Due to all of the events that have occurred in the schools across the state recently, how do you feel about High School Principals giving out pregnancy tests to students without parental consent?
After just reading a comment earlier, I found this to drive the point home! Someone said earlier in the day on the blog “be careful what you say…because it may reach around and bite you.” When I looked back over some FaceBook rantings…I don’t believe that it is all “peachy” as they pretend it to be! Once again, read it for yourself and make your own judgment! Seems like there ARE some teachers that don’t like Ronni Henrico either! When I read back through this, you could really feel the animosity towards her!
Click on the Link: 4-18-12 POST ON FACEBOOK
When you talk about representing “OUR CHILDREN” . . . does this include TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS, ETC?
Love ToHunt’s Facebook page cited this:
“I also need to encourage all of you to go check out Jack Wright’s facebook page and all of the pages he has “liked”…. He has only “liked” 11 pages, American Airlines, Dish, UALR, a restaurant, a couple of racehorse pages, Queen City Gold, and a VERY risqué site, so it’s obvious that it wasn’t an “accidental” like. His page is also obviously NOT private since I was able to access it. I don’t know about you, but I would NOT want this man representing our CHILDREN.”
Obviously, we forget too easily that just a year ago that there were hideous remarks made by family members of teachers that were directed at the community as well as other staff making remarks on FACEBOOK with no refutation.
Click the Link to View the FaceBook Posting in it’s entirety: *Please note that wording in this posting is very graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.
Since Beckham, Davenport and Stanmore did not come to the open forums, here are some questions QueenCityWatchDog would like to ask them. If they truly are concerned about our school, they will answer them. If they do not respond, then QueenCityWatchDog will have it’s answer.
Mr. Beckham: Why are you running for re-election for the school board?
1.) If re-elected would you accept another contract from the district?
2.) If you are really for the kids, as your signs promotes, they why did you vote yes to stop feeding our kids when they go out of town?
3.) Why did you not come to the forum?
4.) Do you feel that you do not have to answer to the people that elected you, face to face, without Barnwell to direct you?
Mr. Davenport: Why are you running for re-election for the school board?
1.) Does your employment, A-Jims, perform a “paid” service for QueenCityIndependentSchool District?
2.) Why were you called to the school when your child was involved in an altercation /incident at school and the parents of the other child was not?
3.) Do you believe that all the rules of conduct and ethics should be followed at all times?
4.) Have you abided by all “rules of conduct and ethics of QCISD?
5.) Have you ever used your position, QCISD Board of Trustee, to your advantage?
Mr. Stanmore: Why are you running for Place 3 for QCISD School Board?
1.) How many school board meeting have you attended in the last 2 years?
2.) Would you vote for a constituent to do work for the school to save money?
3.) Did you decide to run for school board on your own, or were you approached by Beckham & Davenport and their supporters?
4.) Being a minister you proclaim to uphold the “laws of the land”, will you uphold the written laws of QCISD’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for School Board Members? Do you know them?
Someone posted this yesterday on the blog, but QCCOMMUNITYWATCHDOG wanted to share it with everyone…
I am from Atlanta and I have nothing to do with your election for school board. But along with a lot of others, I read facebook. There has been so much nasty name calling and crap over your school board election, that after reading your post on QC Communitywatchdog, using the status of…I can’t hold back my comments any longer.
You did not call the board member’s name, but I can tell you that Jim Davenport is not the person he tried to make people believe he is. He has a 2-faced personality. When he talks to you – he smilingly agrees with you and turns and smilingly agrees with your adversary. He does not know how to stand on his own 2 feet. No backbone. He is at the center of a conflict at the Ball Park right now over “Select Ball”. Causing division, hurt feelings and he doesn’t care how many is hurt as long as he gets his way. My kids are involved in little league baseball; I can hardly control myself when I see him and Tammy at the ballpark. I hope he gets beat in his bid for the school board election. He is not for all the kids, just HIS. He serves on the Atlanta Little League Board for his own personal gain.
