The School Board was warned...................

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New Cairoite

United States

#1 Aug 2, 2008
The school board members knew of Leotis Swope's troubled past and they gave him a three year contract anyway!

This is going to cost the taxpayers of Cairo more than just an inferior education for the students whose parents cannot afford to send them out of town to private schools. It is going to affect their pocketbooks. Maybe that will get their attention!

http://geocities.com/cattracks.geo/7-31-08b.h...
It is what it is

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2008
LOL What a mess? It could have really been handled a lot better, one day's drive to Ullin is not that horrible. But the fact of the blatant slap in the face is what shows his character. This could have been talked out and probably worked out with a lunch on the district or something similar. He should have let them have some say so, let them feel like they made the decision. It was done really sindely too, with the add on in the paper. IF they really want to make some noise, they should all act as if they didn't read the paper and let him go by himself.
It is what it is

United States

#3 Aug 2, 2008
sindely is snidely.

And to CAT, don't show up. What is he going to do if no one comes. He will drive his happy butt back to Cairo and come to where you are. Case closed. You need to show him early or I see this being a long contract, really long.
skor14me

Cairo, IL

#4 Aug 2, 2008
What's wrong with the man. He think he's better than us? His job is in Cairo not Ullin. Where does he live? You right Itiswhatitis, teachers don't go, y'all show up in Cairo were ya teach.

Then again maybe it go'n be short contract with buyout for Swopes.

Kids will put him in his place.
Alexander County In La

United States

#5 Aug 2, 2008
Actually is sounds like a bunch of silly children putting the new kid in his place and showing him who's boss. You would think a bunch of educated people could stop acting like whining, gossiping, disgruntled housewives.

As far as his contract, have any of you read it? Does it contain misbehavior clauses that can lead to dismissal or is it the ironclad agreement you try to lead us to believe.
New Cairoite

United States

#6 Aug 2, 2008
This is from a Calumet City blog.

I asked the question before and no one answered it. It should be asked and answered. AND, the answer reflects on the integrity of either our new superintendent or our local newspaper, doesn't it? Did the Cairo newspaper (since Bobby Mayberry is on the school board and works for the paper) misrepresent Swopes CV or did Swopes misrepresent his employment history?

Re: SD 157 - SWOPES ???
Here is the link to the newspaper clipping about Swopes being hired in Cairo. It says that he was the Interim Superintendent at D157, but as funnyman stated, Swopes was hired as the Assistant Principal, not Interim Superintendent.

http://www.geocities.com/cattracks.geo/3-13-0... chugar52
on Apr 2, 2008 10:59 am

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New Cairoite

United States

#7 Aug 2, 2008
Another post from the Calumet City blog:

Re: SD 157 - SWOPES ???

Let me first start out by saying Swopes had a lawsuit against him. He was and is the worst person to hire as a super. Here's some concrete things on him. He took the OLSAT tests to his sisters house and said he lost them for 3 months....by witchhuntd
on Mar 27, 2008 6:10 pm

Forum: Illinois
Topic: SD 157 - SWOPES ???
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Alexander County In La

United States

#8 Aug 2, 2008
Did you ask Bobby Mayberry where he got his information?

Did you get any information from the School district where Swopes worked or did you just go to a gossip forum on the web?

Have you talked with whomever the board uses to check background information?

Did you want the job?

Are you a Cairo Resident?

Are you a registered Voter?
been-there

Cairo, IL

#9 Aug 3, 2008
I'm not sure about all your questions Alex. County in La but I do remember reading some where the people New Cairoite got into contact with & they were very reliable sources. I think I read the board didn't to a back ground, be nice if I'm wrong.

At not time have I ever heard New Cairoite say she wanted the job or had the credentials for it.

She owns & pays taxes in Cairo, do you?

And yes she does vote so that means she is registered.
been-there

Cairo, IL

#10 Aug 3, 2008
Should read: At NO time have I ever heard NC say she wanted the job or had the credentials for it.

Now that Swopes is in, I hope he doesn't follow is past path. Yes we HAVE to work with him now or buy out his contract unless they find some discrepancy in his misrepresenting his employment history?
New Cairoite

United States

#11 Aug 3, 2008
Isn't it interesting how Cherie, Marion and the other supporters of the status quo are not able to address the issues and have to resort to personal attacks? Fortunately, that is a reflection (and not a very good one) on them and not me.

All the personal attacks do not change the facts, do they?

FACT: Cairo Citizen published an article 3/13/08 stating Swopes came to Cairo from Hoover-Schrum SD 157 where he served as "interim superintendent". It further states (and the union and folks at Hoover-Schrum will choke on this one): He considers himself a "collaborator" working with the faculty, parents and community to improve the school.

FACT: Bobby Mayberry works for the Cairo Citizen and is a member of the school board.

FACT:

BY JOAN CARREON
Times Correspondent | Thursday, August 17, 2006 | No comments posted.
CALUMET CITY | A Gary high school principal has been hired as an assistant principal at Schrum Memorial School.

The Hoover-Schrum Elementary District 157 School Board on Monday gave approval to the hiring of Leotis Swopes. He will be paid an annual salary of $68,000 plus benefits.

