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I wanna know

United States

#1 Dec 28, 2011
How is our new Super doing? Has he caught on to those employees in the district that use their position to intimidate and bully other employees? It will be interesting to see what new hires there are this year and who they are related to in the district. Word has it there are people who have been promised jobs once they graduate college. We will be keeping track and reporting to the public. Time for family hiring to stop! If he does the job he promised, there should be some administrative positions open up. Time for change!
From Troy

United States

#2 Dec 28, 2011
Its beyond who you know; its who you blow.
Mediocrity Perpetuated

Old Monroe, MO

#3 Dec 29, 2011
I wanna know wrote:
How is our new Super doing? Has he caught on to those employees in the district that use their position to intimidate and bully other employees? It will be interesting to see what new hires there are this year and who they are related to in the district. Word has it there are people who have been promised jobs once they graduate college. We will be keeping track and reporting to the public. Time for family hiring to stop! If he does the job he promised, there should be some administrative positions open up. Time for change!
Many of the locals who have been hired here once they graduate college are great teachers and their roots in this community keep them from being lured to more profitable positions elsewhere, but some of them are just clunkers who couldn't work anywhere else, and this "closed-loop" prevents our students from being exposed to the bigger, grander ideas from the world outside Lincoln County, and perpetuates the lower level of educational standards of the past. It will not matter how much we spend if we keep hiring the same way we always have, with preference to our own graduates.
From Troy

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2011
Mediocrity Perpetuated,

Amen.
Ignorance Overdose

United States

#5 Dec 29, 2011
Come on folks! Don't you just LOVE the country bumpkin atmosphere here? The aromatic wiffs of the local feed lots in the spring and summer? The same smell you get when some of our local politicians enter a room? LMFAO!

This county needs NEW ideas and investment from OUTSIDE its boundaries. You are right about perpetuating the "incestuous" relationships that still exist here. That same ignorance and stupidity is why our taxes will be going up HIGHER than would have been necessary!
whatever

O Fallon, MO

#6 Dec 29, 2011
if we spend more money we are smarter?
Ignorance Overdose

United States

#7 Dec 29, 2011
whatever wrote:
if we spend more money we are smarter?
As compared to what, exactly? Given our current economic situation in this community, I doubt we could get any dumber..........
whatever

O Fallon, MO

#8 Dec 29, 2011
Ignorance Overdose wrote:
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As compared to what, exactly? Given our current economic situation in this community, I doubt we could get any dumber..........
your correct in part you can't, but we could
From Troy

United States

#9 Dec 29, 2011
Hmm..

I think all of us standard that we live in fly over country. I'm all for new ideas / innovation and the like. The problem is that we don't have an environment that cultivates that. Or puts an emphasis on that. Its not in the DNA of the people here. Definitely not a critical mass of independent people who have talent and don't already benefit from the way things are already.
Well

O Fallon, MO

#10 Dec 29, 2011
I wanna know wrote:
How is our new Super doing? Has he caught on to those employees in the district that use their position to intimidate and bully other employees? It will be interesting to see what new hires there are this year and who they are related to in the district. Word has it there are people who have been promised jobs once they graduate college. We will be keeping track and reporting to the public. Time for family hiring to stop! If he does the job he promised, there should be some administrative positions open up. Time for change!
No, the same bullies are still there.
Give him time

O Fallon, MO

#11 Dec 29, 2011
Well wrote:
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No, the same bullies are still there.
Contracts were let in June/July. The new super started officially about the same time. Give him the benefit of assessing what is happening, what needs to be done and prepare a plan to address it.

I've spoken with him directly and he understands the issues, the causes and the methods to change course.

Why don't you speak directly to him so that that you get it firsthand?
Well

Saint Peters, MO

#12 Dec 30, 2011
Give him time wrote:
<quoted text>Contracts were let in June/July. The new super started officially about the same time. Give him the benefit of assessing what is happening, what needs to be done and prepare a plan to address it.
I've spoken with him directly and he understands the issues, the causes and the methods to change course.
Why don't you speak directly to him so that that you get it firsthand?
I have spoken to him, and while he seems as though he has a clue, lets see if he if he is able to rid the district of the "bullies." It is tough to do when several have been around for 10 or more years in CO or in the high school.
Stop dancing around

Wentzville, MO

#13 Dec 30, 2011
Well wrote:
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I have spoken to him, and while he seems as though he has a clue, lets see if he if he is able to rid the district of the "bullies." It is tough to do when several have been around for 10 or more years in CO or in the high school.
Name the "bullies" please. It's time to start calling it as it is and stop with the bs.
Dictatorship

United States

#14 Dec 31, 2011
"Doc" Lawrence ran the R-III schools like a 3rd World Dictatorship. Very similar to the way the county was/is run. Imagine that, the school district being a reflection of a backwards, 3rd world country.

Dissent, from ANY source, was treated as a threat. It did not matter if it was staff or parents. Rather than work cooperatively for a mutually beneficial solution, the people and situations were handled under the table. God forbid if there was ANY dissension in the ranks!

