Taft ISD board meeting (renew Dr Kelly's Contract) June 7th at 6pm

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Francisco

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May 27, 2011
 

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Do we really want Dr Kelly's contract renewed? Has his leadership improved our school district's standing? Is your child getting the education that he/she deserves? What are your thoughts about how Petty Elementary (East) was organized? Did your child experience bullying problems? I don't believe that Doctor Kelly is being completely honest with the school board. Dr. Kelly has had 3 years and our schools have degressed. They are worse off today than before he arrived. It's no wonder he has been released from previous positions, including Sinton. Please be sure to attend this special meeting and bring a fellow member of our community with you.
Patricia

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May 27, 2011
 
You are right; we do need a new superintendent. My kids have gone through hell at Petty and I have no choice but to send them there. If I could afford to drive them somewhere else I would. It is obvious that the frustration levels have been really high at that campus and it shows on the faces of the teachers and admin staff. You know Taft is a very small town and I have heard horror stories from employees at that school on how Dr. Kelly and other Administration employees micro-manage their staff to try and force the principals and teachers to produce. I will tell first hand that micro-managing DOES NOT WORK. Let the principals and teachers do what they were trained to do. What does Dr. Kelly do besides point his finger and collect a big fat check. Just look at our TAKS scores and that will tell you all you need to know. Failing, failing, failing! How much longer will this go on? He spent a lot of time at that campus this year, because he knew it was critical to turn that school around and he failed. The school board members are failing the community also and we need to hold them accountable. The school board and Dr. Kelly will try to blame the principals and teachers, but they only do what they are told. We need a change and the only way that will happen is with a new leader. I will be at this meeting.
Sylvia

Corpus Christi, TX

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May 27, 2011
 
I hear that he even wants another raise! Is that true? I think they should fire him and give the job to Lolo. How much worse can it get?
Gloria

Aransas Pass, TX

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May 27, 2011
 
I have been telling the parents of Taft students to go to the board meetings. No one goes and voice their concerns. They just talk about it. Dr. Kelly has been here 4 years and scores have not improved. Like Patricia says, he blames principals and teachers, but he and Underbrink are the ones responsible. CScope the way they present it does not work, but it's easier to follow it than to come up with their own ideas probably because they don't know how to. Many schools are getting recognized and using CScope, so they are doing something right. Some principals are being mentored by a consultant costing the district over $10,000. This also is not working. As for the bullying, it can be stopped used the proper procedures, but apparently they are hoping it just goes away. You need a disciplinarian to handle this. Some people are just trying to please to much and forgetting what's important.

I have already voiced my concern to some school board members. Everyone else needs to do the same.
The only board member that speaks for the people is Pete Lopez. The others look at Dr. Kelly for direction. The board is his boss, not him theirs. Pete Rodriguez should be the one running the meeting, but most of the time it's Dr. Kelly.

According the LLB, there are too many administrators at the main office. Dr. Kelly mentioned this at the last meeting. Therefore, someone needs to go. He's getting the big bucks.
He's paid $90.00 per student. We have approximately 1200 students in the district. GP and Sinton have more students and they are getting paid between $20.00 and $30.00 per student. Something is wrong here. Progress ISD's superintendent gets paid $95.00 per student and they might have between 1200-1600 students in their district. Difference is that the superintendent is also the curriculum director, special programs director. He wears most of the hats, while Dr. Kelly has someone to do everything for him.

Speak up people. Kids in Taft are smart. All Kids can learn, but they learn in different ways. Teachers aren't being allowed to help them find their way of learning.

Enough said.
Manual

Corpus Christi, TX

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May 27, 2011
 
Now someone please help me understand why Dr. Kelly has a higher paying salary working at a 2A than superintendents working at a 5A schools. Peter Rodriguez, you are the school board president and the people of Taft demand answers! Why do you keep renewing this man's contract and what is so special about him that he deserves such a big salary. Our schools are not successful and Dr. Kelly along with the school board is the blame. We don't need a micro-managing fool that can't manage anything and the conditions at Petty Elementary clearly show what is NOT happening, our children are not learning as they should. I blame you (Peter Rodriguez) and Dr. Kelly along with Karen the so called curriculum director. We sure do have high paid administrators sitting pretty at the administration building with nothing to do. Between Kelly, Karen, Brenda, Lolo and Noel it must equal million dollars or close to it. How many teachers will that buy? What a waste of money and what do we have to show for it? Absolutely NOTHING! There are 4A and 5A schools in our area that only have 1 superintendent and 1 assistant. We have Chad Kelly and 3 assistants. I say pay him what hes due and get rid of him. Like Gloria said, hes been her 4 years and he has proofed himself useless. Are we going to give him one more year to do the same? I say hell no! Bring everyone you can to the school board meeting on June 7th at 6pm. Its time to take up arms and put a stop to this madness. Peter Rodriguez and you other board members are next. You are up next year and Im going to make sure you are not re-elected. What a waste!
Stephen

