Is Mr Benton making some changes?

Is Mr Benton making some changes?

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ralph

Parrish, FL

#1 Apr 23, 2013
Heard that all principals and annual contract people have to reapply for their job.
None

Blountstown, FL

#2 Apr 23, 2013
I think this will tell the tale:

http://www.applitrack.com/paec/onlineapp/jobp...
None

Blountstown, FL

#3 Apr 23, 2013
I understand superintendents like to come in and change things sometime, but in all honesty, if you have a school that is performing well, why mess with a good thing?

A successful principal shouldn't be sent to a less performing school to "clean it up". And, if you have a principal who isn't work a flip, they shouldn't be sent to another school to screw it up either.

Keep your good people in place, and get rid of the ones who aren't.

Putting people through all the stress that is being caused is not the right way to handle things. Not sure why it's being done this way, but from the outside, it appears to be a power trip and show of authority.

Maybe it's not, but that's the view when looking into the system from the outside.
ralph

Parrish, FL

#4 Apr 23, 2013
I went to the link. And it looks like everybody should be job scared! Holy crap. Does this happen every year? Or is this just politics in its finest form?
Change

Bonifay, FL

#5 Apr 23, 2013
I have seen the job boards and I do not think this is a power trip at all. We needed change in the school district and it seems to me that Mr. Benton is doing just that. I just hope he chooses administrators that are competent of the standards and needs of the students. That is my only concern sometimes you have to get new blood in the district this should never be about who you know. This is not a power trip this is his job.
None

Blountstown, FL

#6 Apr 23, 2013
Change wrote:
I have seen the job boards and I do not think this is a power trip at all. We needed change in the school district and it seems to me that Mr. Benton is doing just that. I just hope he chooses administrators that are competent of the standards and needs of the students. That is my only concern sometimes you have to get new blood in the district this should never be about who you know. This is not a power trip this is his job.
I find it hard to believe EVERY principal and assistant principal in the county needs to be removed.

Again..........keep the good people in place, trim the fat. Coming in and just throwing every single one of them out into the fire isn't good management practice.
None

Blountstown, FL

#7 Apr 23, 2013
ralph wrote:
I went to the link. And it looks like everybody should be job scared! Holy crap. Does this happen every year? Or is this just politics in its finest form?
They've shuffled in the past, but this stunt is brand new! It's a shame he can't fire the board members and put that old crow Charlotte out to pasture.
Really

Argyle, FL

#8 Apr 23, 2013
I just hope he gives Larry Moore the boot. I don't care what else he does, as long as he does that!
Promises

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#9 Apr 24, 2013
I hope Benton keeps his promises he made to all of us about cleaning out ALL administration positions at the school board offices and schools. Several do not qualify nor do they know their job. Sit back and watch and enjoy the show.... that's all folks.
None

Blountstown, FL

#10 Apr 24, 2013
Promises wrote:
I hope Benton keeps his promises he made to all of us about cleaning out ALL administration positions at the school board offices and schools. Several do not qualify nor do they know their job. Sit back and watch and enjoy the show.... that's all folks.
You can't convince me ALL are unqualified. He needs to boot the ones who aren't qualified or whose schools aren't performing well. But those that are......leave them alone.
ABC

United States

#11 Apr 25, 2013
Making room for all of his peeps he promised jobs too.
ABC

United States

#12 Apr 25, 2013
ABC wrote:
Making room for all of his peeps he promised jobs too.
I am afraid we are about to see the "good ole boy" system at its highest level ever.

Some very poor decisions are being made.
yep

Donalsonville, GA

#13 Apr 25, 2013
I do not see the purpose in shuffling principals around if they have their current school functioning. I was told today that MHS is about to receive a D rating. I too fear this will be worse than when Miller was in, it is shaping up to look like its going to be bad, and costly to the citizens and students in many ways. If they need to save money shut down the foolishness of the school at Sunland and save that money. It is no secret that if your a teacher and you are assigned to JCS out there, that you are not worth too much anywhere else in the district. Those teachers at Sunland do not do anything with those residents that staff cannot do on the wards. There are some RT's etc who make a pretty penny out there, how do they earn it, it can't take 8 hours 5 days a week to set up coloring books, wadded up newspaper pieces and trips to town and special Olympics trips.
None

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#14 Apr 25, 2013
yep wrote:
I do not see the purpose in shuffling principals around if they have their current school functioning. I was told today that MHS is about to receive a D rating. I too fear this will be worse than when Miller was in, it is shaping up to look like its going to be bad, and costly to the citizens and students in many ways. If they need to save money shut down the foolishness of the school at Sunland and save that money. It is no secret that if your a teacher and you are assigned to JCS out there, that you are not worth too much anywhere else in the district. Those teachers at Sunland do not do anything with those residents that staff cannot do on the wards. There are some RT's etc who make a pretty penny out there, how do they earn it, it can't take 8 hours 5 days a week to set up coloring books, wadded up newspaper pieces and trips to town and special Olympics trips.
Benton has already made the decision to remove the JCSB teachers from Sunland. They are going to be placed back in schools throughout the county.
None

