Sharon Yarbrough, 5th District Seat B...

Sharon Yarbrough, 5th District Seat B candidate response

There are 131 comments on the Loudon County News story from Jul 19, 2010, titled Sharon Yarbrough, 5th District Seat B candidate response. In it, Loudon County News reports that:

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stank

Nashville, TN

#1 Jul 20, 2010
I also don't have my husbands last name cause it sucks, I mean would you want Ubben as a last name? Rubbin Ubbin?
ChemEngineer

United States

#2 Jul 22, 2010
They (Yarbrough and Ubben) will tag team and raise taxes. Bank on it. They are not real Republicans and have interest in teacher unions.
Just Watchin

Rock Island, TN

#3 Jul 22, 2010
Sharon Yarbrough's campaign mailout said nothing about her husband Gary Ubben being on the school board. She been to my house 3 times and she has yet to say anything about him. What else is Yarbrough willing to say or do?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that these two will out do the Marcus duo Nancy and Bill given half a chance.
Bystander

Kingsport, TN

#4 Jul 23, 2010
Maybe she is a modern woman and wants to run on her own merits - not ride her husband's coat-tails. She seems like an educated woman - and her husband is by far the most intelligent man on school board. I guess most people would rather vote for some more ladies and gentlemen with agendas that keep them from supporting anything if it's not their cause (Lisa Russell) or maybe some more people who have an axe to grind (Mr. Simon) or perhaps someone else like Van Shaver - who got himself on school board not to help the cause of education in this county, but to keep the county from spending ANY money on education.
Another Bystander

Rock Island, TN

#5 Jul 23, 2010
Maybe she's just another mouthpiece for her husband Loudon County Board of Education Vice Chairman Gary Ubben who has his very own agenda - like running the school system because the superintendent can't or won't.

As far as Professor Gary Ubbens intelligence is concerned, under his leadership, knowledge, and expertise, another school will soon be added to the failing list. He's done little to nothing to improve academics other than spend money. Sounds like he's doing a great job -- a whole lot of spending with failing results.

Wonder why they won't sit together at public meetings -- mondern thinkin or just wanting to deceive the public??
Upset Mom

Kingston, TN

#6 Jul 23, 2010
Another Bystander wrote:
Maybe she's just another mouthpiece for her husband Loudon County Board of Education Vice Chairman Gary Ubben who has his very own agenda - like running the school system because the superintendent can't or won't.
As far as Professor Gary Ubbens intelligence is concerned, under his leadership, knowledge, and expertise, another school will soon be added to the failing list. He's done little to nothing to improve academics other than spend money. Sounds like he's doing a great job -- a whole lot of spending with failing results.
Wonder why they won't sit together at public meetings -- mondern thinkin or just wanting to deceive the public??
I'd second that opinion!
Tired of duos

Rock Island, TN

#7 Jul 23, 2010
Bystander said "..Maybe she is a modern woman and wants to run on her own merits - not ride her husband's coat-tails."

Maybe this husband wife duo Sharon Yarbrough and Gary Ubben wanna be just like the other duo Commissioner Nancy Marcus and school board Bill Marcus -- lobby one another, plan and implement their own political agenda; what duya think?
Tired of school politics

Rock Island, TN

#8 Jul 23, 2010
Don't forget school boards statewide are working to be autonomous with taxing authority --now thats a scary thought. Since that hasn't happeneded, Professor Gary Ubbens thinks that he' figured out another way to get his own vote on county commission and still be on the school board pulling all the strings. The grapevine has it Ubbens coalition includes Sharon and big spender school board Steve Harrelson and other candidates for school board. At least voters had their fill of the Marcus and Marcus duo by giving Nancy the boot.
ChemEngineer

United States

#9 Jul 23, 2010
Tired of duos wrote:
Bystander said "..Maybe she is a modern woman and wants to run on her own merits - not ride her husband's coat-tails."
Maybe this husband wife duo Sharon Yarbrough and Gary Ubben wanna be just like the other duo Commissioner Nancy Marcus and school board Bill Marcus -- lobby one another, plan and implement their own political agenda; what duya think?
I think you're right!
ChemEngineer

United States

#10 Jul 23, 2010
Bystander wrote:
Maybe she is a modern woman and wants to run on her own merits - not ride her husband's coat-tails. She seems like an educated woman - and her husband is by far the most intelligent man on school board. I guess most people would rather vote for some more ladies and gentlemen with agendas that keep them from supporting anything if it's not their cause (Lisa Russell) or maybe some more people who have an axe to grind (Mr. Simon) or perhaps someone else like Van Shaver - who got himself on school board not to help the cause of education in this county, but to keep the county from spending ANY money on education.
Van has been promoting the school building program. Ubben just played politics with building program money and hurt the kids. Now we will have to hurt taxpayers by drastically raising taxes because of Ubben's leadership. Ubben plays politics like no one else on the school board and I believe cares nothing about the students.

