Saturday, March 24, 2012

District 150 Board moving forward with principal shuffle

From the BOE Agenda:

14. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF KEVIN CURTIN
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Kevin Curtin to another position in the district.

15. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF ANNETTE COLEMAN
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Annette Coleman to another position in the district.

16. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF GLORIA COX
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Gloria Cox to another position in the district.

17. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF MICHAEL SMITH
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Michael Smith to another position in the district.

"Monolith" divided...

"Don Jackson, president of the Peoria chapter of the NAACP questioned Lathan’s reliance on hiring administrative staff from North Carolina. It sends the message that no one from the Peoria community is qualified." 3/13/12 pjstar
"We will not move forward with personnel at the helm who have so many personal ties to the community that radical change would be rendered virtually impossible. The ... team necessary to turn a failing district around should be her call. Does it matter how many team members come from places outside the district if they are the right ones for the task?"Joyce Banks, Exec. Dir., Community Builder's Foundation  3/24/12 pjstar.
 

72 comments:

Emerge Peoria said...

Anonymous said...
Gloria Cox is the 7th/8th grade principal at Manual and has only been there since August. Why get rid of her and keep the other inept ones at Manual; and the others are really poor administrators? Doesn't make sense. It still seems like Lathan wants to keep the worst principals and get rid of the good ones.

Emerge Peoria said...

By the way...

What happened to McDonald's at Knoxville and War Memorial!?

Anonymous said...

Lathan thinks that by removing these principals, she will get discipline under control. not true. She and her buds have allowed parents of chronically misbehaving students to circumvent suspension after suspension, ensuring they STAY in school and continue to destroy the learning environment. Yes, evidently ifyou complainto mckinnon or lathan,you get your kids suspension reversed.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the meetinging is being held ar charter oak, ensuring the families of students at irving, glen oak, and manual will have a dificult time attending in defense of their childrens principal. Well choreographed and intentional, me thinks!

Anonymous said...

First of all, Joyce Banks is a self serving buffoon. Let's get that out there right away. That she feels qualified to speak to anything regarding District 150 . . . well . . . Second of all, Lathan is a sociopath who will, before all is said and done, be exposed. Butler - the gay-bashing bigot who hides her bigotry behing her hackneyed "amens"- as long as Lathan makes her feel important, she'll promote the new authoritarian status quo. These aren't people you want around the children of District 150. Maybe the kids can band together and get a class action order of protection against them.

kohlrabi said...

No MacDonalds at Knoxville and War Memorial. The one on Knoxville south of McClure is being replaced - like the one on University south of War Memorial.

Sharon Crews said...

I suppose there is some truth in both Banks' and Jackson's opposing opinions on this subject. Sometimes we are "too close to the forest, to see the trees." Another truth is that a good leader can convince others of a new path, etc. To me, Dr. Lathan just isn't that leader. Making all personnel fearful and angry doesn't seem like a workable way to improve a school system.
I don't know if Lathan's stance is what some have suggested--that District 150 has regularly kept black young people from succeeding. If that is her stance, then has she proven to anyone that her plans will change anything for the better? Obviously, board members seem to believe her without questioning any of her actions.
So far her words to the community have been that she wants to hold students and parents and teachers and administrators accountable. However, her actions seem to focus only on teachers and administrators.
I wish that Dr. Lathan and those who share her philosophy could prove to me that holding students accountable has to be equated with unfairness and punishment.
My own stance has always been that I do want a school system that offers black students a chance to excel and to feel pride in themselves when they have excelled--certainly a system where negative racial views do not make them feel worthy. That kind of system, of course, will benefit all students, regardless of race. I don't think a system that makes students feel good without putting forth the effort to succeed is a good one. Kids know when they are being catered to and when they don't deserve the grades, etc., that they are given. Unearned rewards do not build self-esteem.
So far, all of Dr. Lathan's changes seem to me (and I am, at this point, biased) to be primarliy ways to make her look good--quite possibly mostly for a resume for her next job.
More immediately, I would love to know why she thinks that disrupting four schools with only two months left to the school year has anything to do with progress. To me, every time Lathan has demoted anyone--especially during the school year--the move seems to be motivated by Lathan's desire to be sure that those people are singled out for embarrassment--to show that she is living up to her promise to clean house and her related goal of letting everyone know who is boss in District 150.
And I have to admit that if her racial views are as anti-white as some see her, I do not understand why she has chosen to demote or to demean black administrators.
I am just plain bewildered by most of her actions and by a board that seems to have no reservations about her actions.
Will District 150 ever get a superintendent who can bring racial harmony to this district and hold students accountable so that they can succeed--without accountability (fair and consistent) for both behavior and academics, there will be no success.
Also, I do not really understand Banks' view that the District cannot no prove forward because so many in charge have so many personal ties to the community. Why shouldn't District 150 leaders be those who are invested in this community--those who will stay to see the results of their actions. Also, Banks certainly has ties to this community, so why is she, but not others like her, qualified to see what is good for District 150?

