Southwick removed from school

Apr 15, 2011 Full story: Richmond Daily News 140

Richmond High School Principal Karen Southwick was re-assigned to the R-XVI district office for administrative duties beginning Monday, according to Richmond Superintendent Dr.

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just wondering

Columbia, MO

#1 Apr 15, 2011
Regardless of your opinion on the actual issue at hand, the district is now short two administrators - one at the middle school and now one at the high school. The high school is now short an administrator during their most hectic time of the school year.

So, if I am not mistaken we are paying for two administrators that are not performing their duties. I am curious as to what exactly her duties will be while at C.O., and who is picking up the slack from her duties at the H.S.?
Whatever

Kansas City, MO

#2 Apr 15, 2011
Mr. Kizzire is not being paid for both principal and superintendent. To my knowledge, Mr. Cavanaugh is being paid to be the principal right now. If anyone, the middle school is lacking a vice.

I would think we are paying Mrs. Southwick for not actually being in building though. We paid Mr. Robbins for being a superintendent, and he wasn't even in Richmond. One of the prices of letting people go.
In_the_know

Kansas City, MO

#3 Apr 15, 2011
Maybe she is putting together the schedule that she refused to work on. Although not an outright lie, she misrepresented the truth when she testified that she was unable to put together the schedule that the Board, the superintendent, and the student performance committee had requested until after receiving all of the open enrollment forms. Designing a modified block schedule is not dependent upon the requests of students for classes.

And, this is not the most hectic time of the year. One of the principal's main responsibilities is building leadership in regards to teacher support and evaluation. Evaluations are done and she was much more focused on supporting her favorites than teachers as a whole.

The only thing that is missing with her out of the building is supervision, which can be covered by teachers working toward an administration degree, and her drama--which is definitely not going to be missed by anyone that is actually focused on education.
southwick all the way

Columbia, MO

#4 Apr 15, 2011
the students of rchmond high school we want Mrs. Southwick back at the high school the least the board can do is let her finnish the school year at the high school and let her be on the stage for graduation because if it is a board member up there that voted against her that is up there the chance of most of the seniors shaking the had of that board member is going to be low very low and i have already benn hearing things like some of them not shaking kizzires hand because the stdents are very unhappy with what he has done and really dont feel like he deserves there respect if he is not going to respect the students and hear what they want karen we love you
Hmmmmmmm

Saint Joseph, MO

#5 Apr 15, 2011
southwick all the way wrote:
the students of rchmond high school we want Mrs. Southwick back at the high school the least the board can do is let her finnish the school year at the high school and let her be on the stage for graduation because if it is a board member up there that voted against her that is up there the chance of most of the seniors shaking the had of that board member is going to be low very low and i have already benn hearing things like some of them not shaking kizzires hand because the stdents are very unhappy with what he has done and really dont feel like he deserves there respect if he is not going to respect the students and hear what they want karen we love you
Seriously? Are you a senior? If so, from this post, I'm not sure you really should be graduating.
Nice

Gower, MO

#6 Apr 15, 2011
In_the_know wrote:
Maybe she is putting together the schedule that she refused to work on. Although not an outright lie, she misrepresented the truth when she testified that she was unable to put together the schedule that the Board, the superintendent, and the student performance committee had requested until after receiving all of the open enrollment forms. Designing a modified block schedule is not dependent upon the requests of students for classes.
And, this is not the most hectic time of the year. One of the principal's main responsibilities is building leadership in regards to teacher support and evaluation. Evaluations are done and she was much more focused on supporting her favorites than teachers as a whole.
The only thing that is missing with her out of the building is supervision, which can be covered by teachers working toward an administration degree, and her drama--which is definitely not going to be missed by anyone that is actually focused on education.
She didn't lie. The committee worked on it. They got to a point where they couldn't go forward without knowing enrollment. Talk to the people on the committee.
In_the_know

Kansas City, MO

#7 Apr 15, 2011
I didn't say she lied. I said she misrepresented the truth. Trying to design an entirely new type of schedule is not dependent upon student requests for classes.

In addition, where in all of this discussion was a committee of teachers assigned the responsibility? Karen was charged with designing a schedule, not in forming a committee to design one. If the board or superintendent had wanted a committee to design it, it would have been left to the student performance committee.

All she would have had to do is take what she was able to come up with to Kizzire. As long as she was able to show that she had truly worked on it this wouldn't be a problem. He didn't charge her with designing a fully functional, error-free schedule. Bring him a schedule that shows a real attempt had been made, along with all of the challenges that were encountered, and he would have said okay or given advice for other approaches, etc. The problem is, she passed the buck, didn't put forth real effort, and got called on it. Maybe now that she is in central office without all of the students, faculty and staff to cry and gripe at, she'll do what she was assigned to do last fall.
Guest

Clinton, IA

#8 Apr 15, 2011
southwick all the way wrote:
the students of rchmond high school we want Mrs. Southwick back at the high school the least the board can do is let her finnish the school year at the high school and let her be on the stage for graduation because if it is a board member up there that voted against her that is up there the chance of most of the seniors shaking the had of that board member is going to be low very low and i have already benn hearing things like some of them not shaking kizzires hand because the stdents are very unhappy with what he has done and really dont feel like he deserves there respect if he is not going to respect the students and hear what they want karen we love you
If you are a student please learn how to spell correctly and use punctuation. Mrs. Southwick, as an educator should cringe when she reads what you wrote because it shows, as an educator, she was severely lacking in that department.
Seriously

Kansas City, MO

#9 Apr 15, 2011
Nice, no capital letters. No punctuation. At least try and act like a responsible person instead of a whiny little child.

