Who would you vote for as Putnam Supe...

Who would you vote for as Putnam Superintendent of Schools?

Created by politics user on Mar 6, 2011

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Tom Townsend

Mike Lisle

Phyllis Criswell

Jim Roach

Someone else (please comment - who?)

fan of JB

Fort White, FL

#61 Jun 10, 2012
ole palaky feller wrote:
I feel like it was three years ago with everybody on this blog really beating up on ole TT. It is obvious that NO body is over Buckles losing. I guess by all the talk that Criswell is an friend of Mr. Buckles and the blog is rallying around her. Not so fast!!! Mr Townsend won by a large amount if memory serves me right. When I over there last it seemed that people I spoke to wanted to keep going forward and not backwards. When people spoke of TT they really seem to wish him well. When I spoke to Buckles supporters everyone seemed to just bad mouth TT. I'm not sure if the bloggers here realize what bad mouthing TT gets them. Ya'll say something nice here and maybe just maybe he'll lose..??? just saying
Must admit you are correct. Lately, nobody is over Buckles losing in the bass capital of the world. The voters have to commend JoAnn Barber for voicing her concerns over the hiring of the football coach at PHS. NOW voters know the rest of the story even though uncle Tommy made "an oversight." And how thoughtful of uncle Tommy to not press charges in an already bogged down judicial system against the teacher who stole video cameras to be pawned to "support his students." Word throughout the county is that uncle Tommy must go August 14 when he can fight his own battles against Buckles that everyone here is all too familiar with.
Observer

Ocala, FL

#62 Jun 14, 2012
Great Forum at the Ravines:
Exposed TT for misusing grant money; DB said it won’t matter if TT’s no longer superintendent, the govt. will want its money back. Not
notifying the state about certificate-holders’ arrests and/or misconduct (as reported in the PDN); DB said anybody who says they didn’t know they had to do that was lying. DB said
when he was substituting at PHS, he witnessed two male students sexually assaulting a female student. DB said when he tried to report it and turn in a referral, he was told not to because “it would reflect poorly on the image of their students.” DB said that after Ross Jones, baseball coach at SJRSC, complained at the school board meeting about his son being repeatedly disciplined for a dress code violation, TT called Joe Pickens, president of SJRCC, and tried to get Pickens to fire Jones. DB and the other candidates repeatedly mentioned TT’s use of fear, intimidation, and bullying as a “leadership/management style.”
Sure hope the people see what devastation to teachers and students these last four years have created and do something about it.
Third grade scores are at their worst ever...it will be years to correct...these kids lost much in their learning years. These scores will follow them until they graduate. SFA has to go!
DB is a DA

Orange Park, FL

#63 Jun 14, 2012
Observer wrote:
Great Forum at the Ravines:
Exposed TT for misusing grant money; DB said it won’t matter if TT’s no longer superintendent, the govt. will want its money back. Not
notifying the state about certificate-holders’ arrests and/or misconduct (as reported in the PDN); DB said anybody who says they didn’t know they had to do that was lying. DB said
when he was substituting at PHS, he witnessed two male students sexually assaulting a female student. DB said when he tried to report it and turn in a referral, he was told not to because “it would reflect poorly on the image of their students.” DB said that after Ross Jones, baseball coach at SJRSC, complained at the school board meeting about his son being repeatedly disciplined for a dress code violation, TT called Joe Pickens, president of SJRCC, and tried to get Pickens to fire Jones. DB and the other candidates repeatedly mentioned TT’s use of fear, intimidation, and bullying as a “leadership/management style.”
Sure hope the people see what devastation to teachers and students these last four years have created and do something about it.
Third grade scores are at their worst ever...it will be years to correct...these kids lost much in their learning years. These scores will follow them until they graduate. SFA has to go!
Are you crazy. DB knows that he is a MANDATORY reporter for any type of criminal activity especially when he "witnessed" it. He doesnt have to go thru ANYBODY higher up to report that. He can play stupid all he wants to. I don't buy it! Maybe he should put the shoe on his foot. How would he feel if his child had that happen to her with another person of authority "witnessing" it. Retarded Fool you are DB. Play ignorant in somebody else's district. Go put your blinders on somewhere else! But then again, I remember you as a child in the school system very clearly being a bully to other teachers and the kids you watched. I'm gonna go pray for you now!

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#64 Jun 15, 2012
So, just like when the story broke about the coach with a DUI that wasn't reported to the State, Townsend again thinks he is above answering to the public that employees him.

