Gracie

Walnut Creek, CA

#21 Jun 1, 2011
What's with the school making special arrangements to pick up kids from home after 8am? First they send a bus and then they send a special taxi where they even get off and knock on your door to wake the parents up. Now if that isn't welfare, then I don't know what is! Come on parents , take some responsibility and raise your children. It's not the school's or the tax payer's job, it's yours! Get off the drugs! You people are an insult to our community. Now there are some with special needs, but the other 98% are just free loading smoochers who have become so lazy and caught up in drugs and who knows what else.
Gracie

San Antonio, TX

#23 Jun 2, 2011
I'll support anyone that has the courage to not fall in line like the rest of the board. Yeah so Pete Lopez has to work and miss meetings, get over it. What's the point of having any board at all if they can't manage to do anything right. Just take a look at Petty. What about the fact that Dr. Kelly flat out told the contractor how much money was available for the renovations? Who in their right mind does that? Yet here we are and the majority of the board goes right along like a bunch of idiots. If anyone should step down it should be Pete Rodriguez. Try talking to the man, he thinks he knows best. What an arrogant fool. President Peter and Superintendent Kelly should both go away for good. They have both failed our children.
Concerned Mother

Aransas Pass, TX

#24 Jun 2, 2011
There are many things that we as a community need to be concerned about. Renewing CHAD'S contract would be a huge mistake. Don't be fooled when they tell you that the drop-out rate has improved it hasn't. Student's that were once called drop-outs are now "HOME-SCHOOLED"so now they do not count against the district. We need to be concerned with the number of students that enter as Freshman and the number of Seniors that are graduating 4 years later. We need to question why we have so many student that are over 15 and barely 9th graders what are the odds of those students graduating. How are we making sure these students are successful. Teenage mothers how many do we have, how many have graduated, how many have dropped-out(Home-schooled). These are the students that will stay and someday run this community. Ask Chad about these kids see what he has to say. These kids should be in school not only earning a high school diploma,but learning a trade, or earning a certification or an associates degree. There are many teacher's, principals & administrators that work hard and try their best to improve our district & we have many teacher's, principals & administrators who are just here to collect a check. Ask how many employees we have that DO NOT send their children to school here? Then you tell me do you really think they care whether this district is successful or not? Better yet ask how many out-of-district employees use to bring their children to school here and in the last three years have pulled them out. Ask you're elementary principals if Petty is as great as they say it is why their children attending Petty.
Taftian

Aransas Pass, TX

#25 Jun 2, 2011
Please for the 35 girls in athletic that where the cuts need to begin. Taft doesn't need a girls coordinator. We need one true coach for all girls sports like Coach Curry. Much less one that can only coach volleyball. Just like the girls softball coach he will never have a winning team becuase he is too busy work with all the wrong girls. That's all she know! Please trim the dead beat coaches and teachers. Hire young and dedicated staff that whats to teach. We need more coach Moreno's, coach suarez, angel lopez, mr Z's those people care about TAFT and the students.
Taftian

Aransas Pass, TX

#26 Jun 2, 2011
Pete Lopez needs to resign if he can make it to meetings. How can he respresent our communitty, kids and school when he can alone be in town for football games. Pete does care about the course subjects he is just a sport guy looking to be popular. Just watch when he comes out and makes donations - thats when he and his wife need you votes or support. They are just needy people.
Gracie wrote:
I'll support anyone that has the courage to not fall in line like the rest of the board. Yeah so Pete Lopez has to work and miss meetings, get over it. What's the point of having any board at all if they can't manage to do anything right. Just take a look at Petty. What about the fact that Dr. Kelly flat out told the contractor how much money was available for the renovations? Who in their right mind does that? Yet here we are and the majority of the board goes right along like a bunch of idiots. If anyone should step down it should be Pete Rodriguez. Try talking to the man, he thinks he knows best. What an arrogant fool. President Peter and Superintendent Kelly should both go away for good. They have both failed our children.
Taftian

Aransas Pass, TX

#27 Jun 2, 2011
I agree get rid of Pete and the followers that he supports. But he will be at the Board Conference dining, drinking and partying on TAft isd. Just the the past board president and current board.
old school corpus christi wrote:
okay what iam reading is get rid of Dr. Kelly now (pay him off) and hire another superintendent ( lots more money per month to district) get rid of Karen, get rid of teachers, get rid of coaches, get rid of board members. lots of people to get rid of. Oh and the biggest joke people supporting Pete Lopez after all those absenses, he should have stepped down long time ago with all those absenses.
Green and White Spirit

Aransas Pass, TX

#28 Jun 2, 2011
Did anyone hear about a past board member stealing from the Mexican School Board Association. $50,000 - It was said that if this Taft x-board member resign and pay this money back the association would not file charges on him. $50,000 thats a lot of money. But Taft board members love to misuse someone else's money. TAft community let's take back this town and school.
Green and White Spirit

Aransas Pass, TX

#29 Jun 2, 2011
Please LOLO (another loser) with a crazy wife and daughter. That job belong to Emi Alaniz.
Sylvia wrote:
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?
TIME FOR A CHANGE

