published Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Cheating the board’s rules

The inside story on the county school board’s pick for superintendent — if the throwback members could have their way — was always to change the school board policy’s rules and install Rick Smith in the job. After plotting to coerce Dr. Jim Scales to relinquish the last year of his four-year contract, they’re finally poised to get their way.

They’re halfway there already. Evading the Sunshine Law by using the school board’s attorney as an intermediary, they first secretly negotiated the Scales buy-out for a sum approaching $300,000. Never mind a tattered budget with a $14 million deficit.

Their second power play came in a subsequent board meeting, when they rammed through the appointment of Smith as the “interim” superintendent.

If the pro-Smith faction approves a sneaky exception into the board’s codified policy rules tonight — and members can with the 5-4 majority they finally picked up in last fall’s school board elections — they’ll have the legal power to put Smith in the superintendent’s seat permanently. All they’ll need is a 15-day public notice for a rubber-stamp vote.

An agenda memo circulated to the school board two weeks ago by board members Mike Evatt and Joe Galloway tells the tale. It proposes to dump key provisions in the current school board policy that require the school board to use a formal national search and public selection process to name a new superintendent. And it further allows the board — supposedly in the interest of efficient operation of the school system — “to appoint a new director of schools upon 15 days public notice.”

This a travesty. The current policy clearly states a “preference for a doctorate degree” to qualify as a candidate. It also bars selecting an interim superintendent for the job. The criteria were written into the policy rules for a good reason: to elevate the school system in a turnover of superintendents. Smith wouldn’t qualify on either point.

The only way that Evatt, Galloway and their co-conspirators — Rhonda Thurman, Everett Fairchild, David Testerman — can put Smith in the school system’s top slot is to dumb down the job standards and ditch the sensible rule to look broadly for the best possible candidate. To the throwbacks’ minds, it seems, Hamilton County just isn’t worth the effort to seek a candidate with stellar qualifications and a fine track record.

That’s a slap in the face to public schools and their students. The issue is not about Smith per se; it’s about the county’s educational future.

Smith obviously has some attributes and some advocates. The problem is, his supporters seem less interested in supporting a forward-looking system than in rebuilding the sort of parochial, political kowtowing that used to characterize the old county school system.

The county’s school system, and this community, face major academic and systemic challenges. Global economic competitiveness increasingly demands sharply higher educational and workforce standards. Yet the unrelenting squeeze on school funding at the state and county levels is fueling an errant path toward mediocrity. And it’s compounded by the open antipathy of the school board’s and county government’s throwbacks to efforts to build up academic achievement and technology skills in urban as well as suburban schools.

This county can’t afford a backward-looking, bifurcated school system. A bifurcated board is bad enough.

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rosebud said...

According to the interview with Rick Smith on wrcbtv.com, the editorial writer for the TFP has never even met Smith. Why am I not surprised?

June 14, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.

Personal knowledge of a person is not a prerequisite to an opinion of that person's actions or history. If that were the case, both sides of the editorial staff would have nothing to write.

June 14, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
rosebud said...

Oh. Then they need to stop having meetings with candidates before they decide who they will endorse for election. I mean, "personal knowledge of a person" is unnecessary when one merely wants to press their agenda.

June 14, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

The "left side editor" never lets facts, or personal knowledge (or lack thereof) of someone, get in the way of pushing his tax-and-spend, liberal agenda. He is dismayed that conservatives have taken over the school board, ousted the incompetent Scales, and are prepared to install a local person as superintendent. Well, too bad. Elections have consequences. Waaah waaah waaah, cry me a river.

June 14, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

I did not say that editors should not have personal knowledge of the people about whom they write.

I personally have not met every person I have an opinion about. I have not met the President or most members of Congress. I have opinions about their actions, decisions, politics, and especially their results.

Apparently I've touched a nerve with you, rosebud. It was not my intention to do so, only to learn more about Mr. Smith.

June 14, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
timbo said...

Cheating? Was it cheating when the previous 8-1 school board dominated policy? Was it cheating when in the middle of the night behind closed doors in the "smokey room" that Scales got an extension on his contract without debate a couple of years ago?

Rubber Stamp? Was it a rubber stamp when the school board was 8-1 for years and years?

There wouldn't have been a change in the school board if the public wanted to keep Scales and continue on the same path.

Also, the liberal side editorial writer is obsessed with Fred Skillern and Rhonda Thurman. They were elected by their constituents. If the people at the north end of the county want them out, they will voted them out.

It is just sour grapes from the PEF/Lookout Mountain crowd that their philosophy has been rejected. Get over it. We need a local school board superintendent. Not some loser from out of town like Scales.

