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Further more, after reading this story, I too plan to run for the State Board. Just to make sure the people get the real story on Mrs. Balderston and whats happened here. I plan to give the people information, and a choice.
Patrick Wayne Germond
Jayne, I am a parent with kids in this school system. Mrs. Balderston has failed my children on a massive scale. Last year I had to pay CNCC $350 for my daughter to retake a class that she had just received an "A" in at MCHS. She's always been a straight "A" student, according to MCSD. In the real world, her education from our school district is a joke.
Jayne, this woman owes me, and all the parents of Moffat County an apology, not the other way around.
Further more, the fact that in her mind she thinks she should move on and do the same thing to the entire state that she has done to MCSD; proves my point as to the quality, or rather the lack of quality as to the condition of our current board members and their critical thinking skills. The evidence is empirical. Attacking me won't change her failure.
Wow! On what planet does a School Board member from a district that has completely failed, think she's qualified to be promoted to a higher office.
I went to a board meeting were she talked about the self help motivational class she took at a Shool Board retreat. And how much she liked it and it helped her.
My point, if your sitting in one of those chairs, you should have been the one giving the class. Not taking it.
I wouldn't trust any of them, but maybe one, with anything even as simple as a borrowed hammer. They'd break it before they returned it!
Well I like to explain something to the school district and particularly the Board of Education. School board meetings are closed to comments from the parents and the public. My point, you've stopped listening to the people, and they've stopped listening to you right back. Some feel they are being shoved off to these other groups. Change that, at the top, and things may change.
Then people might start taking an interest in these other organizations, because they will know their involvement matters all the way up the ladder. That they're not just being used as props. They need to feel fully vested in the possess.
Finally, yes these groups are great. I support them fully. And I know employees are trying reach out to the public, but the disasterous over all performance of our district has pretty much killed any credibility district employees in leadership could have at this point. Which is too bad.
I'm running for District 4 School Board seat and my name is Patrick Wayne Germond. If I'm elected, I'll open every school board meeting up to public input. I'll let you the public, have immediate voice and impact on the management of YOUR school district. I'll put you back in control.
I agree with some of what you said Lois, but not the main point you were making. I think you misunderstood the letter you are referring to. Parent involvement should be a "plus", not the "the only hope".
When I went to school in the early eighties I learned my times tables in school, no home work. My kids, who went to school here, and are going to school here, are learning their times tables because we are teaching them, excessively, at home. Like a public-home school hybrid. I came from a stable home, and so do my kids. So that leads me to the conclusion that our schools are lacking in their basic teachings. I think that's because too much emphasis is put on teaching other things and teachers can't just foucus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Also, I believe our schools are becoming a propaganda factory in many ways, rather than a place to learn the basic fundamentals. That problem will only get worse if amendment 66 passes and all funding comes from Denver and the Federal government. I fear we will lose what little bit of control over the curriculum we have left.
The parent that wrote that letter was justified in their concern. What if she doesn't have time to help out? What about all the broken homes and those kids who's parents don't have time? Are those kids destined for failure? I think we need to up the quality of our schools first. Place 100% reponsablity on the schools. Parents already feal 100% responsible and do what they can, so we don't need to lecture them. Anytime responsibility is shared, many just blame the other entity. It's time to stop sharing responsibility, and start taking it. Every third grader should have their times tables memorized and down from the class room first. Then if a little extra home work is needed for some, then that's fine. But factoring in parents doing homework for our school to come up is a flawed plan.
I'm running for the School Board District seat #4, and that's where I'll start. And I won't blame parents, and I'll be 100% responsible for your children learning and recieving a good eduction. Patrick Wayne Germond
Correction, due to space constraints my interview will appear online next week, I think. I was told that it was going to stay up online this week, but it must have been pulled so as to run concurrent with the print edition next week. Sorry about that everyone, it came as a surprise to me too. That's because it was here earlier. Thanks Patrick Wayne Germond
Exactly, please check out my CDP interview on Saturdays CDP web site. It will be run in print on Oct the 5th.
To me this letter by Tom smacked of a pre-emtive strike to make it look like he was really going to do something about his schools education problem this time. Right before the new board members are elected.
I'm running for district 4. Patrick Wayne Germond. I will support Tom fully in his endeavor to fix the high school. I'll do all I can to make him, his school, and our children a success. I plan to even pray regularly for him to have wisdom and strength in hopes of making it a reality. If he succeeds I will personaly be the board member to make a motion for him to have a merit based pay increase. But if he fails, yet again, this year, I'll be the board member putting forth the motion to ask for his resignation, effective immediately. I hope he succeeds, that would be the best option for everyone.
However, Julie Baker, two years ago, turned around CMS from an "F" school to a "B" school. So, with deep regret, I am will to make this hard decision if it becomes necessary. Patrick Wayne Germond
Yea, I called CDP tonight and I wasn't able to talk very long. I know why the other comments were taken down. They had name calling and threats in them, but I don't know why mine were taken down. I'll call and check tomorrow.
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