Lutie School Board
beentheredonetha t

United States

#21 Jan 11, 2011
When Marty Witt was hired he came in and started getting rid of anyone who showed him resistence. If you didn't shake your head and agree with everything he said you were gone. Teachers got really scared and wouldn't say a word because they knew if they did, they would be on the chopping block. There are/were several board members at that time that had children who attended the district. They had one thing on their mind (making sure their childs needs were met). Marty is good at talking big. Most would call it "little man's syndrome". I really don't think anyone reviewed this man's previous work experiences because he was dismissed/or given option to resign from every district he came from. For some unknown reason the district could be falling down around its foundation and that board didn't have enough brain cells to see it. If Marty doesn't want you on the agenda, you won't get on the agenda. He will actally erase your name. Anyone who has information that is not in favor of him, he gets rid of and the board allows it. Someone needs to go back to Marty's previous jobs and talk to people. Talk to his previous board. Talk to the teachers. I bet you can uncover information that would blow your mind. Mr. Felmlee was an outstanding man. He kept the district in financial gains, and he was honest and did what was best for the kids. Has anyone ever tried to uncover the truth about what happened to the previous administrators. What happened to Mrs. Shrable? What happened to Nancy? There was a lot of wrong doing going on there and it just got blown to the curb. Someone who really wants to know what is happening needs to find these people who he just eliminated. I'm sure they know enough about Marty's leadership abilities that would not be in favor (that's why they were gotten rid of)(duh; go figure). You can't change stupid. Clean house over there. There are alot of things that are public knowledge don't allow Marty Witt to tell you otherwise. By the time that board wakes up and sees what it should have seen right after he was hired; it will be too late. Lutie school will have to be consolodated because it is in financial ruin. There are some great kids at Lutie that deserve better than what the board or the administration is giving them. Step up to the plate people. Go to the board meetings and make demands. Save your school.
Gotcha Girl

Ozark, MO

#22 Jan 11, 2011
No I am not a fan of people that try and hide everyhing and intimadate people.
Bullies are the worst kind of people.
This community has been held hostage far too long,is this what you want for your children?
I just wondered where So Sad obtained the inoformation.
242mom

Branson, MO

#23 Jan 11, 2011
Gotcha Girl wrote:
<quoted text>
So Sad, what you said about Witt and hiring him, the school would be broke, was Witt in an Administrative position before coming to Lutie? Were there problems before? Thanks
Just to set the record straight, I don't think it was Ms. Vaught that was speaking here. My sons go to school there and one of them is on the video which was taken last Thursday, 1/6/11. The teacher has no control over her classroom, and the school seems helpless to control it. There is one student that gets away with almost everything, and the teacher in question has failed most of the students in her classes. I believe this is her first year teaching at Lutie and possibly her first year teaching period. The superintendent lies about anything and everything. Any questions asked of him get shuffled away and go unanswered or sidestipped. Witt needs to go!!! I hope the Board realized that they can easily be replaced and that they are OUR representatives, not Witt's. I will definitely be at the meeting on Thursday!
beentheredonetha t

United States

#24 Jan 11, 2011
Let me tell you as God as my witness. Marty Witt is a bully. He is for one person and one person only "himself". "I titled myself "beentheredonethat" for a reason. All it takes is one person to make a difference. You may be receiving this information for a reason. Really read what I stated previously. Investigate, research. Look at those individuals who just "all of a sudden" disappeared". Call them, question them. If you truly care about your district and your children who attend there, it will be well worth your time. Look at his previous "marriage". Didn't last long did it? He was a math instructor in the high school department at an area school over there somewhere. You won't want to talk to that Superintendent, because he is alot like Marty. However, I have been told that he had charges filed against him from some ladies that taught there. I think it was Thornfield. He has just weasled his way from one district to the next with no consequences for his actions. Trust me God has consequences.
know all

United States

#25 Jan 11, 2011
I found an interesting website https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/searc...

