Sink or Swim

Charlotte, MI

#41 May 15, 2012
Better off without EISD wrote:
Well, I was the first go from EISD, under Dr. Beardsley, last October. 22 Years of loyal hard working service, Tim Price, Kelly Corbett, Ralph Hansen, Elain Smiley and Christine made up lies and accusations about me, ending with termination.
Our support staff union cowered behind their desks and did nothing. All of the EISD administrators are above the law when it comes to the fate of all employees. All of the above mentioned did a "fake" investigation, where I was unable to refute or I would be fired immediatly. This was under Al Widner, first. Ineffective superintendent. The Welfare to Work program, under the direction of Tim Price, is fraudulent and he protects the young, inexpensive, inexperienced beautiful employees. The Eaton ISD as a whole, needs to be investigaed for mis-use of funds. Finally, after 6 months, am I able to write how this termination has effected my life. First, I thought I was the looser, but now, EISD is the looser! I could go on and on......but am just going to sit back and see who makes it, and who doesn't. Definately, not the class act organization it used to be. Good Luck
Better off - it sounds like you were treated unfairly, however, I highly doubt that your union leadership cowered behind their desks. Chances are if anything, they fought and advocated for you, but given that the superintendent is so easily able to forge and create false information, the associations hands were tied and were unable to do anything for you. Dr. Beardsley is the queen of false information and lies (or at least half truths). I'm sure your association leadership, like so many association leaders before them were railroaded and bamboozled with lots of fancy talk from lawyers that cost the district hundred of dollars an hour. Dr. Beardsley can talk and talk and talk in circles until you just don't know what is being said and she certainly NEVER answers ANY questions directly asked of her. Be glad Better Off that you are no longer on the sinking ship that is EISD. We are all jumping ship and you are correct...EISD is not the class act that it once was!!
Ron bahrie

Southfield, MI

#42 Jun 5, 2012
Thankfully retired wrote:
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Where to start - I have much info on this woman and how she treated her employees while here.
Tell me more
Ron bahrie

Southfield, MI

#43 Jun 5, 2012
Desperately Seeking Info wrote:
Well, kudos to the good people of Oscoda for ridding yourself of the two-headed snake known as Christine Beardsley! Unfortunately, she has landed in the quiet town of Charlotte, MI and is now the Superintendent of Eaton Intermediate School District. We are the "unsuspecting community" that she has been leashed upon.
Now that many of us have read your Topix forums, we are wondering if you can share specifics relating to her work ethics (or should I say lack of ethics or morals). We are well aware of her bullying as so many of us (in only 6+ months) have been on the receiving end! We also know that she likes her consultants and her lawyers. We are also seeing that if you do not agree with Dr. Beardsley...LOOK OUT!
We're just looking for instances that we can share with our Board of Education to prove that this isn't her first time "at the rodeo" so to speak. At this time we are not sure how the Board of Education feels about Dr. Beardsley, however we remain diligent in writing letters to the BOE and attending meetings to speak up and have our voices heard.
Please know this is not intended to be a "witch hunt". However, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...
Any information is appreciated!
Tell me more
Ron bahrie

Southfield, MI

#44 Jun 5, 2012
Eyes wide open wrote:
I'm so ashamed of our BOE, after receiving a letter they wrote today I can say we now know their position and it is firmly up Christine's butt! In a nut shell, they are backing everything she has done and will do, and we need to quit taking things personally.
"Board members have heard from many employees over the last several months. Some employees are sharing their support for a number of changes, some have realistic concerns, and others are resistant to change and chose to make it a personal issue rather than a constructive dialogue. This doesn’t serve our students or our constituent districts. We always want to hear from staff at all levels of the organization when they have concerns about the direction of the organization, what they’re hearing from our customers, or with general comments. However, we ask that comments be kept respectful. The board has supported Dr. Beardsley in every major decision since she started in July.".
With this kind of support we have no hope of getting out from under her rule. Our only hope is that she will get tired of playing the game here and she will move on, and maybe a couple of us will be left to pick up the pieces.
Tell me more
Stuart

