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concerned citizen

Whitesburg, KY

#1 Oct 31, 2012
As a tax paying citizen I am angry that the public forum you held regarding improving test scores was not publicly advertised. It was not on the school channel or on the radio. It was not a serious effort to gather information or solutions. All that it amounted to was a step you can check off as having made, to keep the state off your back. If the board of education wants to see test scores improve the first step is to fire the Superintendent. That is what all fortune 500 companies do when the company isn't achieving to potential.Next, fire all directors, they are the same people who have been in those position for years. They were incompetent when they worked at individual schools, they surely are now. Get rid of all the retirees that you keep bring back for extra pay. Hire people who are effective, not just putting in time. Next, why does Letcher Central have four principals. This is rediculous, put two of them in a classroom until 2 retire. Why are we paying one of them $100,000, surely not for his basketball record. Why are we paying $80,000 to a football coach with no job duties? Oh, I forget, he is a homebound teacher with one student assigned to him. The rumor is he doesn't even see the one student. Homebound students should only be assigned to regular teachers who know what curriculum needs to be taught.
A second football coach in the elementary atheletic director and a nearby district was glad to be rid of him. Letcher Central also has a full time athletic director. I am sorry but, that is an extra service job. A poor eastern Kentucky district cannot afford this position. The person should teach school all day like all real teachers. Coaches should be full time teachers first. All coaches should teach the same number of classes as all other teachers. Coaching in an extra service job. There are community members that would coach for free and actually win more than the pathetic 2 games that LCC football did this year. In school detention, there is you another wasted position we use a baseball coach for, In school suspension is what students want, they don't have to go to classes and they can play with their IPods and cell phones. Suspend or assign after school detentions, but don't waste time and money on ineffective discipline. The girls basketball coach only has to work 1/2 days, the second half in his office. I wonder how I get a job like that, but at least he and the baseball coach do win games. lastly, there is the issue of the school board vehicles that so many employees are using and driving home. The assistant superintendent drives a new explorer all the way to floyd county, the bus supervisor and the parts guy both have one. The parts guy lives on linefork. The football coach is using the superintendents old vehicle, a chevy blazer. The superintendent drives a jeep commander which the board purchased and various community members see it at her relatives houses on Sunday. I am sure it is on school board business though! To top it all off, The superintendent of little poor ole Letcher County makes $140,000 per year plus extra benefits as negotiated in her contract. The assistant superintendent makes $105,000 and both of them took pay raises last year while all other school employees ( cooks, janitors, teacher's aides) took a two day pay cut. Imagine what low life scum would do that. Oh, all 5 low life board members voted for it. Next question, what do they get in return?? My grandchildren have classes at Letcher central that have no books, or jus books enough to leave in class because there are enough for all kids to have one to take home. Yet they asssign homework in these subjects. The half million dollars in waste we could carve out of the school board budget could buy books and hire teachers to cut class sizes. Those are the issues that needed to be brought out in the public school forum that wasn't really public.
Do something

Whitesburg, KY

#2 Nov 1, 2012
All these people have bosses in Frankfort, Ky. and Washington DC.

I know nothing gets done, no one helps.(famous last words of Eastern Ky.)

Can't get results unless you yell loud enough and long enough. Don't stop yelling till someone listens.
Outraged

Whitesburg, KY

#3 Nov 1, 2012
You can't fight the school board, believe me, I know firsthand. I think the state needs to come in and investigate the school system in Letcher County and find out why they are paying a football coach over 100,000 but can't afford books. Closing schools and cramming all the students together is not going to raise test scores. One teacher I talked with at Letcher Middle School says his classroom is so full, he can never get any one-on-one time with any student. Whereas, before, he had time to work with ones who need extra help. I think the students are just going to suffer the consequences of being just a number in a school that is too large to recognize individual students and their needs. I think salaries for coaches and those making these huge salaries for nothing, should be limited to a certain amount. Ridiculous!
tax payer

Whitesburg, KY

#4 Nov 1, 2012
go vote for new school board members that is the 1st step.
Do Something

Whitesburg, KY

#5 Nov 1, 2012
Outraged wrote:
You can't fight the school board, believe me, I know firsthand. I think the state needs to come in and investigate the school system in Letcher County and find out why they are paying a football coach over 100,000 but can't afford books. Closing schools and cramming all the students together is not going to raise test scores. One teacher I talked with at Letcher Middle School says his classroom is so full, he can never get any one-on-one time with any student. Whereas, before, he had time to work with ones who need extra help. I think the students are just going to suffer the consequences of being just a number in a school that is too large to recognize individual students and their needs. I think salaries for coaches and those making these huge salaries for nothing, should be limited to a certain amount. Ridiculous!
Then contact the state.
welll

Gray, KY

#6 Nov 2, 2012
here is your chance. election is tuesday vote everyone on the schoolboard new. do not forget what they done over closing schools. they had thise meetings when they had already decided on the closings. they was laughing behind the parents back, i know that for sure. you aint seen nothing yet, they have more already planned
Do Something

Whitesburg, KY

#7 Nov 2, 2012
Why wouldn't they laugh, they know no one in Letcher Co. will do anything other than complain.
Hey

London, KY

#8 Nov 3, 2012
I wholeheartedly agree that the state department needs to be brought in to Letcher County. The department they need to start in is athletics. Football team has kids that ,have been bullied and injured, an assistant coach who has fooled around with every mommy who would spread her legs, and half of the school board staff a 40 y/o baseball coach living with a 22 y/o girl who was a student, sent girls sexual messages graduation night, curses worse than any thing I've ever heard, a basketball coach who is beyond stupid, thinks he's in the NBA a athletic director who is more corrupt than words could describe. more money is put in to the athletics than all of the academic programs combined. put our money to good use, educate our children, help them to score above a 16 on their ACT. Who can we call? Who can we put on the school board to get this done?
Davis

