Obion county school board meeting
guest

Blytheville, AR

#21 May 20, 2012
Huss is a joke and Obion County's status as the laughingstock of West Tennessee continues to grow!
county chaos

Cookeville, TN

#22 May 20, 2012
Vote out the current board members. This is not a dictatorship. This is a democracy. Use your vote to vote in people who have common sense. They in turn will not keep extending Huss's contract. It is time the people of OC took back their schools. Vote out the Board Members. Vote in members who will clean out the Board Office. Anytime OC schools makes the news....we are made to look like fools.
lol

Dunmor, KY

#23 May 23, 2012
about time wrote:
go ahead and move all the principles and teachers around all of those clicks in the schools need to be busted up. I want my child to learn not be gossiped about while the clicky teachers are eating lunch if they were doing there jobs then nobody would be getting moved. people get lazy and need to be shakin up.
Priniple should be be principal. Sentences begin with a capital leyyer. I think clicks should be cliques.

PrincipLE is a ruLE.
PrinciPAL is your PAL.
lol

Dunmor, KY

#24 May 23, 2012
Abc wrote:
Truth.::.. You are mistaken. There was no falling out between Ms Stone and Ms Huss. Lake road has become a target school meaning their test scores are low and they need firmer guidance by a Principal. Ms Stone is a very nice woman but is also very involved and firm. I have also heard nothing but nice things about Mr B. Rumor has it Ms Huss is moving to another school also. she is an excellant teacher and the schools acquiring them will be lucky to have them. I hope all schools with the teacher and principal switches will be kind and gracious and accepting to the new employees in the fall. We are OC!! Let's quit bickering and pointing fingers laced with blame. Stand together and see how this plays out.
Please put periods after Mr. and Ms. It is excellent NOT excellant.
guest

Blytheville, AR

#25 May 23, 2012
leyyer? You do mean letter, I presume. Pompous asses, all of you people!

Since: Apr 12

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#26 May 23, 2012
OMW Home School wrote:
The American school system (public, private, and "Christian") is dangerous. Combine this with the television and you will understand why the children are turning out deficient and full of problems--physical, mental, and spiritual. There are reasons the school system is failing and turning out sots (dull heads), rebels, whoremongers, and freaks--it is by design. Americans were once a strong, independent, rugged, innovative, productive, freedom-loving people. But now look, we are at the bottom of the barrel dependent on someone else for every morsel of food that we eat--let the grocery stores close down and see what happens across this land. Through "progressive" education (progressing toward what?) we have been turned inside out. Americans were in an uproar when the progressives first tried to implement compulsory schooling at the turn of the twentieth century. But now look. We kick our children out the door at five years old (and earlier if Mother works) into "kindergarten". Christians did not belong in the school system in the first place (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)--may the true disciples bail out of that sinking ship and exchange it for a sanctified homeschool under a Biblical Scholarship.
Did you just get out of Bolivar?
Guest

Brownsville, TN

#27 May 24, 2012
how about we get rid of huss and his board of followers. then get rid of the biggest joke of obion county tommy victory we have no money for aides and other things the kids need but we need a lazy, fat, cheater in our mist. huss is making a postion for him and his little buddy troy boucher and paying them to do a job done by one man for years. i have never seen a woman that could do all he does and still have a job. he is a waste of obion countys money. i dont care if he is best friends with huss. how about everyone in obion county stop whining about the changes and get down to writing letters to the right people and get this changed.
bout time

Cookeville, TN

#28 May 25, 2012
Guest wrote:
how about we get rid of huss and his board of followers. then get rid of the biggest joke of obion county tommy victory we have no money for aides and other things the kids need but we need a lazy, fat, cheater in our mist. huss is making a postion for him and his little buddy troy boucher and paying them to do a job done by one man for years. i have never seen a woman that could do all he does and still have a job. he is a waste of obion countys money. i dont care if he is best friends with huss. how about everyone in obion county stop whining about the changes and get down to writing letters to the right people and get this changed.
Thankyou that is exactly right. Budget cuts and position cuts but OC needs a fulltime groundskeeper? Were did that money come from? We can't afford to educated our kids but we can afford to have someone drive around all day being a groundskeeper and supervising someone mowing grass? Vote out the board members get rid of Huss and fire the "powerful supervisors" who are made the decisions to create chaos in the county by moving all the teachers around but a board members's wife nepotism is a live and well in the OC school system. Vote out all the board members and quit whining and take back control of our school system.
curious

