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Change in Columbus schools' computers fuels union grievance | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 95 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Oct 18, 2010, titled Change in Columbus schools' computers fuels union grievance | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The union that represents Columbus schoolteachers has filed a grievance concerning a new classroom computer system, saying it's so defective that it violates their contract.

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Digusted

Columbus, OH

#84 May 26, 2011
Um - this is bad news for you. Advice number one - never question his assumptions. Advice number two - keep mouth shut, toe party line, this dude will destroy himself in 2-3 years. If you want to prosper, dress like him and kiss his a** as hard and often as you can, he loves it. The Thin Client solution he pressed here at CCS has been an unmitigated disaster. Advanced Directory also a disaster. We are now waiting for new ERP Deployment diasater, to be followed by new student system deployment disaster. And, need I mention the upcoming email system replacement disater in the making! And, he blamed the the implementation disaster on Insight (contract comp), got rid of them, brought in his buddies from Cincinatti Bell - and the new CB people are pretty bad at what they are supposed to "improve". He will find that you current people are "not using best practices", and soon your bosses will be informed that you are all "afraid of change". His favorite book is "Who moved my cheese" - take a read, you can do in about 10 minutes, then think about updating your resume. Are you proud of your college dregree? Don't mention this to Rod, he being a High School graduate and college dropout, he is sensative about the topic. Also, are you a public run company? Houpe told the local paper here that he was leaving for a private business opportunity, and declined to state what that was.
CCS IT Guy

Columbus, OH

#85 May 26, 2011
Hi News - as a current CCS IT person, I can assure you I DID NOT waste your money. The person that did that has run off to Texas. Leaving behind a real mess, I can tell you. Blame the people that hired Rod Houpe, and them kept him as CIO for 3 years.
Survivor

Columbus, OH

#86 May 26, 2011
To Concerned Future Employee:
Simply put, Houpe is an arrogant bully spewing buzzwords without knowledge or education to back-up his over-inflated ego. At CCS, he verbally abused his direct reports, had no clue how to manage people yet was a control freak. He made changes for no reason and if questionsed would claim we couldn't handle change. Beware; he's uneducated but he's not dumb. To general management types he sounds like he has all the answers but real IT people will see right through him. Try to protect yourself for he will push outsourcing to management. He will call it something like "software as a service" or "hosted solutions" but the result is the same. Good luck.
Concerned Future Employee

Montréal, Canada

#87 May 26, 2011
Thanks for the advice. I think I’ll just keep my head down. Hopefully he’s learned from your thin client deployment and ours goes better.
He said he got a job for a private company? LCRA was created by the state government. The board is appointed by the governor. We were even in the news for being too political: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/senators-...
Why would he say LCRA is a private company?
Glad he is gone

Columbus, OH

#88 May 30, 2011
Hi Concerned - Rod Houpe is a Liar. Period. He may not even know why he lied about his new job, he was doing what comes naturally.
Survivor

Columbus, OH

#89 Jul 27, 2011
Hey Concerned,
I hope you are hanging in there. Give us an update when you can.
Johny

Reynoldsburg, OH

#90 Nov 17, 2011
Michele VanDyke is following in Rod Houpes crap... She does not know technology ( useless in IT) but has CEC ear.... Chris Campbell is a fucking idiot... Together they are going to doom CCS.... Thanks to Eric Sarakaitis and CBTS... Match made in hell.... In the next year, they will fire those who know how to support CCS, and when the shit hits the fan, will blame them... What is funny, is they they have no clue on IT... Totally useless SOB.... I will lose my job because of their incomptence.....
Insider

Columbus, OH

#91 Apr 19, 2012
So Rod Houpe only lasts a year at LCRA? And then he moves back to Columbus. Anyone know what happened? God help us if CCS hires him back. Management can't be THAT stupid... can they?????
Sorry Columbus

Fort Worth, TX

#92 May 4, 2012
Rod was let go from the LCRA along with his boss. I'm sure you'll hire him back...
Reality Speaks

Columbus, OH

#93 May 4, 2012
another CCS teacher wrote:
Interesting that Mr. Houpe acknowledges that there have been problems in the first 10 days of school. What about all the problems since January of 2009 when he foisted this disaster on us? When will they be resolved? If this were a business environment he would have been fired a year ago.
sound like the IT department must also be protected by the union?

they would have been fired if it were any other business.
Insider

Columbus, OH

#94 May 4, 2012
There's no union protecting administrators like Rod. He had stronger protection... Superintendent protection. Figured he couldn't last at LCRA... they would see through his veil of techno-jargon. CCS administration was not smart enough... nor are they now.
LMFAO

Columbus, OH

#95 May 4, 2012
At least they didn't wait three years to figure it out like they did at CCs.
Another Insider

Hilliard, OH

#96 Feb 11, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Rod in the past. A clue to this is he is the Benjamin Button of IT. Aging backward in his career.

Went from system analyst doing MAC support to CIO? Really? And I am sure he had NO help there!!!

Then to IT manager at LCRA, I am sure he would be happy to have a help-desk job since he has been unemployed for 8 months... But he isn't qualified unfortunately. Soon I am thinking janitor of CCS will be on his resume.

Pretty bad.
Ron

Norwalk, OH

#97 Feb 12, 2013
He is one of the most arrogant people I have ever met.
esarakaitis

United States

#98 May 7, 2014
Johny wrote:
Michele VanDyke is following in Rod Houpes crap... She does not know technology ( useless in IT) but has CEC ear.... Chris Campbell is a fucking idiot... Together they are going to doom CCS.... Thanks to Eric Sarakaitis and CBTS... Match made in hell.... In the next year, they will fire those who know how to support CCS, and when the shit hits the fan, will blame them... What is funny, is they they have no clue on IT... Totally useless SOB.... I will lose my job because of their incomptence.....
things seem to be on a huge upswing at CCS, it was a lot of hard work, but we've made a HUGE improvement in the students lives.

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