Now or Never

Elizabethton, TN

#62 Aug 13, 2013
WashCoParent wrote:
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No offense, but I was at U.H. this past summer and it is falling apart inside. I also visited Crockett and Boone and they look like new schools inside and out. I also heard that Crockett is a top 25 school in the state and has better academics than Boone. U.H. academics are good too. I heard that Crockett has a lot of people transferring in because of the great academics and vocational offerings. I think Mayor Eledridge is sending his children to Crockett. His children were in private school but found that Crockett has more to offer. Good Luck to you.
This is good to hear but I hope that she can get in UH for the elementary years because of her allergies.
Get It Done

Elizabethton, TN

#63 Aug 13, 2013
Falling apart is better than nasty carpet. Just think of all of the germs and vomit left over on that carpet. The filters are not replaced very often so the stuff just circulates all over the building. Hammond, can you please get something done about the carpet? New carpet will just get dirty again.
Fact

Jonesborough, TN

#64 Aug 14, 2013
Citizen wrote:
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Yes, Absolutely Hammond should be judge by one vote. In a democracy citizens have the right to criticize any decision made by elected officials. Just because he is genuinely a nice--and he really is--does not mean he is above reproach. Fact: Hammond voted for Dykes. Mr. Dykes' administration has been riddled with financial problems. Dykes' always blames the previous administration for the school system's financial woes. Dykes is sounding a lot like Obama during is first presidential term when he blamed Bush for all of America's problems. Why would Hammond vote to renew Dykes' contract when all Dykes has done is put the county into more debt with the full time athletic directors positions and his personal pay raise. Also, when you read about the school system in the news paper all you hear is Dykes complaining. Dykes cannot seem to get along with anyone. I question is leadership ability and quality. Why would Hammond vote for a complainer who has accomplished little?
All educators are whining and complaining about lack of funds. Teachers especially those who have been teaching for years are complaint because they are being held more accountable. Most teachers complain about being underpaid and now because tenure means the lazy teachers will have to do something we hear nothing but complaining.
Be real

Johnson City, TN

#65 Aug 15, 2013
Do you work in a profession that is under government scrutiny? Probably not.
truth

United States

#66 Aug 15, 2013
Be real wrote:
Do you work in a profession that is under government scrutiny? Probably not.
Yes I do. Any time you work for or own a company, doctor, lawyer whatever profession you are evaluted and your business is under scrutiny. If you do nt perform well or not up to par it hurts your business. Any one going into education or any public service should realize they are under public scrutiny because they are being paid with public funds. The only teachers doing the complaing are the ones who can't hack the cut or the older teachers.
FlatOut

Jonesborough, TN

#67 Aug 18, 2013
I flat out question the integrity of David Hammond after he put Dykes back in office for 3 more years. I have supported Hammond in the past but will not in the future. Voting for Dykes is like voting for Grant Rowland. Hammond was suppose to change the old boys system but not he is in the club not. I am not sure why Hammond gave in to the politics--maybe the pressure was too much or maybe he is like Keith Ervin and not real smart.
FlatOut

Jonesborough, TN

#68 Aug 18, 2013
I flat out question the integrity of David Hammond after he voted to put Dykes back into office for another term. I supported Hammond in the past but will not in the future. Voting for Dykes is like voting for Grant Rowland. I thought Hammond was going to change the old boy system instead of joining their club. I don't know why he gave into the politics of voting for Dykes--maybe the pressure was too much or maybe he doesn't really understand things very well like Keith Ervin.
Pastor

Jonesborough, TN

#69 Aug 18, 2013
If Hammond supported Dykes I am sure he had good reason. My personal experience with Mr. Dykes allows me to state he is far from Grant Rowland. Mr. Dykes has spoke at churches and helped with committees to combat student drug use. Hammond and Dykes have been receptive to local church involvement. We never had that success with Rowland.
FlatOut

Jonesborough, TN

#70 Aug 18, 2013
Pastor wrote:
If Hammond supported Dykes I am sure he had good reason. My personal experience with Mr. Dykes allows me to state he is far from Grant Rowland. Mr. Dykes has spoke at churches and helped with committees to combat student drug use. Hammond and Dykes have been receptive to local church involvement. We never had that success with Rowland.
Really...Ron Dykes has spoken at churches...where...this is very very difficult to believe. Hammond supporting churches in school proves the point that he has intellectual limitations. Why isn't Hammond pushing math and science--the ways in which we find cures for disease and find better tools to help humankind. If he is pushing religion in schools, he could be violating someone's rights not have religion. This religious stuff is scary and a poor excuse to help people--religion holds people down, keeps them poor, keeps them ignorant, and allows perception to rule their minds (like Dykes) instead of truth-notice truth is spelled with a lowercase "t".
curious

Jonesborough, TN

#71 Aug 18, 2013
FlatOut wrote:
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Really...Ron Dykes has spoken at churches...where...this is very very difficult to believe. Hammond supporting churches in school proves the point that he has intellectual limitations. Why isn't Hammond pushing math and science--the ways in which we find cures for disease and find better tools to help humankind. If he is pushing religion in schools, he could be violating someone's rights not have religion. This religious stuff is scary and a poor excuse to help people--religion holds people down, keeps them poor, keeps them ignorant, and allows perception to rule their minds (like Dykes) instead of truth-notice truth is spelled with a lowercase "t".
How do you know he is not pushing math and science?
FlatOut

