Nepotism on Fox schoolboard
Bus Driver

United States

#1804 Apr 29, 2013
Ssdd wrote:
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I will not be voting for him to hold any office. His decision to NOT RUN again is the best decision he's made since he began his tenure with the board.
I totally disagree. Mr Smith has done a lot to help us in the transportation end. Thanks to him we have people in charge who have actually driven our buses. I personally will continue to support Mr Smith for as long as he wants to hold his office on the board.
Barb

Morristown, TN

#1805 Apr 29, 2013
Bus Driver wrote:
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I totally disagree. Mr Smith has done a lot to help us in the transportation end. Thanks to him we have people in charge who have actually driven our buses. I personally will continue to support Mr Smith for as long as he wants to hold his office on the board.
I agree, Mr. Smith would take time to come to our meetings and listen to our problems (I believe he would do the same for any group). He did help us a great deal and was always sympathetic to our issues. If he runs, I will support him and urge all bus drivers to do the same.
Number Nine

Fenton, MO

#1806 Apr 29, 2013
I love bus #9.
Number Twenty Four

Ashburn, VA

#1807 Apr 30, 2013
I love bus #24
PaulIsDead

Ashburn, VA

#1808 Apr 30, 2013
Number 9
Number 9
Number 9
I've got blisters on me fingers!
Number18

Fenton, MO

#1809 Apr 30, 2013
Bus #18 is the best bus.
remember when

United States

#1810 Apr 30, 2013
How do all you bus lovers feel about the uneducated noncertified McDonald's queen getting the food service job for being the BOE presidents daughter in law?
Walk to School

Arnold, MO

#1811 Apr 30, 2013
Oh, you mean you actually want to talk about nepotism? Yes, it needs to be stopped. Voters and parents need to form an advocacy group to make sure that the Board and Administration do the right things and hold them all accountable.
Walt Kowalski

Eldon, MO

#1812 Apr 30, 2013
Walk to School wrote:
Oh, you mean you actually want to talk about nepotism? Yes, it needs to be stopped. Voters and parents need to form an advocacy group to make sure that the Board and Administration do the right things and hold them all accountable.
If you do that you will all get "Cease and Desist" letters! Be careful for the "Critch That Stole Character" is out there! Be vewy, vewy caleful!
Bus Driver

United States

#1813 Apr 30, 2013
remember when wrote:
How do all you bus lovers feel about the uneducated noncertified McDonald's queen getting the food service job for being the BOE presidents daughter in law?
I hear from my friends inside she is doing a good job and is working hard to make things better. I also hear she is a good communicator and listens well to others in the department so, maybe not such a bad choice when all is said and done.

I spoke to Mr. Smith and he said he was working on a new nepotism policy that is fair to everyone. I think he is the right person in the right place now.
Sam Ferry

United States

#1814 Apr 30, 2013
She was not just a "bad choice" she was the worst possible choice there could have been. She got the job for one reason only and that is the name NASH. It does not matter how much we like a person, or how much they've done for us, or how right they are in any other situation. The hiring of Kelly Nash over qualified, dedicated, employees was wrong. There is no gray area in that decision. So Mr. Smith was wrong in his decision to hire her, and if you think it was not his decision then you are mistaken. Look at their code of ethics concerning hiring and you will see they did not do what they swore they would do! NEPOTISM is wrong! So no matter what the end result is it wil NEVER justfy the means. If Mr. Smith leaves willingly then we should rejoice, but either way he will be gone next year.
Ssdd

Imperial, MO

#1815 Apr 30, 2013
Sam once again speaks the truth. Each board member that thought she was the best choice needs to go. Does it even make an ounce of sense that she was our BEST ENTHUSIASTIC choice when there are thousands of people out of work with degrees in nutrition. I guess now that the two least educated kitchen managers are large and in charge we can. What? Accept it. NO. she will have this job until the new board members can get Chritchlow out and hopefully the fry girl and her band of stooges.
Ron