Aransas Pass, TX

#30 Jun 2, 2011
Time to say good bye to Dr. Kelly. Kelly,Snedeker,Unterbrink, Meyers & Lolo they are all Superindents. Lolo wears more than one hat. They recently took Migrant from him to give it to Meyers why? What Kelly should've done is to let her go. Meyers was unsuccessful as a principal at Petty, so he creates another position for her. Unterbrink is supposed to be in charge of Curriculum. All she does is hire consultants there are something like 12 consultants that work with our high school teachers. So why are we paying her? Now rumor has it that someone on each campus will be responsible for curriculum. She's dead weight. Get rid of MEYER & UNTERBRINK. Use that money to hire an extra math & science teacher for the high school. We have all these people with all these degrees and no common sense. How many employees are there at central office almost as many as there are at the high school. Does that make any sense?????
Wouldnt Want to be You

Aransas Pass, TX

#31 Jun 2, 2011
Dr.Kelley I bet you read these post and laugh. You like to be in control kind of ironic because this district is total chaos because of you. If anyone says anything you don't like they're moved to the top of your hit list. Well it looks like you're at the top of this communities TO GET RID OF LIST. As for the Board Members we elected you and we expect you to do your job. there are some legitimate concerns here address them. Board Members are you blind can't you see how much the employees in this district detest Kelley. Did you know that Kelley has tried to fire employees because he was told they spoke to a board member. Kelley is not the man for this district. If he cared about the teachers in this district he wouldn't of accepted a raise when his teachers weren't receiving one. He doesn't care about his staff, our kids or our community.
typical taft

Aransas Pass, TX

#32 Jun 2, 2011
here we go again all of taft on different pages and finding something to disagree on...ok so evrybody here is bringing up good pionts but when the time comes will you put the keyboard aside and vioce your opinion in person i highly doubt that Cause jawing back and fourth on a website like this is watt taft is good at and maybe its deeper than just people that are highley ranked in our school system because stuff like this is the reason we have to settle for a dr,kelley and not have someone descent i mean look taft is already losing one of the postive it had in moreno and saurez is gone after next year y because of stuff like this
ABC

Aransas Pass, TX

#33 Jun 3, 2011
As far as our School Board Members go they participate in different ways. Pete Lopez is by no means better than any of the others. Mr. Pete Rodriguez was very involved and volunteered his time with Jr. PTO. Mr. Johnny Carver can always be seen attending different sports events & is kind & sincere. And he doesn't wait for you to greet you, Carver always says hello & doesn't expect anything in return. Mr. Carvajal has always visited the different campus to see the day to day operations. Mrs. Montemayor will always take a call from a concerned parent or teacher without caving in to Kelley and telling him who said what. She is very professional. Ms. Valle volunteers several days a week at Petty Elementary. Ms. Garrett provides a scholarship for local seniors & very involved in the community. Pete Lopez does volunteer his equipment and time. So they are each involved.
Gloria

Aransas Pass, TX

#34 Jun 3, 2011
Ok. So now everyone how everyone feels because you spoke up on Topix.com . Towards the beginning of this, I said it should not get personal, but some of you think this is the place to get out your personal feelings towards some people.

The topic is: Should they extend Dr. Kelly's contract? My belief is: Don't extend yet. Let him work out the rest of the year without an extension and see if things can get better. If you buy him out, that's money down the drain. I know of many superintendents that get paid out and then don't work for a year. Why should they, they got paid? Don't do this.

Let's see how many of you are going to be at the board meeting on Tuesday. Like Typical Taft said, You speak out here, but when it comes to the niddy griddy of the thing, you're not there.

As for Green and White Spirit, that's probably all you have spirit for Athletics, because Lolo and his wife have SPIRIT for the children of Taft. Have you ever volunteered with the Boy Scouts, or the K Kids, probably not. Do you volunteer when Lolo takes children from Taft ISD to buy shoes, toys for Christmas. Do you belong to civic associations that are here for the betterment of Taft. These are the type of parents that Taft needs. Parents that teach their children character, about life, not that sports is the only way, because without grades sports goes nowhere. Without character, that green and white spirit will get you nowhere.

Thank you to Jean for being at Jr. High because the reading scores were in the 80's. That's good teaching. Maybe they should have left her at Petty and the scores might have been better.

Don't start in on people. I have used my real name and have no problem with anyone knowing my opinions. The board knows this. But for everyone else, you probably used fictious names. Don't be afraid to voice your concerns. Use your real name.

