Godwin Hts discusses super's status

Godwin Hts discusses super's status

There are 21 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jan 5, 2009, titled Godwin Hts discusses super's status. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A special meeting Monday night to discuss the status of Godwin Heights Superintendent Valdis Gailitis, who is on paid administrative leave, took an abrupt break when board members voted to go into closed ...

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Fan1

Denver, CO

#1 Jan 5, 2009
We are not in this school district. But the whole thing just looks so strange, so secretive. The board had closed door meeting, then didn't have any open conclusion. Now they closed door again. Strange.
WaxMan

Brookfield, WI

#2 Jan 5, 2009
So, Gailitis still gets paid while on leave and your
paying Murphy to fill in. Nice way to spend
money you don't have Godwin.
Fan1

Denver, CO

#3 Jan 5, 2009
I stil think there must be something smoky there. Board members might be guilty on somethinig. Otherwise, why can't they give legitimate reason and make a firm decision?
Kasey

United States

#4 Jan 6, 2009
WaxMan wrote:
So, Gailitis still gets paid while on leave and your
paying Murphy to fill in. Nice way to spend
money you don't have Godwin.
We know Murphy is getting $600 per day and Gailitis is getting just over that. It looks as though Godwin is paying over $1200 per day for no leadership to speek of. The Board has legal matters to deal with, but I'm afraid that it is more of them keeping information from the taxpayers. Maybe a new Boards is needed as well as new leadership. Good luck to the students there.
Silly Monkey

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2009
Wow, no surprise here. More lack of information for the community. Luckily there are some parents in that school system who have seen a big problem on the horizon for a while now. Too bad the board and administration weren't paying attention to them. I think teachers and staff of Godwin Heights should be thanked for there continued dedication to the students there. Having to work for an administration and board like that must be as frustrating for them as it is for the community members there. I'm wondering what will happen to many of those dedicated staffers next year when the district continues to loose students and their services are no longer needed? Luckily there are districts like Kelloggsville and Kentwood next door who will gladly accept new students. Maybe parents and community members should send a very loud message to the administration. The priority of the school system should be the students and this scandal makes it very difficult for the community to think this is the case here. Clear this up and get on with the business at hand.
mamasgrl

United States

#6 Jan 6, 2009
Well Well Well
Hello??? When will this board wake up? Wer'nt they trying to build trust with the community? Ha. With all the $$$$ being dedicated to this mess....what about the teachers that lost their jobs and students that suffer for it?
shaman

United States

#7 Jan 6, 2009
Maybe it is getting too close to who told who what to do and when to do it.

Since: Jun 08

Wyoming, Michigan

#8 Jan 6, 2009
I think it's kind of funny (and questionable) that any school board is even allowed to decide to have closed sessions. I think that if anyone pushed the issue they'd find that the board doesn't really have the legal right to declare this a closed session.
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Jan 6, 2009
It's a shame that Godwin has to continue on with this bad publicity...with the loss of GM taxes soon, Wyoming will have to look at all of the Wyoming district schools and join their executive teams. It makes no sense why Godwin, Kelloggs, Park, Rogers, etc all have individual executives when combines all the districts could save money. To save the City of Wyoming and the schools, this might be needed in the near future.
wyoming is a gutter ball

Denver, CO

#10 Jan 6, 2009
Wyoming has been going into the gutter for quite sometime now. Godwin schools was in the lead of that gutter race when Murphy was there!
5 years ago we had children who attended that school system and there were times when we had issues we felt would have been better served speaking to the superintendent and he was never there!
One issue concerned going into one of our childrens elementary school to talk with the principal only to be told we would have to wait because she was in a meeting, Only for her to emerge 10 minutes later with no one in the office!!! Upon looking into her office we could see her "meeting" was with the "King of Spades" and apparently included a hot game of "solitaire" on her computer.
Murphy did nothing but sit on his back end
I am not real confident in a school board who hires back the one who hired the fraud artist anyway. Mr Gailitis brought hope to that school system-I know he got rid of her and it seemed like things got a whole lot better...I commend this man and believe he was railroaded because poor old Murphy got bored with retirement and wanted his job back!
Sammi