Anonymous said...

I would think these changes would take after this school year??? Or are these administrtors being replaced now?

Anonymous said...

Sharon, the more I read what you right the more I am impressed. I know some people think you are here to bitch. I know, having been one of your students, that you have dedicated your whole life to kids. Thank you as a concerned citizen, and a former student. One of these days I will tell you in person.

Sharon Crews said...

Thanks--I have never been disappointed by my students. They have always given me a fair shake, even when they didn't like me all that much. I always love to hear from former students, so feel free to call me.

Anonymous said...

Why was Paul Monrad taken of the list to be dimissed?

Anonymous said...

demoted, not dismissed

Dennis in Peoria said...

1st, to Emerge, not sure where you got that Joyce is still the Community Builders ED; even the PJS "Spotlight" says she is a minister at Heaven's View. For almost a year, she has been the Senior Meals & Fellowship Program manager at PCCEO.

1st, to the one 'Anonymous' here: have you known Joyce Banks personally like I have for about 25 years? Probably not. This is her opinion, just like yours, I realize, but to call her a 'buffoon' goes too far. You could have just respectfully disagreed with her. But seems that folks here don't respectfully disagree anymore, they have to belittle someone else to make them feel superior.

As far as my opinions of Dist. 150 and Dr. Lathan: I have talked to people on both sides of the issues, so I'm on the fence. Good things are happening at Dist. 150 everyday. Some not-so-good things are also happening. There are those in the community who are trying to help correct the negative actions that are going on, because it does ultimately affect the education of the children of Peoria.

Dennis in Peoria said...

P.S. to Sharon: Is your District Watch Group meeting Sunday night 6 pm at Monicals as usual?

An Excellent Teacher! said...

To Dennis: Where are the "good" things happening in D150? Having worked there for over a decade, I have NEVER witnessed such an atrocious school year. This BOE had NO business hiring a superintendent with NO EXPERIENCE in the "pilot's seat". This school year has been "record setting" in that we have experienced an all time high of teacher absences because of STRESS---from Lathan and lack of student discipline(again, from Lathan). Most of my colleagues as well as teachers at other schools in the district are on anti-anxiety meds, high blood pressure meds, and anti-depressants. How's that for "keeping you on the fence, Dennis". Spend a day in OUR SHOES and you will do your best to see the "good" Lathan has brought to this district. Hinton was an idiot, yet didn't screw the district up as bad a Lathan....nuff said on that subject! I say, FIRE Lathan and keep all the "dedicated" employees she has humiliated by demoting them.

Sharon Crews said...

Yes, Dennis, thank you for reminding me that I forgot to put up the notice. District Watch is meeting a Monical's Sunday at 6 p.m. All are invited.

I agree with Dennis. I see no reason to call people names or belittle them--just disagree with them. I do make some strong statements about actions of the people that I believe are not doing the right thing. However, calling names seems very unnecessary. We are watching an election season where all civility is gone from those running for the highest office in the country. I do not understand why we can't disagree without losing all of our manners. All of the name calling by adults has affected what happens in the classroom. Those of you that are calling people idiots, etc., I hope you don't object when a student or a parent calls you a name.

Anonymous said...

Sharon: I would prefer being called an idiot rather than a motherf###ing Bi**h, or Fat-A%% f***ing cracker. Oh, these are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders calling me these names. AND I have been called WORSE in front of their LOVELY parents(insert sarcasm)

Sharon Crews said...

