Muhlenberg County Schools
amazed

Providence, KY

#208 Aug 6, 2014
Eagle town wrote:
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People are jumping off that sinking ship too. Travis quits. Now School Board Attorney Brent Yonts resigns. Whose next to abandon this sinking ship?
Is this true? Brent Yonts resigned? It wasn't in the Leader-News, but if true...wow!
attorney

Madisonville, KY

#209 Aug 11, 2014
Yes Yonts resigned from school board attorney. They took his resignation tonight. He got fed up. Travis resigned too. The way this board and new supt has been spending money they probably will go broke soon. I guess that's what we voted for!!!! CHANGE
amazed

Providence, KY

#210 Aug 12, 2014
attorney wrote:
Yes Yonts resigned from school board attorney. They took his resignation tonight. He got fed up. Travis resigned too. The way this board and new supt has been spending money they probably will go broke soon. I guess that's what we voted for!!!! CHANGE
Not everyone voted for change! I thought things were fine the way they were, people with a personal agenda voted for the change....well, they are getting it!
attorney

Madisonville, KY

#211 Aug 12, 2014
amazed wrote:
<quoted text>Not everyone voted for change! I thought things were fine the way they were, people with a personal agenda voted for the change....well, they are getting it!
Yes but this personal agenda is not what's best for the kids. I voted for one of these morons but I asked some questions to him before Election Day. I was lied to straight to my face about an agenda. Others have told me the same thing. Many who voted for this group of board members did not know their hidden plans. Now we're in a mess, with no one to lead the district. A board that controls a superintendent who has no experience and is not qualified and rumors of a financial crisis district wide. Buckle up Muhlenberg County. We have voted for this crisis so be prepared. Just like the recent movie. We are Into The Storm.
attorney

Madisonville, KY

#212 Aug 12, 2014
Appreciative wrote:
I'm not a regular topic poster but I do want to say something. Today I dropped my son off at west campus. First day as a junior. Very impressed with the campus. Beautiful. I went to open house and heard of all the opportunities that my kid will have. I'm very thankful.
Five years ago I was in strong opposition to the high schools combining. Today I want to say thank you to the former board members and Mr Todd and all those who supported the merger. That group saw opportunity for our kids that many of us did not. Thank you guys.
I'm also concerned about today's board and how they are doing things. Superintendent, and board member leadership district wide is concerning. I just hope they don't destroy or tear down what others have done. Praying for a great school year in Muhlenberg County.
Well said. 90% of this county feel the same way!!!!! I never knew how good the past board and Todd was until they were gone. They did what was best for kids, and as time passes more and more people agree.
Appreciative

United States

#213 Aug 12, 2014
attorney wrote:
<quoted text>Yes but this personal agenda is not what's best for the kids. I voted for one of these morons but I asked some questions to him before Election Day. I was lied to straight to my face about an agenda. Others have told me the same thing. Many who voted for this group of board members did not know their hidden plans. Now we're in a mess, with no one to lead the district. A board that controls a superintendent who has no experience and is not qualified and rumors of a financial crisis district wide. Buckle up Muhlenberg County. We have voted for this crisis so be prepared. Just like the recent movie. We are Into The Storm.
Well McCarty's trucking business went belly up a few years back. So it's no surprise if the district has money issues in the days to come.
amazed

Providence, KY

#214 Aug 12, 2014
Personal agendas have NO place on a school board or anyplace associated with the education of our children. It was made fairly clear to anyone who wanted to hear it, that the main purpose of a new school board was to eliminate our former administration...that is never a good reason to vote for someone.
$'s 🔽

Madisonville, KY

#215 Aug 15, 2014
Get ready in the near future for some bad news Muhlenberg. The school system is broke and drastic measures are coming just to survive.
parent

Owensboro, KY

#216 Aug 15, 2014
Will the School Board be able to change the redistricting plan approved by the Fiscal Court ???
Courthouse Patrol

United States

#217 Aug 15, 2014
parent wrote:
Will the School Board be able to change the redistricting plan approved by the Fiscal Court ???
Fiscal court plan will remain for them. The fiscal court studied this for two years and come up with the best plan there was. It was law. They had to balance their districts population wise and school districts are required by law to do this as well before August 1st. School board can adopt the fiscal court plan or do their own. But this was suppose to be done before Aug 1st by law. But they didn't do it even after Gaylen Spurlin and board attorney Yonts recommended it. Board Chairman Don Richey said they didn't get the Fisical court plans until July 21st but Gaylen and Brent said it was presented to McCarty and other central office officials last October. So Chairman Richey lied about the timing. The attorney the board hired from Hopkinsville D Thomas, said after this Nov election the board would draw up their own districts but this is against the law because it was required to be done before Aug 1st. Like Kelly Tarter said in the paper, Sometimes you have got to do what the law requires. LOL. Yeah right, sometimes. Guess this was not one of those times when the board followed the law. They hired this outside attorney, disrespected Brent Yonts, so he quit, paying Thomas twice what they did Brent and this attorney says we will do this after the election. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. This school board does what it wants to when it wants to and spending money like crazy and the people of the county just sit back and say nothing. I guess we get what we deserve.
amazed

Providence, KY

#218 Aug 15, 2014
[QUOTE who=" $'s 🔽"]Get ready in the near future for some bad news Muhlenberg. The school system is broke and drastic measures are coming just to survive.[/QUOTE]
Drastic? I bet that would be cutting educator salaries...this board would not touch anything to do with sports or technology...I still can't believe that expensive ballpark being built at Bremen.
amazed

