Becky Knight
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former student

Haslet, TX

#1 May 19, 2013
One of the best teachers in history of Bonham ISD was forced to retire by Steve Hill and Beaty. She was forced out because of money. Now they can hire someone for half the money. Replacing quality like Mrs. Knight is impossible.
Resident

Texarkana, TX

#2 May 19, 2013
I'm pretty sure she had "retired" a few years ago and was double dipping the system. I may be completely wrong on that, but welcome to the real world, nearly everything is related to money.
Alumni

Boise, ID

#3 May 19, 2013
Resident wrote:
I'm pretty sure she had "retired" a few years ago and was double dipping the system. I may be completely wrong on that, but welcome to the real world, nearly everything is related to money.
You are correct. However, it's the students who are the ones losing. She loved her job. She was worth the $. You get what you pay for........

I also think it's interesting to see all of these comments about tenured staff leaving and 'cleaning house'. It's a good thing until it happens to you. Put yourself in their shoes or at the bare minimum try and be respectful to these professionals who are having to rethink their life plan......... We are losing some really good people.
Resident

Texarkana, TX

#4 May 19, 2013
I agree, on your points. Knight was a good teacher, just pointing out that money cuts are happening all over the place.

And....the kids will suffer probably, I'm sure they will go with brand new teachers to fill a bunch of positions and/or friends from Troup and the supt.
Reagan

United States

#5 May 20, 2013
Mrs. Knight is a top notch teacher. It's a shame we can't keep her and NOT renew the contracts of some of the folks at Evans that have been in BISD for over twenty years and a couple that have been employed there six plus years. A few of those folks spend more time on their phones and talking trash about the good staff. I say keep Knight and save some of BISD's money by letting at least five of the grown-up bullies from Evans go. New building.....same immature crap.....the negative actions of those few adults ruins the hopes of anything good happening at that school!
Koolaid

United States

#6 May 22, 2013
Maybe Mrs. Knight's intention wasn't to "double dip" the system maybe she is one of the few that truly loves teaching and her students and decided after being off for awhile that she felt she could make more of a difference in the classroom instead of sitting at home. Kudos to Knight for the truly brilliant teacher she is!
Shirley

Sherman, TX

#7 May 22, 2013
Yes, Mrs. Knight is a great teacher. But, everyone must realize that maybe, just maybe she is ready to retire. I was in school 30 yrs ago and she was my teacher. Don't you think that having 3 generations may be enough to make that decision. She is the best thing that BHS has ever had.
Inshambles

Texarkana, TX

#8 May 22, 2013
Reagan, What's going on at Evans?
Koolaid

United States

#9 May 22, 2013
Shirley wrote:
Yes, Mrs. Knight is a great teacher. But, everyone must realize that maybe, just maybe she is ready to retire. I was in school 30 yrs ago and she was my teacher. Don't you think that having 3 generations may be enough to make that decision. She is the best thing that BHS has ever had.
I hope that this is the case. Hopefully, she is making this decision for herself instead of someone making the decision for her. If she's the one choosing to retire then I hope she has a great time....she deserves it.
Concerned

Caddo Mills, TX

#10 May 23, 2013
Talked to her this week...definitely not leaving on her own, and her main concern is not being able to do what she still loves! Bonham is making another stupid decision...but then again, that's what this admin. is known for in the area, at least in the minds of probably 90% of the population. Moves like this have convinced many of the "let's give this admin. a chance" people that they have already had too many chances.
Just Saying

Sherman, TX

#11 May 25, 2013
Resident wrote:
I'm pretty sure she had "retired" a few years ago and was double dipping the system. I may be completely wrong on that, but welcome to the real world, nearly everything is related to money.
Just what do you mean by "double dipping" the system? Electing to draw her retirement, and continue to work? The retirement money is HER money, and having to continue to work "after retirement" is very common with today's economy. It's not affecting YOUR pocketbook!
Resident

Haslet, TX

#12 May 25, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>Just what do you mean by "double dipping" the system? Electing to draw her retirement, and continue to work? The retirement money is HER money, and having to continue to work "after retirement" is very common with today's economy. It's not affecting YOUR pocketbook!
If you don't understand the system already, trying to detail it here would take too long. It's about the money.
Shadee

Texarkana, TX

#13 May 25, 2013
In Texas, teacher retirement checks come out of money that the teacher himself puts in every payday of their career - it's essentially a savings account (an annuity). It does not come out of taxpayer money. The state,of course, decides how much of their own money they can get back after retirement. It's not much-at this time there has not been a cost of living increase in how much they are allowed to live on in 14 years). Therefore many of them have to keep on working. It's also true that many of them just want to keep on teaching -for most of them teaching is not just a 'job', it's a calling, a mission, and they feel an obligation to continue to do what they do. However, it is true they are paid more than a beginner teacher (and beginning teacher salaries are another disgrace in Texas) so many districts choose to take the cheapest route. When money management is the main goal of a district, that's just what they do...take the cheapest way out.
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#14 May 25, 2013
Shadee wrote:
In Texas, teacher retirement checks come out of money that the teacher himself puts in every payday of their career - it's essentially a savings account (an annuity). It does not come out of taxpayer money. The state,of course, decides how much of their own money they can get back after retirement. It's not much-at this time there has not been a cost of living increase in how much they are allowed to live on in 14 years). Therefore many of them have to keep on working. It's also true that many of them just want to keep on teaching -for most of them teaching is not just a 'job', it's a calling, a mission, and they feel an obligation to continue to do what they do. However, it is true they are paid more than a beginner teacher (and beginning teacher salaries are another disgrace in Texas) so many districts choose to take the cheapest route. When money management is the main goal of a district, that's just what they do...take the cheapest way out.
Well said Shadee, and that wasn't too long, but I guess when you twist the explanation around it does take a long time.
Concerned

Caddo Mills, TX

#15 May 28, 2013
How did Shadee "twist the explanation?"
Resident

Texarkana, TX

#16 May 28, 2013
Bull Williams on the case! He'll look into it and give us his imaginatory findings!
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#17 May 28, 2013
Resident wrote:
Bull Williams on the case! He'll look into it and give us his imaginatory findings!
Already on it, and does your boss know you are commenting on company time.
Shadee

Texarkana, TX

#18 May 28, 2013
Resident wrote:
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If you don't understand the system already, trying to detail it here would take too long. It's about the money.
Actually I think Mr. Williams was saying I was able to explain the process correctly in just a few words even tho he had stated that it would take a long time to explain it - at least that's how I took it.
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#19 May 28, 2013
Shadee wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually I think Mr. Williams was saying I was able to explain the process correctly in just a few words even tho he had stated that it would take a long time to explain it - at least that's how I took it.
Exactly, short explanation, no twist, making it understandable in a short period of time. Excellent job.
Michael Williams

South West City, MO

#20 May 28, 2013
Concerned wrote:
How did Shadee "twist the explanation?"
It amazes me with comments like this that the same want to be teachers and administrators in our school district. No wonder Dr. Beaty is on the war path.

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