Parent's dress code dispute leads to confrontation with superintendentBy Jackie Lerch

Published: Friday, June 15, 2012 1:10 AM EDT

A parent's complaint about dress-code enforcement has become a bigger issue, with an allegation of unethical conduct by Superintendent of Schools Tom Townsend.
Ross Jones, a coach and athletic director at St. Johns River State College, was invited to address the school board last month by chairman C.L. Overturf Jr. and says his comments about application of the dress-code prompted Townsend to try to get him fired.
"He told me that this wasn't about dress code, it was about open defiance on my son's part," Jones said. "I said, Tom, we fixed (the jeans). Then he basically said he thought that what I did was politically motivated."
Jones said Townsend contacted college president Joe Pickens the next day. Neither Pickens nor Townsend would discuss their talk for this article, but Jones said Townsend's message was clear.
"He said that what I had done was an embarrassment to him, to the college and that if I worked for him I wouldn't have a job," Jones said.
"For a public official who I'm helping pay his salary, to do that was extremely unethical," Jones said. "I thought it was him trying to use his position to hurt me and that's when I called the Ethics Commission."
Jones said he decided not to file a complaint with the state agency because he didn't want to hurt the county and create a larger public issue.
"But I've done nothing wrong," Jones said. "What I did was what every parent in Putnam County should do. And for that an elected official tried to damage me."
A subsequent meeting with Townsend to resolve the conflict went nowhere, Jones said.
"To his credit he agreed to meet with me, he came (to the college) on May 29," Jones said. "The conversation started off pretty good, but when I asked him why he would do that, he told me he had the right to talk to anybody he wanted to."

The conflict took on a much higher profile Tuesday when school board candidate David Buckles cited it as an example of intimidation by Townsend's administration.

Continued..........

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#65 Jun 15, 2012
Contacted Thursday, Townsend wouldn't confirm or deny the assertions.
"I'm not going to reply to David Buckles' innuendos about me," Townsend said. "I'm not going to comment on any conversations I've had with Mr. Pickens or anyone else."
Pickens on Thursday confirmed having a conversation with Townsend about Jones' attending the board meeting, but that conversation was personal.
"I don't think it is appropriate to discuss content between Tom and myself in public," Pickens said.
Jones brought his family's experience with dress-code enforcement at Palatka High School during the May 15 school board meeting, bringing along is son's jeans, which had a patched-over hole.
"Yesterday I get a phone call from the school that he was going to in-school suspension because he wore these jeans again," Jones said at the meeting. "My wife had bought a patch and ironed it in the inside of his pocket, trimmed it up and made it look good and he was sent to ISS, he missed out on a day of education."
Jones said school officials lost perspective on the dress code. At the meeting Townsend said he'd meet with Jones at a later date.
Jones called Townsend the day after and the conversation didn't go well, he said.
Jones said he tried to assure Townsend it was not about politics, but about his son and what's happening in the school system.
The next day, Jones received a message from Pickens saying that Townsend had confronted him about his visit to the school board.
"What this has turned into is not what I bargained for," Jones said. "This is something I felt could be solved in short order."
Jones said Pickens has been supportive. Pickens watched a videotape of the meeting, Jones said, and told said he didn't believe he was out of line.
Overturf, chairman of the school board, said his invitation to Jones stemmed from a phone conversation.
"I told Jones he needed to see the superintendent or come to the meeting during public comment, that's what it's there for," Overturf said.
Thursday, Townsend insisted Jones' job status was not "relevant."
"Mr. Jones doesn't work for me," Townsend said. "Whether he is or isn't employed is none of my business. That's not even relevant."

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Mr. Jones should not hesitate to file a complaint because he doesn't want to bring embarassment to the county. That's what lets issues like this continue. There are over a dozen ethics complaints involving different agencies in Putnam in the works now, so it's coming anyway.

Since: Jan 12

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#66 Jun 15, 2012
And what a hypocritical hoot that David Buckles would squawk about using school employees to intimidate someone since HE DID THE SAME THING.

Here's a link to the executive order filed against him by then-Governor Bush:

http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/exe...

Since: Jan 12

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#67 Jun 15, 2012
Published Friday, December 7, 2007

State punishes Putnam superintendent

Putnam County schools' Buckles was accused of political misdeeds. He was fined, but details weren't posted online, as is teacher discipline.

DEIRDRE CONNER

When teachers and school administrators are disciplined by the state board that licenses educators, their misdeeds and punishments are posted to the Web for public view.