Denver, CO

#11 Jan 6, 2009
Fan1 wrote:
I stil think there must be something smoky there. Board members might be guilty on somethinig. Otherwise, why can't they give legitimate reason and make a firm decision?
You said it! Smoky alright- I know what you mean-It is very suspicious! here is another example of children going to a rotten school district and then going home to rotten parents!...My kids went to that school for a small amount of time-I think its sad how these parents are sending their children to school smelling like cigarettes! I swear, Thats all those "people" do around there...Then wonder why their kids are hard to teach and walk around with a blank look on their faces- Total white trash
meanlimabean

Denver, CO

#12 Jan 6, 2009
Kasey wrote:
<quoted text>
We know Murphy is getting $600 per day and Gailitis is getting just over that. It looks as though Godwin is paying over $1200 per day for no leadership to speek of. The Board has legal matters to deal with, but I'm afraid that it is more of them keeping information from the taxpayers. Maybe a new Boards is needed as well as new leadership. Good luck to the students there.
What? Where are you getting your figures? They are paid well but nothing like that..If they pay that no count waste of space murphy that much, They all need to be locked up! Fraud is not looked upon kindly that is for sure!
Mary

United States

#13 Jan 6, 2009
wyoming is a gutter ball wrote:
Wyoming has been going into the gutter for quite sometime now. Godwin schools was in the lead of that gutter race when Murphy was there!
5 years ago we had children who attended that school system and there were times when we had issues we felt would have been better served speaking to the superintendent and he was never there!
One issue concerned going into one of our childrens elementary school to talk with the principal only to be told we would have to wait because she was in a meeting, Only for her to emerge 10 minutes later with no one in the office!!! Upon looking into her office we could see her "meeting" was with the "King of Spades" and apparently included a hot game of "solitaire" on her computer.
Murphy did nothing but sit on his back end
I am not real confident in a school board who hires back the one who hired the fraud artist anyway. Mr Gailitis brought hope to that school system-I know he got rid of her and it seemed like things got a whole lot better...I commend this man and believe he was railroaded because poor old Murphy got bored with retirement and wanted his job back!
Perhaps you should have the facts before you make a statement. If you really knew anything about the current situation, you would know that you are no where near reality. Unfortunately your bad experience has clouded you judgement. It's unfortunate that you would judge this situation based on that.
SaddenedOne

United States

#14 Jan 6, 2009
Sammi wrote:
<quoted text>You said it! Smoky alright- I know what you mean-It is very suspicious! here is another example of children going to a rotten school district and then going home to rotten parents!...My kids went to that school for a small amount of time-I think its sad how these parents are sending their children to school smelling like cigarettes! I swear, Thats all those "people" do around there...Then wonder why their kids are hard to teach and walk around with a blank look on their faces- Total white trash
Wow, you are calling my family white trash and calling me a rotten parent? Based on what? You truly are ignorant! I am curious to know if you were involved in the PTO or attended school board meeting or did any volunteer work there or did anything to better you childs education? I'm guessing not, because you would know what really goes on at Godwin or any other school district. People who make comments such as your simply display their true ignorance. I graduated from Godwin, have a college degree and do a great job raising my kids. This situation is not a reflection of the teachers who bust their butts to educate students in the district. Students don't always have a choice where they are educated and it is clear that your lack of education has effected you as an adult. I absolutely do not approve of the actions of the Board or other administrators, but I certainly would never make such foolish statements about students or partent herre or in any other district. I hope your children do not follow in your judgemental footsteps!
Kasey

United States

#15 Jan 6, 2009
meanlimabean wrote:
<quoted text>What? Where are you getting your figures? They are paid well but nothing like that..If they pay that no count waste of space murphy that much, They all need to be locked up! Fraud is not looked upon kindly that is for sure!
If you are questioning the figure, I think you should attend a meeting. This is public record and part of the district financials. Gailitis makes just over 125,000, divide it out and you get just over 600.00 for him. Don't forget about the insurance and expence allowences in addition to that. If you really pay attention, you can gain a wealth of knowledge, but be prepaired to feel the need to vomit!
Just_My_Opinion

