School Board Superintendent

School Board Superintendent

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Deluxe

Cynthiana, KY

#1 Jul 7, 2007
Why did Laurel County can our last school board Superintendent ?
Would he not play the little Politic game ??
Let's hear about this.
wants the facts

Nicholson, GA

#2 Jul 7, 2007
well, not sure what happened, but he had already been fired from a few other counties...that should have told us something about him from the get go.....
Think About It

London, KY

#3 Jul 7, 2007
Taken from 12-28-2006 issue Sentinel Echo

"JAMES FRANCIS RESIGNS

When James Francis resigned on May 12, it marked the end of a long, heated battle between the controversial superintendent and his disgruntled board members.

The feud between the parties began shortly after Francis was hired in June 2005.

In February, the issue of whiteboard technology brought things to a head. Throughout the bid preparation process, Francis pushed for Promethean technology. When then-Assistant Superintendent Greg Smith informed the board the bid request had garnered just one bid — from Promethean — school board members rejected it.

The rejection prompted Francis to write a letter to board members expressing his disappointment.

“I personally feel someone wants a different company to get this project,” he wrote.“It also appears to me we are going to keep re-bidding this until that company gets the project. That concerns me greatly.”

Board members Albert and Jack Binder, Eddie Jones and Larry VanHook fired their own letter back to Francis.

“If the purpose of your letter of Feb. 15 to these board members was an effort to ‘bully’ or intimidate this board, you have failed,” they wrote.“We will continue to seek information from whomever we chose.”

In mid-March, after hours-long executive sessions, board members and Francis appeared to have come to some type of agreement.

“We’ve not aired out everything, but I think we have made a serious attempt to do that,” board chair Eddie Jones said.“I will tell you I am wholeheartedly in support of this administration from this day forward.”

But two weeks later the board imposed a hiring freeze on the administration and by mid-April board members suspended the beleaguered superintendent, releasing a Notice of Charges that accused him of every thing from harrassing staff to ignoring board policy.

On May 12, Francis submitted his letter of resignation.

Board members agreed to pay out the rest of Francis’ contract, refrain from making disparaging comments, give Francis a neutral reference and pay his sick leave.

Francis now works in the human resources department in Jefferson County Schools. David Young was named superintendent of Laurel County schools in September."
Power to the people

Liberty, KY

#4 Jul 7, 2007
In my opinion, I think he was not in the good old boys club and they wanted him out. He was for the students of Laurel County. He was stepping on a lot of peoples toes. I heard that there were people he wanted to get rid of that were not doing their jobs and because of who they were he could not do it. In Laurel county it dont matter if you can do your job it is who is your daddy. The only line on your application they look at is your last name.

Since: Jul 07

London, KY

#5 Jul 8, 2007
I think everybody thought Francis should go, including Deluxe. I think Deluxe was talking about Hulett, noone knows and still don't know why they got rid of him to start with, and then brought on this Francis, which was STUPID.
not sure

London, KY

#6 Jul 8, 2007
didn't they get rid of hulett because of a stupid basketball issue? now hulett was a good superintendent.
parent

Somerset, KY

#7 Jul 10, 2007
Hulett is doing a wonderful job improving the Knox County system... Guess we'll just have to see what happens now with our own system.
Proud parent too

Liberty, KY

#8 Jul 10, 2007
Does anyone have a comment about the new administration at the BOE.
localmanx

Commerce, GA

#9 Jul 10, 2007
he didnt play the game and give the contract bids to the good ol boys for twice the price
tired of the sh--

Commerce, GA

#10 Jul 10, 2007
First off, Francis was not a good ole boy thus he's gone. Hullett on the other hand was a prevert when he was a teacher and didn't do to good as a super intendent. David Young, now theres a good ole boy for ya. His sons a sheriff and he's not half qualified for the job. In the 80's he was principle of sublimity. and did a shitty job of that. No matter who did it he punished who he wanted. And he was known for making fun of a certain family of children who had no mother. He is a inmorral donkeys behind and doing a pretty bad job of running our school system. Why is he there???? Can you tell me????
JUSTICE FOR ALL

United States

#11 Jul 10, 2007
I CAN ONLY SPEAK OF THE EXPERIECE THAT I HAVE HAD WITH DAVID YOUNG (SUPERINTEND), AND MR. BINDER ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS. MY CHILD ALONG WITH SOME OTHER CHILDREN WAS CALLED "BASTARDS CHILDREN" BY THEIR SCHOOLD BUS DRIVER AND THEY REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
Proud parent too wrote:
Does anyone have a comment about the new administration at the BOE.
Deluxe