I don't mean to sound all that pious since in private company, I might refer to someone (not present) as an idiot, etc. I try not to do so since most of my conversations are overheard by children--but I fail often. I certainly try my best not to put such names in writing. Calling someone an idiot doesn't make us seem smarter to those overhearing us or reading what we say.
I know that it's rough hearing children call you names. Also, I know that it wouldn't be happening if administrators would talk to these children to let them know, in no uncertain terms, that the language is unacceptable.
I recall a young man--probably 8th grader, who used all sorts of bad words--including the f word often. Truly, I was never personally offended and didn't treat him differently because he sometimes spewed out these words. I did send him to the office and I did tell him that I wished he could find another way to speak. I wish I were one of those people who kept all the little pieces of paper with profound notes on them from children, but I didn't. However, his message scribbled to me the next year (when he wound up in my class again) is etched in my memory. He wrote something to the effect that he was sorry for all the bad words he had used in front of me and that I didn't deserve that treatment. And, believe me, from that day forward, I didn't have to defend myself against any name calling or bad words again because Tim stopped them before I had to say anyhing.
I have sympathy for you having to listen to the m...f... calling, but I'm sorry it's hard for me to even think about Cracker as a word that has much sting. I probably would make a joke out of that one and tell them "Yes, I am salty."
I do believe that the public needs to know that you have to put up with this language and that administrators don't take it seriously. Also, I know that little kids do throw around words they hear at home--and something does need to be done to convince them that such language is not appropriate for school. By the time, I left teaching high school an astounding number of students, when talking among themselves during lulls in class, didn't even try to clean up their language. It is a problem and I wish that administrators recognized the harm young people do to themselves for this lack of self-control.
All that said, I don't know how that makes it right for us to call people names--mostly because when you speak this way as a teacher, you reflect on all teachers. We just don't need to add fuel to the fires already surrounding teachers.
I think people need to have exact information about what teachers deal with. How many times in a day are you called these names? By how many different children? All this needs to be documented and given to someone who can do something about it.
I remember that when Jeff Dutro and I began to report all these problems at Manual. Jeff wrote down all the offensive words, etc., that he heard in the classroom and in hallways and he sent his findings to board members. Of course, the board members then probably heeded our reported more than such reports are heeded by the current board members.
When our administrators continually lied about the extent of absenteeism and tardies, I replicated the attendance records of my class and sent it to the PJS to Mike Baily and he devoted a whole editorial to my information.
Teachers really have to do something besides just complain--you need to document and get the attention of people who can help. Of course, we, also, had a union that stood behind us and we were presenting information that was happening rampantly, not just to us. That's why I FOIA data--we need to get facts out there.

Anonymous said...

Two major issues in 150 are discipline and curriculum. I remember my first teaching assignment at Harrison School. When I walked in Harrison I would see authentic student artwork everywhere, tutors reading with students and students following rules. Even though Harrison was a tough neighborhood the inside of the school reflected all of the best elements of the community. Now many of our schools are reflecting the worst elements of our community and the behavior is somehow acceptable.
Hedy Elliott-Gardner

teachingrocks said...

Paul Monrad came to the district as an administrator. He is not one "eligible" for a demotion. His contract will just not be renewed if they want to get rid of him.

He has busted his butt this year at Glen Oak and should be kept. He works hard and does as much as he can. Restrictions from Wisconsin don't allow for much punishment which is certainly not helping the children most in need.

I continue to be appalled by how parents are able to get a suspension rescinded. We can barely get anyone suspended regardless of behavior. When a parent who has never spoken to a teacher, brings their child to school late, never works on homework with their child, and has never given the teacher a working phone number can go to Wisconsin Ave and somehow get a suspension lifted, there is something WRONG!

Why is it so hard to acknowledge that teaching is hard and can be much harder at some of the schools in Peoria? It is correct that not all teachers are saints who do everything exactly correct. Can't we work together to get what is best for our children in Peoria? Why do teachers have to be belittled, ignored, told they are ineffective, have their principals moved all over the district, and mistreated by parents and students?

I find it incredible that the superintendent is still trying to move these principals. It just doesn't seem like she is trying to do things which will benefit the children of Peoria. It seems more like she is doing things to benefit the resume of Lathan.

Please attend the BOE meeting on Monday to show support for these principals and the students of Peoria.

Sharon Crews said...

I agree with Hedy--I had all those same experiences. Something has to be done to restore the positive feelings we had about District 150. School definitely was a haven for so many young people. The current leadership is so destructive--sorry, I just can't see it any other way.