Oscoda, MI

#45 Jan 10, 2013
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Mort

Martin, OH

#46 Jan 25, 2013
Christine is a good bowler.
Concerned Citizen

Lansing, MI

#47 Jun 26, 2013
Eaton ISD is definitely seeing the effects from hiring this new Superintendent. I cannot believe that this one was picked over other applicants, it was a huge mistake!!! The budget has taken a turn for the worst, continuing to climb every year since this mistake. People have lost their jobs while others in Administration have received raises. This Superintendent has forced other to take huge pay-cuts in order to keep their jobs, but of course not herself. This district really needs our help. A blog has been created in order to bring awareness to the community. Please help by visiting the blog and adding any comments you have regarding this Superintendent. The blog has been set up so that any comments can be made anonymously, so do not be afraid to post, please. Here is the blog site:

www.charlottesupermess.blogspot.com

I think the name says is all!!!!!
Been There

Oscoda, MI

#48 Jul 6, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Eaton ISD is definitely seeing the effects from hiring this new Superintendent. I cannot believe that this one was picked over other applicants, it was a huge mistake!!! The budget has taken a turn for the worst, continuing to climb every year since this mistake. People have lost their jobs while others in Administration have received raises. This Superintendent has forced other to take huge pay-cuts in order to keep their jobs, but of course not herself. This district really needs our help. A blog has been created in order to bring awareness to the community. Please help by visiting the blog and adding any comments you have regarding this Superintendent. The blog has been set up so that any comments can be made anonymously, so do not be afraid to post, please. Here is the blog site:
www.charlottesupermess.blogspot.com
I think the name says is all!!!!!

Hope this all ends for you soon.....Christine has left a trail of wounded people in her path. Worse than her, are the people who seemingly stand by doing nothing because at that time they're not the ones being tortured. Shame on them as well. It takes strength to stand up for what's right. Don't give up and keep asking for the facts you need.
John

Marshall, MI

#49 Jul 13, 2013
it is happening again at the Charlotte RESA!
Concerned Citizen

Lansing, MI

#50 Jul 14, 2013
Yep, it sure is happening again at Charlotte RESA. 24 more poeple losing their jobs. It's even all over the news. Check out this link:

http://www.wlns.com/story/22828424/eaton-coun...
Dawn Vanneste

Lansing, MI

#51 Jul 16, 2013
Below is the message sent to RESA/ISD Employees, parents, and residents. If you would like to help in our cause, please contact me at hullapopper@gmail.com Thank You!

We are here to share information with the public that will significantly impact the support staff of Eaton RESA and the direct care special needs students are receiving. The concerns are in regards to the poor leadership and financial mismanagement for nearly 3 years, that have resulted in the most recent recommended layoff of 24 support staff positions.
At the start of Dr. Beardsley’s employment, there were 74 support staff positions. Due to continued layoffs, out sourcing of remaining positions, and possible loss of grants, the support staff will be reduced to 1 full time and 3 part time employees . During these changes, 3 negotiation meetings occurred, communication ceased, and ultimatums were given.
These 24 employees work directly with special needs students and have for many years. The number of dedicated years range from 11 to 33, totaling over 300 years of service. What the media and others are being told is, this will save the district around $300,000. Though this may be true, what the media and others are not being told include, but are not limited to, these 5 points:
So far this year, members outside our bargaining unit have been given raises totaling $273,000. This total does not include the increases in Eaton RESA’s administrator wages. This increase is for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year and will continue to increase the next 2 consecutive years. The wage increase is an average increase of 5.6% per employee, with the highest being a 12.4% increase.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
2. In the time the Superintendant has been employed by Eaton County:
Administrative costs including, but not limited to Superintendent, Board Of Education, Audit, and Legal fees have risen over 70%- Business office expenses have doubled - Operations costs have increased to just under 40%.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
3. Best Practices money from the Michigan Department of Education was never applied for.
What this means is, Eaton RESA met all the criteria for these funds, yet didn’t apply for $20,588 in funding. The amount is 3.2% of Section 81 funding.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
4. Eaton RESA is out of compliance in the following areas:
The Annual Report is not posted. The Transparency Report is not complete with salary information. The ISD Report is not posted. The Technology Plans are not current.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
5. Why are these 24 positions being looked at as a financial issue, when they have already been included in the 2013/2014 school year budget which was approved on June 19th by Eaton RESA board of education.
Many people find it hard to believe that such a small group of employees, at the lowest end of Eaton RESA’s pay scale, can be the cause of such detrimental measures for both Eaton RESA employees and special education students.
On to what exactly these 24 employees have been offered.
Though the 24 employees MAY apply for employment with Grand Ledge Public Schools, the only information given is as follows:
-At the most, we will receive 29 hours of part time work per week.
-There has been no information on the number of days or weeks available to us.
-The hourly wage will be between $9.07 -$13.00 per hour.
-No Benefits
This offer is up to a 72.5% wage loss for these employees. This does not include the loss of sick, personal, vacation, and holiday time along with medical benefits.
We are expected to make a life altering decision by July 31st without being given concrete facts. What this means for the 24 dedicated employees is:
Dawn Vanneste