Flat Lick, KY

#9 Nov 10, 2012
We have to get rid of all of these ignorant ball coaches if our schools are ever going to amount to anything.
Seriously

Manchester, KY

#10 Nov 10, 2012
Does anyone else find this disturbing?? Coaches dating recently former students?? Married coaches dating mommy's?? What kind of men are you idiots allowing to be around your sons hours and hours each day?? What kind of men will they become seeing this from their role model??sounds like you parents are as much to blame as your school board and you super. If you aren't going to voice your opinions in the right way why should the issue be addressed at all? Apparently there are no concerns from you if you as parents are allowing this type of men to remain in your sons lives the problem is the parents have no balls.
not true

Whitesburg, KY

#11 Nov 11, 2012
Before you post things about all coaches get your facts straight. I know first hand that the basketball coach cares about his team and is always working hard in the school and with the team. Mountain Heritage he was there everyday. He is usually one of the first ones at the high school everyday and last to leave. They are lucky to have him as a principal.
working girl

Whitesburg, KY

#12 Nov 11, 2012
we pay the basketball ball coach $100,000 per year. He doesn't win , has no discipline (players cussed him out during games), and no real job duties. He is in charge of attendance and one of his ball players missed over 100 days of school last year with no consequences. All because he was six foor eight.
believe me

Whitesburg, KY

#13 Nov 15, 2012
i've tried to make my voice heard over these situations especially when it comes to the coaches. she don't listen and it's not the parents who get these coaches in. we have nothing to do with it and we sure as heck can't get them out of there. believe me, i've tried!
Seriously

United States

#14 Nov 15, 2012
But it is YOU who allows your sons to play for these men with no morals or standards. Find your son an AAU team or a league to play in, LCC is not doing anything great for their atheletes other than getting them hurt time after time, teaching them how to cuss, cheat and screw around. When participation hits a all time low, when attendance dollars are minimal, they will have no choice but to listen.
Fred

Whitesburg, KY

#15 Nov 16, 2012
Well we're on the right track. We dumped one of Anna Craft's yes men.(spicer), now get rid of the rest, who made this mess by appointing Craft. She MUST go. She is the worst thing that has ever happened to this countys schools. She had no experience or qualifications when she was APPOINTED (not elected) to that job. Get an all new school board that will dump her, and those overpaid coaches. The damage cannot be repaired, but things can improve with common sense. We need kids that can read, not football players. which do you think an employer will hire, a kid with math skills or a basketball player? I haven't seen any jobs in the help wanted ads for athletes. I know you didn't have much of a choice in the presidential election, but you do here.(DUMP 'EM ALL)
believe me

Whitesburg, KY

#16 Nov 16, 2012
Seriously wrote:
But it is YOU who allows your sons to play for these men with no morals or standards. Find your son an AAU team or a league to play in, LCC is not doing anything great for their atheletes other than getting them hurt time after time, teaching them how to cuss, cheat and screw around. When participation hits a all time low, when attendance dollars are minimal, they will have no choice but to listen.
i agree. it is the parents that keep putting their children in. i've tried to tell them but they look at me like i'm crazy. i told them if they don't send them, then there wont be a sport to play. they all want things to change but keep on taking their kids to practice and games and sit there and gripe about the coach and anna craft the whole time. it's an oxymoron. but then again, i'm only one voice so unless i've got these parents to stand with me, i'm beating a dead horse.
Basketball

Winchester, KY

#17 Nov 17, 2012
Before you post things about all coaches get your facts straight. I know first hand that the basketball coach cares about his team and is always working hard in the school and with the team. Mountain Heritage he was there everyday. He is usually one of the first ones at the high school everyday and last to leave. They are lucky to have him as a principal.

This must have been the basketball coach or his wife posting this! He is never the first one at school and the only reason he is there after school now is because of ball practice. I know because I work at the high school. The only way that LCCHS would be lucky to have him is for him to leave LCCHS. He thinks he is Anna Craft's best friend and tell other teachers that he is her personal driver because she is too drunk to drive herself. He is mean to students that don't play ball. We know he will have a bad ball season this year. When you ask him how the team is going he says "they're young'. He resents being asked to work and makes smart comments to anyone that ask him for help. He is lazy, stupid, and is always making comments about his wife--these comments are not good ones--he always downs her. Maybe it is because he is always in one female teachers room and is so happy when she is around. I hope her husband finds out and his wife is too stupid to believe it. He is always telling how he hates Letcher Co.--if it wasn't for the money he would be gone. He applied at other school district but they won't have him. They are the smart one. He is the worst principal in the state. He could not get a principal's job in the district he came from because they knew him.
Employee

Winchester, KY

#18 Nov 17, 2012
Has anyone else witness the football coach and Linda Hall kissing and all over each other in her office at the high school? I know several people have-
crazy

Louisville, KY

#19 Nov 17, 2012
Backward little hillbilly town. So sad those kids DO NO receive the same education, resources, and opportunities as kids from other parts of the state and country. Then that corrupt good ole boy system abuses the system like this by over promoting sports like that. Why not spend all the money on the kids for education opportunities like trips and scholarship instead of on coaches to teach them to throw a ball. Those poor kids will grow up to be poor citizens of Letcher Co, then the same corrupt families will retain their power and influence. So glad I got out of that h_llhole.
working girl

Whitesburg, KY

#20 Nov 17, 2012
besides the baketball coach, what about the football coach telling the boys they lost games because they didn't have positive male role models. That their dads were lazy bums who were drunks, on drugs and had failed marriages.

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