Overton, charter school's chief, dies

There are 58 comments on the GoErie.com story from Dec 30, 2008, titled Overton, charter school's chief, dies. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Students at the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School will return to class without the school's leader.

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Sad Employee

Erie, PA

#1 Dec 30, 2008
His death was a shock and he will be missed greatly. He was a good man and a good leader. His memory shall continue as we strive to change this community one student at a time. Thank you Theo for giving of yourself to Erie and R.B. Wiley. Charterland will not be the same without you.
Thats pushing it

Cleveland, OH

#2 Dec 30, 2008
Please. There are some things we could say that are "ok" or "good" about Mr. Overton but leader is not one of them. This is a horrible article. Who would have approved something like this to be written about a "great leader"? He has passed and deserves some respect for that but please! No one can even write a decent obituary. He did try to change things and his tactics were not the greatest to some but I will give him the fact that I think he thought he was doing what was right. I think he did want to change the education system. He just didn't know how to do it. He was a very proud man and out of his frustration treated others the way he did. He had to blame the failure on someone else other then himself. It is hard work and Mr. Wiley knew it. Too bad he couldn't have been more patient because he really might have been the one to make it work if he hadn't made so many emotional mistakes.
Sad Employee wrote:
His death was a shock and he will be missed greatly. He was a good man and a good leader. His memory shall continue as we strive to change this community one student at a time. Thank you Theo for giving of yourself to Erie and R.B. Wiley. Charterland will not be the same without you.
Former Charter Teacher

Cleveland, OH

#3 Dec 30, 2008
Theo Overton was a very determined and passionate man. However, his tactics for "turning" RBWCCS around exploited both teachers and students. It astonishes me that a man can be so arrogant and selfish even in death. I want everyone to know that what seemed to the public as good intentions, were indeed a cover for what really went on at the school. You just don't do business like that, especially when it comes to children's education. I feel for the staff that has endured over the years, I could not stand for something that was not fair nor right, and that was Mr. Overton. Maybe I'm wrong, but an effective leader does not sit in his office and give orders. He had no interest in the students and treated his staff poorly (that's saying it kindly). He has been ill for months now and was unable to meet the duties of his job. Now, the children and staff are left to clean up his mess. I know that the charter school family will embrace the change and really change the lives of the children. That is why we are there, right?
Former Charter Teacher

Cleveland, OH

#4 Dec 30, 2008
Forget to mention...to answer a parent's question from earlier this year. Yes, students are "pushed" through to the next grade. They were treated as numbers, not children with different needs!
slow

Erie, PA

#6 Dec 30, 2008
9 days ago?
Another former teacher

Waterford Works, NJ

#7 Dec 30, 2008
Former Charter Teacher wrote:
Theo Overton was a very determined and passionate man. However, his tactics for "turning" RBWCCS around exploited both teachers and students. It astonishes me that a man can be so arrogant and selfish even in death. I want everyone to know that what seemed to the public as good intentions, were indeed a cover for what really went on at the school. You just don't do business like that, especially when it comes to children's education. I feel for the staff that has endured over the years, I could not stand for something that was not fair nor right, and that was Mr. Overton. Maybe I'm wrong, but an effective leader does not sit in his office and give orders. He had no interest in the students and treated his staff poorly (that's saying it kindly). He has been ill for months now and was unable to meet the duties of his job. Now, the children and staff are left to clean up his mess. I know that the charter school family will embrace the change and really change the lives of the children. That is why we are there, right?
Well said. I think the majority of staff at the Charter School would agree with your statement.
sniffle

Erie, PA

#8 Dec 30, 2008
Sad Employee wrote:
His death was a shock and he will be missed greatly. He was a good man and a good leader. His memory shall continue as we strive to change this community one student at a time. Thank you Theo for giving of yourself to Erie and R.B. Wiley. Charterland will not be the same without you.
oh, JMA, that almost brought a tear to my eye, beautifully written.
what the

North Ridgeville, OH

#9 Dec 30, 2008
sniffle wrote:
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oh, JMA, that almost brought a tear to my eye, beautifully written.
LOLOLOL, what makes you think JMA wrote this. Even though I was sitting here thinking the samething.
JSW

United States

#10 Dec 30, 2008
Is this JMA or PJR?
brainfreeze

Erie, PA

#11 Dec 30, 2008
hmmm good question. Extremely brief for JMA, but she may have just been eating delicious Troyer Farm chips. PJR would be the best bet.
Sad Employee

Erie, PA

#12 Dec 30, 2008
It's amazing that even in death people love to attack that which they cannot control. He brought accountability to the school. He had to fix 8 years of bad leadership. You are right, he could have done and sid things in a better way. But, hey, we all have a faults. He who is with out sin, throw the first stone. Regardless of how you felt about him, he is dead, may he rest in peace. be careful of speaking il of the dead. Remember that!!!!!
virgogirl

Erie, PA

#13 Dec 30, 2008
To sad employee: Your comment "be careful of speaking ill of the dead" --Theo should have known all along that God does not like ugly - ugly is what he was until he took his last breath and I believe this is why God gave him an illness that inflicted him with great pain. In the end though, Theo will have to make peace with his creator - he will have to answer only to him. We are all just left here on earth to shake our heads and say how could one person arrive in Erie, disrupt so many lives in so short of time and then be gone???