United States

#1816 May 1, 2013
Sam Ferry wrote:
She was not just a "bad choice" she was the worst possible choice there could have been. She got the job for one reason only and that is the name NASH. It does not matter how much we like a person, or how much they've done for us, or how right they are in any other situation. The hiring of Kelly Nash over qualified, dedicated, employees was wrong. There is no gray area in that decision. So Mr. Smith was wrong in his decision to hire her, and if you think it was not his decision then you are mistaken. Look at their code of ethics concerning hiring and you will see they did not do what they swore they would do! NEPOTISM is wrong! So no matter what the end result is it wil NEVER justfy the means. If Mr. Smith leaves willingly then we should rejoice, but either way he will be gone next year.
We will again remind you there is NO POLICY in place to restrict hiring of relatives in the Fox district NOR is there ANY LAW OR STATE POLICY restricting this.

I disagree with you on the premise that it doesn't matter how well they do in the job. If they do well then, it was a good call (you are not the one to judge if someone is more "qualified" ONLY those in the interview can judge it...if you disagree tell us tell us please....who that interviewed was more qualified and tell us exactly how you know this for a fact?). If the person hired does a bad job then it is the BOE's job to hold those who made the choice accountable.
Voice of Reason

Arnold, MO

#1817 May 1, 2013
Ron,
You can disagree all you want. You are incorrect. Fact is, it does matter someone unqualified was hired and now is being trained and attending college to get educated in the field she was hired for over people who were actually already, not only educated, but certified and capable of doing the job. It was not a good call. One need not be in the interview to know that the others possessed the qualifications and she did not! It was hiring Kelly Nash because she was the daughter in law of the board president. This isn't a private company where the boss's son gets paid to run the company even though someone else has to actually do the work, wink, wink. This is taxpayer money being spent to subsidize the board president's family coffers. That is wrong. Kelly Nash should not have been hired. Two former board members are well aware of that now. Certainly the rest of you are not so arrogant as to think if you continue to stand by the bad decision(Kelly Nash hire), your position will be spared, do you?
Sam Ferry

United States

#1818 May 1, 2013
Ron wrote:
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We will again remind you there is NO POLICY in place to restrict hiring of relatives in the Fox district NOR is there ANY LAW OR STATE POLICY restricting this.
I disagree with you on the premise that it doesn't matter how well they do in the job. If they do well then, it was a good call (you are not the one to judge if someone is more "qualified" ONLY those in the interview can judge it...if you disagree tell us tell us please....who that interviewed was more qualified and tell us exactly how you know this for a fact?). If the person hired does a bad job then it is the BOE's job to hold those who made the choice accountable.
You got a mouse in your pocket Mr. Clark? Who in the hell is we? That is not the code that they broke, even though it was clearly NEPOTISM and anyone that argues likewise is supporting wrongdoing. They "swore" to hire the best trained and technical personel it was possible to procure. You were a board member for goodness sakes, you are supposed to KNOW these things. Did you not read the board code of ethics? They clearly did not hire the best.

Now let ME remind you, if a thing is obdained by wrongdoing it does not matter how well a person then treats that thing! Let's say I steal something that someone has mistreated for years and years....oh I don't know ....like someone's dog. Then if I treat it better than anyone has ever treated it then the stealing of it is okay. Your Christianity is supposed to steer you in these cases Mr. Clark, not used as a tool to protect those who have done wrong because they are your friends! This hire was wrong, face up to it if you are going to include yourself with the WE!
Thinking Cap On

Arnold, MO

#1819 May 1, 2013
Ron wrote:
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We will again remind you there is NO POLICY in place to restrict hiring of relatives in the Fox district NOR is there ANY LAW OR STATE POLICY restricting this.
I disagree with you on the premise that it doesn't matter how well they do in the job. If they do well then, it was a good call (you are not the one to judge if someone is more "qualified" ONLY those in the interview can judge it...if you disagree tell us tell us please....who that interviewed was more qualified and tell us exactly how you know this for a fact?). If the person hired does a bad job then it is the BOE's job to hold those who made the choice accountable.
There is a nepotism policy in place. It is state law.
Article VII, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution states the following:
"Any public officer or employee in this state who by virtue of his office or employment names or appoints to public office or employment any relative within the fourth degree, by consanguinity or affinity, shall thereby forfeit his office or employment."