Anonymous said...

Someone explain why Taunya Jenkins, that yahoo from NC who is "running" Lincoln, and Eric Thomas are all still in place and, apparently, doing a fine job and these four are all slated to be demoted?

Anonymous said...

Reason why you see so many "Anonymous" comments from teachers:

The District recognizes that employees may have personal blogs, websites and/or contribute posts to the blogs and websites of others. Employees must abide by all legal requirements including compliance with student privacy laws, including: not disclosing personally identifiable student information; not engaging in any communication or activity that violates the District's anti-harassment and bullying policies; making or posting confidential, threatening, libelous or slanderous comments

I hear they keep getting reminders in their e:mail like the one above.

Sharon Crews said...

Why would any teacher even be tempted to write negative, slanderous, or libelous comments about specific students on blogs, websites, etc? There are ways to report discipline problems without attaching names, etc. I know that this administration is doing a great job of intimidating its employees--that's how bullies operate. They see to it that their victims are too afraid to speak out. As I've said before, teachers do need to band together--there is power in numbers and they need to fight for causes that are worth fighting. Anger, snide remarks, etc., are probably not effective ways to fight the good fight--or a winable fight.

Anonymous said...

No matter how bad of a job Taunya Jenkins does she will never be eliminated. Her husband has even been employed by Lathan to work with Carl Cannon at Trewyn. Lathan wants to keep employed the ones who don't do a good job, like the one at Lincoln, Eric Thomas, and a few others. The bad ones are easier for her to control and manipulate. Instead of complaining all need to get together and take a vote of no confidence against the board and Lathan, now not next year.

Anonymous said...

Lathan friends are starting to rally every day there's another opinion in the Journal Star.

There has been too much of an emotional denouncement of District 150 Superintenent Grenita Lathan and her efforts to help a dying school district and community.

All I have heard concerning the issue with the two principals are "we like our principals, we want our principals to stay." I am sure that when both of these individuals signed on the dotted lines to accept these positions, there were performance expectations of them in a specified time frame. I truly do not believe that Dr. Lathan would just arbitrarily pick out these two individuals to demote.

I have seen and heard a lot of ridicule, persecution and outright demonization of Dr. Lathan. I believe she is trying to salvage and restore a dying school district and community. I have not heard anyone speak about the children. If Dr. Lathan does not address the problems involving the learning of our children, I ask: Where will District 150 and the community be in five years?

Those who voiced their opinions against Dr. Lathan should step back and truly look at themselves. The people will truly perish for lack of knowledge.

Barbara F. Boddie
Peoria

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's my golden ticket. Please tread on my freedom of speech. Please do. After winning the lawsuit, I'll put at least 1/4 the money into an anti-censorship scholarship fund for writers and editors of our student newspapers - like the ones (including my daughter) who were censored at RHS. With another portion, I'll buy my wife a vintage 1965 drop top Pontiac GTO. Black. Maybe red. Then, I'll walk over to Dr. Carol's house and make a hefty donation to Haitian Hearts. Then, I'll build a new garage for my wife to park her GTO in with an upstairs art room for my kids - a room that can - at the drop of a hat - be turned into a picket sign assembly line. Ahhhhhhhh.

Adkins-Dutro

Anonymous said...

The children. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Ask ANY principal in this district how much time Lathan spends talking about "the children" at her principal's meetings. Zero. "The children" -- they're the ones she uses in her public speeches to make it seem as though she gives a damn about them. She doesn't. Don't be fooled. Rule of thumb: the people who consistently say "it's about the children" are the ones who care about the children the least. Thing is, for those of us who do care, it goes without saying.

Anonymous said...

So even if Lathan does have supporters, fact is, that as a leader, she has divided the community. Worse, she has put off a teachers' union that was poised and ready to work with her and the board. Thankfully, the state is FULLY aware of the culprit here. Hopefully, they'll step in. Lathan talked a big game, but she's not capable of turning the corner. We've started going backwards again.

Anonymous said...

"I truly do not believe that Dr. Lathan would just arbitrarily pick out these two individuals to demote."

You got that right nothing Lathan does is abitrary. She is very calculating when she has her sights on you.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the author of the letter to the editor in support of Lathan has children that she has had lathan circumvent discipline. Go figure!

