Lake County commissioner's record sho...

Lake County commissioner's record shows little concern for kids...

There are 32 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 4, 2008, titled Lake County commissioner's record shows little concern for kids.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender needs to find a race she can win at the ballot box, and by switching from the commission to the School Board, she thinks she's nailed it.

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CitizenOfClermon t

Sebring, FL

#23 Jun 6, 2008
Opinions belong in an opinion column, not the front page.
BNO wrote:
I know that we have to cover this with every column, but this is an EDITORIAL. She is a COLUMNIST. It is not unbiased reporting of the news because it is not supposed to be. The writer gets paid to give her OPINION. I also love how you call her "uneducated". Stick to Fox News.
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Citizen Of Lake

Sebring, FL

#24 Jun 6, 2008
I apologize if my grammatical errors offended you. But I believe the people of Lake understood the message even if a couple of words, or sentences were misspelled or fragmented. Another thing worth mentioning is that her column lacks research and is solely based on her UNEDUCATED opinion of a particular situation.
Lake27 wrote:
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How can you call anyone uneducated with grammar and spelling errors like you have in your post?
Citizen Of Lake

Sebring, FL

#25 Jun 6, 2008
Are you implying Jimmy Conner is a real fiscal conservative? I do not believe real fiscal conservatives spend 35,000 dollars on graduation ceremony for a Lake County High School in an Orange County facility. But Jimmy Conner and our school board did. That sounds like real fiscal responsibility in these times of economic stress. Whatever.
Desparate Call wrote:
Please, someone come forward to run for the school board seat that Mr. Conner is leaving that is a for-real fiscal conservative but with prior business experience, maybe a former CEO and experience in running a billion-dollar business that would be in it for the kids and not to serve their own interests and not those of their puppeteers. Mr. Wiseman was part of the school board crowd that helped create the present mess with their see no eveil, speak no evil, and hear no evil attitudes.
Ms. Stivender is a college drop-out that has primarily only worked for greedy attorneys and fed off the public trough at their behest. Objectively, her record speaks for itself. As to the Tavares High School teacher, I don't know anything about her, but one thing appears to be certain, the Lake School system is a billion-dollar business that is Lake's largest employer and being a school teacher should not qualify her for being on the board of directors to this now complex business enterprise. So please step forward if you have business experience, a college grad or MBA, or retired with extensive accountability experience to do what needs to be done. No more political hacks please!
Tom Wetherington

Casselberry, FL

#26 Jun 6, 2008
Thank you Nobody for caring! We Nobodies have to stick together.
Here2Serve

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#27 Jun 6, 2008
I agree with NativeSun that the article does not fully and accurately depict Ms. Stivender’s record of service in Lake County. I have served the Lake County community in a volunteer capacity on many occasions and have worked side by side with Ms. Stivender. She has worked hard on behalf of our kids and I will support her in her bid for a school board seat. If Lake27 hasn’t served in the trenches with Ms. Stivender, he or she is doing little more than offering up lip service.
OCPS

Lady Lake, FL

#28 Jun 7, 2008
I have not read or heard one reason to vote for DS. For that matter, I have not read or heard any of the canidates tout anything that will help the current failure, called the Lake County School System.
LakeTeacher

Leesburg, FL

#29 Jun 8, 2008
What we need in our school board are people who care about our students, our teachers, our staff, and how we can make Lake County Schools the best in Florida and in the USA. The School Board positions should NOT be political just like the Superintendent position.
An involved citizen

United States

#30 Jun 9, 2008
Mrs. Stivender is the only county commissioner who shows up for meetings involving children on a county level! She has been instumental at helping with various initiatives throughout the county such as the playground in Tavares. She not only shows but is always willing to help with any issue that she believes will help children. She is at Children Services Council meetings, Lake County Shared Services Network Meetings, Lake County Juvenile Justice Council Meetings, Safe Climate Coalition Meetings, etc. I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but I think you need to be more objective as obviously there are things going on that you don't know anything about!
OCPS

Lady Lake, FL

#31 Jun 9, 2008
An involved citizen wrote:
Mrs. Stivender is the only county commissioner who shows up for meetings involving children on a county level! She has been instumental at helping with various initiatives throughout the county such as the playground in Tavares. She not only shows but is always willing to help with any issue that she believes will help children. She is at Children Services Council meetings, Lake County Shared Services Network Meetings, Lake County Juvenile Justice Council Meetings, Safe Climate Coalition Meetings, etc. I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but I think you need to be more objective as obviously there are things going on that you don't know anything about!
I am sure these meetings do a lot for the classroom. I am not sure where you are going with this post. I have the answers but lawyers and unions and Boston types wouldn't like them.
DLinOrlando

Oviedo, FL

#32 Jun 9, 2008
The school board position is supposed to be non partisan people. Anyway, I agree with Ritchie (who is a conservative by the way) on this one. When she ran last time she ran unapposed and still only had 36% of the voters. She sees she will have a tough time in this election so she is moving to school board. NO WAY! Whoever the school teach is that is running I will vote for her, we need some new blood in this area, we got rid of the superintendent now it's time for the rest.

I love it when Ritchie posts these kinds of columns, whe helped get Bobby Pool out as well. Now if she could just help with the solution I have for the bad behavior in our schools!
Lake County Resident

Fort Wayne, IN

#33 Jul 1, 2008
Some of your comments may be correct, however, all the blame cannot be put on Stivender herself. She does not rule the entire county. Your article also proves why we need new leadership in this county. Jimmy Connor for one is not the right choice. Hopefully, people will get out and ensure this egotistical hot headed man does not take Stivender's position. HOWEVER, I would love for you to start investigating the current situation of budget cuts going on in our school systems. Thanks to our governor for pushing Amendment 1 our school systems now suffer. All I ever read about public schools is negative. We should all be OUTRAGED at the state for the cuts they are making and loss of jobs and classes we are losing in our schools. Some schools and districts are having to cut custodian positions. Schools are adding toilet paper to the school supply lists. Brevard county reported last week that they cannot clean school buses over the same which will create mold build-up which will eventually affect those children riding buses. They also reported teachers and students will have to pick up some of the custodial duties.I understand that the economy is tight but to take from our children in not right. Last week our state spent 1.75 BILLION dollars to purchase sugar cane property in South Florida for
conservation. If our state can afford that why on earth can't they supply toilet paper for our kids!!
WhoIsNext

Maitland, FL

#34 Jul 2, 2008
Obama for Lake County School Board!(just kidding, I don't wish him on anybody!)

Good luck to parents when this election occurs...I'm afraid we're all in trouble in Lake County.

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