Providence, KY

#219 Aug 15, 2014
Courthouse Patrol wrote:
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Fiscal court plan will remain for them. The fiscal court studied this for two years and come up with the best plan there was. It was law. They had to balance their districts population wise and school districts are required by law to do this as well before August 1st. School board can adopt the fiscal court plan or do their own. But this was suppose to be done before Aug 1st by law. But they didn't do it even after Gaylen Spurlin and board attorney Yonts recommended it. Board Chairman Don Richey said they didn't get the Fisical court plans until July 21st but Gaylen and Brent said it was presented to McCarty and other central office officials last October. So Chairman Richey lied about the timing. The attorney the board hired from Hopkinsville D Thomas, said after this Nov election the board would draw up their own districts but this is against the law because it was required to be done before Aug 1st. Like Kelly Tarter said in the paper, Sometimes you have got to do what the law requires. LOL. Yeah right, sometimes. Guess this was not one of those times when the board followed the law. They hired this outside attorney, disrespected Brent Yonts, so he quit, paying Thomas twice what they did Brent and this attorney says we will do this after the election. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. This school board does what it wants to when it wants to and spending money like crazy and the people of the county just sit back and say nothing. I guess we get what we deserve.
The actions of this school board prove that they think they are above the law. I could not believe the arrogance demonstrated toward the fiscal court! Richey thinks he IS the law.

Did anyone else notice that before Travis retired, he placed an article in the local paper concerning the finances of the board? I think he was leaving a big, huge HINT! Another arrogant move was the slap in the face to Brent Yonts! This debacle was reported in the Leader-News, but not in the Times Argus...do our local papers have a bias??? Although I know nothing about law (other than we should abide by it ALL the time, instead of SOMETIMES), sounds to me like Representative Yonts has a very good case for a lawsuit against the board.
Appreciative

Madisonville, KY

#220 Aug 15, 2014
amazed wrote:
<quoted text>The actions of this school board prove that they think they are above the law. I could not believe the arrogance demonstrated toward the fiscal court! Richey thinks he IS the law.

Did anyone else notice that before Travis retired, he placed an article in the local paper concerning the finances of the board? I think he was leaving a big, huge HINT! Another arrogant move was the slap in the face to Brent Yonts! This debacle was reported in the Leader-News, but not in the Times Argus...do our local papers have a bias??? Although I know nothing about law (other than we should abide by it ALL the time, instead of SOMETIMES), sounds to me like Representative Yonts has a very good case for a lawsuit against the board.
Well Don's the leader and controls the rest of the board but they know what is legal and what is not. The entire group thinks they are above the law. Not just Richey. Don's told people he controls the board and the superintendent. He's the puppet master. Pulls their strings when he needs something.
Hmmmm

Central City, KY

#221 Aug 15, 2014
amazed wrote:
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The actions of this school board prove that they think they are above the law. I could not believe the arrogance demonstrated toward the fiscal court! Richey thinks he IS the law.
Did anyone else notice that before Travis retired, he placed an article in the local paper concerning the finances of the board? I think he was leaving a big, huge HINT! Another arrogant move was the slap in the face to Brent Yonts! This debacle was reported in the Leader-News, but not in the Times Argus...do our local papers have a bias??? Although I know nothing about law (other than we should abide by it ALL the time, instead of SOMETIMES), sounds to me like Representative Yonts has a very good case for a lawsuit against the board.
What article by Jeff Travis??
amazed

Providence, KY

#222 Aug 16, 2014
Hmmmm wrote:
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What article by Jeff Travis??
It wasn't really an article, but not an ad either...sorry, but I didn't know what to call it. It was just a small little piece (maybe that is the right word) in the paper a few weeks ago, showing where you could find the board's financial report on the board's website.
Appreciative

Madisonville, KY

#223 Aug 16, 2014
I guess that's why Travis is quitting. He doesn't want to be a part of such a mess when all this happens. Can't blame him I guess. He doesn't look that old to retire. I guess he will go work somewhere else. The district will miss him and Yonts too.
Yes sir

Princeton, KY

#224 Aug 16, 2014
I think Jeff Travis retiring and Yonts resigning sends a big message of what is going on behind closed doors. Both are solid individuals with strong morals and character. They see the decisions that have been made and know the ones that will be made in the future. Very sad but everyone saw it coming.

Also sad that individuals on the board are using childrens education and future as a way to get revenge because they couldn't get their way with the previous board. It seems that the previous board at least had a vision and some strategies to try and continually improve things.

Thank goodness my kids are grown. I really don't think I could stand it if they were in the middle of this mess.
Hmmmm

Central City, KY

#225 Aug 16, 2014
amazed wrote:
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It wasn't really an article, but not an ad either...sorry, but I didn't know what to call it. It was just a small little piece (maybe that is the right word) in the paper a few weeks ago, showing where you could find the board's financial report on the board's website.
Probably a legal notice. Schools are required to publish financial statements every year. More of a coincidence than an omen.
Hmmmm

Central City, KY

#226 Aug 16, 2014
People should show up at board meetings. They are open to the public. See for yourself.
Hmmmm

Central City, KY

#227 Aug 16, 2014
These 4 people oversee one of the largest taxing bodies in the county, possibly the largest employer, and the educators of our kids. Public funds + public officials = the publics business.

Without strong leadership, and that is diminishing daily with the exit of two experienced people in Yonts and Travis, we are left with an agenda-driven board with not a whole lot of intelligence between them, and an inexperienced super with a record of a failed business.

Now is the time to worry and get involved, kids in school or not. Our tax dollars are on the line too. The past is the past but this is the future for MC schools.

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