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Southfield Public Schools superintendent calls it quits

There are 24 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Feb 17, 2006, titled Southfield Public Schools superintendent calls it quits. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

Officials at Southfield Public Schools announced late today that Superintendent Beverley Geltner is stepping down.

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Joe Ham

Grosse Ile, MI

#1 Feb 20, 2006
I have four children in the Southfield Public School system. It seems we continue to have difficult times with turnover (thoughout the system "top to bottom"). How much is this going to cost us!!!!!!!! This happened so fast, what's going on in the superintendents office? Why was this move kept from the public?
Former SPS Employee

Farmington, MI

#2 Feb 23, 2006
Southfield Public School District is out of control from Top to Bottom. Dr. Geltner is a woman of Excellence and SPS can't adhere to the word.
Not sure what it will take or who can help.


#3 Mar 6, 2006
Former SPS Employee wrote:
Southfield Public School District is out of control from Top to Bottom. Dr. Geltner is a woman of Excellence and SPS can't adhere to the word.
Not sure what it will take or who can help.
I would like to know what is going on at SPS I have a child in the school system and I am not satisfied with what I see. Comments?


#4 Apr 30, 2006
is SPS continuing dress code next year for high school students

Dearborn, MI

#5 May 1, 2006
Loreal wrote:
is SPS continuing dress code next year for high school
loreal like the makeup personally i like clinique
burned out sub teacher

United States

#6 Nov 15, 2006
As former student of SPS and now a SPS sub teacher, I see way too many sub teachers in the schools. Are the teachers tired of the students' behavioral problems that seem to be worse today than yesteryears or is there a lack of committment on the teachers' behalf? Parents please do your jobs at home so the teaching staff can have less stressful days.
political districts

Arlington, TN

#7 Jan 3, 2007
Children should not be up rooted in the middle of the school year. If parents are having financial problems. Due to the economy or illiness and you need help. What if one day you lose everything including your health. How would it feel if you were in this position. These are children not numbers and you wonnder about behavior. Children do have feeling!!!!
Concern Parent

United States

#8 Jan 18, 2007
SRAC is out of control. Poor evening school administration. She thinks she still teaching elementary students.

Detroit, MI

#10 Jan 22, 2007
Concern Parent wrote:
SRAC is out of control. Poor evening school administration. She thinks she still teaching elementary students.

Detroit, MI

#11 Jan 22, 2007
Mary Black

West Bloomfield, MI

#12 Feb 13, 2007
Listen they are not out of their minds or anything so shut up.

Savannah, GA

#13 Apr 30, 2007
now the doctor is in saline and i dont know y anny of you liked her she wheres her pdh as a kevelar vest and over words every thing! she has spent school money to higher police to search are myspaces and facebook's when she dident have enuff money for are teachers she cut them mid term and she has made school a place the kids cant be who they are, they cant speek freely with out dealing with her they cant act freely off campous with out dealing with her and the police she wants to cut projrams that dont lead you stright to a uinervisty degery. so what i cant read as well as her or write as well as her but at least i can listen to the public and relize im not doing the right things and she states that we are in a democratic socity that right so let saline vote on her i bet with out her promased school bord she wouldent be around

United States

#14 May 5, 2007
need more information

Little Rock, AR

#15 Jun 4, 2007
I am a current student at SLHS and i feel that instead of focusing on this dress code and a mean superintendent, how about you think about the education these students are getting? We honestly are not learning anything in school and are not getting the right education to even help us in the future and because of this complications, im transferring and maybe in time southfield will realize that its not about this pointless dress code or the super, its about the education.
Former SPS Teacher

