Agree

Homer, GA

#101 May 14, 2010
T-BONE wrote:
The Dahlonega and Dawsonville groups on this topix MUST be all hot air. Only 8 people show up at the last board meeting? You people don't care about what is going on at the school any more then the board members you seem the hate so much. All those same people will be on the board next time too. Why? Because you won't go vote either.All the facts and comments page after page on 5 differnt posts and nothing. No one shows up. I guess you don't realy care about your kids. You bring up Hayesville all the time and how good the school is over here. That didn't just happen.Our kids are no smarter then yours, they were in a school that wants them to do good in life. From there grades in school to what they will be doing after school is over.They stand behind there sports teams and go where they go. They keep there kids under there wing until they are able to go off on there own.
Maybe you don't understand how it works here. There are incompetent idiots who are paid as teachers but are really minions of our School Board who will abuse and fail your child if you dare cross the Administration. There are many jobs and a lot of money at stake here. Behrens will be fired by a new board as will about 20 staff members at the school. I refer to them as staff members because they don't teach anything. They are simple parasites sucking tax dollars from our school system. If a parent showed up at a board meeting and raised a question their kids would be severely punished for it.
The only solution will be to cut off the head of this snake and let good people clean up the Nepotism infested corrupt mess.
right

Blairsville, GA

#102 May 14, 2010
punky you sound pissed
Question

Homer, GA

#103 May 14, 2010
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you don't understand how it works here. There are incompetent idiots who are paid as teachers but are really minions of our School Board who will abuse and fail your child if you dare cross the Administration. There are many jobs and a lot of money at stake here. Behrens will be fired by a new board as will about 20 staff members at the school. I refer to them as staff members because they don't teach anything. They are simple parasites sucking tax dollars from our school system. If a parent showed up at a board meeting and raised a question their kids would be severely punished for it.
The only solution will be to cut off the head of this snake and let good people clean up the Nepotism infested corrupt mess.
I am thinking about running for School Board. I live in Hiawassee and I am retired from IBM management. I have no children of school age but I do believe I could bring some management skills to the table we seem to be lacking. When do you Qualify for office this year?
who what when lol

Hooks, TX

#104 May 14, 2010
right wrote:
punky you sound pissed
I'm not her and I know for a fact that she doesn't get on topix. I told her tonight at the game that she was causing trouble by writing stuff on here. She was puzzled and after I told her about the accusation, she shook her head and cracked up. She said the last time she could even remember being on here was to see comments on Kevin's passing that Beth told her about. That dog ain't in the hunt. She has always only just wanted our schools to be as good as they should and could be! She is still teaching and just doing everything she can for others. She isn't 'pissed' at anyone and prays for our school and it's kids and staff daily. She "just couldn't stand up for the things like you are talking about (and worse) anymore. She said if you want to ever know any real proveable facts (both good and bad) please give her a call and she will professionally, respectfully, and fairly show and tell you the facts, not the gossip." She is a face to face person, just like her folks. The water has long gone under the bridge." Me on the other hand- I'll continue to stir the pot to make a difference in a different way.....salutations Wilbur....
T-BONE

Murphy, NC

#105 May 15, 2010
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you don't understand how it works here. There are incompetent idiots who are paid as teachers but are really minions of our School Board who will abuse and fail your child if you dare cross the Administration. There are many jobs and a lot of money at stake here. Behrens will be fired by a new board as will about 20 staff members at the school. I refer to them as staff members because they don't teach anything. They are simple parasites sucking tax dollars from our school system. If a parent showed up at a board meeting and raised a question their kids would be severely punished for it.
The only solution will be to cut off the head of this snake and let good people clean up the Nepotism infested corrupt mess.
Your telling me you are scared of a bunch of teachers and suits on the board. What ever happened to fighting for your kids. My kids are the most important people in our lives. No one is going to crap on them as long as I am alive. Old time justice is what would be needed here. Get some BALLS and fight for your kids.
LOL

Blairsville, GA

#106 May 15, 2010
T-BONE wrote:
<quoted text>Your telling me you are scared of a bunch of teachers and suits on the board. What ever happened to fighting for your kids.
It's the only excuse the 5 percenters can come up with for doing nothing.
Love TC Football