Corpus Christi, TX

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May 29, 2011
 
We need to make sure that we pack the house on June 7th @ 6pm. The only way the school board will understand we mean business is if we are unified. I know when it comes to city politics here in Taft we have our differences, but our children's education is on line here and there are no second chances for our kids so why should Mr. Kelly have another chance. Karen the curriculum director has to go too. What has she done? Enough is enough!
Josie

Taft, TX

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May 30, 2011
 
Gloria, you say Pete Lopez is the best board member for Taft ISD, then how well informed could he be if he has missed a whopping SIXTEEN meetings per another board member. You may want to thing twice about Pete Lopez. See you at the next board meeting cause I have a lot to ask Dr.Kelly too, but let's not pick one board member over another especially with so many absenses.
Stephen

Corpus Christi, TX

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May 30, 2011
 
LlPete Lopez' absence have been lagitiment due to working out of town. He has been the only board member in the last 50 years + to actually get involved with the children at our schools and in the community. What can you say about the other? You never see them involved in school activities. How can they know what's best for our community if the ONLY thing they ever show up for is the board meeting. An effective school board is one that has the capability to disagree with each other and with the superintendent. While I surely don't agree with everything Pete Lopez has to say, at least he has the courage to vote no. We all know Peter Rodriguez is Kelly's personal toy. He does anything for Kelly, no questions asked. What an idiot!!! Valle and her 40 years of experience, well she's another joke. Sylvia is only capable of saying, "whatever". Carver an Garrette, they also follow suit. Johnny Carvajal is a drunk and should go and hide under a rock. I say let's get a petition going.
Gloria

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Josie wrote:
Gloria, you say Pete Lopez is the best board member for Taft ISD, then how well informed could he be if he has missed a whopping SIXTEEN meetings per another board member. You may want to thing twice about Pete Lopez. See you at the next board meeting cause I have a lot to ask Dr.Kelly too, but let's not pick one board member over another especially with so many absenses.
I didn't say he is the best board member. He is the one that asks questions. So he has missed meetings, I'm sure he has a good reason for it. I know certain board members are hung up on this, but again that is not my concern, but whether the board is asking questions.

You can't ask Dr. Kelly questions at the meeting, you can only state your concerns so talk to him before the meeting if you want questions answered.

My concern right now is that they plan to extend his contract when nothing has improved education-wise, maybe something things, but not TAKS scores. This is what the state sees. This is my concern.
Let him finish his contract, if scores improve keep him, if not let him go. We don't want to buy off the contract, that's money wasted that we don't have.

I plan to call all the board members and give my views on my opinions, you should do the same.
Manual

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Gloria, can we afford another year of Dr. Kelly? My kids don't think so. As much money as the school board has mis-appropriated with the unfinished water park that they try and blame the previous superintendent for. Now they are cutting back on this great school they talked all this hipe about. We have more coaches than we know what to do with and for what. Take a look at Portland's and Sinton's coaching staff. Now take a look at our. Why do we need so many coaches and assistant coaches, helpers or whatever you choose to call them. Again, money mis-used. Hire two more teachers instead!
Gloria

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Stephen wrote:
LlPete Lopez' absence have been lagitiment due to working out of town. He has been the only board member in the last 50 years + to actually get involved with the children at our schools and in the community. What can you say about the other? You never see them involved in school activities. How can they know what's best for our community if the ONLY thing they ever show up for is the board meeting. An effective school board is one that has the capability to disagree with each other and with the superintendent. While I surely don't agree with everything Pete Lopez has to say, at least he has the courage to vote no. We all know Peter Rodriguez is Kelly's personal toy. He does anything for Kelly, no questions asked. What an idiot!!! Valle and her 40 years of experience, well she's another joke. Sylvia is only capable of saying, "whatever". Carver an Garrette, they also follow suit. Johnny Carvajal is a drunk and should go and hide under a rock. I say let's get a petition going.
This is in reference to Stephen's comments. Let's not get personal with these people's lives. We need to concentrate on the children. That's one of the problems here in Taft that we immediately start stones at people's personal lives and forget what we need to work for.