June 14, 2011 at 3:59 p.m.
chet123 said...

THIS JUST DIDNT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT..could see this in progress through RHONDA THURMAN a long long time ago...with all her radio talk shows appearances....she is a polarizing racist hillbilly with little sense or education...and a big mouth..sad to see men in leadership so weak to give in to medium sex appeal big butt woman...for all that chattanooga and hamilton county have fought for over the years....these three racist from SODDY DAISY..Rhonda Thurman, Rick Smith,Fred Skillern have taken the county backward.these people are personal friends (and maybe lovers)they have conspired plotted,scheme and had secret meeting to replace Dr.Scales knowing Rick Smith job was to be cut...Rhonda Thurman is the head leader with weak men following her.. .changing the policies to fit their INFERIORITY... THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO RAISE THE ACHEIVEMENT BAR FOR STUDENTS WHILE THEY LOWER THE QUALIFICATION BAR FOR THEMSELVES...WHAT HYPOCRITES! ..just shoving their decision down the tax payer throat...This is what happen when the public is not involve in the political system......I have three young sons with more ED.background than Rick Smith....Hamiton County have allow a hairdresser from the boonie to be the most powerful person in the county...SHAME SHAME SHAME

June 14, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.

I have heard the calls for a local superintendent. My honest question, meant with no disrespect or political motivations, is "why?" What makes a local superintendent so attractive? How might this be better for the school system and its students?

June 14, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.
rosebud said...

Glad you asked. A local superintendent has at least some understanding of how to play the political game. Like it or not, funding comes from county commissioners, and Register and Scales both blew every opportunity to ingratiate themselves with the powers that be. Insult your funding source, and see how far you can go.

There's also the familiarity factor. Smith (or any local candidate) won't have to take 2 years or more to figure out where the needs of the system are. Scales needed a map to find Lookout Valley.

And there's the issue of communications factor. Jesse "uh, uh, uh," Register couldn't say crap with a mouthful of it, and Scales couldn't say his ABC's without Danielle Clark to coach him through it.

June 14, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
Legend said...

Mountainjoe said: "He is dismayed that conservatives have taken over the school board,"


Please define the term "conservative" as in relations to today's individuals use of the term. If your meaning of the words relates to backwards thinking, hateful, intolerant, scheming. Then you'd be right.

Please don't try to use the terms values and "christian" beliefs when describing these hateful people today parading around calling themselves "conservatives." They're not!

June 15, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
timbo said...

To Somethingorother, The reason for a local superientendent first of all we have capable people here and making an expensive search to buy a "pig in a poke" like Scales. It is better to hire someone with local ties that is well known and respected. This collective inferiority complex that some in this county seems to raise it's head every time we try to hire someone. Local people are just as good as someone from outside this area.

June 15, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
timbo said...

To Chet123

Isn't it ironic that the liberal writers of on this subject are constantly insulting the other side while never addressing anything that is written. This racist accusation from someone who keeps insulting people who didn't go to college from Soddy-Daisy as "hillbillies" is just as bad as anything that Fred or Rhonda has ever said, whether made up or not. Also, you even made a sexist remark about Rhonda. You are not someone to be preaching to us about racism.

Also, if you are going to criticize someone for being uneducated and a hillbilly, why don't you do it with proper grammar. Your letters sound like they were written by a rapper.

This erroneous idea that liberals are "enlightened" and the rest of us are stupid is getting old. Liberals remind me of the movie, "Idiocracy." You parrot things you hear on MSNBC or read on MoveOn.org and think that you are smart. The first thing you guys need to do to learn math. Not you Chet123, you need to learn grammar first, then math.

June 15, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

good points timbo and mountain joe...

you're confused, legend....you're describing the liberal thugocracy in this country...

they should erect a statue to rhonda thurman.....a regular person who has the guts to tell it the way it is and then does something about it.

these pompous, overpaid administraTORS and educaTORS...like scales....need to be shown the door.

just make teachers accountable and instill in students that there's no substitute for hard work and personal responsibility...

stick to teaching the subjects and get out of the politics business.

June 15, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO....you must be from Soddy....Dont you dare try to play the victim crap with me.....BIG BUTT RHONDA THURMAN been polarizing the school board (which shes successfully did)from day 1......she have been on radio talk shows in town downing the inner city children who she suppose to represent ....its a shame....and she couldnt have gotten this far without the support of her church and community....this is the reason most black hated going into a county system....too many racist old folks who want to return to the old days...