FACT:

BY JOAN CARREON
Times Correspondent | Thursday, March 29, 2007

In other action Tuesday, the board approved not rehiring Schrum Assistant Principal Leotis Swopes. Taylor cast the only dissenting vote. Swopes, in his first year as assistant principal at Schrum, was hired in August to replace Scott when she became assistant principal at Hoover.

FACT:

Mr Swopes made app.$ 67,600 in 1991 as one of the top paid school administrators in IL. He made $ 68,000 at his last job in 2007.

Wonder how much we are paying this man who not only fell off his career path but took a serious slide down the career ladder?

I always try to present what I believe to be factual. If I say something, it came from more than one very good source.

Hoover-Schrum had more problems than just Swopes and the teachers, parents and board members will admit that. The woman they hired as superintendent that year lied on her CV about some certification and had to be moved out of that slot while she got the paperwork in order. During that month or so in the fall of 2006, Swopes did serve as interim superintendent. So, I am unable to tell by the wording in the Citizen article whether or not they intended to mislead their readers. But, the question should still be asked whether or not Swopes lied on his CV and whether or not the Citizen had the correct information that Swopes was hired and fired as Assistant Principal from SD 157.

What was exciting for me was learning that the parents, teachers, and honest school board members worked together last year and successfully removed the bad school board members and they all admit it has had an amazing effect on the school already.

Now, that is real collaboration. Too bad we can't do that here. Maybe if Cherie, Marion and the others who prefer making personal attacks to discussing the answers to the problems we have here in Cairo sent their kids to Cairo public schools, we could make that kind of positive change here, too.
New Cairoite

United States

#12 Aug 3, 2008
NOW

RUMORS (I do want to say parents, teachers and school board members participated in discussions on this particular forum):

Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District No. 157

Monday, January 01, 2007

A parent of Hoover-Schrum Elementary District 157, whose 6-year-old daughter was missing for two hours after school one day when she wound up on the wrong bus, wants assurances the situation wonít happen again.

Superintendent Rosemary Hendricks said the school did not have any emergency information

The interim super (Swopes) couldn't handle lunch supervision and started yelling and students were complaining they were grabbed by him. So much for his wannabe motivational speeches. Practice what you PREACH.

The parent whose child was pushed by the interim made a police report. Good for her!!!!!! The interim will just lie like he does in meetings. He only harasses white teachers and students. One of the children he pushed is really quiet and makes good grades but is hispanic to the interim that's white too. Three MEN can't handle lunch supervison how pathetic.

Does anyone know if swopes was at work today? Just wondering if that little incident will be swept under the carpet also.

Swopes was in school today and more than likely it will be another rug job again because sweet Rosie and Ken cry baby like him. He is part of the inner click of racist with them.The problem is the girls he shoved were not the wright shade to take any action on Swopes.

There is no discipline at the schools. Kids push each other around and fights break out on a regular basis with no consequence. A strong administrator such as Bennie Knott , former principal at Schrum, demanded the kids to show respect for others including kids respecting kids. If they did not behave there were consequences including out of school suspensions so the parents had to deal with the situation. The kids have taken over Schrum and disruptions in the classrooms are preventing good teachers from doing what they were trained to do, teach.
New Cairoite

United States

#13 Aug 3, 2008
AND MORE RUMORS:

Things have gotten so stressful, the latest teacher to walk was actually African American! No one wants to work in a tense, racial, hateful environment. When it's wrong, IT"S WRONG.

Maybe we should go to church Sunday and pray for the students in district 157.But it would be hard for the man above to help these children when the district is run by devils.

2/22/07 Hoover-Schrum Elementary District 157 has, so far, spent nearly double what it budgeted for legal expenses this fiscal year.

CALUMET CITY: Parent challenges administrators' response to Schrum water outage
From Friday, February 23, 2007 12:34 AM CST Email this story Print this story
BY JOAN CARREON
Times Correspondent

CALUMET CITY | A crowd of more than 40 Hoover-Schrum Elementary District 157 teachers, parents, students, board candidates and residents turned out for the School Board meeting earlier this week to express concerns and ask questions of the board and administration.

This is just proof how out of control it is in school that is has spilled over at the science fair at night. C. Taylor has already been told she is not coming back next year, but what about Swoopes, A. Hendricks, R. Hendricks. Parents should be fed up and they need to start coming to the board meetings and demand the termination of these people. D157 cannot afford to have this continue in years to come.

FOR THREE DAYS STUDENTS AT SCHRUM WERE HARASSED, JUMPED, BULLIED, AND A STUDENT'S BOOK URINATED ON. Turn to page 2 to find out how administrators dealt with these serious issues.

Isn't there another meeting coming up with the board???? Swopes was gone again today I wonder why?????

SWOPES IS LYING. A staff member took the gun away from the student. The student was suspended. STUDENTS SAW THE GUN!!!!

The last I heard, it was given to Dr. Swopes. But when someone called him to ask about it, he said that it didn't happen!!!! Is this what this district has become - A bunch of liars???? We used to have honest people running the district. Now everything is "CONFIDENTIAL AND UNDER INVESTIGATION" or hearsay.

