Covert Public Schools Needs To Reform...

Covert Public Schools Needs To Reform Now!

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GS Telling the Truth

Farmington, MI

#1 May 5, 2010
Kudos to Ms. McCray and Ms. Baustito, for taking a courageous stand against the outrageously incompetent and irresponsible Covert Public School Board Members.
Mrs. McCray is a very perceptive woman and a brave one. There are few who would speak so boldly for a change of leadership in Covert, Michigan.
The Hawkins clan have dominated the school system for DECADES and even today the dad (Alfred Hawkins and former Covert School Superintendent) is still on the school payroll, as a consultant and the construction company building the new school wing, is Stephanie Hawkins-Burrage's brother.
Additionally, Stephanie Hawkins-Burrage's husband is on the Covert school payroll as a Principal/Athletic Director. Lastly, most of the Board members were "yes men cronies" of her Dad, Alfred Hawkins, especially, Ms. Brown and Mr. Burton.
There are clear instances of nepotism in Covert Public Schools and a glaring example of the entire family "milking" an educational system for personal financial gain. Therefore, before Mrs. Hawkins-Burrage create a lay-off list for the 2010-2011 school year, she should start the reduction process with the shedding of her own family members salaries and top it off with a 30% reduction in her own salary.
Burrage must shed the arrogance, the family "handouts" and lead by example - or step aside immediately.
What are your thoughts?
Dee

Battle Creek, MI

#2 Jun 1, 2010
Covert school is a joke! All my childern have went there my last one I sent to SH! Covert School should be embarassed! They need to start at the top and get rid of the ppl that are ruining that school...Look at that big dollar gym we got...WHY??? then they wanna lay off GOOD teachers I"D NEVER SEND ANOTHER child to Covert....not as long as the clowns are in charge there!!! NONEY STEALING CLOWNS!!!! Its all bout the $$$ how they can take it and keep it in the family......what about all that ($200,000)missing money??????? sumbody needs to investigate real deep into the "goings on" on top at that school....they will find sumthing...
Concerned Citizen

Bonita Springs, FL

#3 Aug 14, 2010
We all know that Stephanie Hawkins-Burrage and her father are very suspicious. Now it's time for a foresic audit of the entire Covert Public Schools System. I think you will be amazed at what you will find they have done with public money. The shame is that the children are the real losers.
When she is led into the Van Buren County Court house under arrest justice will have been served!
Then the federal government can have it's turn.
Good Riddance Stephanie you should've resigned years ago!!
GRAND MASTER DRAGON BALLS

UK

#6 Aug 22, 2010
what you need is a nice big cross on the entrance to that school, oh and it needs to be burnin real good too.
In fact you need a burning cross getting in and getting out of that town.
Now What

AOL

#7 Aug 28, 2010
did I hear that many school board memebers resigned in August 2010?

how come there is no story in the media about what prompted their departure and what may be coming in the way of outside review of school district financial dealings?

anyone have specific info?
Truth Be Told

Marine City, MI

#9 Aug 31, 2010
Now What wrote:
did I hear that many school board memebers resigned in August 2010?
how come there is no story in the media about what prompted their departure and what may be coming in the way of outside review of school district financial dealings?
anyone have specific info?
Why isn't the public outraged by this story and nine years of unprecedented nepotism. The public has to pay more attention and shine a light on abuse wherever and whenever it shows it's ugly head. If we aren't engaged we get what we deserve!
GS Telling the Truth

Farmington, MI

#10 Sep 1, 2010
To "Truth Be Told",

You are absolutely correct - the residents of Covert, Michigan must become jealous stewards of the educational finances and academic delivery or expect to have their money squandered and their children's education diluted!

Covert residents are moving in the right direction, by changing the failing pedagogical regime and putting an interim superintendent in place. Smart move, not to rush in a permanent superintendent - until a proper search can be conducted and a financial audit completed.

In reflection, Stephanie could have been an extraordinary educational leader, had not her controversial "appointment" to the position, in the first place, left such an air of suspicion and negativity about her. It also would have helped if she had walked into the position with a less threatening attitude and posture. Humbleness and sensitivity to the feelings of your employees, can go a long way, in people over looking your mistakes - when you need them to do so.