But when Putnam County schools Superintendent David Buckles made an agreement with the Florida Department of Education over complaints against his license, he got a special settlement shielded from public view. And two local residents say that when they tried to obtain public records on the settlement, the department stonewalled them to protect Buckles.

Buckles signed a "deferred prosecution" agreement Sept. 20, the result of earlier findings from the Florida Commission on Ethics that Buckles used his influence as a public official to force a school administrator to dissuade a political opponent. The agreement is similar to a formal settlement requiring a fine and probation. In it, Buckles promised to donate $500 to a scholarship fund and stay out of trouble for six months. If he does, the department will dismiss the complaint.

Buckles said he's moved past the episode, for which he's already paid $3,625 in fines and been reprimanded by then-Gov. Jeb Bush as part of settlement agreements with the Florida Elections Commission and Commission on Ethics. Buckles, first elected in 1996, was accused of instructing a school administrator, Jim Alexander, to meet with a teacher, Gene Willis, to discourage him from running against Buckles in 2004. Buckles has always said he did nothing wrong, that the accusations were politically motivated, and that he settled the case with the Commission on Ethics because his wife had cancer.

Unlike a formal settlement, a deferred prosecution agreement is not posted to www.myfloridateacher.com , the Web site set up this year to publish disciplinary actions against teachers. The agreement is so rarely used that the one with Buckles is the only one to be issued since 1999, according to the department's spokesman, Tom Butler. It's also the first case of its kind that staff can recall, he said.

The agreement isn't posted to the site because it's not a final order, Butler said, considering that the department may eventually drop the complaint.

Alexander, who eventually complained to the state about the incident and was demoted by Buckles, said it's not fair to keep the settlement out of public view when teachers disciplined for infractions less serious appear on the site.

"If it's wrong, it's wrong. It needs to be available," he said.

Alexander, who first filed the complaint with the Department of Education in 2004, said that despite repeated assurances that he would be contacted when a resolution had been reached, he only found out after calling again in November. And, he said, Professional Practices Chief Marian Lambeth asked for his information request in writing, even though that's not required under the Sunshine Law and the governor's recently enacted Open Government Bill of Rights.

Continued.........

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#69 Jun 15, 2012
Buckles' deferred prosecution agreement:

http://jacksonville.com/images/120607/Buckles...

Since: Jan 12

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#70 Jun 15, 2012
When Buckles was School Super. he appointed his niece, Laura France, and his ex-wife, Teri Love, as principals in area schools. He then appointed his current wife, Debra, as principal of Browning-Pierce, based on a recommendation by a committee of school administrators. At this same time two teachers were working at Interlachen High School, where their wives served as principal and asst. principal. While FL Statutes specifically exept school districts and community colleges from the laws against nepotism, Putnam Co. School District had it's own policy against it - so the board got together and granted a waiver so they would no longer be in violation of their own policy.

Neither Townsend or Buckles seem to possess the ethics necessary to be a role-model for the students they're responsible for educating and inspiring.
LetMeSay

Jacksonville, FL

#71 Jun 15, 2012
Criswell is a good candidate... but I hate to say this: If she gets it and Buckles wins the position he's running for, Buckles will be running the show again.
New Direction

Palatka, FL

#72 Jun 15, 2012
I agree with LetMeSay, Criswell and Buckles would be same ol, same ol. Have spoken to Mike Lisle and
he has a good atitude and some good ideas. LIKE teaching spelling, math and writing. Real down to earth ideas. Not every student can afford or wants to go to collage, but all need to know math and spelling no matter what path they decide to travel. The new way of teaching is absolutely not working so why not go back to basics and then grow from there. Starting in the middle is hard even for the best of minds.
Lets give the students of Putnam County a chance to become productive on their own and not have their education depend on who their parents are, who they know, or how much money and influence they have.
The old did not work, The new Tommie did not work so lets try a new path. Talk to Mike Lisle and listen to his view, it is about the students, not the powers to be. It makes alot of sense.
Are you experienced

United States

#73 Jun 19, 2012
I have nothing to say about Mike Lisle... He sounds like a great guy... He has a really nice famIly and all in all he would be a much better choice than Townsend (ANY of the candidates would be better than Townsend)... But there has been a siege of terror in Putnam .. an unexperienced person in the lead (no matter how intelligent they are) will have too long of a learning curve to clean up the mess created by TT. Criswell is NOT Buckles... Even though she worked for him. She is the best person for the job across multiple levels. I must add, too, that Buckles was a good superintendent for a long time and will make a great school board member. BUT do NOT confuse Criswell with Buckles... She has a mind of her own...