Lansing, MI

#52 Jul 16, 2013
-If we say we are unable to live on the part time wages offered we could quite possibly be denied unemployment benefits.
-If we decide to accept this part time position , we will not receive unemployment benefits nor will we receive our MESSA insurance that is guaranteed for up to a year of coverage.

The support staff have been put in an impossible decision making situation. The one guarantee we should be given is, unemployment benefits while seeking livable, full time work of our choosing, that fits each families individual needs.

As tax payers, residents, and parents, you should be questioning the poor leadership and financial mismanagement. You are encouraged to attend and participate at the upcoming school board meeting at Eaton RESA on July 24th, at 6:00 pm.

Please don’t let Eaton RESA become another Oscoda School District.

Dawn Vanneste
Spokesperson for Eaton RESA Support Staff
Dawn Vanneste

Lansing, MI

#53 Jul 16, 2013
I apologize for the error. This message was suppose to be posted before the previous. This is the message sent yesterday to news media, parents, and the public. If you would like to help in our cause, please contact me at hullapopper@gmail.com
Thank You!

We are here to share information with the public that will significantly impact the support staff of Eaton RESA and the direct care special needs students are receiving. The concerns are in regards to the poor leadership and financial mismanagement for nearly 3 years, that have resulted in the most recent recommended layoff of 24 support staff positions.

At the start of Dr. Beardsley’s employment, there were 74 support staff positions. Due to continued layoffs, out sourcing of remaining positions, and possible loss of grants, the support staff will be reduced to 1 full time and 3 part time employees . During these changes, 3 negotiation meetings occurred, communication ceased, and ultimatums were given.

These 24 employees work directly with special needs students and have for many years. The number of dedicated years range from 11 to 33, totaling over 300 years of service. What the media and others are being told is, this will save the district around $300,000. Though this may be true, what the media and others are not being told include, but are not limited to, these 5 points:

So far this year, members outside our bargaining unit have been given raises totaling $273,000. This total does not include the increases in Eaton RESA’s administrator wages. This increase is for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year and will continue to increase the next 2 consecutive years. The wage increase is an average increase of 5.6% per employee, with the highest being a 12.4% increase.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

2. In the time the Superintendant has been employed by Eaton County:
Administrative costs including, but not limited to Superintendent, Board Of Education, Audit, and Legal fees have risen over 70%- Business office expenses have doubled - Operations costs have increased to just under 40%.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

3. Best Practices money from the Michigan Department of Education was never applied for.
What this means is, Eaton RESA met all the criteria for these funds, yet didn’t apply for $20,588 in funding. The amount is 3.2% of Section 81 funding.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

4. Eaton RESA is out of compliance in the following areas:
The Annual Report is not posted. The Transparency Report is not complete with salary information. The ISD Report is not posted. The Technology Plans are not current.
HOW IS THIS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

5. Why are these 24 positions being looked at as a financial issue, when they have already been included in the 2013/2014 school year budget which was approved on June 19th by Eaton RESA board of education.