I don’t wish you bad luck to the Queen City Election, but I sincerely pray he stays in Queen City. We don’t want or need him and his kids in Atlanta school system. I am listening to the trading post now because he is not on the air. After the election he is supposed to return to the trading post and when he does I will turn off my radio. I have better things to do than listen to “Jim”.
Above the law? You have run roughshod over the norms and standards of behavior expected of QCISD Board of Trustee elected. You have manipulated individuals and situations to your advantage. Recent behavior proves this by creating alliances with others to carry out your agenda. Haven’t you violated written and unwritten codes of ethics and conduct? People that talk out of both sides of their mouth – don’t have business being a QCISD Board of Trustee! How many conversations have been overheard in the last several months of “I’ll just take my son/daughter and go to another school district” and then in the next breath say “I am for the KIDS?” No, you are the BOARD of TRUSTEE that is the elephant in the room, creating an ever-widening circle of frustration and destruction for anything in its path.
The separation between the board and superintendent boils down to division of responsibilities. The QCISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES are responsible for the vision and policy (the ‘what’ of school operations) and SUPERINTENDENT ROB BARNWELL is responsible for implementing the board’s vision and policy (the ‘how’ of school operations).
Management in business requires skill to rise to, to reach, and to remain at the top, management in education merely requires ambition to control others with the near absolute power provided; since funds are guaranteed, results and accountability are simply not expected of administrators, particularly when they stack their boards with puppets. The term professional in education means following orders regardless if they make sense, rather than using critical thinking and wisdom that comes with experience in this profession and in life. While parents expend energy fighting windmills like Don Quixote, administrators carry on business as usual.
Serious flaws in QCISD Administration start with the BOARD of TRUSTEES. Even the most corrupt school administrators are powerless without people to assist and enable them. Abusing your positions of authority only exploits the school system.
That is about as good as it gets in this culture of deceit. Manipulating parents, frightening teachers, and spreading propaganda fails, administrators resort to the legal system where they have nearly unlimited funds to prevail over parents and teachers. Some self-serving administrators are at the top of the ladder whereby they knock-off the few right-thinking administrators so that teachers can be targeted and silenced as they remain at the bottom rung of the ladder. They in turn hold back information, or lie to parents due to a fear of retaliation. The end result is violation of children’s needs. If all else fails, they will use special versions of documents to prove their case just as we have seen recently. We can’t teach our children character if the leaders refuse to be accountable for their actions.
However, there is NO EXCUSE for this BOARD MEMBER OR ADMINISTRATOR for abusing their position.
We need QCISD Board of Trustees that will care about OUR CHILDREN now that the COMMUNITY OF TAXPAYING CITIZEN’S have become aware that something needs to be done about our schools. We will not assume that people in positions of authority are working for the good of the community.
We need policies that promote an atmosphere of transparency. Sadly, most of the current QCISD Board of Trustees does not do their due diligence that is required of them in any public or private sector for a checks and balances on the organization to ensure that it functions properly. Superintendent Barnwell suppresses the voice of school board members. The public and the board members are kept in the dark and that’s intentional.
There are restrictions on what can be discussed in “Executive Session”. It is important that ALL board members understand ALL the laws, and their intention. ALL board members are entrusted to do the work of the public, watching over our schools, and our children. Except for a few clearly defined exceptions, the public has a right to watch the board fulfill its obligations. You should be doing most of your work under public scrutiny. In the end, this builds credibility and trust which most of you DO NOT HAVE AS CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS.
Maybe we should bring in an investigative team from the Division of School Governance of the Texas Education Agency to do a thorough full-blown investigation of what is really going on within Queen City ISD – OUR SCHOOL THAT WE SUPPORT AS TAXPAYING CITIZENS FOR OUR CHILDREN.
Superintendent Rob Barnwell wrote this in a letter that is posted on the school’s website…
TO: Vendors/Potential Vendors
DATE: January 25, 2006
……It is my desire that, in the near future, our political representatives will, in detail, consider the implications of this law and its time-consuming consequences. Hopefully, this bill will be amended to alleviate the burdensome effects it will surely have on school districts and businesses/vendors.