Homer, GA

#108 May 15, 2010
LOL wrote:
<quoted text>
It's the only excuse the 5 percenters can come up with for doing nothing.
It might be an excuse for some. The truth is there are staff members who would take it out on the parents children. We all know it. I know of one who is leaving this year after being there for about 50 years who is blaming TOPIX for ending her career. The one taking her place is probably worse. I know of one in Middle School who from the ISP switch location (BREMC) is probably you, who's husband and her are on here all the time. You, or she, is one of the most vindictive people I have ever known. I know of a daughter of a school board member who is in the elementary that has more requests from parents not to have their kids in her class than any other teacher (besides Stanaclause's wife) who would definitely make life tough on a child who's parent spoke out.
The administration have circled their wagons and are trying their best to keep a lid on things. They have let it be known if anyone who works there goes public with more information about what is really going on they will be fired. The TOWNS COUNTY HERALD has agreed to print everything and anything to try to help them cover this mess up. Dr. B. is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. He knows of one Principal who is leaving that could bring the whole house of cards down if she goes public with things like, when she requested to go to a Gifted Student Program Seminar to learn how to help the gifted students better. Dr. B. turned down her request because "We don't need to spend anything on gifted students, they will be fine on their own. You need to worry about improving the SPED program and test scores."
OOP's maybe she is already going public.
T-BONE

Murphy, NC

#109 May 15, 2010
Love TC Football wrote:
<quoted text>It might be an excuse for some. The truth is there are staff members who would take it out on the parents children. We all know it. I know of one who is leaving this year after being there for about 50 years who is blaming TOPIX for ending her career. The one taking her place is probably worse. I know of one in Middle School who from the ISP switch location (BREMC) is probably you, who's husband and her are on here all the time. You, or she, is one of the most vindictive people I have ever known. I know of a daughter of a school board member who is in the elementary that has more requests from parents not to have their kids in her class than any other teacher (besides Stanaclause's wife) who would definitely make life tough on a child who's parent spoke out.
The administration have circled their wagons and are trying their best to keep a lid on things. They have let it be known if anyone who works there goes public with more information about what is really going on they will be fired. The TOWNS COUNTY HERALD has agreed to print everything and anything to try to help them cover this mess up. Dr. B. is trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. He knows of one Principal who is leaving that could bring the whole house of cards down if she goes public with things like, when she requested to go to a Gifted Student Program Seminar to learn how to help the gifted students better. Dr. B. turned down her request because "We don't need to spend anything on gifted students, they will be fine on their own. You need to worry about improving the SPED program and test scores."
OOP's maybe she is already going public.
If it were me I would put together 500 people and meet in there front yard. I would let them know that if my child was harmed in any way we would be back. This time all 500 of us would be comming in for coffee. With that many people there is nothing any one could do to stop us. You wouldn't have any more trouble with teachers!
Concerbed

Dawsonville, GA

#110 May 15, 2010
I agree and when any group of parents is ready I for one will meet up and join them willingly. My children are my life and I will face the devil himself over them!
Time For Action

Blairsville, GA

#111 May 15, 2010
T-BONE wrote:
<quoted text>If it were me I would put together 500 people and meet in there front yard. I would let them know that if my child was harmed in any way we would be back. This time all 500 of us would be comming in for coffee. With that many people there is nothing any one could do to stop us. You wouldn't have any more trouble with teachers!
If it were me and if I had kids in that school, I'd collect hard evidence, including tape recordings(*), then make one telephone call to Gainesville so that only two show up, both with S/A in front of their names and FBI directly beside it and a gold-colored seal.

I've counted at least a half dozen things on here that would fall under the Civil Rights Act alone, along with a host of other federal laws. God only knows what Georgia does or doesn't allow on a local level, but I'm sure there's something.

If for some reason they don't take action, then take your package of evidence to the ACLU!

But, before anything can happen, you've got to gather facts, not rumors or hearsay!

(*)- Get up to speed on Georgia wiretap and clandestine listening device (including the highly directional mikes, a/k/a "shotgun" mikes) law before you proceed. There's a certain way to do it to, one, stay out of trouble, and, two, for it to be used in a court of law. Tape records are tiny now, and the rest of the inexpensive toys to records calls can be purchased at any Radio Shack. ;o)
Parent