Many people find it hard to believe that such a small group of employees, at the lowest end of Eaton RESA’s pay scale, can be the cause of such detrimental measures for both Eaton RESA employees and special education students.
Friend

Mount Clemens, MI

#54 Jul 16, 2013
If you have not heard, over two dozen employees have been laid off. Charlotte, MI needs your help! The news is simply portraying this issue as a 'budget' issue and are unaware of Christine's hand in these vindictive lay-offs. Those laid off are unable to gain unemployment, or if they can it is low and not worth the paperwork.

Children in the school district are suffer and families of the employees are suffering as well. Please help bring this issue to light! Contact the local news sources (Fox 47 and Channel 6 News) and help provide them with the information they need! Set the record straight!

These employees are fighting back and need your help!
County Journal Reader

Lansing, MI

#55 Jul 20, 2013
County Journal - Saturday, July 20, 2013 pg.3
Eaton RESA Support Staff Seeks Answers to Layoffs
Travis Silvas~Editor

The 24 support staff personnel recently laid off by Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) want their board to dig a little deeper into issues concerning their district. Members of the support staff, which deals primarily with special education students, shared five points of concern at a public gathering at the Charlotte Public Library on Monday, July 15.
"We want the board to research the facts, meet with all teams to hear what they've heard," said Deborah Furlong, a 33-year employee of the district whose job is being eliminated. "Has the same information been given to each group? We think not."
The layoffs will result in a $300,000 savings for the district. However, support staff members contend the district has handed out raises to members outside its bargaining unit that total $273,000, not including increases in administrative costs. The group also contends that administrative costs have increased more than 70 percent in the last three years.
"We're still fighting, not because we want our jobs back," said Dawn Vanneste, a 20-year employee of the district who was recently laid off. "It was a huge financial loss for us, but a huge relief not to be in this mess. We're asking for someone to step in and do what's right for these kids. We have amazing teachers and they are afraid to speak up for fear they could lose their job."
Vanneste said the common denominator in the district's recent personnel issues is superintendent Dr. Christine Beardsley.
"Many people, certified teachers and support staff, have written letters to school board members about their concerns," Vanneste said. "What is so scary to me is that this is a person that was hired to keep the students best interest in mind and this is how she treats other human beings."
The 24 employees have been given the option to apply for similar employment with Grand Ledge Public Schools. Furlong said, however, that very little information about the potential jobs has been shared to this point.
"We still don't know how many days we're being offered or what the wages are," Furlong said.
Vanneste estimates the current offer could mean a 72 percent wage loss in addition to losing their benefits.
Efforts to reach Dr. Beardsley before deadline were unsuccessful.
The support staff encourages concerned citizens to attend the next Eaton RESA meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at Eaton RESA, located at 1790 E. Packard Highway in Charlotte.
John

Kaleva, MI

#56 Jul 22, 2013
Why isn't the board looking into all of this?!? Why are they turning a blind eye?
Demand Answers

Lansing, MI

#57 Jul 23, 2013
Important message for Eaton County area residents. Please take a moment to read this:
Written 07/22/13
Just a reminder, to citizens and taxpayers in the Eaton County area, of the very important Eaton Intermediate School District School (Eaton RESA) Board meeting on July 24 at 6:00 pm in the Meadowview School Building, located at 1790 Packard Hwy in Charlotte (just past Walmart Plaza.) Please attend to support quality services for special needs students and to protect their safety.