You can put a persons name in and get all kinds of information such as which ex-wife he owes money, how many traffic tickets hes got, who foreclosed on his house, what financial suits are pending and more. Maybe the board members could use this site to do some research.
localman

Branson, MO

#26 Jan 11, 2011
yes thursday sounds good but is it a open meeting or close meeting, see how it is a special meeting?
Does anyone know why this meeting is being called?
I know they hire Superintendent in Jan. So im interested in see if they are just going to hire him back or if he may be out the door? I guess time will tell. I agree with your last few statements. But I dont think you guys understand that the board is still on Witts side. from what i can tell. please post it if you know about the meeting. open or closed. thanks
localgentleman

United States

#27 Jan 11, 2011
Localman - some members so, others NO..The posting said open session with agenda discussions and then closed. I've never seen a board meeting posted with urgency unless something substantial is happening.Maybe youll get your wish and some board members will resign or maybe one of the board members will give back the money he got for fixing the roof, could be interesting- see you thursday
So Sad

Branson, MO

#28 Jan 11, 2011
Hello, being new here I understand more than what one might think. The facts, Gotcha Girl, people do more than talk. people love to show you facts. I have seen things that would prove the facts. Lets say that most boardmember's our out for themselves.
sad but true. Now the administrative have been caught on film. So I don't see why they have'nt shown it, unless they can't, or know who they can show. not the board, apparently it maybe family. So Gotcha Girl, I have a question for you. Why you intereasted in my post? Do you know what I know? Are you a person of interest? Just wondering why. So many other post here you could of ask about. just thinking!!!
woman

United States

#29 Jan 11, 2011
Guess who just called me..Betcha wanna know.. Local gossip is the best..
So Sad

Branson, MO

#30 Jan 11, 2011
were you going with that post Woman.
I just said,in more words. it wasn't gossip. I have the proof. Betcha didn't read that.
localgentleman

United States

#31 Jan 11, 2011
so sad- if you have film to help the board make a decision, make 7 copies and I'm sure at least one of them will do the right thing if needed. I know that there are 2 good board members who want the right thing for the school.
Mae West

Saint Louis, MO

#32 Jan 11, 2011
We all must be patient and wait for Thursday to come. I will be there. I believe that our board members will do what is right. I am hoping they will listen and take all things into consideration. I do know one thing, we wonder why some of our children are bullies, well, they have perfect examples in front of them. We have parents that are bullies. The apple don't fall far from the tree. Or, maybe, it is conditioned learning?? They see or hear of area adults bullying and they learn from that. Anyone care to comment?
Mae West

Saint Louis, MO

#33 Jan 11, 2011
What about the board member that had Santa down on the floor and fist raised to him? Is that classified as a bully? Could there of been a conversation, instead of physical contact?
Gotcha Girl

Ozark, MO

#34 Jan 11, 2011
so sad wrote:
yeah i guess lutie is really messed up. Take the board for hireing Marty Witt, way to go. if the school isnt broke it soon will be. If the board doesn't change we will be having all the family working their. now i understand in a small town you might be related to a few but not like it is now. we have wives working son's working couins working best friends working. o and we have a real winner running the place while she sleeps with the coach.
So Sad, since you said since the school had hired Marty Witt' if your school isn't broke now it soon will be. I was just wondering if you knew something I don't know. I had never heard that before.
I do know that he taught Math 3 years at Bradleyville,MO. and was Principal for 2 years at Bradleyville, then he was let go. Went to Walnut Grove,MO as Superintendent, although not for sure yet. Was he let go from there after only 1 school year? Then the smart people hired him here at Lutie, with only lukewarm or no references.
Oh and you have only 3 min at the board meetings to speak.
And after I witnessed the fiasco in the hall way at the school after the Nov. board meeting where 2 board members wives held 17 to 19 people hostage, it wasn't the board members wives or the board members either, finest moment. No, NO ONE is trying to tear Lutie school down. Bet they went away thinking they won. Won what the Dumb and Dumber contest? The other people were being polite and let these 2 wild women voice their opinions, that was a mistake, at least the other people had a viedo camera. Film at 10 on the news of good old Ozark County hospitality.
Then Christmas Eve in a Theodosia store, board members wife calls her board member husband to come and save her. He ends up abusing someone that is very fragile of mind at the time. Way to go guy, beating up the weak again. Oh and I heard, this board members wife might not be so inocent either, apparently she likes to call up people and slander other people who are getting close to the truth.
Why don't they just do the right things, the thins they were elected to do. Guess they are getting ready to move, cause in my personal opinion, by election time, thereouttahere.
Interested

Branson, MO

#35 Jan 12, 2011
Maybe if people would start with cleaning up the drug problems, child abuse and government fraud in this community the school would follow suit??? My goodness, I have never seen such issues in such a small town. Maybe the reason the school has gone to hell in a handbasket is because everyone in this community operates under the "turn a blind eye" to everything wrong that goes on. Sad, really sad.
So Sad

Branson, MO

#36 Jan 12, 2011
Yes yes, the drugs is all problem with the School, we understand that, thanks. now if you want things to change,Vote

Since: Jan 11

Branson, MO

#37 Jan 12, 2011
One problem here or there can happen in any school. No one is saying the School board members are required to be perfect since they are human beings.