Ann Arbor, MI

#16 Oct 10, 2007
The problems go WAY beyond any one person's poor judgment, lack of leadership skill, or even racism.
SPS schools are mere shadows of the excellent learning institutions they used to be.
I worked in SPS for a year, when Dr. Geltner served as Superintendent. I watched as students ruled the halls, and the weak administration bowed to the will of abusive parents and students. Two examples to illustrate my predicament (and why I left, despite my love of teaching):
Example 1.)
I had a student who had come into one of the district high schools carrying a 1.2. She'd already failed the class I was teaching 2 years running, and at the end of the year had a 1.4. When I came to teach, she would scream at me, she'd "sneak" out the back door (I reported this, admin did nothing about it), she'd been caught cheating multiple times, and she refused any extra help. She would incite the other students in the class to throw things, swear, cheat, and vandalize walls with defamatory graffiti. She physically attacked me twice. She was suspended for egregious offenses multiple times which she used to get her hair and nails done. I went to a meeting to deal with the complaints this girl's mother had made. The mother had complained to Geltner and implied that *I* was the cause of this girl's failure. Instead of doing her job and kicking the girl out of the district (oh, and did I mention the girl was already kicked out of Detroit Public schools, where she was actually a resident?) Geltner wasted my and the admin's time in meetings, and gave me a poor evaluation for "poor skills dealing with parents." It's *my* fault that the mom and child were abusive and manipulative liars? It's *my* fault that the admin can't handle students and parents? Pardon my lack of eloquence and decorum, but fuck that.
Example 2.)
One day I hear screaming coming from the room next to mine with a sub teaching. I walk into the hallway adjoining our rooms, and I address the unruly classroom, but upon returning to my own, I notice that a girl is in MY office at MY desk, on MY phone. I walk back to the sub's room, and ask if he gave her permission for this. He said no - in fact, he'd told her twice not to go in there. I tried to tell the girl to leave my office, nicely, and then firmly. She screamed at me and refused, since she was "talking to her momma. Now, I should note: School policy CLEARLY indicated that she could only use the MAIN OFFICE phone to make calls, and ONLY with permission.
I was called into the main office for a meeting with this girl and her mother, during which I was berated for half an hour for some unnamed offense. When I suggested that we try and focus the meeting into effectively resolving the actual issues, was told by the administrator, just listen to what the parent is saying. After another twenty more minutes of this abuse, I'd had enough and said "this meeting is over, I have work to do," and walked out.
Upset over this, I asked the building representative what I should do about this abuse. Despite the fact that she was elected by the staff to represent them in just such cases of abuse of staff members, she basically turned to me and said "this conversation never happened."
The administration in SPS clearly is incapable of controlling the high school's population, and creating a healthy, safe, and supportive learning and working environment. The school act more as prisons then and learning institutions. The parents of the district are more interested in getting their kids the right outfits then in getting them to learn something. Half the teachers are complacent - or selectively oblivious to the workings (or not workings) of the school.

If you do send your kids to this school, make sure you are:
1.) getting your kids into the honors track,
2.) supporting your kids academically, and
3.) CONTROLLING YOUR KIDS.(they are KIDS, not ADULTS - YOU BE THE ADULT) then they can get a decent education anywhere.
SPS Parent

Lima, OH

#17 May 20, 2008
I agree, it definitely starts at home. If a child cannot be controlled at home, then they cant be controlled anywhere. Secondly, schools went to hell with all this corporal punishment and childrens rights bull$#@*&^. If they were doing as they are expected (LEARNING), none of these other things would be issues. Why the administration and mainly the parents do not support the teachers is beyond me. The parents send these little hoodlums to school with no home training, and then have the nerve to get mad because the teaches will not allow there child to abuse them.

The administration need there [email protected]$%^ whooped also. There job is to adminstrate and keep order, not be manipulated by the parents and children.

"Clean House" the whole system just needs to start with employees who can stand up for the teachers and the purpose of educating our children, and let the dissatified parent take there bad a&*(%$ kids somewhere else. Work with the families that want there children to succeed and be successful.
Mhs parent

Melvindale, MI

#18 May 20, 2008
What they do in Melvindale the CEO just doesn't return calls when you have a problem
Do something

United States

#19 May 28, 2008
Southfield Public Schools needs some new board members. They are all to willing to do whatever their administration, who are apparently not well educated, wants them to do. A recall is needed
disgusted parent

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#20 Oct 24, 2008
My daughter was physically attacked by 2 bullies in a crowded Southfield hallway in February of this year. Due to an apathetic response from Southfield Police School Liason, and inadequate response from Southfield we are unable to prosecute. According to the Oakland County Prosecutor's office, there were no witnesses to the two bullies. We were told today, "there is not enough evidence to prosecute". This is re-victimization. To sum it up: YOUR CHILDREN CAN BE ATTACKED IN SPS, THEY WILL RECEIVE THE SAME DISCIPLINE FOR DEFENDING THEMSELVES AS THE ATTACKERS. THE POLICE NOR THE COURTS WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Guess what, one of the attackers didn't even live in the school district.
sps student

Delaware, OH

#21 Nov 26, 2008
I think that all students should be mentally examined before they enter our schools. God forbid, but this could have been a school shootin. I am a student at Southfield High, and I want to feel safe when I go to school.

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