Hopefully whoever writes on this page, they not use vulgar or discriminating language. Let's keep the comments using clean language and stay on topic. This is not the place to get your frustration out on individuals' personal lives.
Gloria

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Gloria, can we afford another year of Dr. Kelly? My kids don't think so. As much money as the school board has mis-appropriated with the unfinished water park that they try and blame the previous superintendent for. Now they are cutting back on this great school they talked all this hipe about. We have more coaches than we know what to do with and for what. Take a look at Portland's and Sinton's coaching staff. Now take a look at our. Why do we need so many coaches and assistant coaches, helpers or whatever you choose to call them. Again, money mis-used. Hire two more teachers instead!
In response to Manuel's questions about the coaches. Most of these coaches are also teachers, and some of them are very good teachers. They are earning their money. So getting rid of coaches means you're getting rid of some good teachers. That's not the answer. We need to look elsewhere, possibly administrative.
Stephen

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Most of the people posting on this forum have good and valid points to make. We do need to keep it clean and non-personal. Let's keep it to the issue, our children's education. I know there are many frustrations, but we need to work together. Dr. Kelly will want us to fight, he knows it will work to his advantage.
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Oh my gosh! what is wrong with you people? Great, lets blame somebody. Let is start with yourself, and no I am not on the school board. Lets start with how many school board meetings have yiu attended this year? Okay, I agree our school system is bad - but bashing the school members that you voted in is very wrong. Give the board a chance to discuss the problems and issues before you past judgement. Remember if you judge others - you will be judge. Finally, stop acting like a linch mob and grow up and get some smarts!
Gloria

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Oh my gosh! what is wrong with you people? Great, lets blame somebody. Let is start with yourself, and no I am not on the school board. Lets start with how many school board meetings have yiu attended this year? Okay, I agree our school system is bad - but bashing the school members that you voted in is very wrong. Give the board a chance to discuss the problems and issues before you past judgement. Remember if you judge others - you will be judge. Finally, stop acting like a linch mob and grow up and get some smarts!
That's what we want the board to do, discuss the problems and issues. We want them to find out what the people they represent want, not what Dr. Kelly wants. We want them to do what is best for the students. Yes, I attend board meetings, not many people do. That's the problem. They need to start attending and not come complaining afterwards. We are not here to bash the board, we just want them to speak up. What is it that you suggest needs to be done to improve our school system. If you have ideas, let your board members know. Do you go to board meetings?
Hollywood Princess

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May 30, 2011
 
I agree get rid of several coaches - We don't need 6 coaches for the girls athletic program. Have Ms Wilson earn her keep or just hire one coach to coach all girls sports. And yes, 12 coaches on a football field that is a joke. Yes, There are a few good coaches that teach History classes but what about the other coaches that just sit around doing nothing. Ans 3 counselors and a secretary for high school for less then 270 students and believe their degree plans are all wrong.

We need better principals at Junior High and Elem. And get rid of Carvers wife and Ms Nava both dead weight.

Hire young and eager teacher for the 4 course areas of each level of school
Hollywood Princess

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May 30, 2011
 
Oh yea! I forgot the girls softball coach could also be replaced also. He is so unskilled for teaching Spanish or coaching a girls team. But he is a good slave for ms wilson
Taftian

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May 30, 2011
 
I hear that every teach at Taft ISD has over 4 off periods. When I was in school teachers were paid pennies and they only had one off period. No wonder that state is in financial crisis. Taft school board members get educated and be the example cut the fat and strenghen the course subjects that will make strong employees in our community. Make teachers and principal accountable for weekly grades not just TAKS - by that time it is too late. Stop renewing contacts on those teachers that have been here for more the 10 years. Out with the old and in with new ideas and teaching styles.
Stephen

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May 31, 2011
 
4 periods off! Well that's not true. If it were then we'd have twice the staff they have now. 4 periods is half the day. The only place they are over staffed is at the administration building. Seriously though, Dr. Kelly has had 4 years to make his mark. What is he waiting for? If they do let him stay, he should be put on probation and no more raises! Do you know that every school employee has the pay medical benefits for their family except Kelly. Again, why is he over-paid? He has done nothing to deserve such a salary package. Coach Wilson is a very good coach, which is more than I can say for others. Why they have her manging the water park is the dumbest decision and pretty funny when you think about it. We are losing another good coach and teacher (Robbie Moreno). Dr. Kelly and Karen are to blame for that loss.

Again folks, if you are not happy with something about our schools, take it up with the school board. They make all the decisions by voting.
Arturo

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May 31, 2011
 
I was told about this forum and I think it's good that we can have this conversation even though some of us get caught up in the moment due to frustrations. I hope the message is received by the school board because there are many more people that are fed up with the performance of Dr. Kelly. He has made many poor decisions, too many to speak of here. If the school board decides to keep him another year, then it's obvious the community of Taft will have to come together in the next election cycle to elect truly responsible people to oversee the decision making that impacts our children. There is an earlier post I read that said, "our children only have one chance why should Kelly have several". That is a huge statement and it's true. Our children only cycle through the public school system one time. Lets make sure they get it right the first time. It's our responsibility to make sure the board does as we wish and that is making sure our children have the best education possible. If that means replacing a non-effective superintendent, then so be it.

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