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Parent

Crossville, TN

#1 Mar 13, 2013
I think it would be in the best interest of the County if the School Superintendent postion would be filled with an interim person until the right candidate is secured. I also think there should be just as many School Board Members as there are City Council Members. It might stop the alleged abuse of power exemplified by the present Superintendent. Allegedly this person is lobbying for votes for a candidate who has promised to secure them a posh position. Probably not illegal but it just seems highly unethical, oh wait, this is Cumberland County.
Living to learn

Landrum, SC

#2 Mar 13, 2013
First of all, there are 9 school board members versus 4 City council members plus the City Mayor. Second, City government has very little to do with school system. Now, County Govt on the other hand, does work with the school board on mostly budget matters. Our County government has 18 commissioners, 2 per each of the 9 districts, and a County Mayor.
michael b

Cookeville, TN

#3 Mar 13, 2013
If all of her family was removed from there jobs at school and in the school system they would have to shut the doors. Our school system is a joke!
parent

Crossville, TN

#4 Mar 13, 2013
Living to learn wrote:
First of all, there are 9 school board members versus 4 City council members plus the City Mayor. Second, City government has very little to do with school system. Now, County Govt on the other hand, does work with the school board on mostly budget matters. Our County government has 18 commissioners, 2 per each of the 9 districts, and a County Mayor.
Thank you, Commissioners was intended and not City Council members. The intent is not in teaching Civics but more in line with teaching ethics. It's harder perhaps to garner 10 votes as opposed to five.
Living to learn

Landrum, SC

#5 Mar 13, 2013
Ethics...? Every Department head, whether the Director of Schools, Sheriff, EMS director, Fire Chief, Roads Dept., etc., is going to have to handle issues of "ethical nature." I think they are all a joke, and for what some of these individuals allow to go on inside their Departments, I believe the School system to be the least of our County problems! They all hire friends or family, always been that way in any Govt. anywhere, for the most part. It is how they handle blatant misuse of time on duty, or questionable character issues that will get my attention and/or earn or lose my respect. I guess we all have our own prejudice and insight on specific departments.
mips

Crossville, TN

#6 Mar 13, 2013
oh just go ahead and hire her sisters cousins neighbors friend who knows the lady down the streets son who is looking for a job. jeeeez is it that hard? And paying 5k for this
Nepotism

Crossville, TN

#7 Mar 13, 2013
michael b wrote:
If all of her family was removed from there jobs at school and in the school system they would have to shut the doors. Our school system is a joke!
True and embarrassing! How was she able to hire her husband back? Her daughters? Her nieces? Isn't that nepotism?
Dad

Cookeville, TN

#8 Mar 13, 2013
Van winkle has set our school system back years. She has spent her time filling our school with employees that are friends and family and not the most qualified. I hope the school board hires a very competent outsider.
parent

Cookeville, TN

#9 Mar 13, 2013
Dad wrote:
Van winkle has set our school system back years. She has spent her time filling our school with employees that are friends and family and not the most qualified. I hope the school board hires a very competent outsider.
I guess that is the reason my kids go to a school here in the county that was rated as a top 5 school in this state. I have lived in 8 counties in Tennessee and some other states, the system here is as good as it gets with the money your cheap state pays.
parent2

Cookeville, TN

#10 Mar 13, 2013
Parent wrote:
I think it would be in the best interest of the County if the School Superintendent postion would be filled with an interim person until the right candidate is secured. I also think there should be just as many School Board Members as there are City Council Members. It might stop the alleged abuse of power exemplified by the present Superintendent. Allegedly this person is lobbying for votes for a candidate who has promised to secure them a posh position. Probably not illegal but it just seems highly unethical, oh wait, this is Cumberland County.
First off, if you would LISTEN or READ the news about the search and hiring process. The outside search company to look for the new Director of Schools is not from here, has no ties here and is a professional search firm. The local board will not even look at the applicants until it gets down to like the last three. And who knows, they may be all from out of state....
old student

Cookeville, TN

#11 Mar 13, 2013
Nepotism wrote:
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True and embarrassing! How was she able to hire her husband back? Her daughters? Her nieces? Isn't that nepotism?
Hire him back, he never left. He has been here for 40 years
thinnnnkin

Crossville, TN

#12 Mar 13, 2013
I hear there are a few big law suits against school system
thinkinurrright

Smartt, TN

#13 Mar 13, 2013
currently 2 fed cases, one is for 750000 over davis at homestead,one for 1000000 over ADA 504 violations and the handcuffing of a second grader (btw our boe has already implemented numerous measures over their failure to comply with federal guarantees involving this case)the civil case is just beginning and one state case for 300000 over zazzarro and sexual harassment.there are more lawsuits lining up. sooner or later our insurers are gonna get tired of paying settlements. time our board woke up!!!!!!!!these are a few examples that they really dont want the general public to know about!!!!!!
thinnnnkin

Crossville, TN

#14 Mar 14, 2013
The public should know its out tax dollars that pays them.
mips

Crossville, TN

#15 Mar 14, 2013
we just need to remember to pay the priemum (spl)
and for these lawsuits they are just citizens of this county wanting to get money. Take responsibility for your kids and that broad should have just slugged rocky and it would never gone past the black eye. Andd coach davis should have paddled that money grubbing mommy also. oh my poor baby didn't do anything wah wah wah go up people
mips

Crossville, TN

#16 Mar 14, 2013
go to grow as in grow up
thinnnnkin

Crossville, TN

#17 Mar 14, 2013
"MIPS" if you ever have children I hope they arent abused as this child was you totally stupid get some help!!! It has nothing to do with being a money grabber the school system employee did wrong and more than once if it was a child doing wrong the school wouldnt hesitate to punidh them!
Dad

Cookeville, TN

#18 Mar 14, 2013
parent2 wrote:
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First off, if you would LISTEN or READ the news about the search and hiring process. The outside search company to look for the new Director of Schools is not from here, has no ties here and is a professional search firm. The local board will not even look at the applicants until it gets down to like the last three. And who knows, they may be all from out of state....
He is taking his direction from the board. They will tell him what they are looking for. Who they are looking for. Wait until you see the names on the final list. I hope I am wrong.
reader

Cookeville, TN

#19 Mar 15, 2013
Dad wrote:
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He is taking his direction from the board. They will tell him what they are looking for. Who they are looking for. Wait until you see the names on the final list. I hope I am wrong.
With only 3 out of 25 being local....I bet they will be lucky if one makes the cut from around here. Its time to bring in someone with a fresh set of eyes...
politics

Cookeville, TN

#20 Mar 15, 2013
I hear that the County Commission wants their hand in it more. They are only wanting a local. I guess thats so they think they can control them.
You know everyone has skeletons in their closet.

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