Russell Independent Schools
worried

Ashland, KY

#41 May 17, 2010
Heres what I know wrote:
Not rumors,just the truth.
I went all 12 years to Russell as did my older brother,sister and wife.
I can't wait till my children are out of Russell.
It's worse now because of the parents than when we went.
I've never seen it were the parent comes to the school and has such an influence on their childs social status because of the brown nosing.
Mr.Osbourne is great with the girls,I've known him for 30+ years and he is great for the softball program.
Thanks so much for your input!! we are just not sure what to do...BUT I soo appreciate any advice we definitely could use it from people who are already there!!!
Send your girl and maybe it will work out.But fall in disfavor once,and it will get you thinking.
I'm not trying to scare,just giving advise.
And I'm sure it's the same were your at .

Thanks soo much for the advice I really appreciate it!!! Could use any advice from people who already go there!!!
Annoymus

Wagoner, OK

#42 May 17, 2010
Its who you know, and how much money you have to ethier get to be on football, basketball, baseball, softball, and if you live in bellefonte then you have it made at russell, teachers are nice its just the sports that get you.
Educator

Russell, KY

#43 May 17, 2010
The real proof of what a district does for its students is in their success after graduation. The P-16 council puts out a report about every HS's graduates and their success at the college level. Russell seems to be doing very well. They can also produce students that are well rounded by offering very active extra- and co-curricular activities.
Teach

United States

#44 May 17, 2010
Educator wrote:
The real proof of what a district does for its students is in their success after graduation. The P-16 council puts out a report about every HS's graduates and their success at the college level. Russell seems to be doing very well. They can also produce students that are well rounded by offering very active extra- and co-curricular activities.
That report will sound great for the Russell district, but success after graduation is also due to the good parents and more middle to upper class families in the district in comparison to other such as Fairview or Greenup Co. Don't get me wrong I do think Russell has a lot of great teachers! The administration needs work! More money equals more oppertunity.
Heres what I know

Ashland, KY

#45 May 17, 2010
It always boils down to M-O-N-E-Y .
Each day a child attends for more than half the day ='s money from the state.
I know people who teach at Wheelersburg and have interviewed for teaching jobs at Russell and say YES Russell pays more.
But why don't teachers have to take an annual exam on the ability like I have to at mine.I earn more than a teacher $80,000-$100,000 bracket and have to test every single year because of Federal guidelines,so why don't teachers ?
agree

Ashland, KY

#46 May 18, 2010
Every school is that way about money. Ashland, Raceland, Greenup, I could go on and on. If you have money, you will be treated differently at any school, not just Russell. All these schools have the same problem, and I too live in Worthington and choose to take my kids to Russell. Heck the football coach at raceland takes his kids to Russell, the old Worthington principal's kid went to Russell, the 3rd grade teacher at Campbell takes her kids to Russell, I'm just stating facts, it couldn't be that bad if these teachers are sending their own kids to another school, correct me if i am wrong. The athletic programs at Russell are not what they used to be but the academics are excellent. Football, either Raceland or Russell, Girls Basketball Russell, Boys Basketball Raceland, Baseball Raceland, Softball Russell, Tennis Russell, Soccer & Swimming Russell (since Raceland does not have either one), Golf, either school. Academics Russell. This is just my observation. Both are good schools, just depends on what you are looking for.
agree

Ashland, KY

#47 May 18, 2010
Oh yeah, Cheerleading Greenup Co, Dance team, Russell
Heres what I know

Ashland, KY

#48 May 18, 2010
There's a 7th grader who goes to Russell that his dad teachs at Greenup and preachs at a Raceland church,and his mother teachs at Raceland.
I know there is acedemic reasons for people wanting to send their child to Russell,but there is a bad social pecking order like mentioned there.And yes it goes on everywhere,but more so at Russell it seems.
Only reason I state that is from people whom I've known that have gone to both Russell and other local schools.I only attended Russell.
.
Teacher

Richmond, KY

#49 May 18, 2010
Just an FYI there "Spoiled,the teacher "assistants" are not there to help the teacher grade the hundreds of papers, return parent phone calls, fillout countless paperwork, meet with parents at 7 AM or even 6 PM (yes while you are having dinner, I might add), record grades daily, write newsletters, make copies, handle discipline ALl day, attend committee meetings, write policies,...just to name a few. The assistants are there to work one on one with the students that need extra help. Most days go by and teachers don't even have time to make it to the restroom until the end of the day because their planning period was taken up by some parent that has nothing else to do but complain that teachers do nothing and get paid the big bucks! So while you are sitting on your throne...think about that!
relic

Chesapeake, OH

#50 May 18, 2010
agree wrote:
Every school is that way about money. Ashland, Raceland, Greenup, I could go on and on. If you have money, you will be treated differently at any school, not just Russell. All these schools have the same problem, and I too live in Worthington and choose to take my kids to Russell. Heck the football coach at raceland takes his kids to Russell, the old Worthington principal's kid went to Russell, the 3rd grade teacher at Campbell takes her kids to Russell, I'm just stating facts, it couldn't be that bad if these teachers are sending their own kids to another school, correct me if i am wrong. The athletic programs at Russell are not what they used to be but the academics are excellent. Football, either Raceland or Russell, Girls Basketball Russell, Boys Basketball Raceland, Baseball Raceland, Softball Russell, Tennis Russell, Soccer & Swimming Russell (since Raceland does not have either one), Golf, either school. Academics Russell. This is just my observation. Both are good schools, just depends on what you are looking for.
Very well said. I agree.
it looks good on paper

