Observa

Abilene, TX

#201 May 28, 2009
Filling in info Witness put on the original post.
These are who the choice comes down to.

Shreveport Times Excerpt:

"The School Board picked as its finalists: Derwood Duke, of Natchitoches, Northwestern State University assistant professor; Daniel Rawls, of Pierre Part, Pointe Coupee Parish schools superintendent and former DeSoto schools superintendent; Mary Nash-Robinson, of Greenwood, Caddo Parish School Board assistant superintendent of human resources; Thomas Roque, of Natchez, Rapides Parish School System assistant superintendent of administration; and Shannon Verrett, of League City, Texas, Houston Independent School District leadership development manager for Aspiring Principals Institute."
Teacher

United States

#202 May 28, 2009
Looking at the applicants and deciding which one is really the best choice must be difficult. I have been praying for the school board members to make the right choice. If I were in their shoes, I believe it would be hard after looking at resumes and participating in interviews to choose. What if someone who had a great interview just talks the talk, but doesn't really KNOW how to handle the position. I might tend to go with an applicant that has proven capable of running a parish school board. Duke could do the job. Just a comment. Who do you believe will be the next super? Put yourself in a board members position.
abcs123s

Abilene, TX

#203 May 28, 2009
This is a school system with a lot of problems that require immediate action. A couple of the surviving applicants are untested commodities at the superintendent level. This is not a good situation for an experimental proving ground.

One candidate, Mr. Roque, has stated outright that his focus will be on a plan for at-risk students and addressing issues at the alternative school end of the scale. Is that the vision we need for growth? It seems more like desperation and survival planning. At what point do we focus on providing for those who willingly engage in learning? We will not achieve at the level of other systems until we shift our efforts to protecting the rights of those who really try to learn.

Do we need a politician interested in pleasing the board so that the status quo can continue?
Or is it time for someone to stand up and tell the board that the lack of decisive disciplinary policies and overkill focus on one-size-fits-all education has proven to be a failed experiment?

Two of the applicants are former superintendents.
DeSoto Parish and Winn Parish. Check their success records and longevity in the job. I know neither of them. But the smallest amount of digging revealed that Dr. Duke had a long run as supt. of a neighboring school system that has a high achievement level according to state scores.
Scoop

AOL

#204 May 28, 2009
Here is inside scoop..Thomas Roque will be the next supt. according to my relaible inside source.
OhReally

Natchitoches, LA

#205 May 28, 2009
Tommy Roque got the fewest votes of the five finalists. Only five of the 11 Board members put him in the Top 5 finalists. It takes six votes to get appointed. Do the math.
Teacher

United States

#206 May 28, 2009
I think it is quite possible that Dr. Duke will be the next super.
Chinquapin

Washington, NC

#207 May 28, 2009
Dr. Duke had great success in Winn Parish, but comparing Winn to Natchitoches is like comparing apples to kumquats. There are rumors about his history, but he would be a short-timer with nothing to lose.

Don't know much about Mr. Rawls. Have heard only negatives from Caddo about Ms Nash-Robinson.

Shannon Verrett has some impressive credentials and a proven track record as a no-nonsense administrator in a challenging environment.

Tommy Roque would be the least desirable of the five.

I wish they were having the "meet and greet" in a better place!
Former Grad Student

United States

#208 May 28, 2009
Catfish wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry to disagree but Dr. Duke has been an education instructor at NSU - after he was super in Winn Parish. He knows what is going on.
Mr.Duke (not Doctor), was given a retirement job at NSU by Randy Webb. They are old buddies from Webster and Claiborne Parishes,and share the same racial viewpoints. I took a class under him and he was not a good instructor. He was never prepared and just passed graduate students through without much effort. His lectures were never researched based and it became Uncle Duke's Story Hour!!!! I didn't learn a thing in his class that helped me as an adminstrator.
Parent and teacher

United States

#209 May 28, 2009
Chinquapin wrote:
Dr. Duke had great success in Winn Parish, but comparing Winn to Natchitoches is like comparing apples to kumquats. There are rumors about his history, but he would be a short-timer with nothing to lose.
Don't know much about Mr. Rawls. Have heard only negatives from Caddo about Ms Nash-Robinson.
Shannon Verrett has some impressive credentials and a proven track record as a no-nonsense administrator in a challenging environment.
Tommy Roque would be the least desirable of the five.
I wish they were having the "meet and greet" in a better place!
Rawls dropped out today! Duke is so old he should be put on life support. Winn was successful long before Duke and highly successful after him. He had nothing to do with Winn's success. It's between Roque and Duke. You can bet they won't go with Verret, because they would not have any political clout anymore. Given the choice between Duke and Roque, I would take Roque anytime. At least he has been and still is actively involved in the educational process. Duke is out of touch with current trends in education.
hey

United States

#210 May 28, 2009
OhReally wrote:
Tommy Roque got the fewest votes of the five finalists. Only five of the 11 Board members put him in the Top 5 finalists. It takes six votes to get appointed. Do the math.
Hey Jackass, it' zip - zip in game two.
Parent

Haughton, LA

#211 May 28, 2009
If Tommy Roque is appointed superintendent, my children will be attending St. Mary's next year and if they cannot get in, we are moving to Winnfield or Alexandria. My husband will have to commute to work!