Unfortunately a well established pattern has formed here. The pattern goes like this. Slowly but surely, the good people in this school have been removed. Teachers, principals and counselors. All without due process or just causes.

What I mean by good people is, people who care more about the kids than the politics or administration. One by one these people have been removed or manipulated into quitting. Strong armed with threats into resigning usually.

The problem with this sort of behavior is that it's illegal. It leaves the school wide open to litigation. It's bad enough to do this to one teacher and never justified but now there is a group of teachers out there who have the ability to hit the school with a class action suit.

It is the superintendents job to protect the school from these sorts of hanging liabilities by making sure outgoing faculty are given due process and treated fairly according to established rules.

People who deserve to be removed are easy to remove but once you start playing games and manipulating groups of people out of jobs, the real world can come knocking on the small town doors with big city lawyers who can easily illuminate the truth.

Now the truth isn't a problem when the rules are followed and there is no wrongdoing but when it's easy to show there is a pattern of taking away good peoples jobs without taking the proper steps to do so, the result is going to be a high dollar judgment against this school.

That's a price tag that is not only above and beyond the existing overspending but a price tag which probably exceeds those expenditures by ten fold and is just hanging there like a giant question mark collecting more and more evidence as time goes on.

This is exactly the kind of thing the superintendent is supposed to protect the school from. The school board's job is to make sure he does his job at protecting the school from this sort of liability but in fact what has happened is the school board and the superintendent have worked together to commit the acts leading up to these liabilities.

Keep in mind that even if the school were to successfully defend itself from this sort of class action suit, which I sincerely doubt that it could, the high cost of simply defending itself would still be the result of the board and the superintendent not following the rules in regards to how it deals with employees.

There would be no way to recoup cost by calling this a frivolous suit, since the records show that proper procedures were not followed when these people were either let go or forced/manipulated into leaving.

I would be willing to bet that all of these people are sitting back and watching all this go down and waiting for Lutie's credibility to keep going down until the opportune moment to come in and hit it hard when it is at it's weakest and most vulnerable state. A point when the school board and the superintendent have been shown to have limited if any credibility in a legal contest.

I see a clear pattern here. People who have a record of being intelligent, free thinkers, who are out for the good of the kids have been vilified, threatened and removed. They have been replaced with people who don't ask questions and have, if you believe the rumors, some serious ethics problems themselves.

It has been my experience that when a leader comes in and gets rid of the thinking people who ask question and replaces them with people who just do what they are told and don't ask questions an environment is constructed. An environment which says "Don't question me or your fired!"

My experience with these types of environments, which I think history supports, is that they place too much power in the hands of too few people. Which begs the question, why would a small group of people want so much control?

Is the answer is follow the $
Really

Marshfield, MO

#38 Jan 12, 2011
I cast and informed vote every election. I also don't understand why this town refuses to clean it's self up. Why in the world does the school/town turn away from all the drug use in the community. How about the schools responsibility to notify family services about the conditions a child comes to school in? What about the communities responsibility to help eliminate/erradicate the druggies in this community. If you want a better school system, try attracting better people to move to our community. How about hiring a police officer that does more than drive around 8 hours a week and do absolutely nothing??? How about him actually enforce the laws of the village? How about him not turn and run the other way when some local yahoo is beating the crap out of his wife/child/neighbor? How about taking the time to fill out a police report when a theft occurs instead of saying that it would take to long?? Really, you people want to change your school, then demand them to be better quality citizens!

Since: Jan 11

Branson, MO

#39 Jan 12, 2011
"Really, you people want to change your school, then demand them to be better quality citizens!"
Your statements are perfectly valid but probably belong on a different discussion since they don't truly address the issues of the School board and Superintendent and faculty.
Also you can demand people to be better quality citizens but there is no law requiring that so it's not enforceable. The constitution pretty much guarantees the freedom to be a lousy citizen.
As far as the issues you raised about the policing and the drug issues, I would suggest you write letters to the newspaper and bring it up and town hall meetings and so forth. Where laws exist the subject of enforcement should be an easy one to address in the proper forum.
Perhaps even start a new topic on this site.
Really

Marshfield, MO

#40 Jan 12, 2011
Your right, I will take this to another topic. I just see such a pattern here with the lack of community involvement. I think that it does affect both areas. People in this community should be aware of everything, whether a school issue or a city issue.

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