Before you start criticizing the new Superintendent, may I suggest you put the history and leadership of the R-III schools in the proper context!
For Petes sake

Wentzville, MO

#15 Dec 31, 2011
Dictatorship wrote:
"Doc" Lawrence ran the R-III schools like a 3rd World Dictatorship. Very similar to the way the county was/is run. Imagine that, the school district being a reflection of a backwards, 3rd world country.
Dissent, from ANY source, was treated as a threat. It did not matter if it was staff or parents. Rather than work cooperatively for a mutually beneficial solution, the people and situations were handled under the table. God forbid if there was ANY dissension in the ranks!
Before you start criticizing the new Superintendent, may I suggest you put the history and leadership of the R-III schools in the proper context!
Doc Lawrence hasn't been Superintendant for 5-6 years! Get current will ya! And, yes, he is responsible for not having the foresight as to what was coming....probably why he decided to retire.
He's gone; get over it.
Still Paying

Wright City, MO

#16 Dec 31, 2011
For Petes sake wrote:
<quoted text>Doc Lawrence hasn't been Superintendant for 5-6 years! Get current will ya! And, yes, he is responsible for not having the foresight as to what was coming....probably why he decided to retire.
He's gone; get over it.
Myself and others are STILL paying for his mistakes including ever-increasing taxes. His blunders and lack of foresight continue to dictate how the R-III Schools are doing. He may have left, but the legacy he and others created continues.

I will "get over it" when the R-III Schools quit asking continuely for new tax increases because he and other leaders in this community had no common sense.
Suggestion

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#17 Dec 31, 2011
I think the new Supt. should have a weekly column in the Journal that covers pertinent school topics and issues impacting students, parents and tax paying patrons of the District. This column should be written by him and not be a blurb put together by the Community Relations staff. He needs to become more identifiable to the community and assume his leadership role as the #1 spokesman for R-III.
Contemporary reality

Wentzville, MO

#18 Dec 31, 2011
Still Paying wrote:
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Myself and others are STILL paying for his mistakes including ever-increasing taxes. His blunders and lack of foresight continue to dictate how the R-III Schools are doing. He may have left, but the legacy he and others created continues.
I will "get over it" when the R-III Schools quit asking continuely for new tax increases because he and other leaders in this community had no common sense.
So, you blame the current Superintendant for failures of others? Do you punish your children for mistakes that you make?
This is the reasoning that you are using. So while I understand your position, to continue to beat the problem won't provide a solution. The school district cannot increase the tax base....that is the domain of the Troy city leadership, the County Development committee, the County Commissioners and Ed Schieffer.
If you want to stop having to decide on property tax increases, get your political leaders to deliver on commercial and industrial development. Have the County get P & Z in place so that there can be some sanity to growth.

It's all a puzzle that can fit together if you establish some rules. Right now, there are no rules and what we have is the result. And it's time we faced that fact and move forward.
You Dummy

Wentzville, MO

#19 Dec 31, 2011
Contemporary reality wrote:
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So, you blame the current Superintendant for failures of others? Do you punish your children for mistakes that you make?
This is the reasoning that you are using. So while I understand your position, to continue to beat the problem won't provide a solution. The school district cannot increase the tax base....that is the domain of the Troy city leadership, the County Development committee, the County Commissioners and Ed Schieffer.
If you want to stop having to decide on property tax increases, get your political leaders to deliver on commercial and industrial development. Have the County get P & Z in place so that there can be some sanity to growth.
It's all a puzzle that can fit together if you establish some rules. Right now, there are no rules and what we have is the result. And it's time we faced that fact and move forward.
You dummy, this is Lincoln County and they have never faced facts....so why start now? Let's just watch our community dissolve into a Third World Country and be proud that we stood by watching and never did a thing to reverse the inevitable.
Permanently Puzzled

Wright City, MO

#20 Dec 31, 2011
Contemporary reality wrote:
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So, you blame the current Superintendant for failures of others? Do you punish your children for mistakes that you make?
This is the reasoning that you are using. So while I understand your position, to continue to beat the problem won't provide a solution. The school district cannot increase the tax base....that is the domain of the Troy city leadership, the County Development committee, the County Commissioners and Ed Schieffer.
If you want to stop having to decide on property tax increases, get your political leaders to deliver on commercial and industrial development. Have the County get P & Z in place so that there can be some sanity to growth.
It's all a puzzle that can fit together if you establish some rules. Right now, there are no rules and what we have is the result. And it's time we faced that fact and move forward.
The citizens of this county are in a perpetual state of puzzlement. The most obvious example is that they continue to elect a useless individual as their State Representative. Add to that issues like turning down public libraries and economic development incentives and you can see that the solution is VERY far away.

The new Superintendent has inherited a community that is fighting progress. Education, by its basic defintion and mission, represents progrss. As you can see, Lincoln County is STILL refusing to submit to the obvious. We were/are woefully unprepared for that has happened the past 10 years.

It is going to take a public WAR in the coming year's elections to correct these problems and issues. The incompetent and neglectful BOOBS, DRUG ADDICTS and UNETHICAL individuals who have held or currently hold public office MUST BE REMOVED! New, younger and UNRELATED individuals NOT from this county must be elected to public office.

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