United States

#29 Jun 5, 2012
What happened at last night's meeting?
oleblue

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#30 Jun 5, 2012
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
Please put periods after Mr. and Ms. It is excellent NOT excellant.
Ms does not require a period after its use.
actually

United States

#31 Jun 5, 2012
oleblue wrote:
<quoted text>Ms does not require a period after its use.
Ms. does require a period unless you live in Britain.
oleblue

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#32 Jun 5, 2012
It is not REQUIRED, only recommended, unless you live in the sticks!!
blocker

United States

#33 Jun 5, 2012
I was at the school board meeting. It wad evident that the school board is gonna back Davis huss no matter what happens. The representative for the swapped teachers even brought up something about threats and intimidation being made towards teachers, at that point the school board chairman pounded on his microphone and ordered the representative to SIT DOWN with a loud voice. Even had law officer there . Guess they expected "we the people" to cause a riot.
next election

Maryville, TN

#34 Jun 5, 2012
Vote them out. Vote in Board Members who will not blindly follow Huss. If you don't like the changes, quit griping and signing petitions, Vote them Out.

Send a message that OC does not need a dictator.
next election

Maryville, TN

#35 Jun 5, 2012
Vote them out. Vote in new board members who will listen to the residents of OC and not to 1 or 2 board office employees.

Quit griping, complaining, and signing petitions. Vote in the next elections and let your voice count. Once members start being voted out, it is only a matter of time before there will be a new Superintendent.

Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote.
in the newspaper

Maryville, TN

#36 Jun 6, 2012
A concerned parent has made a passionate plea for teachers in the Obion County School System not to be moved around like chess pieces and children not to be used as pawns.
Dan Huggins made his appeal to the Obion County School Board during its session Monday night at Obion County Central High School.
His appeal before a large crowd came on the heels of Obion County Director of Schools David Huss’ recent decision to transfer over 50 teachers and administrators from one school to another school — a decision defended Monday night by the school board chairman.
Huggins told the board he was appearing “as an advocate for the children” and his appearance at the meeting followed his attendance at Friday’s school board orientation, where no business was conducted. He said his statement Monday was based primarily on answers he and several teachers received from Huss, supervisors and board members at orientation.
in the newspaper

Maryville, TN

#37 Jun 6, 2012
“At what point does it ever become in the best interest of the child to use them as pawns,” Huggins asked.“Whether it is in the case of not retaining a student when a teacher and parent have requested retention, and the Reading Recovery supervisor overrides the decision to maintain the stats and reputation of the Reading Recovery program ... or whether it’s a scheme to get rid of a tenured teacher ... Do the ends really justify the means in this case?”
Huggins alleged the board has allowed supervisors to “knowingly and purposefully place a teacher, whom you know is weak in reading and language arts, in a critical class.” He said the children are going to be tested and given the fifth-grade writing assessment, a critical part of their TCAP and future placement. He questioned why the teacher would not be put in an area of study where she has strength, if the children’s best interest is the most important issue, and why the teacher would be placed in reading and language arts.
“And every parent of every student should be upset. At the very least, this weakens any confidence in the supervisors,” he said.
“We’ve all been told all these changes are about Balanced Literacy. It is my opinion it is not only about Balanced Literacy, it is about the maintaining of prestige and position — and people who will go to any lengths to maintain their prestige, titles and positions.”
He said the director of schools and elementary, middle school and Reading Recovery supervisors have denied there has been intimidation, harassment and threats of retaliation, but said it is easy to dismiss it to cliches and unfounded rumors.
“... Numerous teachers have shared with me personally their stories of being harassed and threatened,” Huggins alleged.
He claimed the teachers were discouraged from talking with Huss and alleged everyone was aware of “the tactics of strong-arming and harassing.”
Huggins said the reason given for the transfer decisions was to take weak teachers and pair them with strong teachers, but he asked the board to show them the data to support their weakness.
“All appearances are that the weak teachers are those who ever dared ask or raise questions to a supervisor. All appearances are that the strong teachers are those who quietly submitted,” he alleged.
“Which is more important? The children, the teachers, the principals or your three supervisors and your Balanced Literacy program? In my opinion, the integrity, stability and confidence in this entire school system is being sacrificed at the altar of one program and a few supervisors who operate with impunity,” he claimed.“You are putting my child’s best interest at the bottom of the list. And you are moving power positions to the top.”
Obion County School Board chairman Brian Rainey stopped Huggins after his allotted five minutes were done, but Huggins continued to speak for several seconds and told the board “something isn’t right.” He said the teachers he and his children have come to trust “are not just another number ... to be moved around like chess pieces in order to save the job of one person or one program.”
Rainey responded by saying the board had asked Huss to fix Balanced Literacy “because it was not being implemented consistently across the county.” He said the schools with greater implementation had higher achievement scores.
in the newspaper