To the Charter School staff: Continue the mission that Mr. Wiley set forth 10 years ago. May you all find peace and harmony in the new year. Make a difference in the lives of your students and be proud to say you work at the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School.
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#14 Dec 31, 2008
Another former teacher wrote:
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Well said. I think the majority of staff at the Charter School would agree with your statement.
Your comments of any negative reaction to Theo should have been told to him in life and keep all other comments to your self as the family tries to get through this time. His judgement day is coming and "judge ye not that ye be not judge"
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#15 Dec 31, 2008
virgogirl wrote:
To sad employee: Your comment "be careful of speaking ill of the dead" --Theo should have known all along that God does not like ugly - ugly is what he was until he took his last breath and I believe this is why God gave him an illness that inflicted him with great pain. In the end though, Theo will have to make peace with his creator - he will have to answer only to him. We are all just left here on earth to shake our heads and say how could one person arrive in Erie, disrupt so many lives in so short of time and then be gone???
To the Charter School staff: Continue the mission that Mr. Wiley set forth 10 years ago. May you all find peace and harmony in the new year. Make a difference in the lives of your students and be proud to say you work at the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School.
Your comments of any negative reaction to Theo should have been told to him in life and keep all other comments to your self as the family tries to get through this time. His judgement day is coming and "judge ye not that ye be not judge"
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#16 Dec 31, 2008
Sad Employee wrote:
It's amazing that even in death people love to attack that which they cannot control. He brought accountability to the school. He had to fix 8 years of bad leadership. You are right, he could have done and sid things in a better way. But, hey, we all have a faults. He who is with out sin, throw the first stone. Regardless of how you felt about him, he is dead, may he rest in peace. be careful of speaking il of the dead. Remember that!!!!!
thanks for your comments "be careful of speaking ill of the dead" this is well written. we all have faults.
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#17 Dec 31, 2008
virgogirl wrote:
To sad employee: Your comment "be careful of speaking ill of the dead" --Theo should have known all along that God does not like ugly - ugly is what he was until he took his last breath and I believe this is why God gave him an illness that inflicted him with great pain. In the end though, Theo will have to make peace with his creator - he will have to answer only to him. We are all just left here on earth to shake our heads and say how could one person arrive in Erie, disrupt so many lives in so short of time and then be gone???
To the Charter School staff: Continue the mission that Mr. Wiley set forth 10 years ago. May you all find peace and harmony in the new year. Make a difference in the lives of your students and be proud to say you work at the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School.
You should know that God does not like ugly or you would have kept your comments to yourself
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#18 Dec 31, 2008
sniffle wrote:
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oh, JMA, that almost brought a tear to my eye, beautifully written.
thanks for your wonderful comments. Everyone has faults and God knows best and will do the rest.
Against Negative comments

Detroit, MI

#19 Dec 31, 2008
My prayers are with the family at this time and Theo was truly a unique person and had a way to leave you thinking about him for a long time. "judge ye not that ye be not judge" His day has come and we must recognize that negative comments only make each person look closer at themselves to be a better person.
Please

Cleveland, OH

#20 Dec 31, 2008
Are you joking? I already talked to you on the other blog so just read that and quit being ridiculous! So he cleaned up and brought about accountability? Good job to you and Theo. Way to go giving children a turn over of three and four different teachers in one school year and we are half way through. Or do you mean the accountability like when he kept two teachers even though he knew he wanted to fire them for a very long time, till the day before Thanksgiving break and fired them so they couldn't get paid for break. Good business right? Good Godly people right? Its funny coming from a man who turned the place into a job core for people not qualified for the positions they are in. Really he couldn't let them have the holiday pay? Oh yeah and again they were not the old school employees.
Sad Employee wrote:
It's amazing that even in death people love to attack that which they cannot control. He brought accountability to the school. He had to fix 8 years of bad leadership. You are right, he could have done and sid things in a better way. But, hey, we all have a faults. He who is with out sin, throw the first stone. Regardless of how you felt about him, he is dead, may he rest in peace. be careful of speaking il of the dead. Remember that!!!!!
Please

Cleveland, OH

#21 Dec 31, 2008
ARE YOU PEOPLE REALLY JOKING! TRUST ME, ME AND MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY PEOPLE TOLD THE MAN. Actually it wasn't his fault all of this was happening. Its all the people that let it go on because he was "articulate". All you people trying to pretend like this blog is a bunch of scared, weak people please. I am not sure if you're from around here but if you are, you know how hard people faught to let him know, TO HIS FACE, never afraid. If you're not from around here I will give you that maybe you have a different veiw of him.
Against Negative comments wrote:
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Your comments of any negative reaction to Theo should have been told to him in life and keep all other comments to your self as the family tries to get through this time. His judgement day is coming and "judge ye not that ye be not judge"

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