Homer, GA

#112 May 15, 2010
Time For Action wrote:
<quoted text>
If it were me and if I had kids in that school, I'd collect hard evidence, including tape recordings(*), then make one telephone call to Gainesville so that only two show up, both with S/A in front of their names and FBI directly beside it and a gold-colored seal.
I've counted at least a half dozen things on here that would fall under the Civil Rights Act alone, along with a host of other federal laws. God only knows what Georgia does or doesn't allow on a local level, but I'm sure there's something.
If for some reason they don't take action, then take your package of evidence to the ACLU!
But, before anything can happen, you've got to gather facts, not rumors or hearsay!
(*)- Get up to speed on Georgia wiretap and clandestine listening device (including the highly directional mikes, a/k/a "shotgun" mikes) law before you proceed. There's a certain way to do it to, one, stay out of trouble, and, two, for it to be used in a court of law. Tape records are tiny now, and the rest of the inexpensive toys to records calls can be purchased at any Radio Shack. ;o)
I don't know about tape recordings but I have seen the documents a group of parents have collected over the last year. It includes, civil rights violations that were committed against a student and the settlement agreement the Federal mediator worked out to prevent the parent from suing the school.(Never Made the Papers). It includes statements from children and parents regarding a coach and some of his players regarding sexual misconduct. It includes a list of 14 names of direct family members hired by the current School Board and one or two before them with no disclosure of nepotism and proof of other job applicants who were more qualified who were passed over to hire the family member. It includes documented and verified child abuse complaints where the school board failed to act against the teachers. It includes at least four incidences of teachers who abused students, molested students and stole items where the teachers were allowed to resign rather then be fired by the School Board. There are at least five affidavits from former teachers of what I believe are prosecutable offences that went unreported by the School Board. The documents also include proof of violations by board members of several State and Federal laws regarding Public access and open meetings laws.
Why the parents who have this information haven't gone public with it is a mystery to me. I know they hired a law firm in Atlanta and I know they plan to use the information in the up coming elections if Anderson, Gibby or Pierce run again. I only attended one of their meetings about two months ago. There was about a dozen people there. They were collecting money to hire a lawyer and I could not afford to give anything at the time. I know they were very concerned about who was invited because they were afraid the School Board would try to get one of their people into their group to find out who was involved and what they were doing. I went with my Sister who is much more involved and put up over a thousand dollars to help with the costs.
They knew about the United States Department of Education problems back in March long before it made the papers. One of the men involved had been to Washington and to the Georgia legislature over the winter.
I know that because they talked about it at the meeting and said there was several million dollars going to be offered to fix our school. Not one person there thought the School Board would take the money and they were right.
local

Dawsonville, GA

#113 May 15, 2010
Time for action just ask Punky about tapeing she walked around school for a week with a tape recorder on her belt and sat up on hill tapeing plp so she can tell you how this doesn't work
Time For Action

Young Harris, GA

#114 May 15, 2010
Parent wrote:
<quoted text> I don't know about tape recordings but I have seen the documents a group of parents have collected over the last year. It includes, civil rights violations that were committed against a student and the settlement agreement the Federal mediator worked out to prevent the parent from suing the school.(Never Made the Papers). It includes statements from children and parents regarding a coach and some of his players regarding sexual misconduct. It includes a list of 14 names of direct family members hired by the current School Board and one or two before them with no disclosure of nepotism and proof of other job applicants who were more qualified who were passed over to hire the family member. It includes documented and verified child abuse complaints where the school board failed to act against the teachers. It includes at least four incidences of teachers who abused students, molested students and stole items where the teachers were allowed to resign rather then be fired by the School Board. There are at least five affidavits from former teachers of what I believe are prosecutable offences that went unreported by the School Board. The documents also include proof of violations by board members of several State and Federal laws regarding Public access and open meetings laws.
Why the parents who have this information haven't gone public with it is a mystery to me. I know they hired a law firm in Atlanta and I know they plan to use the information in the up coming elections if Anderson, Gibby or Pierce run again. I only attended one of their meetings about two months ago. There was about a dozen people there. They were collecting money to hire a lawyer and I could not afford to give anything at the time. I know they were very concerned about who was invited because they were afraid the School Board would try to get one of their people into their group to find out who was involved and what they were doing. I went with my Sister who is much more involved and put up over a thousand dollars to help with the costs.
They knew about the United States Department of Education problems back in March long before it made the papers. One of the men involved had been to Washington and to the Georgia legislature over the winter.
I know that because they talked about it at the meeting and said there was several million dollars going to be offered to fix our school. Not one person there thought the School Board would take the money and they were right.
In most states, and I think Georgia is one of them, criminal charges have to be disposed of before civil action can proceed through the system. Therefore, IMO, they shouldn't have tried to hire an attorney, rather, they should have taken it to the FBI (they have, or had, a section that deals with this sort of thing) and failing that, to the ACLU. Forget the GBI; they don't work corruption cases. The local sheriff does, or is supposed to, which explains why county people get away with....

The ACLU will only accept cases that have a regional or national implication, or cases where a large number of people being effected (or is it affected?). Many people believe they are left wing liberals, but, the fact is, they go either way. In the past they have accepted, for example, cases against the church and for the church, against Nazi's and the KKK, and on their behalf. They DO NOT charge, BTW, and they will take it the distance, to the Supreme Court.