I love the way you use the word liberal...liberal, liberal, what that suppose to do frighten people....narrow minded people like you define liberal as anybody that disagree with pen-brain thinking.

So glad to see you come out of the closet...if you think for one minute you are going to get away with this without MAJOR BLOW-BACK...You are really stupid.....put that in your pipe and smoke it...PARDON MY GRAMMAR LOL LOL LOL

June 15, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
chet123 said...

FELLOW POSTERS

TIMBO SAY WE HAVE CAPABLE PEOPLE HERE!...LOL LOL LOL.. WHO YOUR FIRST COUSIN ON MOMMY SIDE LOL LOL LOL LOL...BOY/GIRL CANT YOU SEE HOW THIS LOOK TO THE PUBLIC Hmmmmm NEPOTISM IS LIVE AND WELL IN THE BOONIES

ITS BAD WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL...SO YOU GOT IT ALL FIGURE OUT....PSEUDO INTELLIGENT! LOL LOL LOL

June 15, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
rosebud said...

Chet123: pull up your pants. Or buy a belt.

June 15, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.
chet123 said...

HEY TIMBO....you talk about ideology...msnbc LOL LOL LOL LOL....FOX TV,RUSH LIMBAUGH,LAURA IMGRAMS,BILL O'REILLY,SEAN HANNITY,GLEN BECK,FLOODING THE AIR-WAVES 24HR,7DAYSWEEK,365/366DAYS A YEAR UNSTOP PROPAGANDA THAT IS A WASTE OF MONEY..BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW ITS A LIE lol lol...FOX TV REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTER...FROM HEARING YOU TALK YOU GOT TO BE A REPUBLICAN LOL LOL THE BUTT OF ALL JOKES!

June 15, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
chet123 said...

rosebud...SHUTUP GRANDMA!

June 15, 2011 at 3:13 p.m.
chet123 said...

WAIT UNTIL THIS GET OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN FULL....CANT YOU SEE HOW THIS LOOK....TRYING TO RAILROAD YOUR FRIEND OR MAYBE BOY-FRIEND(SODDY CONNECTION INTO TOP DOG POSITION...IF IT WAS DONE IN REVERSE YOU COULDNT SHUT RHONDA THURMAN BIG MOUTH UP.

Conspiring behind the back of the minority board members to delete the safe guard that was place in the school policy to make it fit for you friend...YOU WOULD THINK THIS IS 3RD WORLD COUNTRY MOVE LOL LOL

Rhonda Thurman is Under handed and desperate...and she is not a lady

June 15, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
timbo said...

Chet123, I don't really have to argue with you because your rants pretty much prove my point. Lay of that 15th cup of coffee and take a chill pill.

I am an independent, I listen to "Morning Joe" on MSNBC in the AM, and never listen to Limbaugh, watch CNN most of the time because Fox and MSNBC and the networks are all biased. You couldn't be more wrong.

You are just upset because a black guy didn't do his job and got shown the door and white guy is replacing him. If you want to see racism, look in the mirror.

Also, if you hate big butts so much, I guess you really hate Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama. By the way, we are winning, that means you are the victim.

June 15, 2011 at 3:29 p.m.
chet123 said...

BUDDY WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC

June 15, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
rosebud said...

chet: It's called a caps lock. Pull up your pants and use it.

June 15, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
timbo said...

Chet123...Oh, you mean the public that voted your guys out and our guys in. Since it is 5-4 on the school board and 7-2 on the county commission, I think we already heard from them. It is called an election. Something socialists like you think is an inconvenience.

You are an embarrassment to any democrat or liberal that makes points based on logic and not name-calling. Maybe some day you will grow out of it.

June 15, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO...YOU ARE A LIAR...ONLY ONE MAN HAVE AMITTED BEING A INDEPENDENT ON HERE...ALL YOU REPUBLICAN ARE ASHAME...I'm welling to bet all five vote for Rick Smith was republican votes....everything you touch spoils....

HEY PEA BRAIN...you say i'm upset a black guy didnt do his job.LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL keep talking fool..so i will know want you really think.LOL LOL LOL LOL.FOOL! that make a lot of sense since DR. Register was a white man we all supported except big butt RHONDA THURMAN LOL LOL LOL...just keep talking...you may be a member that thugged board ....you are tainted....the public will come down on you hard....you FOOLS really need some NATIONAL EXPOSURE by THE NATIONAL MEDIA...to show how dumb you look goose stepping behind Rhonda Thurman also to show how backward,under handed and evil the school board of Hamilton County is....

June 15, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
chet123 said...