Lexington, KY

#12 Jul 11, 2007
This Sounds like the typical London/Laurel county injustice that continues to side with unfair people.
The school board has cretin people they protect Others they screw over
It's all about who you are. You all know this.
myturn

Frankfort, KY

#13 Jul 12, 2007
I have found the board and the superintendents office to be very helpful. Mr. Young, Mr. Smith, Mr. Phelps and the entire school board definately have the interest of Laurel Counties children as their top priority. The good ole boys, as some of you speak of, are long gone. This administration is one of if not the best school administration this county has had in a long, long, time.
myturn

Frankfort, KY

#14 Jul 12, 2007
JUSTICE FOR ALL wrote:
I CAN ONLY SPEAK OF THE EXPERIECE THAT I HAVE HAD WITH DAVID YOUNG (SUPERINTEND), AND MR. BINDER ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS. MY CHILD ALONG WITH SOME OTHER CHILDREN WAS CALLED "BASTARDS CHILDREN" BY THEIR SCHOOLD BUS DRIVER AND THEY REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
<quoted text>
Correct me if I'm wrong, and if so I appologize, but didn't this happen by a bus driver who was in their own personal vehicle and not on duty at the time? If so what do you think the Mr. Binder and Mr. Young should have done? They have no control over what employees do on their own time.
JUSTICE FOR ALL

United States

#15 Jul 12, 2007
THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE CHILD CALL A "BASTARD" THAT NIGHT BY THE BUS DRIVER! THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THIS BUS DRIVER HAS DONE, MY CHILD ALONG WITH MANY OTHER CHILDREN ARE SCARED TO DEATH OF THIS PERSON. MANY OF THE PARENTS THAT LIVE AROUND THIS DRIVER TAKES THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL TO KEEP THEM OFF THE BUS. THERE WILL BE MORE TO TELL YOU IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AS THINGS ARE BEGINNING TO UNFOLD.
LET ME ASK YOU, WOULD YOU TRUST SOMEONE THAT THINKS SO LITTLE OF YOUR CHILD TO CALL IT A BASTARD?? I GUESS WHEN SCHOOLS OUT THE SHEEP THEN TURNS BACK INTO WOLVES!!
myturn wrote:
<quoted text>
Correct me if I'm wrong, and if so I appologize, but didn't this happen by a bus driver who was in their own personal vehicle and not on duty at the time? If so what do you think the Mr. Binder and Mr. Young should have done? They have no control over what employees do on their own time.
JUSTICE FOR ALL

United States

#16 Jul 12, 2007
ONE MORE THING, IF A PERSON IS CAPABLE OF DOING SUCH AN ACT WHILE NOT DRIVING THE BUS WHAT IS THERE TO SAY IT WILL NOT HAPPEN WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING. REMEMBER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME PERSON, JUST BECAUSE SCHOOL IS IN DOESN'T CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINKS.
myturn wrote:
<quoted text>
Correct me if I'm wrong, and if so I appologize, but didn't this happen by a bus driver who was in their own personal vehicle and not on duty at the time? If so what do you think the Mr. Binder and Mr. Young should have done? They have no control over what employees do on their own time.
myturn

Frankfort, KY

#17 Jul 16, 2007
There is nothing to say it won't, because as you say, "it is the same person." However, the school board, superintendent, can not fire someone for less than appropriate language, behavior on their off time. Unless it is a criminal offense, ie: DUI, Wreckless driving,assault etc, it would not be a school board issue. The county attorney's office that won't file a warrant for harrasment is the ones at fault.
taking care of buisness

Brentwood, TN

#18 Jul 16, 2007
If my childs bus driver called him a BASTARD then they have answer to me. I will kick their ass.
JUSTICE FOR ALL

United States

#19 Jul 16, 2007
KNOWING THE HOSTILE FEELINGS THIS PERSON HAS AGAINST THESE CHILDREN SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO STOP THEM FROM DRIVING THE ROUTE WHICH THESE CHILDREN LIVE ON! IS THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS DRIVER DOING SOMETHING TO ONE OF THESE CHILDREN AND BEING HELD LIABLE FOR THE BUS DRIVERS ACTIONS?
myturn wrote:
There is nothing to say it won't, because as you say, "it is the same person." However, the school board, superintendent, can not fire someone for less than appropriate language, behavior on their off time. Unless it is a criminal offense, ie: DUI, Wreckless driving,assault etc, it would not be a school board issue. The county attorney's office that won't file a warrant for harrasment is the ones at fault.
localmanx

Dahlonega, GA

#21 Jul 23, 2007
go to the bus and beat his ass justice i would if he called my child a bastard and the school wouldnt do anything

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