United States

#16 Jan 7, 2009
Wyoming001 wrote:
I think it's kind of funny (and questionable) that any school board is even allowed to decide to have closed sessions. I think that if anyone pushed the issue they'd find that the board doesn't really have the legal right to declare this a closed session.
My understanding is that it is perfectly legal. Gailitis can request a closed session to discuss personal matters and the board follows that. With the exception of GRPS, other districts in Kent County do the same thing. GRPS usually has closed sessions seperate from a public meeting. I do agree that it is rediculous to it during a public meeting, maybe they think people will just leave and not have to face any of the public. I feel it give a feeling of secrecy and cover up.

Since: Dec 08

Wyoming, Mi

#17 Jan 7, 2009
Sammi wrote:
<quoted text>You said it! Smoky alright- I know what you mean-It is very suspicious! here is another example of children going to a rotten school district and then going home to rotten parents!...My kids went to that school for a small amount of time-I think its sad how these parents are sending their children to school smelling like cigarettes! I swear, Thats all those "people" do around there...Then wonder why their kids are hard to teach and walk around with a blank look on their faces- Total white trash
Wow, as Saddened One stated, you are ignorant! It sure sounds like you don't have clue as to what is really going on here. I have family with children in that district. While it is true that what seems to be going on with the Godwin Supers and administrators and Board is very unfortunate, it has nothing to do with the students or their parents. I have subbed in many districts in the county over the years. Every district as it's challenges, some more than others, and I'll bet the district in which your children attend, if you actually send them to school, has it's own issues. Perhaps, you are not aware, as it sounds like you don't spend time there. I am also sure that there are as many rotten parents as there are good parents. Teachers have a tremendous challenge every day. Dealing with someone like you and your ignorance just makes their day! As for those who smoke, whether East Grand Rapids, or Grand Rapids Public, that is everywhere. Again, not the fault of the children. Make the world a better place, keep your mouth shut, you are clueless!
JJP

Denver, CO

#18 Jan 7, 2009
"We know Murphy is getting $600 per day and Gailitis is getting just over that." Kasey, i think you need to go back to school, 125,000 ./. 365 = 342. Way off from 600.
"My understanding is that it is perfectly legal. Gailitis can request a closed session to discuss personal matters and the board follows that". That is exactly what is going on, this has become a legal matter and the Boards hands are tied on what they can say..The board wanted a open door meeting up until Gailitis asked for a closed door. The board is not trying to hid anything.
Tom

AOL

#19 Jan 7, 2009
I suggested at a school board meeting they combine Godwin, Wyoming, and Kellogsville all under one Superintendent. The crowd boo'ed me. I just feel this govt has taken advantage of our tax dollars so their friends can get these gravy jobs at high pay. Look at Murphy... 600 a day? He ought to be getting 600 a week! These power positions are going to the wrong people for too much money. Not only that, if they steal from us, there's no accountability. It just costs the tax payers more for legal fees, making a bunch of government paid lawyers happy. To sum it up, it's time the gov't starts fearing the people again. When you start holding closed door meetings, that should act as a flag something's not right.
Kasey

United States

#20 Jan 7, 2009
JJP wrote:
"We know Murphy is getting $600 per day and Gailitis is getting just over that." Kasey, i think you need to go back to school, 125,000 ./. 365 = 342. Way off from 600.
"My understanding is that it is perfectly legal. Gailitis can request a closed session to discuss personal matters and the board follows that". That is exactly what is going on, this has become a legal matter and the Boards hands are tied on what they can say..The board wanted a open door meeting up until Gailitis asked for a closed door. The board is not trying to hid anything.
Perhaps I should have been more clear. Divide by 321 days (contract work days) gives you 390 plus his benefits gives you approx. 600.

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