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#74 Jun 20, 2012
RE ELECT NO ONE
Educated and Informed

Vinita, OK

#75 Jun 21, 2012
Elect Criswell!!! If you do your homework, you will see that she has the background, knowledge, and the preparation to tackle the superintendent's job from day ONE. Also, she is a hard, hard worker that will dedicate her life to the job (her track record speaks for itself)!!!

I love children and Putnam county, so I encourage you all to think about this election and take it seriously. Only 24% of the voters turned out at the polls in 2008, hence, Townsend was voted in by a fraction of those registered to vote. Don't let a "fluke" like this happen to Putnam again. Our schools are in peril...take action in August, and again in November!!!!
Peas In a Pod

High Springs, FL

#76 Jun 22, 2012
Figures...two school superintendent candidates have signs up before June 25th - Lisle on Francis Church Road and Townsend at the Walmart exit on the fence. Aren't these fellows two peas in a pod - both taking pleasure in violating the rules? People are sure talking. Don't take my word for it, see for yourselves as many already have. At least Asia, Criswell, and Roach hold themselves to a higher standard in abiding by the rules. You have three great choices,and Townsend and Lisle are not one of them - vote wisely.
RTMF

Palatka, FL

#77 Jun 22, 2012
Actually, Townsend is the only Superintendent candidate in violation of the county's building and code law regarding signs. Signs that are not attached to permanent structures or in the ground are not a violations just as the sign that Roach had outside of Messer's by Walmart and Asia had at the corner of Hwy 20 and Moody Road before moving it briefly further downtown. There are several candidates in almost all of the races with signs on trailers or in the backs of trucks, even others have them on fences and a couple have billboards across the county.
Peas In a Pod

High Springs, FL

#78 Jun 23, 2012
RTMF wrote:
Actually, Townsend is the only Superintendent candidate in violation of the county's building and code law regarding signs. Signs that are not attached to permanent structures or in the ground are not a violations just as the sign that Roach had outside of Messer's by Walmart and Asia had at the corner of Hwy 20 and Moody Road before moving it briefly further downtown. There are several candidates in almost all of the races with signs on trailers or in the backs of trucks, even others have them on fences and a couple have billboards across the county.
So tired of people skirting the law so they could get ahead. That leaves one superintendent candidate who did follow the law - Criswell. She just earned my vote!
Joke

Nashville, TN

#79 Jun 23, 2012
Tom Towsend You are the biggest joke in putnam county politics, you make for great entertainment.

Tom, leave before you mess up the schools anymore than you already have. go back smoking your dope!

I bet if we ask why your have a sign up like the PDN said, your reply will be "I dont have to tell you anything."

You have a different standard when your kids are involved in crime!

The daily news reported what you really are.

PDN. Great Job.

Vote Criswell.

R
confused

Palatka, FL

#80 Jun 23, 2012
Peas In a Pod wrote:
Figures...two school superintendent candidates have signs up before June 25th - Lisle on Francis Church Road and Townsend at the Walmart exit on the fence. Aren't these fellows two peas in a pod - both taking pleasure in violating the rules? People are sure talking. Don't take my word for it, see for yourselves as many already have. At least Asia, Criswell, and Roach hold themselves to a higher standard in abiding by the rules. You have three great choices,and Townsend and Lisle are not one of them - vote wisely.
If the names are coming out, lets include some of the others. Kenny Eubanks--the chairman of the County Commission has TWO very large signs on the same corner on Stokes Landing Rd, been there for over a month. Hanby has a 4x8 aprox. at the corner of Williams and St Johns Av. McBay large plastic sheet on the fence at the west entrance to Colonial Pines on State road 20, Larry Harvey has a 30" x 30"? sign in the window of a business at state rd 20 and Willis rd. being there for three months. Ricketts on a trailer parked across from the blue A-frame in Interlachen on st rd 20 being there for maybe 4 weeks. Also have seen Hammonds, Asias and Holmes-Young Newspaper had an article about the signs and still many candidates do as they please. If not handed out, not displayed. Let the candidates pay big fines.(just what ones I've seen)
joke

Nashville, TN

#81 Jun 23, 2012
sounds like you have nothing else better to do than ride around and look, pityful

get a woman

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