Also, having the highest degree or speaking the biggest words doesn't make you the most "educated".
Not Fooled

Rock Island, TN

#11 Jul 23, 2010
I've been reading the paper, its obvious that the paper likes Gary Ubben and is willing to keep the duos secret. They probably sell more ads that way. When the paper reported Sharon Yarbrough's win in the Republican Primary, I don't recall his name mentioned.

My opinion, two words describe Prof. Ubbens -- POWER, CONTROL.

Who thinks for a moment that Ubbens won't try to influence his wife? This is a big conflict of interest and to mislead the voters is just dishonest, thats what I think.
Bystander

Kingsport, TN

#12 Jul 23, 2010
The school building plan is not the most critical issue facing the Loudon County school system. That's what some would have you believe, Van Shaver among them. Per pupil expenditures and teacher salaries are the biggest problems we have, not to mention a lack of leadership in the overall system and in some schools. Lack of technology in most schools is also a factor. What good are new schools if we do not have quslified teachers in those classrooms? Many teachers are planning to leave the County system if things don't improve soon. The new teachers coming out of college are better than ever. They will not even give Loudon County a second look when they can earn thousands more a year in another county. It seems to me that most of the people commenting on this thread are part of the group that believes there is too much money spent on the school system. Look around you and compare your county to others around us and you will find that we as a county have more ability to pay, but pay less than most counties who have less ability to pay. There is no doubt that education is NOT a priority in Loudon County.
Alumni

AOL

#13 Jul 23, 2010
Bystander wrote:
The school building plan is not the most critical issue facing the Loudon County school system.
No, the lawsuits from the parents of dead children in Greenback will be.
Bystander wrote:
That's what some would have you believe, Van Shaver among them. Per pupil expenditures and teacher salaries are the biggest problems we have, not to mention a lack of leadership in the overall system and in some schools.
You are correct, teacher salaries are a problem. They need to be trimmed considerably so as to be aligned with the worth of the majority of our county's teachers.
Bystander wrote:
Lack of technology in most schools is also a factor. What good are new schools if we do not have quslified teachers in those classrooms?
Our country schools have EXCELLENT technology, both systems and people. Many of my professors at UT use chalk boards. I would like you to find a calk board, much less one that is in use, in our county schools.
Bystander wrote:
Many teachers are planning to leave the County system if things don't improve soon.
Good, our county will only improve.

Bystander wrote:
The new teachers coming out of college are better than ever.
Are you serious? Lenoir City had one of those "better than ever" teachers. Her name was Burkheart.
Bystander wrote:
It seems to me that most of the people commenting on this thread are part of the group that believes there is too much money spent on the school system.
It seems that you are quite astute in this regard.
Bystander wrote:
Look around you and compare your county to others around us and you will find that we as a county have more ability to pay, but pay less than most counties who have less ability to pay.
Yes, and if you look far enough you will find the Washington D. C. school district which pays one of the highest dollar amounts per student and returns one of the lowest standardized testing scores. There is not a correlation between money spent and education received no matter how much you try to wish it into existence. You seem to think that throwing money at a problem will fix it. That logic has NEVER gotten us into trouble.
MissEllie

Parsons, TN

#14 Jul 23, 2010
Bystander wrote:
The school building plan is not the most critical issue facing the Loudon County school system. That's what some would have you believe, Van Shaver among them. Per pupil expenditures and teacher salaries are the biggest problems we have, not to mention a lack of leadership in the overall system and in some schools. Lack of technology in most schools is also a factor. What good are new schools if we do not have quslified teachers in those classrooms? Many teachers are planning to leave the County system if things don't improve soon. The new teachers coming out of college are better than ever. They will not even give Loudon County a second look when they can earn thousands more a year in another county. It seems to me that most of the people commenting on this thread are part of the group that believes there is too much money spent on the school system. Look around you and compare your county to others around us and you will find that we as a county have more ability to pay, but pay less than most counties who have less ability to pay. There is no doubt that education is NOT a priority in Loudon County.
Amen, Amen and AMEN!!! You are right on target!
Curious George

Rock Island, TN

#15 Jul 23, 2010
Sharron Yarbrough candidate question --What is your opinion of the school building program and where do we go from here? Sharon Yarbroughs reply "Phase I of the school building programů should be funded at the level and timeline requested by the Loudon County School Board."