This too young, unseasoned, arrogant and somewhat mean spirited educator, was heavy handed in her harsh handling of school personnel and she erroneously assumed that ALL of the local talent in the district was substandard. She did not seek to build bridges with discontented groups and relied too heavily on her father's "political cronies" and his well oiled "plantation system" to protect her and her position.

In today's world, it is best for all educational leaders to realize and recognize that whether you like it or not - you are a servant of the people - and not the other way around.

Hopefully, this "dampened" talent will be able to reflect on her unwise actions and the nepotism that it has embraced, and at a later time, EARN a position of Superintendent in another district. Hopefully, hindsight will be a great teacher that will tutor this young woman into maturity and grace.
RBO

United States

#11 Sep 5, 2010
Wow Grand Master Dragon and grand master kkk. Why don't you go back into the cave you crawled out of and leave the educating to those who will use it, unlike you.
Truth Be Told

Marine City, MI

#12 Sep 5, 2010
I hope other districts are learning from what happened in Covert. Strong anti-nepotism policies are critical to building and maintaining public trust. Hiring friends and family (even if they are qualified) opens the door to abuse and ultimately to the loss of confindence in the leadership that permits it. Lesson learned?
neighbor

Bolingbrook, IL

#13 Sep 28, 2010
GS Telling the Truth wrote:
To "Truth Be Told",
You are absolutely correct - the residents of Covert, Michigan must become jealous stewards of the educational finances and academic delivery or expect to have their money squandered and their children's education diluted!
Covert residents are moving in the right direction, by changing the failing pedagogical regime and putting an interim superintendent in place. Smart move, not to rush in a permanent superintendent - until a proper search can be conducted and a financial audit completed.
In reflection, Stephanie could have been an extraordinary educational leader, had not her controversial "appointment" to the position, in the first place, left such an air of suspicion and negativity about her. It also would have helped if she had walked into the position with a less threatening attitude and posture. Humbleness and sensitivity to the feelings of your employees, can go a long way, in people over looking your mistakes - when you need them to do so.
This too young, unseasoned, arrogant and somewhat mean spirited educator, was heavy handed in her harsh handling of school personnel and she erroneously assumed that ALL of the local talent in the district was substandard. She did not seek to build bridges with discontented groups and relied too heavily on her father's "political cronies" and his well oiled "plantation system" to protect her and her position.
In today's world, it is best for all educational leaders to realize and recognize that whether you like it or not - you are a servant of the people - and not the other way around.
Hopefully, this "dampened" talent will be able to reflect on her unwise actions and the nepotism that it has embraced, and at a later time, EARN a position of Superintendent in another district. Hopefully, hindsight will be a great teacher that will tutor this young woman into maturity and grace.
arrogant and mean-spirited...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
mo mo

Bedford, IN

#14 Sep 29, 2010
Dee wrote:
Covert school is a joke! All my childern have went there my last one I sent to SH! Covert School should be embarassed! They need to start at the top and get rid of the ppl that are ruining that school...Look at that big dollar gym we got...WHY??? then they wanna lay off GOOD teachers I"D NEVER SEND ANOTHER child to Covert....not as long as the clowns are in charge there!!! NONEY STEALING CLOWNS!!!! Its all bout the $$$ how they can take it and keep it in the family......what about all that ($200,000)missing money??????? sumbody needs to investigate real deep into the "goings on" on top at that school....they will find sumthing...
Marie Hawkins is a loud mouth that i hope get's her put away soon with her bragging about the millions and millions she has and that she get's what she wants hopefully behind bars for along time.The Grand Rapids business run by her son is mostly likely in on it also called Mohawk construction.
jamalc

Lithonia, GA

#15 Sep 30, 2010
This responce is a reply to the Satanic racist remarks of the thing called grand dragon kkk. You
are one of the denizens of Hell. How did you escape?
No race of people are perfect, so there is no need to play the race card. There are good and bad people of every race and religion.
Covert just need a change. It needs jobs and some retail development. As for the school, perhaps a new leadership with sound vision and ideals can push Covert schools into higher standards of excellience.
Lastly to the thing called grand dragonkkk dont even suggest or think about a burning of ropes or anything in Covert. The only burning will be yourself and your kkk cohorts in hellfire!
concerned