Anonymous said...

The general public's thoughts on her performance can be scary. Walk into the schools, people, south end or east bluff, and see what teachers are really dealing with. It is truly frightening.

Anonymous said...

I love atkins-dutro!

Sharon Crews said...

Yes, and please keep in mind that Adkins-Dutro is a teacher who is willing to speak out about District 150 issues and he doesn't speak without facts to back him up. I know that it is a risk to speaking up--but there is a huge risk to silence, also.

Anonymous said...

One principal told me,"Mean is in. If you do not treat your staff like garbage, Dr. Lathan believes that you are not a good leader." I suspect anyone with people skills will not be around long.

Anonymous said...

That is true Anon, look at the ones let go. They had people skills. Look at some of the ones that are kept, many lack people skills. I said some. As far as the dress code at Manual. There are many students that do not adhere to it and nothing is done. And it is very noticeable that there are sagging pants, midriffs showing, low cut tops. Those to me are more important than worrying about the footwear. You can stand in the hall or cafeteria and count multiple students in violation and the administrators ignore it.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to B. Boddie, whom I do not know, but D150 is not a dying school district. How dare you make that statement?

Our children are learning every single day. Too bad some of them are learning they can get away with anything, because of Dr. Lathan's extremely lenient discipline policy.

But, we have kids learning in many way, even though the new curriculums came with very little professional development, and hey, reading teachers, find your own reading material. Even though the textbooks took up to a semester to arrive, some of which didn't need replaced. Even though the BOE and administration have tied the hands of principals. Even though the brightest and best principals are being demoted, or beaten down until they quit. NC people do not have better ideas, y'all! They just continue their rhetoric in another state.

D150 will continue with the dedicated teachers who work hard every day and evening. They will long stay at D150 even after Lathan tries to kill it.

Sharon Crews said...

The dress code is ignored at almost all schools (including primary) to some degree and ignored at all high schools by a significant number of students--and it will get worse as the weather gets warmer.
Who will be blamed? The same people who have already been blamed--the teachers. The fault, of course, lies with the policy. As I have said over and over here and at a board meeting, there is no "end game"--no real consequences for violations. I don't really advocate suspensions and expulsions for violations of the dress code, but as long as there is no ultimate punishment, the policy will not be followed.
Teachers do give up sending kids to the office for violations for very good reasons. First and foremost, the administrators and deans do not follow the policies either (for the same reason--there is no end game). The fault lies with the central administration and the board for demanding that staff follow rules that are totally uninforceable--will they admit that? Of course not. Therefore, kids come back to classrooms bragging about their victories--that nothing happened to them. Sometimes they return, still wearing the offending clothing.

Anonymous said...

Paul Monrad did start in the district as a teacher. He moved into administration as principal of Lincoln then was moved to the alternative HS as principal.

Jon said...

Sharon, what would you recommend as an "end game"? Or would you recommend no dress code policy?

Anonymous said...

Hey, anyone know where I can get tickets to tomorrow night's board meeting?

Thanks,

Adkins-Dutro

Anonymous said...

you bringing the jack-rocks?

Sharon Crews said...

Jon, what would be your choice--no dress code or a dress code with no way to enforce it?
Jon, first and foremost, board members should stop blaming teachers for not policing the dress code--and I have heard one or more of them do so at board meetings. They should be smart enough to recognize that kids are smart enough to figure out that there is no real punishment for violating the dress code--same goes for the tardy policy (actually there is no tardy policy but teachers are supposed to pretend there is one to scare the kids--that works.
Personally, I believe that if the students knew the District meant business about the policies for bigger issues (and no policy is followed consistently--too many loopholes and giving in), then they would be apt to follow the lesser rules.
For those students who regularly and purposely and flagrantly disobey the dress code, there should be suspensions. Actually, those students, according to policy, are supposed to wear uniforms for a specified length of time--I don't think that is happening.

Sharon Crews said...

I wonder if the board members will use microphones tomorrow night--since they know there will be a big crowd.
Also, please note (for those who want to speak) that the rules, according to the agenda, have changed. The public will speak at the beginning, not the end, of this committee of the whole meeting. However, the time limit is still 2 minutes.

Anonymous said...

That was telling of this BOE, to change when the public spoke, but not the amount of time.