Tampa, FL

#15 Apr 25, 2013
None wrote:
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Benton has already made the decision to remove the JCSB teachers from Sunland. They are going to be placed back in schools throughout the county.
Yikes! They were put at Sunland for a reason, so I sure hate hearing all those teachers are coming back into the schools. Good financial move, but not a good move for the kids because those people will now be teaching again. And let's face the facts, you don't get sent to Sunland for being a great teacher. Heck even half way decent teachers don't get sent there.......Sunland is where the incompetent teachers who had gotten tenure ended up.

Good news tho.........with new evaluation system, all it takes is a bad evaluation to have you lose your tenure. Then you're back on annual contract and them they can let them go the next year.

So, it's going to take a little while, but good move on Benton's part to get rid of the Sunland Crazy Teachers once and for all!!!
Some changes needed

Crestview, FL

#16 Apr 26, 2013
Directors have to reapply for their jobs too. For some reason, Channel 13 News didn't think to mention that. Also, superintendent's secretary and maintenance foreman. Being an administrator has to be a hard job if done properly. Inevitably, an administrator is going to encounter a situation where people want special treatment for their child and then call the school board when they don't get their way! If that person has enough "clout" they will get their way inless Mr. Benton and the board members support the principals, instead of worrying so much about re-election. I say administrators who are doing a good job should stay where they are and make the others go to the house.
Also, I wonder if people in Jackson County know that we are only two of 67 Florida counties that does not levy the full millage on property taxes. So what, you say? It's very important actually. By the board refusing to do this, the state will not give us all the money we could have coming in for new facilities and/or repairs. Whenever Jackson County asks for more money from the state for facilities, the first question that is ALWAYS asked is, "Are you levying the full millage?" When they hear No, they say they cant help any more until that is done. To the average property owner in Jackson County, that would be about twenty-five more dollars on your yearly property tax. I would write a check to the school board for $25 right now if it meant our kids didn't have to go to school in some facilities that are 60 years old. MMS cafeteria is in dire need of renovation, windows in some schools are so old, they have been screwed shut permanently. The list goes on and on. Many property owners probably wouldnt mind paying a little extra on taxes to fix this, but what stops the school board from doing this? I say it's because people with a lot of land in Jackson County would stand to pay more, and they are also the ones who line the pockets of our elected officials. Remember folks, we are only one of the two counties in the whole state that does not levy the full millage. Come on! Our kids are worth more than that.
Guest

Valparaiso, FL

#17 Apr 26, 2013
My taxes are high enough. You can pay extra if you want to !
Need Info

United States

#18 Apr 29, 2013
Some changes needed wrote:
Directors have to reapply for their jobs too. For some reason, Channel 13 News didn't think to mention that. Also, superintendent's secretary and maintenance foreman. Being an administrator has to be a hard job if done properly. Inevitably, an administrator is going to encounter a situation where people want special treatment for their child and then call the school board when they don't get their way! If that person has enough "clout" they will get their way inless Mr. Benton and the board members support the principals, instead of worrying so much about re-election. I say administrators who are doing a good job should stay where they are and make the others go to the house.
Also, I wonder if people in Jackson County know that we are only two of 67 Florida counties that does not levy the full millage on property taxes. So what, you say? It's very important actually. By the board refusing to do this, the state will not give us all the money we could have coming in for new facilities and/or repairs. Whenever Jackson County asks for more money from the state for facilities, the first question that is ALWAYS asked is, "Are you levying the full millage?" When they hear No, they say they cant help any more until that is done. To the average property owner in Jackson County, that would be about twenty-five more dollars on your yearly property tax. I would write a check to the school board for $25 right now if it meant our kids didn't have to go to school in some facilities that are 60 years old. MMS cafeteria is in dire need of renovation, windows in some schools are so old, they have been screwed shut permanently. The list goes on and on. Many property owners probably wouldnt mind paying a little extra on taxes to fix this, but what stops the school board from doing this? I say it's because people with a lot of land in Jackson County would stand to pay more, and they are also the ones who line the pockets of our elected officials. Remember folks, we are only one of the two counties in the whole state that does not levy the full millage. Come on! Our kids are worth more than that.
If MMS needs renovation, why are they using the money to renovate the old MHS? Shouldn't the school board be using the money to renovate school in use?
Curious

Blountstown, FL

#19 Apr 29, 2013
I bet Larry Moore is sweating bullets!
Director

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#20 Apr 29, 2013
We didn't see the special ed directors job posted. We were told his job would be posted since a certain staffing specialist complained about him not knowing his job and it was handed to him by Sims.

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