Your friends may have had the right intentions but they went about it the wrong way.
Joppie

Jefferson, GA

#115 May 16, 2010
This entire town is just loaded with incompetent people. Just as you say there are incompetent idiots paid as teachers - well, there are several incompetent political figures, bankers, lawyers, etc. The list goes on. I would just love to see these people that want to complain about our school system and teachers come in and do a better job. HA HA!!!
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you don't understand how it works here. There are incompetent idiots who are paid as teachers but are really minions of our School Board who will abuse and fail your child if you dare cross the Administration. There are many jobs and a lot of money at stake here. Behrens will be fired by a new board as will about 20 staff members at the school. I refer to them as staff members because they don't teach anything. They are simple parasites sucking tax dollars from our school system. If a parent showed up at a board meeting and raised a question their kids would be severely punished for it.
The only solution will be to cut off the head of this snake and let good people clean up the Nepotism infested corrupt mess.
Mark of the Bark

Toccoa, GA

#116 May 16, 2010
Joppie wrote:
This entire town is just loaded with incompetent people. Just as you say there are incompetent idiots paid as teachers - well, there are several incompetent political figures, bankers, lawyers, etc. The list goes on. I would just love to see these people that want to complain about our school system and teachers come in and do a better job. HA HA!!!
<quoted text>
You'll never see that one. Most of the posters on here can't even spell or use proper grammar. They sit in front of the screen and see themselves as superior but wouldn't dare say face to face what they type and proclaim as "truth".
Mayor

Dawsonville, GA

#117 May 16, 2010
Mark of the Bark wrote:
<quoted text>
You'll never see that one. Most of the posters on here can't even spell or use proper grammar. They sit in front of the screen and see themselves as superior but wouldn't dare say face to face what they type and proclaim as "truth".
Proclaim this Doctor Behrens. You have screwed up our schools long enough. I figure you raised your retirement about $40,000.00 per year by giving yourself all those raises the last couple years. You get as many raises as you feel you deserve, the board gets to hire their family, the slow kids get everything, the regular kids and the taxpayers bend over and get the pipe fed to them. I can't wait till November.
Not Right

Mullins, SC

#118 May 16, 2010
Mayor, you're an idiot! Almost comical!It's so obvious to the people who really "know" what you are talking about that you really have NO idea what you are talking about! You think he (along with any superintendant of any system) just "gives" himself raises whenever he/she feels like it? What? You think the SPED rules and regs are made up by the superindendant? What? You honestly believe that the only students who get any attention at the school are the SPED students? Are you there? Do you teach? Ever spent a day there? I'll tell you what - you go back to school, get your teaching certification, get your gifted certification, and you bring your magic to the school!!
Info

Jefferson, GA

#119 May 16, 2010
FYI....For you people interested in SP ED.Just check out the Ga Dept of Audits website and proceed to the Towns Co.Board of Ed.Audit from 2009.You will find a few people listed as SP ED employees that im sure you will not be familiar with.ie people who work in Supts.office,secretaries etc.....You can also go back 5 years and see the increase of pay for the admin.folks.Also note their"travel reimbursement"Supt.got about$6,000 last year.Also note pay for some coaches$60,000 to$80,0000 per year for """TEACHERS """who teach NO classes other than weight training or PE.

Check it out people.Its all Public Record and its YOUR MONEY!!!!!!

DEMAND change from candidates for School Board this November.
Voter

Dawsonville, GA

#120 May 17, 2010
Info wrote:
FYI....For you people interested in SP ED.Just check out the Ga Dept of Audits website and proceed to the Towns Co.Board of Ed.Audit from 2009.You will find a few people listed as SP ED employees that im sure you will not be familiar with.ie people who work in Supts.office,secretaries etc.....You can also go back 5 years and see the increase of pay for the admin.folks.Also note their"travel reimbursement"Supt.got about$6,000 last year.Also note pay for some coaches$60,000 to$80,0000 per year for """TEACHERS """who teach NO classes other than weight training or PE.
Check it out people.Its all Public Record and its YOUR MONEY!!!!!!
DEMAND change from candidates for School Board this November.
Great post. The information there will open some eyes to what is going on in our schools. Behrens and the Board has been squandering our tax dollar for years on pet projects and hiring family and friends into meaningless positions. Our School spends more than 95% of the Schools in the State per student. They spend more than 98% of the schools in the Southeast per student. The problem is that money is NOT spent on the students. It is spent on the Administrations salaries, unneeded positions created to employ Board members family and retirees who return to hang out at the school and draw double pay. If we can get some good, honest people to run for School Board this year who will clean the place up we can have one of the best schools in the Nation in two years without raising taxes a dime. All it will take is proper management and hiring an administration that cares as much about the children receiving a good education as they do about giving themselves a big fat raise every year. FIRE BEHRENS will be the battle cry this election. The only people who support him now are the teachers who are not qualified and know they will get fired if he goes and the SPED parents. Everyone else can see he has lead our schools to the bottom of the list and his salary to the top.
answer that question

Jefferson, GA

#121 May 17, 2010
I can only hope you are right. A superintendent that has averaged a $10,000/year pay raise every year for the last 5 years, a personnel director that makes almost $90,000/year. More mother/daughter, brother/sister, husband/wife employees at that school than the law should allow. Double dippers that should go ahead and retire and make room for some passionate teachers that can and will improve the school. Most teachers say "what can I do, I need my job", so they don't rock the boat.

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