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 9, 2011
Is there anything being done about any of this or are they just going to get away with all this.
GS Telling the Truth wrote:
Kudos to Ms. McCray and Ms. Baustito, for taking a courageous stand against the outrageously incompetent and irresponsible Covert Public School Board Members.
Mrs. McCray is a very perceptive woman and a brave one. There are few who would speak so boldly for a change of leadership in Covert, Michigan.
The Hawkins clan have dominated the school system for DECADES and even today the dad (Alfred Hawkins and former Covert School Superintendent) is still on the school payroll, as a consultant and the construction company building the new school wing, is Stephanie Hawkins-Burrage's brother.
Additionally, Stephanie Hawkins-Burrage's husband is on the Covert school payroll as a Principal/Athletic Director. Lastly, most of the Board members were "yes men cronies" of her Dad, Alfred Hawkins, especially, Ms. Brown and Mr. Burton.
There are clear instances of nepotism in Covert Public Schools and a glaring example of the entire family "milking" an educational system for personal financial gain. Therefore, before Mrs. Hawkins-Burrage create a lay-off list for the 2010-2011 school year, she should start the reduction process with the shedding of her own family members salaries and top it off with a 30% reduction in her own salary.
Burrage must shed the arrogance, the family "handouts" and lead by example - or step aside immediately.
What are your thoughts?
GS Telling the Truth

Lansing, MI

#17 Mar 26, 2011
To Concerned:

The State Police has completed an investigation and will present the results at next weeks' Board Meeting (the week of April 27, 2011 - not sure which day.

The Covert Board of Education has initiated a forensic audit to determine how a district that was in the black in 2007 - became red and indebted by close to 15 million dollars a year later.

The investigation seem to be hinged on construction work done on the school in 2008 by Burrages brother's construction company - Mohawk, it is also around the same time that Lisa Cooper, the former Covert Public Schools Business Officer, abruptly resigned - some insiders allege, Cooper did so in protest and disgust.

Stay prayerful and stay tuned to the next sage of this strange and peculiar financial web.
red

Sterling Heights, MI

#18 Apr 11, 2011
this school is horrible so many unnessesery things and fold up chairs. they spent too much money on nonnesseserry things.
cool

Sterling Heights, MI

#19 Apr 11, 2011
The school is not so good and is crapppppppppp
cool

Sterling Heights, MI

#20 Apr 11, 2011
red wrote:
this school is horrible so many unnessesery things and fold up chairs. they spent too much money on nonnesseserry things.
it reaally is
Gracefully Anonymous

Philippines

#21 May 4, 2011
Wow. Karma always finds its way. The problem with that school is this - kid never "came first," and they should have. For that to actually happen, I agree, these changes need to be made. Once a school becomes a business to increase the pockets and the payday for those on top, it loses its overall purpose, kids lose out every time, and the school fails - again and again. Take credit for what you've done to this district and how you've failed these students for years, Burrage, and then turn and walk away. It is what's moral, what's right, and what's best.
Gracefully Anonymous

Philippines

#22 May 4, 2011
I couldn't agree more. That administration booted a lot of good teachers from the district, and for what? Having an opinion? Being a little different? TEACHING? It's pretty sad that a Covert principal believed that the word "assassination" in a student project on the wall was an example of "swear words." True story. I'm certaiin he or she knows who he or she is. Pathetic. It's also pretty sad that it is rumored that some administration members have had graduate classwork done online by other members of the administration. is that...legal??? No. Nor is it ethical - slightly ironic in a school district actually. No names necessary.

Karma is peachy. It really is. Get to teaching the kids and providing them better opportunities. Sometimes, it's not "who you know" that gets you places - this is what was declared in a speech by Dr. Burrage in a graduation speech one sunny June day. You might get somewhere, but dirty people find dirty endings, and quite often, the Lord determines what is just and final for these types of people.
Gracefully Anonymous

Philippines

#23 May 4, 2011
The school COULD be good. It requires change in many ways. People need to want it.

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