What?!?! Do you even have any clue what you are talking about? My sister is a teacher, I used to be a teacher, and I have several good friends who are teachers in Bryan County Schools. They all like this superintendent very much.
Have you looked at our military rate lately? It is higher than it has ever been. Many teachers move due to their husband's jobs (in the military and civilian). Many teachers have retired due to it being time for them to retire. There is some unhappiness with the politics of school-THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN BY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN ELECTED AT THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL!!! Local boards and administrators have very little input as to the policies and curriculum that have to work with.
I have lived in Bryan County for over 20 years. Have never heard of a teacher quit because of a superintendent. That is the stupidest thing I ever heard of.
Even through the reign of Sallie Brewer, when I was a teacher, no one quit because of HER. Although we were VERY unhappy with her trying to control every thing we did-down to what we drank and ate-nobody quit. Some people left to raise kids-like me, but it wasn't because of her. If you are a true educator at heart, you grin and bear it and do what you have to for your students, despite all the silliness the politicians force on you.
RHmomof4, it is with as much respect that I can muster that I must advise you that you are out of touch. The educator of today will not tolerate the abuses that you willingly endured under Sallie Brewer. These professionals demand respect for the professionals they are.
Your tenure as a resident in Bryan County does not qualify you as an authority in why teachers have left the system. I have known of several teachers that have left Bryan County to take positions in neighboring school systems (some for less money). Their stated reason was that they just didn't trust the leadership of the BC School system to put children first.
The BoE better wake up, or they won't be there long. They are charged with ensuring the quality of your children's education; not being the being the Superintendents buddy or patsy.
Seriously? That's all you got? This superintendent hired people from out of county? People who could bring fresh ideas to a county that has been a good ole boy system? People who might bring more experience and do the job better. Just because a person has been here for 20 years does not make them the best qualified for the job. Didn't you just tell me that? Sounds to me like a grudge is being held because someone didn't get hired.
As far as the central office- I am sure these positions were added to support the school staff. Teachers and principals need that support so that everything does not get dumped on them and they can focus on their students.
Misguided, and drank the Kool-Aid. That is my assessment of your naïve comments and position you take. I have never heard of allowing students that do not complete the requirements for graduation to actually "walk" with those that have actually worked hard to honestly Graduate. What an insult. Do you think that the corporate world rewards everyone equally based on attendance? (You probably do)
I'm not sure of the "good ole boy" system your refer to, but if you are talking about the one that has kept BC Schools at the top wrt test scores and education quality, you are right.....they are good.
You are right about those having been here for 20 years not necessarily being the best for the job. I think that teacher tenure can breed laziness and an expectation of a lack of accountability. But when we lose over 70 teachers, somebody needs to start asking questions.
Maybe there is a new "Good ole boy" system taking root. Like I said before...The BoE needs to wake up before it's to late. The Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent work for the BoE, Parents, Teachers and most of all the students. The BoE should rein them in and re-establish order.
BTW..your analysis that my opinion is based on a grudge being held because someone didn't get hired, is an indication of your naivety sprinkled with a touch of ignorance. I do not know anyone that failed to get hired, nor would I care if I did.
I could really care less what you think of my comments. Do you even know what working in a school is like?? I am speaking from experience (being a teacher, parent, and volunteer in the schools). Are you?
Teachers may quit or transfer due to their principal – but superintendents have very little interaction with teachers. On the other hand, principals have interaction. Every. Day.
As far as high test scores – our county still has high test scores. Your point is moot.
Allowing students who have not completed the requirements to walk with those who do is not an unusual activity. MANY schools do it – in fact my own high school did the same thing. Did I consider it a slap in the face to me? No. It does not diminish the prestige of my degree – who really cares who walks??? Why is it your business? If they awarded a degree to a person who did not fill the requirements and received a degree – that would diminish the prestige of the degree. That did not happen here. They walked in a ceremony but did not get the degree yet. So what? Does it affect you? No.
Oh you care what I think, if you didn't you wouldn't respond with so much passion. I have more experience in school systems than you know, at levels that would surprise you. I am very aware of what it is like working in a school system; evidently more so than you.
Bless your heart, you are very naïve about how things really are. Students should earn the right to participate in a graduation ceremony; just like they will have to should they attend college. To not require someone to actually graduate in order to participate in a graduation ceremony lacks common sense. If graduation is not required they should rename the ceremony an "Attendance Ceremony".
The thing that has been diminished here IS the ceremony itself. IT MEANS NOTHING!
I will go now.