Jonesborough, TN

#72 Aug 18, 2013
curious wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know he is not pushing math and science?
How do you know that he doesn't--two can play this game. All I know is that Hammond voted for Dykes and Dykes has run Washington County Schools finances in the ground.
The Whitsons

United States

#73 Aug 18, 2013
FlatOut wrote:
I flat out question the integrity of David Hammond after he put Dykes back in office for 3 more years. I have supported Hammond in the past but will not in the future. Voting for Dykes is like voting for Grant Rowland. Hammond was suppose to change the old boys system but not he is in the club not. I am not sure why Hammond gave in to the politics--maybe the pressure was too much or maybe he is like Keith Ervin and not real smart.
You are not flat out questioning Hammond. Instead you are hiding behind a computer screen bashing him. If you want to question him do it like a man not some wimpy ass low life. Don't be a computer coward.
curious

Jonesborough, TN

#74 Aug 18, 2013
FlatOut wrote:
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How do you know that he doesn't--two can play this game. All I know is that Hammond voted for Dykes and Dykes has run Washington County Schools finances in the ground.
You must not comprehend well. You made the statement earlier why doesn't Hammond promote math and science. If you look at systems scores it is obvious Washington County is doing something right. Rowland and prior board are responsible for nearly 2 million dollar shortfall when they failed to budget staffing for new schools. The county mayor is extremely conservative and would not be working with Dykes if he thought Dykes was mismanaging.
WWJD

Jonesborough, TN

#75 Aug 18, 2013
FlatOut wrote:
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Really...Ron Dykes has spoken at churches...where...this is very very difficult to believe. Hammond supporting churches in school proves the point that he has intellectual limitations. Why isn't Hammond pushing math and science--the ways in which we find cures for disease and find better tools to help humankind. If he is pushing religion in schools, he could be violating someone's rights not have religion. This religious stuff is scary and a poor excuse to help people--religion holds people down, keeps them poor, keeps them ignorant, and allows perception to rule their minds (like Dykes) instead of truth-notice truth is spelled with a lowercase "t".
Schools should be full of the love of the LORD. This math and science stuff is of the devil and should not be in the schools. The schools allow ungodly behaviors to go on. Teachers should be able to pray at school with everyone else. Hammond is the man that can get GOD back into schools where he belongs. If Dykes helps Hammond to get GOD back into the schools I AM FOR BOTH OF THEM!!!
Long way

Ridgeway, SC

#76 Aug 19, 2013
WWJD wrote:
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Schools should be full of the love of the LORD. This math and science stuff is of the devil and should not be in the schools. The schools allow ungodly behaviors to go on. Teachers should be able to pray at school with everyone else. Hammond is the man that can get GOD back into schools where he belongs. If Dykes helps Hammond to get GOD back into the schools I AM FOR BOTH OF THEM!!!
. Our school system has a long way to go for that ... With teachers sleeping with teachers and coaches with others... Our kids look up to these people.. If we cld get God first it wld help
Parent

Johnson City, TN

#77 Aug 19, 2013
Long way wrote:
<quoted text>. Our school system has a long way to go for that ... With teachers sleeping with teachers and coaches with others... Our kids look up to these people.. If we cld get God first it wld help
Don't forget about all of the politics in sports.
Parent

Jonesborough, TN

#78 Aug 19, 2013
This post has gotten so stupid. Mr Hammond just helped a ,BEFORE SCHOOL , bible study to take place in one or two of the schools. These bible studies are already in some of the schools. I would say Mr Hammond voted for Dykes because he has done some wonderful, much needed things for Washington Co schools. But know one ever hears about those things. The media only wants to tell the bad and ugly side, which most of the time is not even true. As for math and reading, etc, the board members do not have anything to do with that! That all comes down from the state!
Long way

Cowpens, SC

#79 Aug 20, 2013
Since the kids look up to "personnel" maybe they wld be interested in a bible class, as for Hammond, I like and vote for him! Some personnel, teachers, or coaches I do not
WashCoParent

Jonesborough, TN

#80 Aug 20, 2013
Long way wrote:
Since the kids look up to "personnel" maybe they wld be interested in a bible class, as for Hammond, I like and vote for him! Some personnel, teachers, or coaches I do not
Who do kids look up to most...parents or school personnel? The truth of the matter is education gets a lot of attention. Read the newspaper on any given day and you will see several articles on education alone. Education gets scrutinized to the Nth degree. Funny how parents are seldom blamed for how their kids turn out in life. We need God back in the homes as much as school. Actually teaching God starts at home. It appears that schools are blamed for the deficiencies of parents. Blame teachers and school personnel if that is what makes you feel better about you own deficiencies. As a parent, I take it upon myself to teach my kids about morals and God. Besides I don't like some of the so called Christian beliefs in the school house because they don't match my core beliefs. Everybody's version of Christianity is different and mine is the right version. I know people on this post will get upset because I said my religion is the right version, which is why it should be my business to teach religion to my kid and not school personnel-because they get it wrong.
Parent

Charlotte, NC

#81 Aug 21, 2013
We live in the " Bible Belt" If you don't like that Hammond supported a few BEFORE SCHOOL prayer meetings than MOVE! Besides nobody makes any kids go to these! Get a job, get a life, get a clue! I pray Hammond runs again. He's got my vote! He's changed a lot at our school. All you have to do is call him. He seems like a good and fair person

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