The Super received such a increase in pay. Isn't there something, somewhere with guidelines for giving a Super such an enormouse raise? A Super for 4 months, remember.

Did you know the interim took the SAT10 tests illegally out of the building and they were missing for some time. Rosie then had to pay someone to score them when they were recovered from his sisters house. Now why would you take tests out of the school, put them in your car, out of town, take them out of your car, and leave them at your sisters house? Sounds like he was tampering with them!!!!!!!!

WHY IS AN INEXPERIENCE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL playing PRINCIPAL AT SCHRUM WHEN SWOPES HAS EXPERIENCED AS A PRINCIPAL AND A SUPERINTENDENT? How can he be insubordinate to someone with NO experience as a principal? Didn't he just finish playing Superintendent?

Well, lets see, what is Swopes really here for? He doesnít like working with kids, he has a CSBO and we know he can work with Rosie. He could take the Business Managers spot and It all works out for him.

Do a favor of me and Iíll do a favor for you.
New Cairoite

United States

#14 Aug 3, 2008
AND, FINALLY......

HD 157 Post-Swopes and Hendricks (the super):

(Rumors of course)

The reason there haven't been any postings is because there isn't much going on now. The meetings are quiet, they're short, there is no fighting. The ones on the board that kept the digging going on are off the board now. The "Superintendent" (I use that word lightly), is no longer there. Unfortunately, I'm sure that D157 hasn't heard the last of her. When they do, that's when things will hit the fan, I'm sure. I have heard many good comments from teachers and all the other staff members that say things are so nice now at the school. Even the people who wouldn't talk to certain staff members last year are realizing what wrong was going on last year and are being pleasant. There is NO room for any racism in the schools, but last year it was rampant. Blacks, whites and Hispanics last year had the lines drawn, which in my eyes is terrible and totally wrong. This year though most everyone is getting along well, just like when we had Gae and Mike. The district is getting back to what it's supposed to be. The district is to educate the children - bottom line!!!!! Not create animosity amongst the ranks.

District 157 is back where it should be--EDUCATING THE CHILDREN AND TREATING EVERYONE FAIRLY.

This school year is calm and productive. Schrum and Hoover are normal, students feel safe, staff is happy and feel supportive. I wonder how much money has been spent on legal fees compared to this time last year? Keep up the good work.
Alexander County In La

United States

#15 Aug 3, 2008
been-there wrote:
She owns & pays taxes in Cairo, do you?
And yes she does vote so that means she is registered.
Well, I haven't since 2006, but I have a number of friends and extended family who do. They are interested in the welfare of Cairo, not in some bored dilletante who has made a bad investment and stands to not make the profits she originally envisioned.

New Cairoite has made the statement over and over that she is not a resident of Cairo, therefore, if she is a registered voter in the city it seems she is voting as illegally as all those who cast their votes from the graveyard. Are you sure she IS a register to vote in Cairo? Then I do hope her driver's license reflects her legal residence.

I don't have anything against the woman, just haven't seen her point. So far she has attacked Hesselrode, Mayberry, Pitcher,Swopes, Winkler, Simmons, Childs, Ewing, two Kleins, the entire Chamber of Commerce,the CPU, someone she called Madasher, and someone she called Honeybunny. also people named regina, Marion and Cherie. I'm sure if we give her time she'll eventually figure out a way to denigrate the entire population of Cairo, past, present, and future. Some one give her the phone book.
Chinatown

Slidell, LA

#16 Aug 3, 2008
Missing Cairo, you should meet my mother in law.
I mean that as a compliment.
Chinatown

Slidell, LA

#17 Aug 3, 2008
Whoops! Did I say Missing Cairo? I meant Alex. Co. in La.

But both of you should meet her. She's a real kick. Great sense of humor. She's one smart (and tough) cookie.
Missing Cairo

Saltillo, MS

#18 Aug 4, 2008
A.C. called me dying laughing. Chinatown, we agree it's okay if you confuse our writing, however A.C. swears he's better looking.

Besides, A.C. omitted a few names she's attacked as well as the sheriff's department, the police department, the motives of SIDEZ and whomever is working on the mini-mall. I notice this morning she has changed her tune about the police department. Wonder why?

Personally, I hope she gets Cairo all straightened out and that it becomes a perfectly run, model city with lots of businesses, residents and tourists. I'm sure, if the residents of Cairo work together, it can be a thriving community.
Chinatown

Slidell, LA

#19 Aug 4, 2008
Got me guessing now, MC. I know of two Cairoites with the initials A.C. Hmmm...didn't know either one lived in Louisiana. Must be something in the Bayou State's water that draws all us former Cairoites down here...

I agree. I hope Cairo gets straightened out for the people who still live there, or are planning on moving there.

As for me and my Cajun brood, we'll still be coming up-- if only for the BBQ.
Missing Cairo

Saltillo, MS

#20 Aug 4, 2008
A.C.= Alexander County LOL

I've got a houseful today, cyber world is safe.

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