YOUR GUY,,,YOUR GUY,,,YOUR GUY!!!! YOUR ARE A FOOL...YOU TOO STUPID TO KNOW HOW YOU SOUND..NEPOTISM, BACK-ROOM,RICK SMITH TAUGHT IN SODDY!.LOL LOL LOL YOU TOO STUPID TO GET IT LOL LOL LOL.IT WAS PREDICTED LONG AGO WHEN RHONDA THURMAN GOT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD SHE COULD HANDLE ALL THE WHITE MEN...REMEMBER MOST OF THESE PEOPLE GO TO SAME CHURCH(SEE HOW MUSLIM TAKING OVER)THE HYPOCRITES...THE UNDER HANDNESS...THE YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE NOT SO BIAS....BUT MOST OLD GUYS NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL WITH ANYBODY THAT DIDNT LOOK LIKE THEM...THIS STARTED WITH CURTIS ADAMS(EAST RIDGE)...RHONDA BEEN WORKING THE CIRCUIT A LONG TIME....I HAVE RADIO RECORDING OF HER AND CURTIS ADAMS ON 102.3 FM TALK...LOL LOL LOL LOL REALLY THIS IS NO SUPRISE...NOONE LIKES HER...SHE SO DIVISIVE...SHE HAS A JEZEBEL SPIRIT..US AGAINST THEM ATITUDE..YOU CAN HOLD OFF ON GETTING JULY 4TH FIRE WORKS....WAIT WHEN THE PUBLIC FIND OUT IN FULL WHAT HAS HAPPEN....THE COUNTY AND CITY HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO COURT AND HUNG TO DRY BEFORE....THIS ONE NOT OVER MY FRIEND...SO WHILE YOUR BUDDY FROM SODDY ARE PATTY EACH OTHER ON THE BACK LAUGHING...REMEMBER PAYBACK IS HELL LOL LOL LOL LOL

June 15, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
rosebud said...

chet123: Just for the record, since you're pitting one side of the School Board vs. the other...

So far, the scoreboard reads like this.

ARRESTS: Janice Boydston 1, Rhonda Thurman 0.

Backward, underhanded and evil? Thugs? At least Rhonda earns an honest living.

June 15, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
chet123 said...

A HAIRDRESSER RUNNING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM....WHY DO ALL THE DUMB WHITE PEOPLE GET INTO POLITIC.....iNTELLIGENT WHITE FRIENDS OF MIND DONT THIRST FOR A POSITION BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY ACHEIVE THERE GOALS...NOOOOO TAKE A NOBODY FROM THE BOONIE AND YOU GOT A FOOL ON YOUR HAND

June 15, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
chet123 said...

GRANDMA...I DONT KNOW WHAT RHONDA DO WHEN NOONE IS LOOKING..SO JUST BE QUIET IF YOU CANT TALK INTELLIGENTLY...WHAT IS THIS THE SODDY DAISY FAN CLUB.....HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE WORD NEPOTISM!NEPOTISM! NEPOTISM! NEPOTISM!....NO COMPANY,BUSINESS SCHOOL SYSTEM CAN BE CREDIBLE WITH NEPOTISM....WHAT PLANET ARE YOU GOOD CHURCH FOLK FROM...TALKING ABOUT A SCORE CARD....ONLY IN THE BOONIE...THERE NOT NOBEL PRIZE WINNER OUT OF THE BOONIES....YALES GRAUATES MAGNA CUM LAUDE.....

June 15, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
timbo said...

Live from Moccasin Bend, its Chet123...... Man, you are so full of hate it amazes me.

Yale graduates? Boonies.... The problem with this country is there are too many Harvard, Yale grads running things. They have absolutely screwed up this country's finances. I know it is the liberal ideal that a know nothing, never had a job, academic run the country (i.e. Obama) but there are the ones that have gotten us in trouble.

Both political parties suck....Bush was terrible about spending and increasing the deficit and Obama is trying to be worse. They all went to Harvard or Yale where they only learned how to steal from the rest of us.

A sign of insanity is that you keep repeating yourself. How many times are you going to say the same thing. It was kind of funny at first but you are so brain washed it is getting kind of sad.

At least you stopped talking about butts........

June 15, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.
chet123 said...

YOU TALK ABOUT A NOBODY..AND SUPPORT A WOMAN WHO IS A HAIRDRESSER AS BOARD CHAIRPERSON lol lol Lol......OBAMA GRADUATED FROM HARVARD...WHERE IS RHONDA THURMAN GRADUATED FROM PIKEVILLE VOCATIONAL...YOUR REPUBLICAN PARTY PEOPLE FIRES PHD'S THEN PUT IN A DUMMY WHO HAVE ONLY ACHEIVED A MBA....WHAT A JOKE!!!!