Forwarded from my sister (a current BCS teacher):
So if you are on the inside, you’ll know all about what teachers are experiencing right now.
Of course you know that the state changes the curriculum every few years. Just when teachers get to know the curriculum, get resources, and figure out how to teach it to their students without them missing something in between curriculum shifts, the federal and state politicians change it.
Of course you know that the state changes the assessment the students have to take every year. From the CRCT, PARCC, and Georgia Milestones-they can’t decide what they want to do, much less how to implement those tests.
Of course you know that our new evaluation system is based on student performance. It doesn’t matter that the student doesn’t feel like testing that day or that the student decided not to take his medications that day, we are evaluated on their test scores. Our jobs are based on the actions of a bunch of children.
Of course you know all about the fact that teachers have not had a pay raise in 7 years. No cost of living, nothing. In addition to no pay raise, we have had to take furlough days. This superintendent and BoE were able to give us a one time bonus last year – which was greatly appreciated. Unlike surrounding counties, they have shielded us from furlough days (except the first year of the recession).
Of course you know all about how the governor has taken money from the educational system, and currently owes it MILLIONS of dollars. Teachers and students have had to go without – and to sit in larger class sizes because there is no funding for more teacher positions.
Of course you know all about how the governor has redirected money out of the state health care plan. Forcing educators to spend more for healthcare (premiums as well as crappy coverage).
Of course you know that our local board and superintendents have the unfortunate task of dealing with all the bureaucracies and making sure BCS comply. Oh, but wait. You want to blame them for teachers leaving. hhhmmm….
Superintendents come and go. Curriculum comes and goes. The one constant in our students. That is why we are there.
I am a BCS veteran teacher and gtsupermom is absolutely correct. More would have left if they could have found a position elsewhere or could have afforded to retire early.
I am another BCS veteran teacher who agrees with gtsupermom. We had great schools before Paul Brooksher got here because of hardworking teachers who were dedicated to our students and held them accountable. We will have great schools again when he leaves and we can hold students accountable for their attendance, behavior, effort, and quality of work. I know a great many teachers who are disgusted with his leadership (as well as his two amigos at the board office), but fear retribution if they speak up. It's time to speak up people. The board of education is about to give him more time on his contract even though some of them doubt him. They need evidence to base their decisions on. Speak now or prepare to hold your peace for the next three years!
I would hope that if the BoE extends or gives him a new contract, the people in our county will remember that during the future BoE elections. We need need smart, innovative and "in-touch" people overseeing our children's education. People who can provide leadership, not continually search for it. People that are aware of what's going on in the system and not a patsy for the Super. Don't forget.....He, just like the BoE, WORKS FOR YOU!!!
Ok RHmomof4, here are the facts. Teachers who disagree with the local changes made by the superintendent and his "chosen ones" are being punished. Admin has been given "advice" to make such teachers miserable so they will leave. How? Give them classes they have never taught, give them multiple preps, take away any classes they enjoy, and if they are gifted endorsed, don't give them those classes. Instead, send more teachers to training or bring in more outsiders with less experience so they won't be brazen enough to advocate for themselves or their students. Has this happened? Yes, ask those who left. What did they Disagree with? Extra Duties, changing grading criteria, being Told not to Give a child a zero for any reason... not for Cheating, failing, or never doing the work. Teachers are being bullied into changing grades so no one fail, yes, even at The elementary school level. Cheating, lack of attendance, not following the dress code, rules are ignored. That's okay, we now let failing seniors graduate Anyway. All a parent has to do is call the board office and complain. And yes, that does Diminish the success of those who earned it the old Fashioned way. How insulting to everyone involved!Did teachers leave because of this...yes.! One student I know was expecting to have four specific teachers who have historically taught advanced or senior courses. Three out of those four teachers left during the summer. Where are they now? Teaching elsewhere! I am proud to have had my children blessed to have had So many wonderful teachers in Bryan County, but now I glad they are all finished and Do not have To endure The new philosophy...pass everyone because learning and grades are meaningless.
By the way, have you seen the additional jobs posted for even more positions at the board office? We can't pay teachers more, but we can dish out money for higher paying jobs? What we currently have are people padding their resumes who are making good money at the expense of our students and teachers. Don't renew any contract! Send the superintendent and all of his friends back to Atlanta!Last I checked, I was living in Bryan County!
Extended contract for the Super?! Well I guess you can't protect people from themselves. Hopefully we have enough clear-minded, educated people that will hold their BoE representatives accountable for their irresponsible actions (Contract extension and passing the Budget) at election time.
Maybe what we need is a good old millage rate increase to wake people up.