(To review document in its entirety, click on link: 2006 Letter
Texas Lawmakers put these laws into place for a very good reason. NO ONE should misuse their position to substantiate their personal pecuniary gain.
According to GOVERNMENT CODE, TITLE 10. GENERAL GOVERNMENT …
“Local governmental entity” is defined as “a political subdivision of the state, including a:
(C) public school district; or
(D) special-purpose district or authority
A person has a substantial interest in a business entity if:
(1) the person owns 10 percent or more of the voting stock or shares of the business entity or owns either 10 percent or more or $15,000 or more of the fair market value of the business entity; or
(2) funds received by the person from the business entity exceed 10 percent of theperson’s gross income for the previous year.
If a public official votes on a matter that he or she has a substantial interest in or fails to abstain from further participation, the action of the governing body on the matter is not voidable, unless the matter that was the subject of the action would not have passed without the vote of the person who had a “substantial interest.” TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE §171.006. A knowing violation of Chapter 171 is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine and/or confinement.
TITLE 10. GENERAL GOVERNMENT
SUBTITLE F. STATE AND LOCAL CONTRACTS AND FUND MANAGEMENT
CHAPTER 2254. PROFESSIONAL AND CONSULTING SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER A. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Sec. 2254.022. INTERPRETATION OF SUBCHAPTER. (a) This subchapter shall be interpreted to ensure:
(1) the greatest and fairest competition in the selection by state agencies of consultants; and
(2) the giving of notice to all potential consultants of the need for and opportunity to provide consulting services.
(b) This subchapter does not:
(1) discourage state agencies from using consultants if the agencies reasonably foresee that the use of consultants will produce a more efficient and less costly operation or project;
(2) prohibit the making of a sole-source contract for consulting services if a proposal is not received from a competent, knowledgeable, and qualified consultant at a reasonable fee, after compliance with this subchapter; or
(3) require or prohibit the use of competitive bidding procedures to purchase consulting services.
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Sec. 2254.030. PUBLICATION IN TEXAS REGISTER AFTER ENTERING INTO MAJOR CONSULTING SERVICES CONTRACT. Not later than the 20th day after the date of entering into a major consulting services contract, the contracting state agency shall file with the secretary of state for publication in the Texas Register:
(1) a description of the activities that the consultant will conduct;
(2) the name and business address of the consultant;
(3) the total value and the beginning and ending dates of the contract; and
(4) the dates on which documents, films, recordings, or reports that the consultant is required to present to the agency are due.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 10, eff. June 19, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1467, Sec. 1.30, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Sec. 2254.0301. CONTRACT NOTIFICATION. (a) A state agency shall provide written notice to the Legislative Budget Board of a contract for consulting services if the amount of the contract, including an amendment, modification, renewal, or extension of the contract, exceeds $14,000. The notice must be on a form prescribed by the Legislative Budget Board and filed not later than the 10th day after the date the entity enters into the contract. (b) This section does not apply to a university system or institution of higher education. In this subsection, “institution of higher education” and “university system” have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003, Education Code.
Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 281, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
The letter from QCISD school attorney referenced a ruling from 1986!
However, January 2003, Susan Combs, Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts wrote this….
ED13 – Prohibit School Board Members from Doing Business Directly or Indirectly with their Districts
Current conflict of interest laws do not prevent members of local boards of trustees from doing business with the school districts they serve, which could lead to a perception of impropriety by the public. Although board members are required to declare their interests in businesses and abstain from voting on issues that involve contracts with those businesses, there is clear evidence that board members are benefiting from contracts obtained within these guidelines from business dealings with the districts they serve. To ensure that all business transactions made by a school district are truly independent of any undue influence, are highly ethical and are always conducted in the best interest of the students and taxpayers of the community, board members should be prohibited from doing business either directly or indirectly with the school district they are serving as elected officials.
Local Government Code, Chapter 171, should be amended to prohibit public school board members from doing business directly or indirectly with the school district they serve as an elected official.
(To review document in its entirety, click on link:
So there you have it folks… IT IS WRONG TO TAKE A CONTRACT WITH A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN WHICH YOU RESIDE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.