SEE YOU AND BRING A FRIEND AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY VOICE YOUR CONCERN THERE. IF YOU WANT ANSWERS, TALK TO BOARD MEMBERS BEFORE THEN.
Garcia

Dallas, TX

#35 Jun 3, 2011
Okay Gloria, so you want to keep Dr. Kelly here for another year and risk sinking further down the dumps? I would rather pay him whatever his contract states and be done with him, start a new and begin to repair the mess he's created. There was a better candidate that applied for his position who had proofed his capabilities and had worked for the district for many years. He knew the people of Taft and they knew him. Dr. Climer was a better match for superintendent and the schol board let him get away. Instead they went and hired a consultant (more money) whom they knew nothing about and brought in citizens to sit on a committee to ask questions. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! I suggested to some of the board members to let SPECIFIC teachers and principals to interview and recommend who to hire for the position. Who would better know what is needed for our children than the people they spend the entire day with, the faculty.
Nameless becuase I can

Aransas Pass, TX

#36 Jun 3, 2011
Gloria - you been rejected and hire at Taft isd - I wonder why. I volunteer in many many organizations local, state and national and I don't see you around at any level. Even at school you don't come out to socialize only if teachers are gossiping. Don't play both side. Kelly needs to go along with all the dead weight at the Administrative office. We can not have it both ways. Yes, Climer, Alaniz and Sonia Perez many great leaders have been let go. All the poor hires are Lolo's poor judgement in qualities. Anyone can be a Scout leader and Take kids to buy tennis with someone else's money.

Oh yea! Wilson gets paid my the city of taft to run the water park that is not Taft isd responsibility. Let's hope we never see that animal in a swim suit with Buendia next to her. What a site!!!
Garcia wrote:
Okay Gloria, so you want to keep Dr. Kelly here for another year and risk sinking further down the dumps? I would rather pay him whatever his contract states and be done with him, start a new and begin to repair the mess he's created. There was a better candidate that applied for his position who had proofed his capabilities and had worked for the district for many years. He knew the people of Taft and they knew him. Dr. Climer was a better match for superintendent and the schol board let him get away. Instead they went and hired a consultant (more money) whom they knew nothing about and brought in citizens to sit on a committee to ask questions. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! I suggested to some of the board members to let SPECIFIC teachers and principals to interview and recommend who to hire for the position. Who would better know what is needed for our children than the people they spend the entire day with, the faculty.
Wow

Odessa, TX

#37 Jun 4, 2011
I am glad you are nameless because your comments prove to be tactless and arrogant! I hope you are not voluntering in the schools with your sorry attitude and name calling...come on now!
Nameless becuase I can wrote:
Gloria - you been rejected and hire at Taft isd - I wonder why. I volunteer in many many organizations local, state and national and I don't see you around at any level. Even at school you don't come out to socialize only if teachers are gossiping. Don't play both side. Kelly needs to go along with all the dead weight at the Administrative office. We can not have it both ways. Yes, Climer, Alaniz and Sonia Perez many great leaders have been let go. All the poor hires are Lolo's poor judgement in qualities. Anyone can be a Scout leader and Take kids to buy tennis with someone else's money.
Oh yea! Wilson gets paid my the city of taft to run the water park that is not Taft isd responsibility. Let's hope we never see that animal in a swim suit with Buendia next to her. What a site!!!
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Garcia

Sevierville, TN

#38 Jun 4, 2011
To: Nameless,

You are a piece of work. With your attitude we need to get rid of you too. You better remain nameless and I hope you don't work around kids or have kids for that matter. The point of this forum is be constructive and make people aware of problem we have, not insult one another. I am better than that, how about you?
Wildcats

Aransas Pass, TX

#39 Jun 5, 2011
True hurts!
Garcia

Corpus Christi, TX

#40 Jun 5, 2011
The truth doesn't hurt, rather it makes one fell uncomfortable.

The school board meeting on Tuesday at 6pm is very important. Make sure you bring a concerned parent or parents with you.

Since: Jun 11

Houston, TX

#41 Jun 6, 2011
In response to renewing Dr. Kelly's contract I would vote no. Get him out of here as quickly as possible. I plan on making the meeting on Tuesday and making my voice heard. My children go to school in this district and I have been unhappy with the results since Kelly joined TISD 4 years ago. I have a friend who is a teacher and while he feels the same way I do, he will not go to the meeting with me. He feels that if Kelly is not released from his contract, then he will have a mark on his head for going against him and will lose his job. He says most teachers feel that way. I have heard that before, too. My friend also said that the teachers have tried to talk with Kelly and Unterbrink (who serves no purpose and actually doesn't know what the hell she is doing) and neither will listen to anything the teachers have to say. The teachers are the ones that deal with the kids, our kids, daily. Teachers are not treated as educated classroom leaders, but pawn's in a really bad chess game. Trust them a little. Better yet, Kelly...Unterbrink - go teach for 2 full weeks in a math class and see if you can do any better. I guarantee you can't. I am glad I don't work for Kelly.
Another issue I have with Kelly (as many do) is his extremely high salary and his greed. We have lost several good teacher's in our district due to budget cuts, yet Kelly has had 3 brand new trucks in 4 years. Each one has gotten progressively more expensive. The latest is a 4 door Dodge dually.
They are NOT cheap. This while teachers are being cut and salaries frozen? There will be no teacher raises, but you can bet Kelly will get his.
If teacher's can have contracts resended before the mid summer deadline, why can't Kelly's?
If his management style hasn't improve anything in 4 years...another year will not help. Figure out a way to release him ASAP.

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