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Hope

Sheridan, AR

#2 May 11, 2013
Recent moves suggest Bennett is going to be effective. I hope he succeeds breaking up the old boy network where people got big jobs based on connections not ability or experience. How much money did the elimination of two administrative central office positions save? I submit we have been top heavy for years and this move will free funds for more important matters.
Agree

London, KY

#3 May 11, 2013
Bennett seems to be cleaning house and cutting the fat. I'm very pleased with the job he's doing. Keep up the good work, Bennett!
Business Man

Sheridan, AR

#4 May 11, 2013
I was pleased and shocked when the school board hired Bennett. He is exactly what the system needs: someone who is a professional educator who was not from Laurel county and beholden to the clique that ran the system into the ground. I called some friends in Whitley county who all said Bennett was a great teacher and educator. They also said he is strong willed and will push to improve the system. I hope he continues to trim fat and get qualified people, instead of hiring administrators with little experience whose grandpa ran the school board. The Young fiasco should tell us something about how the system has been run. We don't need more of that type of administration. Hope he trims the fat, gets rid of incompetent hacks and improves the system. So far it appears he is headed in the right direction.
Really

Nicholasville, KY

#5 May 11, 2013
Yes we sure don't need curriculum coaches in our schools and definitely need more tests for our kids and another athletic director position.Wonderful job.

Since: Jan 11

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#6 May 11, 2013
Business Man wrote:
I was pleased and shocked when the school board hired Bennett. He is exactly what the system needs: someone who is a professional educator who was not from Laurel county and beholden to the clique that ran the system into the ground. I called some friends in Whitley county who all said Bennett was a great teacher and educator. They also said he is strong willed and will push to improve the system. I hope he continues to trim fat and get qualified people, instead of hiring administrators with little experience whose grandpa ran the school board. The Young fiasco should tell us something about how the system has been run. We don't need more of that type of administration. Hope he trims the fat, gets rid of incompetent hacks and improves the system. So far it appears he is headed in the right direction.
who are you talking about? No one ever got an administration job that's grandfather was on the board
Kandy

London, KY

#9 May 11, 2013
Business Man wrote:
I was pleased and shocked when the school board hired Bennett. He is exactly what the system needs: someone who is a professional educator who was not from Laurel county and beholden to the clique that ran the system into the ground. I called some friends in Whitley county who all said Bennett was a great teacher and educator. They also said he is strong willed and will push to improve the system. I hope he continues to trim fat and get qualified people, instead of hiring administrators with little experience whose grandpa ran the school board. The Young fiasco should tell us something about how the system has been run. We don't need more of that type of administration. Hope he trims the fat, gets rid of incompetent hacks and improves the system. So far it appears he is headed in the right direction.
However-keep in mind the last outsider they hired came in and tried to clean things up and he was treated like a dog and ran out of town
Funny

United States

#10 May 11, 2013
Test scores down! Sports programs down! Moral for employees down! Moral for students down!
Moral for parents down! Oh wait there is something that is up and we always rank first in School property taxes! Nothing is better just getting worse!
Keepin it real

United States

#11 May 11, 2013
Change...lol. No one will even run for school board! No one wants it non patrician non paid position! So who's going to change things when no one cares. My opinion is things will continue to go down hill and we will never get back what we use to have years ago in this laurel county school system!
New to the system

United States

#13 May 11, 2013
Have read all the post about this school system and don't sound to good... Have seen the property taxes for myself. If it was not for needing to move here wish we had never left Georgetown property taxes and schools. Oh well well give it a chance.....
Mom of students

Corbin, KY

#14 May 11, 2013
A few months ago I had an issue that arose and was very upset about some things that were going on and felt my son and daughter were being treated unfairly. I called and left mr. Bennett a message to return my call. He called me back in a timely manner and was very professional and I felt as though my concerns were being heard. I think he is the man for the job. I've never been treated with so much understanding and respect. He talked to me over the phone and didnt act as if he were too busy to listen. Thank you Mr. Bennett!
Tax beat

Duluth, GA

#15 May 11, 2013
Mom of students wrote:
A few months ago I had an issue that arose and was very upset about some things that were going on and felt my son and daughter were being treated unfairly. I called and left mr. Bennett a message to return my call. He called me back in a timely manner and was very professional and I felt as though my concerns were being heard. I think he is the man for the job. I've never been treated with so much understanding and respect. He talked to me over the phone and didnt act as if he were too busy to listen. Thank you Mr. Bennett!
the Super more than likely is not the problem. More than likely it's tge others making bad calls! When will employees be getting some raises? The money is there and they draw interest on our tax money! Thank you topix posters
LC Parent

London, KY

#18 May 12, 2013
Since some of the not needed, high paying jobs have been cut; perhaps a pay raise is in the future for those lower on the totem pole.
Tax payer

Duluth, GA

#19 May 12, 2013
LC Parent wrote:
Since some of the not needed, high paying jobs have been cut; perhaps a pay raise is in the future for those lower on the totem pole.
Sure thing keep believing that they are going to give some of that property tax money to the kids or employees. They have plans for all the taxes we pay and the kids or employees are not in the plans!
Bottom line

Duluth, GA

#23 May 12, 2013
School system is sinking to all new lows. What or who can we get to over the next few year to turn things around?
Businessman

Sheridan, AR

#24 May 12, 2013
Dont Rewrite History wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe other leaky boats, but JM was the best Super this district has ever had and this district has sure been on a downward spiral since he left. Respectively of course, my friend.
I don't think JM was the best, but he and his staff did a good job managing the system. Nepotism was rampant in all school districts during the time he was in office. Compared to some we have had since, JM was a genius. I do wonder, however, if he would have ever gotten the job without that "little" connection.
Low moral

United States

#26 May 12, 2013
We have got to try and save the laurel county school system some way some how. It's getting worse each school year
fed up

London, KY

#28 May 12, 2013
What good did it do to cut out jobs and then create 2 new ones? District Athletic Director and Chief Academic Officer????

They have also just posted 3 curriculum specialist positions for the district.

The job at CO the other poster referred to as being cut out completely is also listed as an open position so they didn't eliminate it, they just moved the person that had it.
Mug

London, KY

#29 May 12, 2013
JM did not hire the DPP referred to earlier. That was done by WTH.

JM was by far the very best Supt this county has ever had. Politics is the problem in Laurel not nepotism.
Two steps back

United States

#31 May 12, 2013
Mug wrote:
JM did not hire the DPP referred to earlier. That was done by WTH.
JM was by far the very best Supt this county has ever had. Politics is the problem in Laurel not nepotism.
well if they cleaned house an brought JM back I think it is to far gone to fix anytime soon. They have ran this system down hill and put it two steps back. IDK
Businessman

London, KY

#32 May 12, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
<quoted text>I mostly agree with you. Who would you say was the best then?
G.C. Garland, an educator respected and liked by teachers and staff. He did much for our system. When he left our schools were in great shape. I do hope Bennett can turn the system around. Some very good people in Whitley county say he was a very respected as an educator and person. Time will tell.

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