They want to get done earlier, and not have to listen to a whole line of people, so they have the public speak before they conduct their business, which is not how CofW has been conducted.

This BOE needs to get a clue.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking into hiring an auctioneer to give my board meeting speeches for me. That way, I'll be able to squeeze five or six minutes worth of material into the allotted two minutes - jokes included.

Adkins-Dutro

Jon said...

I kind of like random enforcement of such issues as the dress code - sort of like being caught for speeding. Unless you have video cameras on every street corner and helicopters covering every highway, you're just not going to catch all of the speeders - and people will speed.

If you're the one who gets caught speeding even though others are also speeding but don't get caught, it might seem unfair. That's life.

Now, in addition to catching speeders, the cops take other crimes, like murder, very seriously (except maybe in Florida). That doesn't make me think twice about speeding, though. The random chance of getting caught for speeding? I might pause a little. Once I get caught I usually slow down...for a while...because I'm just gonna speed anyway...

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh, Jon the comedian. Keep your day job.

Dennis in Peoria said...

Re: one of the MANY Anonymous:

"Her husband has even been employed by Lathan to work with Carl Cannon at Trewyn."

I know for a fact that Tony Jenkins was working for CHOICES and ELITE with Carl Cannon for a few years BEFORE Elite became involved with Trewyn. I have known Tony for about 23-24 years.

RE to another Anon:
"Apparently the author of the letter to the editor in support of Lathan has children that she has had lathan circumvent discipline."

If you are talking about Joyce Banks, her kids graduated from Dist. 150 looooong before Dr. Lathan probably got out of college. How do I know? I was hired by Joyce's husband in 1986 (where I still work); their older boy was already in high school; their daughter was a few years younger than him.

Again, with all due respect, if you don't know all the facts, then don't publish commenets like that. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jon. Where do we begin with that speeding analogy?

I, too, didn't know you were a comedian.

I imagine every driver's ed teacher, along with police officer, would like your license plate number about now, for obvious reasons!

Sharon Crews said...

Jon, your attempt at humor shielded you from providing a viable answer to my question--because, of course, you would be forced to agree with my conclusions and God forbid that you would do that. You are yet another attacker who stands his ground. I hestitate to jest in that manner because I am not, in any way, associating you with Zimmerman in Florida or making light of that tragedy.
However, since you brought the situation up, I want to take this opportunity to say how very much I understand the feelings of black people concerning the death of Trayvon. I have been following the comments on this issue on Facebook by several of my former students from the 70s--the era of the Civil Rights movement. They are the young people who helped me understand these fears that still persist today and are fueled by incidents like this one in Florida. I have been so impressed with their comments as they are deploring the situation, participating in some of the demonstrations as some of them do live in the big cities where they have taken place, and yet hoping and asking that the response will not include yet more violence.
I have every reason to be very proud of those young people and the fine adults they have become. I honestly believe that allowing them to discuss these issues with me and other teachers did allow them to sort out their own feelings in preparation for living in this world. I hope that black and white young people in District 150 classrooms today are able to freely discuss these issues and that teachers are helping them to find answers to their fears and questions. That's the kind of environment I want for District 150 and, very honestly, I think Dr. Lathan, through fear and intimidation, is not setting the example for constructive dialogue on these important issues to take place at the adult level.

Anonymous said...

If it takes fear and intimidation to finally move the district forward, I say keep movin' forward! Now get to work and work with a passion - maybe with a vengance for the haters.

Anonymous said...

And if that fear and intimidation leads you to be so engrossed in earning your keep and not being vanquished that you ignore your family and don't recognize that your kids are beginning drug addicts or suffering from depression, so be it.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure that poster was not talking about Joyce Banks. I think it was Barbara F. Boddie who wrote an opinion piece in the Journal Star of whom they were speaking.

Anonymous said...

Any superintendent with even a small degree of integrity knows that you LEAD by example and BUILD relationships with others. Fear and intimidation will get you one contract, perhaps even shortened! Look at superintendents in the tri-county area that have had long-serving careers in their districts....Lathan could learn something.

Sharon Crews said...

Nobody has ever moved forward in the right direction through the motivation brought on by fear and intimidation. It is the District 150 board members who are at fault for allowing this to continue.

Anonymous said...

The District 150 board have and continue to hire people who lead using fear and intimidation tactics. They do not understand people shut down, in any profession, with that type of culture/environmnet.