Since: Apr 09

Abilene, TX

#212 May 28, 2009
Former Grad Student wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr.Duke (not Doctor), was given a retirement job at NSU by Randy Webb. They are old buddies from Webster and Claiborne Parishes,and share the same racial viewpoints. I took a class under him and he was not a good instructor. He was never prepared and just passed graduate students through without much effort. His lectures were never researched based and it became Uncle Duke's Story Hour!!!! I didn't learn a thing in his class that helped me as an adminstrator.
You obviously don't know what you're talking about. Dr. Duke earned his Doctorate of Education from NSU in the 1970s.

And no one should give a [email protected] about "racial viewpoints." Racial considerations have driven this system absolutely into the ground. I liked what Shannon Verrett had to say tonight concerning ineffective teachers, "Retrain, relocate, or retire!"
Parent

Haughton, LA

#213 May 28, 2009
Is Shannon Verrett a man or woman? Black or white? Who impressed you most?
Teacher

United States

#214 May 28, 2009
Parent wrote:
If Tommy Roque is appointed superintendent, my children will be attending St. Mary's next year and if they cannot get in, we are moving to Winnfield or Alexandria. My husband will have to commute to work!
What is wrong with Roque? I don't really know him, but I do know Duke. Duke is a great administrator and takes care of things quickly and effectively. I'd like some info on Roque. I think there are lots of folks like me that are just not in the "know" about him!

From the information I've gathered, the board will know who the next super is tomorrow evening.
Parent

Haughton, LA

#215 May 28, 2009
I am sure they will not choose the best person. I have no faith in our school board.
DAMN YOU CRAZY PEOPLE

Seaside, CA

#216 May 28, 2009
agree wrote:
I totally agree with legal eagle. Dr. Brossette is interested in addressing the failing, inter-city schools where the greatest needs exist. He realizes that the small community schools are an asset to the system. Since, most of the interj-city schools are a majority black, I think he is the best person to deal with them. He and his staff, teachers and resource personnel certainly has made improvements in Parks this yhiting the ground running to address needed changes in the system. I say, give him the two year contract and see if he can make a difference. If not, put him back and get some one else fors the job. With a majority white board and a black superintendent there will be a check and balance system in place. In the past, a white superintendent and majority white board has led to nothing but abuse and failure.
This man cant even get a elematry school to pass the leap test hes a fake a** mr. clark who was once in jail so how the hell you think the schools gone run now we mightest well let our children just get home schooling cause schools gone be large daycares with no childcare payment program you feel me
Parent

Haughton, LA

#217 May 28, 2009
DAMN YOU CRAZY PEOPLE wrote:
<quoted text>This man cant even get a elematry school to pass the leap test hes a fake a** mr. clark who was once in jail so how the hell you think the schools gone run now we mightest well let our children just get home schooling cause schools gone be large daycares with no childcare payment program you feel me
You need to go back to school and learn how to spell.
just a teacher

Shreveport, LA

#218 May 28, 2009
I was a young teacher in Caddo when Ms Nash Robinson became an assistant principal for the first time. I will say she is the best principal I ever worked for, anywhere. I have been 16 years in Natchitoches, working at both high schools, under various administrations and she is still the best. She spoke well tonight.
Cheater

United States

#219 May 29, 2009
Chinquapin wrote:
<quoted text>
You obviously don't know what you're talking about. Dr. Duke earned his Doctorate of Education from NSU in the 1970s.
And no one should give a [email protected] about "racial viewpoints." Racial considerations have driven this system absolutely into the ground. I liked what Shannon Verrett had to say tonight concerning ineffective teachers, "Retrain, relocate, or retire!"
Duke did not earn his doctorate! If my child cheats on an exam he will get a 0 on the test and suspended from school since it is a major violation. But, according to you, if the next superintendent cheats on his doctorate we should promote him. What kind of example are we setting for our children. Its o.k. to cheat if you are the superintendent of a school system?
Teacher

United States

#220 May 29, 2009
How many came out for the meet and greet? How did Durwood and Tommy Roque do? My kids had ballgames, but I'd love a report from someone who attended.

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