2. No seven-director, urban, or metropolitan school district board of education shall hire a spouse of any member of such board for a vacant or newly created position unless the position has been advertised pursuant to board policy and the superintendent of schools submits a written recommendation for the employment of the spouse to the board of education. The names of all applicants as well as the name of the applicant hired for the position are to be included in the board minutes.

The game playing, i.e. the mother in law left the room, he wasn't my husband at the time,etc. is just flagrantly thumbing noses at the spirit of the law and going around it. You pat my back, I'll pat yours, we'll make sure your(fill in the blank, wife, son, daughter, cousin, grandma, BFF) gets hired and you can pretend you had no idea about it.
Were all of the applicants for teh position included in the board minutes for all to see?
Your

United States

#1820 May 1, 2013
Kelly Nash's application should never have made it past the first step. She very clearly did not meet any of the stringent qualifications set forth in the job post. What a laugh that she even applied. It is because her MIL was board president that the app did not get filed in the trash can. I want to be a trainer at Sea World, but the minute they skim my app and see that my only qualification is owning hold fish, and I love to swim, they will have a giggle and toss it.
Not Fooled

Arnold, MO

#1821 May 1, 2013
Ron wrote:
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We will again remind you there is NO POLICY in place to restrict hiring of relatives in the Fox district NOR is there ANY LAW OR STATE POLICY restricting this.
I disagree with you on the premise that it doesn't matter how well they do in the job. If they do well then, it was a good call (you are not the one to judge if someone is more "qualified" ONLY those in the interview can judge it...if you disagree tell us tell us please....who that interviewed was more qualified and tell us exactly how you know this for a fact?). If the person hired does a bad job then it is the BOE's job to hold those who made the choice accountable.
What I get out of this is some would rather hide behind the excuse of a technicality rather than do the right and honorable thing. You must be listening to a lawyer.
soo what can be done

Saint Louis, MO

#1822 May 1, 2013
Ron wrote:
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We will again remind you there is NO POLICY in place to restrict hiring of relatives in the Fox district NOR is there ANY LAW OR STATE POLICY restricting this.
I disagree with you on the premise that it doesn't matter how well they do in the job. If they do well then, it was a good call (you are not the one to judge if someone is more "qualified" ONLY those in the interview can judge it...if you disagree tell us tell us please....who that interviewed was more qualified and tell us exactly how you know this for a fact?). If the person hired does a bad job then it is the BOE's job to hold those who made the choice accountable.
The assistant director was and is more qualified and did interview. Why do you think she is leaving the district in June....Would you enjoy being the one who trains your own boss?
Embarrassed Taxpayer

Arnold, MO

#1823 May 1, 2013
Has anyone read the Leader tonight? The new board members grandstanding? Really?? The only one who grandstands is our super, "who is used to holding court" over her loyal subjects. It's about time her reign is over and our new board members continue to question and not give her the blanket approval that she has become accustom to. In another year, there will be 3 new board members, and then there will be major changes--hopefully, starting with a new superintendent and administrative staff. The success of our district should be credited to the teachers, staff, and some of the principals. They are the ones who should be receiving the credit for the extraordinary achievements of this school district..not "Super" and her cronies. And by the way, word has it that things aren't going well in Fry Cook Land, and things aren't going as smoothly as this administration would like us to believe....The Neopotism Policy needs to be in place so that there will be no more jobs given to friends and family members.

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