same way they do. Stand around after a HS game and listen to the parents. Rarely do you hear them say anything to their kids about the bad plays they made, it is almost always either purely positive or a diatribe about the coaches if the kid didn't play as much as they thought he or she should. Raise your kids how you want to folks, but all you are doing is setting them up for a lot of disappointments later on in life. Let them work through these issues of "fairness" on their own.
Revolving Door at VHS

Bristol, VA

#13 Jul 5, 2013
So the revolving door at VHS continues......2 basketball coaching vacancies now. For the folks that will say "they left for better opportunities"....please get your head out of the sand.
Funnything

Bristol, VA

#14 Jul 7, 2013
Revolving Door at VHS wrote:
So the revolving door at VHS continues......2 basketball coaching vacancies now. For the folks that will say "they left for better opportunities"....please get your head out of the sand.
Okay, one retired, the other left to go become a principal. Guess you are right, they didn't leave for better opportunities.

Yes, the school board sticks its nose where it doesn't belong a lot more than they should, but most of the time they leave everything but football alone.

The biggest problem with VHS athletics are the parents who think their kids are a lot better than they actually are, and that they (the parents) can do a better job than the actual coaches. Something to do with all that little league experience they have.
2012VHSGRAD

Bristol, VA

#15 Jul 8, 2013
talking about sticking noses in. Anyone know exactly what happened with the volleyball coach a couple of years ago? She was a good coach and I heard a school board member had a daughter that played or should I say was on the team and didn't play enough and so away she went. Seems like most everyone had a lot of respect for that coach. Plus, why does everyone think Wheeler was such a prize. He always came across as an ... to me. just wonderin??
Ithink

Bristol, VA

#16 Jul 9, 2013
I was told the volleyball coach was let go because she had the team practice on a Sunday. While I agree that breaks VHSL rules, it probably would not have been reason enough to can her had certain people not wanted her gone.

Thurman was feeling pressure to go as well, and while two certain members of the school board deny they had an agenda to get rid of him, the fact is, he is gone and they are still here.

Regardless of Wheeler's abilities as a coach, I heard that he was involved in a confrontation with a school board members child, and that he laid hands on said child. Shortly thereafter he resigns. Now, if what he did was wrong, then it should have been investigated and the results made public. If he did nothing wrong, then the results should have exonerated him and he should still be the coach.

The problem with VHS, and most high schools for that matter, is the cliques that develop, and how the rules are applied differently amongst those cliques. I had one child go through who was a great athlete and student. Another, not so much. It was amazing to me how differently the two were treated by the school administrations, the other students, even the parents. One could just about have gotten away with murder, the other couldn't fart without being sent to detention.

Since: Jul 13

Bristol, VA

#17 Jul 9, 2013
WOW...there is so much I would like to share regarding the comments here,but I just don't know where to start.

We are losing exceptional teachers due to the school board allowing the superintendent and the administration at VHS to have free reign.Have any of you asked yourselves why we have such turn over? Because it is a terrible place to work. Good teachers will find employment where they are not talked down to and made to feel worthless. And the bulling has NOT stopped,it is mostly done by the adults. The mood set in the classroom is set in the faculty meetings. Don't get me wrong here,there are some wonderful teachers at VHS,they are caring,hard working, and love what they are doing and it shows in the kids, but why are the bad ones allowed to stay until they reach tenure? There are no demands made on the bad teachers and unrealistic ones on the good ones.The administration plays favorites with the faculty and the students.

As for Mr. Wheeler,he did nothing wrong,but took the out when given and I for one don't blame him. He was building a team and the boys respected him...I saw them crying after he told them he was leaving!If this had been my child who disrespected Mr. Wheeler in this case and not a school board member's kid, my kid would have been suspended. But...it's not what you know in this town,but who you know.
assume

Gate City, VA

#18 Jul 15, 2013
Ive read all these comments and are wondering how much real research has been done by anyone or are they just assuming. You know what happens when you assume?....Just make sure all facts are right before you blast coaches, parents administrators and so on!
Parent

Ringgold, GA

#19 Jul 16, 2013
How many teachers left the school system this summer. Something in the order of 31. How do you explain that and how do you replace that many people over a summer while putting quality teachers in the classroom?
stud

Charlotte, NC

#20 Jul 18, 2013
VHS Band Director leaving now as well.

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