Maryville, TN

#38 Jun 6, 2012
“After two months of discussions and meetings, the plan was decided upon and presented to the board. Mr. Huss asked for our support and we gave it to him with the knowledge of how change would be disruptive. However, we still unanimously agreed to this decision,” he said.
“As individual board members, we may not like all the moves that were made, but the board is not in charge of personnel, but to help make the entire system better, not one school over another. The board and administration knew this was going to be hard because change is always hard.
“We know there are a lot of people upset and it is regretful, but we all need to remember why we are here tonight,” Rainey continued.“I have been told by a lot of people the board does not have a clue what is going on in our schools, but we did address what we did know. We are also confident Mr. Huss will address everything he knows with his open door policy.
“This is the plan, it is in effect, so please join us in moving forward, and all the negative comments need to stop,” he said.
in the newspaper

Maryville, TN

#39 Jun 6, 2012
The Messenger requested a list of the 54 transfers recently announced by Huss. They were not listed in Monday night’s monthly personnel report.
The transfers include Candice McMahan, from Hillcrest to Black Oak; Brandy Ray, from Lake Road to Black Oak; Sara Stevens, from Lake Road to Black Oak; Elaine Barnett, from Hillcrest to Black Oak; Ali Perkins, from Black Oak to Hillcrest; Melanie Baggett, from Lake Road to Hillcrest; Jackie Clark, from Black Oak to Hillcrest; Shantelle Carter, from Hillcrest to Lake Road; Kristen Kendall, from South Fulton Elementary to Lake Road; Annette Ferguson, from Ridgemont to Lake Road; Katharine Raines, from Ridgemont to Lake Road; Kathy Lynch, from Black Oak to Lake Road; Penny Burton, from South Fulton Elementary to Ridgemont; Jannette Fisher, from Lake Road to Ridgemont; Ellen Bowden, from Lake Road to South Fulton Elementary; Janet Keathley, from Lake Road to South Fulton Elementary; Shannon Preuett, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Elementary; Kris Dunn, from Hillcrest to South Fulton Elementary/Middle schools; Kim Cooper, from Ridgemont to OCCHS; Lanna Hicks, from Black Oak to Hillcrest; Debbie Branscum, from Hillcrest to Black Oak; Bonita Burpo, from South Fulton Elementary to Hillcrest; Etta Walker, from South Fulton Middle School to Ridgemont; Heather Mayfield, from South Fulton Elementary/Middle schools to Ridgemont; Lockie Tuck, from Hillcrest to South Fulton Elementary; Melissa Seymour, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Middle School; Dawn Alfter, from Hillcrest to Ridgemont; Lana Davis, from South Fulton Middle School to Black Oak; Jamie Huss, from Black Oak to Hillcrest;
in the newspaper

Maryville, TN

#40 Jun 6, 2012
Caroline Coleman, from Ridgemont to Lake Road; Kevin Seymour, from South Fulton Elementary to South Fulton Middle School; Leea Spurlock, from South Fulton High School to Ridgemont; Kristy Vincent, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Elementary; Allen Pounds, from Ridgemont to South Fulton High School; Tom Kelley, from Lake Road to OCCHS; Cheryl Ogg, from OCCHS to South Fulton Middle/High School; Justin Truett, from Hillcrest to South Fulton Middle/High School; Sharon Regen, from Lake Road to Hillcrest; Maddie Carrington, from Lake Road to Black Oak; Paula Boley, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Elementary; Vicki Vantrease, from South Fulton Elementary to Ridgemont; Teresa Sadler, from Black Oak to Lake Road; Sheila Stone, from Black Oak to Lake Road; Dennis Buckelew, from Lake Road to Black Oak; Don Capps, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Elementary; Elise Braswell, from South Fulton Elementary to Ridgemont; Adam Stephens, from Ridgemont to Lake Road; Dana Craddock, from Ridgemont to South Fulton Elementary; Patresa Rogers, from South Fulton Elementary to Ridgemont; Dana Shelton, from Lake Road to Ridgemont; Jeff Riley, from OCCHS to Lake Road; Christa Hankins, from South Fulton Elementary to Ridgemont; Peggy Brooks, from Lake Road to South Fulton Elementary; and Greg Barclay, from South Fulton Middle/High School to OCCHS.

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