Great answer for Gary but not so good for us taxpayers.I wonder what size tax increase Gary has in mind? Do you think Sharon will tell voters before August 5?

Bystander

Kingsport, TN

#17 Jul 23, 2010
Ah, Alumni returns. Yes we are all familiar with your superior intelligence with which you were apparently born. And yes, we know that there isn't a teacher in the county system who can hold a light for you to read by. And yes I know that you and Van both would say good riddance to any teacher that would leave this system for another, better opportunity. And I know that your precious tax dollars are much too valuable to fund a school system that is obviously inferior. Did you ever think that we may have some teachers in this system who are unworthy of you precisely because the more intelligent ones go elsewhere? I too am in favor of merit pay for results. While you may have been able, with your superior intelligence, to sit through a class and learn the material pretty much on your own, teachers aren't fortunate enough to have very many of you in a class. And those "results" they are constantly measuring are based on the scores of all of the students who walk through the doors. And some of them require more than a chalkboard to help them learn. Some are learning English in middle school, others are 3 grade levels or more below grade level in reading and therefore cannot read a textbook on their own. You unfortunately suffered the result of being lumped into classes with students far below your level. You, no doubt,were often unchallenged. Teachers don't like that any more than you did. But that is the system in which they must work. There are no easy solutions to these questions at this point. Unfortunately, we are married to a system that is not working. But I assure you there are teachers out there in this county working hard to meet standards and make gains with every student - including the ones at the top and the lowest of the low. They want to make the system better = but they also have families to feed and kids to send to college. I know that you are planning to be a big star one day in your field. I don't imagine that you will work for a firm that pays sub-par wages. Not after what you will have been through to get your degree. And, I bet if you look as hard at your own field as you apparently have at the Loudon County teachers, you will find a few who are lacking. Just like Ms. Burkheart. I don't think you really care though. I believe you only come here to prove (to whom?) that your teachers were inferior to you.
Alumni

AOL

#18 Jul 23, 2010
Bystander wrote:
Ah, Alumni returns. Yes we are all familiar with your superior intelligence with which you were apparently born. And yes, we know that there isn't a teacher in the county system who can hold a light for you to read by. And yes I know that you and Van both would say good riddance to any teacher that would leave this system for another, better opportunity. And I know that your precious tax dollars are much too valuable to fund a school system that is obviously inferior. Did you ever think that we may have some teachers in this system who are unworthy of you precisely because the more intelligent ones go elsewhere? I too am in favor of merit pay for results. While you may have been able, with your superior intelligence, to sit through a class and learn the material pretty much on your own, teachers aren't fortunate enough to have very many of you in a class. And those "results" they are constantly measuring are based on the scores of all of the students who walk through the doors. And some of them require more than a chalkboard to help them learn. Some are learning English in middle school, others are 3 grade levels or more below grade level in reading and therefore cannot read a textbook on their own. You unfortunately suffered the result of being lumped into classes with students far below your level. You, no doubt,were often unchallenged. Teachers don't like that any more than you did. But that is the system in which they must work. There are no easy solutions to these questions at this point. Unfortunately, we are married to a system that is not working. But I assure you there are teachers out there in this county working hard to meet standards and make gains with every student - including the ones at the top and the lowest of the low. They want to make the system better = but they also have families to feed and kids to send to college. I know that you are planning to be a big star one day in your field. I don't imagine that you will work for a firm that pays sub-par wages. Not after what you will have been through to get your degree. And, I bet if you look as hard at your own field as you apparently have at the Loudon County teachers, you will find a few who are lacking. Just like Ms. Burkheart. I don't think you really care though. I believe you only come here to prove (to whom?) that your teachers were inferior to you.
Perhaps if you were to follow me to every other thread on Topix you could get through to them about how smart I am without me having to always tell them. It is strange, though, that you KNOW that I am better than ALL of my teachers. There have been a few teachers who possess intelligence equal to, even (blasphemy) surpassing my own. Keith Garret, Chris Haire, and others at LCHS are excellent teachers who did teach me a lot.