Mrs. Southwick is gone. Not shaking Mr. Kizzire's hand is NOT going to hurt his feelings. Obviously there's a problem-- otherwise five of seven people wouldn't have voted the way they did.

Speaking of respect... Is Mrs. Southwick respecting the decision of her superintendent and her school board by parading around town bashing them to community members and children??
southwick all the way wrote:
the students of rchmond high school we want Mrs. Southwick back at the high school the least the board can do is let her finnish the school year at the high school and let her be on the stage for graduation because if it is a board member up there that voted against her that is up there the chance of most of the seniors shaking the had of that board member is going to be low very low and i have already benn hearing things like some of them not shaking kizzires hand because the stdents are very unhappy with what he has done and really dont feel like he deserves there respect if he is not going to respect the students and hear what they want karen we love you
Long Time Observer

Columbia, MO

#10 Apr 15, 2011
In_the_know wrote:
I didn't say she lied. I said she misrepresented the truth. Trying to design an entirely new type of schedule is not dependent upon student requests for classes.
In addition, where in all of this discussion was a committee of teachers assigned the responsibility? Karen was charged with designing a schedule, not in forming a committee to design one. If the board or superintendent had wanted a committee to design it, it would have been left to the student performance committee.
All she would have had to do is take what she was able to come up with to Kizzire. As long as she was able to show that she had truly worked on it this wouldn't be a problem. He didn't charge her with designing a fully functional, error-free schedule. Bring him a schedule that shows a real attempt had been made, along with all of the challenges that were encountered, and he would have said okay or given advice for other approaches, etc. The problem is, she passed the buck, didn't put forth real effort, and got called on it. Maybe now that she is in central office without all of the students, faculty and staff to cry and gripe at, she'll do what she was assigned to do last fall.
In addition to this post you might be interested to know that if an administrator "really" wants the best for the students they would encourage them to focus on their work and not something they have no control over. To my knowledge this has never been done.

Students seem to think that the school building is a democratic work and study environment. As a teacher, I can tell you that is not the case. It is no more democratic for us than it is for the students. You have a "job" to do and you don't always get what you want or to do it your way.

Finally, it may not be a well known fact that the school board can have information that, by LAW, they cannot share with the public with regards to not renewing a contract. This is private information that, by LAW, has been set-up for teacher and administrator protection. If you don't like it, change the law.
Shes out of here

United States

#11 Apr 15, 2011
just wondering wrote:
Regardless of your opinion on the actual issue at hand, the district is now short two administrators - one at the middle school and now one at the high school. The high school is now short an administrator during their most hectic time of the school year.
So, if I am not mistaken we are paying for two administrators that are not performing their duties. I am curious as to what exactly her duties will be while at C.O., and who is picking up the slack from her duties at the H.S.?
Maybe it will demostrate that the school district does not require all of the high cost administration staff. Maybe the money can go to teacher salaries, who impact the education of the students in the classroom far more than a bureaucrat sitting in an office.
wompwompwomp

Columbia, MO

#12 Apr 15, 2011
Shes out of here wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe it will demostrate that the school district does not require all of the high cost administration staff. Maybe the money can go to teacher salaries, who impact the education of the students in the classroom far more than a bureaucrat sitting in an office.
Mom? Is this you?
miss piggie

United States

#13 Apr 15, 2011
It would be great to see students shun Kizzire and board members. Will be interesting to see if Julie Stevenson has the nerve to be on stage or calling the shots from the background or behind Momma's protective skirt.
Hmmmmmmm

United States

#14 Apr 15, 2011
miss piggie wrote:
It would be great to see students shun Kizzire and board members. Will be interesting to see if Julie Stevenson has the nerve to be on stage or calling the shots from the background or behind Momma's protective skirt.
I disagree. That would be showing a total lack of respect for authority. They will never succeed if they go through the rest of their loves with that sort of mentality. I may be from an "old school" upbringing, but respect will never go out of style.
Whatever

Kansas City, MO

#15 Apr 15, 2011
How did Julie Stevenson get brought into this?
From what I know, she hardly even works with Mrs. Southwick!!
Oh right... it's because you all are blaming everyone except Karen Southwick.
miss piggie wrote:
It would be great to see students shun Kizzire and board members. Will be interesting to see if Julie Stevenson has the nerve to be on stage or calling the shots from the background or behind Momma's protective skirt.
miss piggie

United States

#16 Apr 15, 2011
If she is doing her job she should be working with all administrators.
parent

United States

#17 Apr 15, 2011
Julie Stevenson is one sharp lady. No sense in dragging her in this mess. You can only lead a horse to water. Doesn't mean they will drink. Leave Julie Stevenson out of this.
miss piggie

Blue Springs, MO

#18 Apr 15, 2011
parent wrote:
Julie Stevenson is one sharp lady. No sense in dragging her in this mess. You can only lead a horse to water. Doesn't mean they will drink. Leave Julie Stevenson out of this.
Or What?
Guest

Kansas City, MO

#19 Apr 16, 2011
miss piggie wrote:
<quoted text>Or What?
Your name suites you. Probably a freshman smart ass.

When it comes right down to it, don't you supporters have more important things in life to worry about than whether Southwick has a job or not? Who cares?????????? Get a life! She's working her way towards ending her career in education. All this crap will follow her through the interview process. Good luck with that....
April Showers

Clinton, IA

#20 Apr 16, 2011
miss piggie wrote:
<quoted text>Or What?
bom bom bom! dun dun dun!
It's funner if you say it out loud.

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