Dennis in Peoria said...

I got an email from Don Jackson that the NAACP is hosting a Press Conference today at 5:30 pm outside at Charter Oak School, before the BOE Committe of the Whole meeting. Topic of Press
Conference is unknown. I will be there.

Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for our beloved principal. I cried all the way home from work today. THIS IS WRONG! Lathan hired all these people and put them in their current capacities. They were set up to fail from the get-go. Lathan needs to GO.

Anonymous said...

Playing the race card is my guess. Maybe the supt. has documented her actions to the board and it follows the strategic plan. No more playing favorites or protecting family and friends. Do what is expected and perform as expected ought to be the standard. Did Don and Rita only back Grenita because she is black? Hmm. Why won't those affected call out on what they are being told is the reason for the action? Makes me believe there are valid issues.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they are some of the same valid reasons people don't get elected to city council.

Anonymous said...

Peorians will pay for years on the emotional terrorism caused by Lathan and her NC bulldogs (exempting the kitty).

Anonymous said...

I bet Don is their to speak up for Mr. Curtin.

Anonymous said...

Were they set up to fail because the teachers in their building coldn't do the job? Or is it because the families they serve are poverty stricken? Much like the private sector, if you are good at what you do, there ARE jobs. Our students might very well learn a positive from this adversity. That is if teachers teach life lessons.

Anonymous said...

We will be at this same place next year, at this time, with four different principals. Every person in D150 needs to be aware. Fear and intimidation is alive & well in this district.

Debbie Wolfmeyer should be ashamed of herself. As a former president of her union, she knows no strategic plan would propose getting rid of good, honorable principals who have done a good job for our students.

Jon said...

I was not attacking the policy - rather, I understand and accept it and its limitations (just as I understand how we approach speeders).

Frankly, Sharon, I can't follow your conclusions so I can't determine if I agree with you or not. You say there is no "end game" and that you don't advocate suspensions and expulsions for violations of the dress code policy. Then you explain that you ARE in favor of suspensions and go on to explain that the current policy has what sounds like an "end game" in that frequent offenders will have to wear uniforms.

Anonymous said...

Oh Jon...Jon.

Sharon Crews said...

I need another break, so I will continue the ridiculous. Of course, Jon, I don't expect you to agree or understand my point of view. What would be the fun in that? You missed my first point--if there is no end game, then the administration and board should stop blaming teachers if the policy isn't followed. Why should teachers disrupt the classroom any further by wasting time writing referrals when they know there are no viable consequences. Yes, the policy's end game states on paper that the students would have to wear uniforms--that doesn't happen and, what is more important, there is no consequences in the policy for the student who refuses to wear the uniform.
At this point, that's all I ask is that teachers not be blamed for a policy that doesn't work--because the central administration doesn't want to make it work. Of course, that's true of most of the discipline policies--even those that supposedly have an "end game."

T. Shrode said...

When I worked at Blaine we kept extra uniforms in our classroom and sent students across the hall to the bathroom to change. In fact, if I ran out of uniforms I would send students down to the office to get a uniform shirt.

While obviously I am no longer at Blaine (My mother in law told me it was sold to someone we went to high school with...), we follow the same protocol at my school in Chicago. Each teacher has uniform shirts in their room, we keep extra shirts and joggers in the office. If a student comes out of uniform they wear our uniforms. We send home notes, we assign consequences for repeated offenses.

Is this done in any of the Dist 150 schools anymore?

Anonymous said...

T. Shrode, it works about as well now as it did at Blaine when you were there. The kids hate it, they object to it, and it does not go as easily as you are making it, just like at Blaine! These are just the middle school kids. Baggy pants, too much midriff, too much cleavage. Just like at Blaine.

You may not have heard, but the high school students do not wear uniforms. Forcing them to wear one has become a joke.

Anonymous said...

If you ask any of the current Administration about details of the Strategic Plan and who had input in the process, no one would know. The initial Strategic Plan was created under the direction and leadership of Kay Royster. The entire community had input and a document was created and its contents communicated to all stakeholders. I am certain that the plan's focus was largely on increasing academic achievement through accountability.

Has anyone asked to view the Strategic Plan?

Anonymous said...

It's on-line. psd150.org. If you can produce and post the Royster version, it would be an interesting comparison.