Really, though, that is not the point. The point is that money doesn't solve any of these problems. This is quite easy to prove as I showed with the D.C. school district.

You would do well to make less personal attacks and argue on the merit of your position. To do so would make the apparent gap between our intelligence levels less dramatic.
Bystander

Kingsport, TN

#19 Jul 23, 2010
Point proven. I made no personal attacks. I merely said what you believe about yourself and this school system. And my only argument with you is that you lump all teachers in one group because of some of the teachers you have had. All you are saying is cut teacher pay. What happens then? Do things get better? So, let's build a new school in Greenback staffed with low-paid teachers - who obviously won't be the best of the best. Do things get better then? How about those great teachers you had at LCHS? Do they feel they are overpaid for the job they do? Would they agree with your idea to cut teacher pay? So, you would probably say you wouldn't cut their pay. Well how do you decide? Who decides? How would you go about training teachers to make sure they are effective? What was it about those great teachers that made them great teachers? Or will you just come back and say that you don't have time and energy to devote to these issues? Then I am back to the idea that you are not here because you care about this issue - just like to argue.
Upset Mom

Kingston, TN

#20 Jul 24, 2010
Bystander wrote:
The school building plan is not the most critical issue facing the Loudon County school system. That's what some would have you believe, Van Shaver among them. Per pupil expenditures and teacher salaries are the biggest problems we have, not to mention a lack of leadership in the overall system and in some schools. Lack of technology in most schools is also a factor. What good are new schools if we do not have quslified teachers in those classrooms? Many teachers are planning to leave the County system if things don't improve soon. The new teachers coming out of college are better than ever. They will not even give Loudon County a second look when they can earn thousands more a year in another county. It seems to me that most of the people commenting on this thread are part of the group that believes there is too much money spent on the school system. Look around you and compare your county to others around us and you will find that we as a county have more ability to pay, but pay less than most counties who have less ability to pay. There is no doubt that education is NOT a priority in Loudon County.
You are right about one thing....the lack of leadership. The problem with education not being a priority....starts at the top. Central office is responsible to set the tone for education in this county. We have a leader who would rather attend rotary meetings than visit a school in session, who looks the other way when approached about problems, who refuses to see his lack of accountability is directly related to poor performance. We have some amazing teachers who should be rewarded for their efforts, but we have many who could put forth additional effort, if the leaders would demand better (and there is definitely room for improvement). It's the ole cat's away, the mice will play mentality. I understand that we also embrace the concept that the principal is the manager of the school, but even in a business, corporate office is involved in the day to day operations of their stores. I believe this is where we are failing. Mr Honeycutt need to demand more and expect no less....implement some no-nonsense approaches to improving education. As it is...Professor Ubbens seems to running the system....and not very well, I might add.
Upset Mom

Kingston, TN

#21 Jul 24, 2010
Bystander wrote:
The school building plan is not the most critical issue facing the Loudon County school system. That's what some would have you believe, Van Shaver among them. Per pupil expenditures and teacher salaries are the biggest problems we have, not to mention a lack of leadership in the overall system and in some schools. Lack of technology in most schools is also a factor. What good are new schools if we do not have quslified teachers in those classrooms? Many teachers are planning to leave the County system if things don't improve soon. The new teachers coming out of college are better than ever. They will not even give Loudon County a second look when they can earn thousands more a year in another county. It seems to me that most of the people commenting on this thread are part of the group that believes there is too much money spent on the school system. Look around you and compare your county to others around us and you will find that we as a county have more ability to pay, but pay less than most counties who have less ability to pay. There is no doubt that education is NOT a priority in Loudon County.
Regarding technology....we have some of the best technology available now in our schools and they are abused more often than used properly. Since providing classrooms with smartboards/prometheon boards, teachers have taken to showing non-educational movies and allowing children to self-educate on computers. This is not what I would call teaching...this is babysitting and is a parent's job (do not bother to argue that parents aren't doing their job...you'd be right on some accounts). The point is, for all of our technology, it is not being used for it's intended purposes....again..this is a lack of leadership....plain and simple. More technology is not necessarily better...it is a distraction as to why we have failing schools. Again, I would suggest that our illustrious leader try showing up in the schools (unannounced) occassionally to see for himself what is going on in our schools, but it is so much easier to stay disengaged and pretend what a great job you are doing.

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