Covington, KY

#51 May 18, 2010
Educator wrote:
The real proof of what a district does for its students is in their success after graduation. The P-16 council puts out a report about every HS's graduates and their success at the college level. Russell seems to be doing very well. They can also produce students that are well rounded by offering very active extra- and co-curricular activities.
huh! maybe Russell graduates succeed because they take a bunch of remedial classes in college to try to catch up to the college level.
parent

Ashland, KY

#52 May 18, 2010
I have 4 children going there,and they seam like a good school But i do no one thing i saw for my own eyes,I saw a womantalking to a teacher, and after she was done the woman lefted and the teacher was talking bad about the woman that lefted,Another thing is about the lunches we pay for them and you half to send extra money cause the kids only get alittle bit,and some of the food is burnt,
thats life

Cecilia, KY

#53 May 18, 2010
Heres what I know wrote:
There's a 7th grader who goes to Russell that his dad teachs at Greenup and preachs at a Raceland church,and his mother teachs at Raceland.
I know there is acedemic reasons for people wanting to send their child to Russell,but there is a bad social pecking order like mentioned there.And yes it goes on everywhere,but more so at Russell it seems.
Only reason I state that is from people whom I've known that have gone to both Russell and other local schools.I only attended Russell.
.
you get alot of diversity at russel than other schools i went to raceland my kids go to russell.. to be honest that is a real good picture of life in general diversity, rich, poor, gifted, and even spoiled and special treatment..it's not fair but it gives each kid a better education on life skills on how to overcome these unfair or special situations
Law Dog

Ashland, KY

#54 May 19, 2010
26% of area people are dopers.so there`s a good chance that some teachers and more likely non teaching staff are too
Norm

Ashland, KY

#55 May 19, 2010
I like beer
Been There

Richmond, KY

#56 May 19, 2010
Annoymus wrote:
Its who you know, and how much money you have to ethier get to be on football, basketball, baseball, softball, and if you live in bellefonte then you have it made at russell, teachers are nice its just the sports that get you.
My kids have played sports at Russell and have had the oppertunity to play and start based on their athletic ability and we don't live in Bellefonte. Some of your most athletic and talented players come from lower to middle class families, but there has been some stand-outs come from upper class families as well. Look at our past athletes...when you combine all the classes together and form ONE team, you get championships. These coaches want to win and will play to win. It is not the coaches that segregate the kids, it is the parents. I have never had to politic for my kids, nor will I. I have always said that if my kids aren't good enough to make it on their own abilty, then they have no business playing ball. Some kids are just born natural athletes. It just so happens that some of these kids may also live in Bellefonte, but why does that really matter. It doesn't seem to bother the kids, just some disgruntled parents whose kids don't get much playing time. And if it wasn't for some of the doctors and lawyers in our area, the athletic programs would suffer. It takes a lot of money to run a sport and provide the kids with the proper equipment, cleats, practice gear, etc. and where do you think the funds come from...donations from area businesses, doctors, and lawyer (whose kids may be involoved on a team) and fundraisers that the parents (which some are doctors/lawyers, etc) do to help out the teams. You will also see these same people, including doctors and lawyers who will pull weeds ,trim hedges, weedeat , mow the grass, clean the concession stand, paint, whatever it takes to get the fields and stadium ready for the first game. Again, it takes people from ALL classes to come together as ONE to be successful! You can't "buy" wins. Winning comes from the heart, not the wallett.
Mom of a RMS student

Flatwoods, KY

#57 May 20, 2010
There are teachers anywhere that can't and shouldn't be teaching, but there are more good ones who actually do care about teaching our kids. You just hear more about the bad teachers and less about the good ones. Russell is a good school with a great academic program. It's all about what you make it. My daughter has liked all of her teachers, and gets along well with them.

As far as socially, I believe kids are taught this at home. My daughter is friends with kids whose parents are doctors, lawyers, bankers etc. We are blue collar working people, but we have always taught our kids they are just as good as anyone else, and our daughter in the middle school doesn't look at other kids as "doctors" kids, "lawyers" kids, etc. She looks at each one of them as individuals, and she picks her closest friends based on common interests. She may not be one of the "popular" kids, but she has a broad range of friends from all backgrounds. The kids who think they are better than anyone else, well, she steers clear of them, and her teachers like her because she is a well adjusted kid with a good personality, not because of who her parents are. I've never been one to care about social status, so therefore my daughter feels the same. People make way too much of the social thing.
In the know

Wagoner, OK

#58 May 24, 2010
Local wrote:
Maybe if the would randomly drug test the teachers they would not have had one of the problems they had recently. How many teachers would fail?
Teachers are random drug tested.
Meowmix

United States

#59 May 24, 2010
In the know wrote:
<quoted text>
Teachers are random drug tested.
How often and what is the percentage of teachers selected? Just askin.
In the know

Wagoner, OK

#60 May 24, 2010
Big Momma wrote:
No, they are not drug tested @ all unless an issue arises that causes speculation. Whoever told you otherwise is wrong Russell Parent, I know a few of every position you named, with the exception of administration, and none of them have yet to be tested in the many years they have worked in the system.
As a teacher in the school system, I have been randomly tested and I can promise you many others have. You need to get the facts before you comment.

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