We need to keep these children safe. The qualified support staff who worked directly with these students, and whose extensive training WE paid for, have been let go (to save money.) This puts these children at risk, not to mention the district at risk of lawsuit should there be any neglect or injury to students or staff. These are YOUR funds being mismanaged. This is YOUR special services school board.
You need to be aware that grants and funding may lost due to being out of compliance - transparency laws being ignored, required documents being submitted, grant money not be used for the stated purpose when the funds were granted etc. All documents are to be made available to the public on request under the Freedom of Information Act so there should be no question regarding the legality of possessing them. Feel free to request copies because, as of this morning, the documents are not posted to the website as is required.
During this same time as the loss of hands on staff, certified staff wages have been increased and they have been guaranteed increases for two years. Although I'm sure administrator salaries have been increased, the transparency laws are not being followed in respect to reporting the budget and wages. Once again, it has not been posted. There have been increases in other administrative costs as well as office operating costs and legal fees. Qualified staff has been forced out because they dared to speak out against poor administrative and procedural practices and make suggestions for improvement. Others have been put on leave (at full salary and benefits) to reconsider their opinions. Intimidating letters have been sent to staff members threatening repercussions and possible loss of jobs if they speak out against the injustices and safety risks related to support staff reductions. These reductions will require replacement of the veteran staff with employees from temporary employment services which adds costs to the finances already strained by inefficiency and ineptitude. Some of the staff in the finance department, who have knowledge of the mismanagement of funds, have been let go and replaced with staff members who have none of the specialized knowledge and expertise needed to handle special education finances others who have discovered discrepancies and the improper moving around of funds, when reporting it to supervisors, have been told to just, "Let it go.". These are not the only unnecessary expenses. The superintendent has insisted that legal representation accompany her to meetings. I'm very concerned that she would even feel that this is necessary. And I am also concerned because the school board has turned a blind eye to these documented events. This is YOUR money. These are OUR children, members of OUR community and it is OUR responsibility to provide the special service they need. If you have friends and neighbors in the Eaton County service area who are not on Facebook, please share this information with them.
Apparently the school board did not investigate the past employment history of upper management candidates. If they had, they would have discovered very unhappy citizens, school districts left in shambles and crisis, a history of bullying and intimidation and the lack of staff, office procedure and financial management skills. Supervisory Management styles of this type are not tolerated at the state level and should not be tolerated at the county and local levels either.
Demand Answers

Lansing, MI

#58 Jul 23, 2013
continued...
The students are suffering the consequences of all of this. Their safety, education and care should be the priority, NOT the salaries and perks of the administrators. I don't want my money handled in this manner, do you want your money mismanaged like that?
The students need for us to present a show of power. There is strength in numbers. We must take a stand and give voice to children with special needs who are not able to advocate for themselves. Please attend this meeting. If you should choose to speak you must sign the list when you enter in order to take the floor. Your time will be limited so please have in mind the points you wish to make. You do not need to take a turn at the microphone if you choose not to, but please be there. The larger the audience, the bigger the impression that will be made. The school board should not be allowed to go to a "closed meeting" to hide their actions from the citizens. All the documentation is Public Information and the Transparency requirements apply. Any minutes taken from open or closed meetings are not required to include actual discussion, only the topics discussed. We need to hear all that is said. We, as citizens and taxpayers, have the right to hear it. But we have to be there. This is a public meeting and there is no expectation of privacy. But I have no equipment available to me so I will not be able to share video. Please share this information with as many as you can and, please, for the sake of the children, attend the meeting to show how important these students are to you.
Special Education Services School Board Meeting, July 24th, 6 PM, Meadowview School at 1790 Packard Hwy in Charlotte, just past the Walmart Plaza. See you there ?
John

Kaleva, MI

#59 Jul 23, 2013
How can "current" staff speak out at the meeting if there is so much intimidation? What of those already that spoke out and were dismissed, fired, walked out, etc?
Mark Parent

Oscoda, MI

#60 Jul 25, 2013
As happy as I am to be rid of the Wicked Witch of the North. I feel the pain you at Eaton ISD are feeling.

Your best bet is to fight her is from within, line up your candidates for Eaton ISD Board of Education, with information the people will elect someone to fight this monster.

I wish you the best of luck

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