SEEN TO ME YOU ARE THE LOONIE FROM THE BOONIE!

June 15, 2011 at 6:59 p.m.
chet123 said...

HOW CAN YOU HONESTLY RAISE THE BAR FOR THE STUDENT THEN LOWER THE BAR FOR THE ADMINISTRATORS....YOU DONT MAKE SENSE .....ITS LIKE UP IS DOWN....BLUE IS RED...IN IS OUT....YOU ARE A BIG PARADOX....MIXED UP IN THE HEAD....DO YOU HAVE A SOUL!...WHAT KIND OF INFIDEL ARE YOU....AND RHONDA THURMAN...OH OH I FORGOT...SHE IS JUST A DUMB BUTT ..SHE CANT BE MARRIED....SHE GOT TO HAVE HER WAY....

June 15, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
chet123 said...

I BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW ...WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND...IT WILL COME BACK HOME AND BITE HER ON THAT BIG BUTT

June 15, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
rosebud said...

When Jim Scales' most vocal supporter is Janice "how did this get in my shopping cart" Boydston, that should tell you something.

And when Harry Austin's most vocal supporter is chet123, that should tell you something too.

Or to put in terms where chet123 can understand it: THAT SHOUD TELL YOU SUMTHING, LOL UH, BIG BUTT HA HA BECAUSE ALL THEM WHITE PEOPEL GIT INTO POLITIC. IM IS SMART AND YOUR NOTT BE CAUSE I HAS A PH DEE LIKE JIM SCALE

June 15, 2011 at 8:32 p.m.
Selah said...

rosebud...are u apart of the "promote Rick" team??? You've been supporting him since day 1 with nothing to back up your claims. Are your children in public school?..i have nothing against Rick Smith but I do have something against a monarchy when I live in a democracy. I have a problem with individuals feeling like they are little "gods" and can change anything they want to gain control over a system or business...WE THE PEOPLE need to put a stop to this...or lose our freedoms...it all starts little by little and before you know it we lose all rgts to the most privilege...I dont know about you Rosebud but i do not have status and riches enough to have individuals place me in a job without displaying any of my skills and goals nor do I want to learn to play the underhanded game of politics. What happen to the republican chant"pull yourself up by your own boot straps" All the common people have going for us is great job performance reviews,work ethic, educational degrees, skills, goals and plans to make my job work better.

We have seen NO skill set from Mr. Smith in 28 yrs. Rosebud, can you name a specific, significant accomplishment Mr. Smith has done to turn the tide of the school sys in 28 yrs? Yes, he is managed the status quo but changing the face of the future for our children---no one has seen or heard of about him nor is anyone coming out to say this...all I hear is negative things from people who know him directily and have seen and experienced the decisions he has made. The city and county divide is still well and alive in Ham Co Schools and for it to be denied is nothing but a lie...the schools are still failing and if Mr. Smith had all the right, great answers why haven't we seen or heard of them in 28 yrs. WOW....we need someone who has experience with working in states who range in the top 10 not more experience from people who work in the bottom 50. When will we learn and make our voice known at the POLLS...they are playing and experimenting on our kids. ...Yes, our kids who we cannot afford to send to private school and our kids who do not have connections to be placed in jobs that they are not qualified for and do not have to answer to anyone about their qualifications

June 15, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
Selah said...

LET'S GET READY TO VOTE THEM ALL OUT MIDDLE-CLASS OR SEE YOUR FUTURE UNDER A MONARCHY...NOT SOCIALISM...WHILE THE REPUBLICANS DISTRACT YOU WITH SOCIALISM...YOU'LL LOOK BACK AND SEE THEY WERE BUILDING A MONARCHY RIGHT UNDER YOUR EYES!!! THEIR STILL RICH AND YOU STILL HAVE TO WORK FOR MINIMUM WAGE B/C THEY KEEP ALL THE RICHES FOR THEMSELVES...I THOUGHT SLAVERY HAD ENDED...ITS COMING BACK FOR THE WHITES AND BLACKS...

June 15, 2011 at 9:07 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

chet123, you really should get back on your meds.

June 15, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

Selah, I'll take a republic over a monarchy or a democracy any day of the week. That's what our Constitution defines, and that's what we need to get back to. I wouldn't know Rick Smith if he walked up to me and smacked me in the face, but I'm willing to give him a chance. If he does well, great; if not, let him go and try again. (Hint, don't lock him into a long-term contract until we see how he does.) You question what he has accomplished? Well what the h___ have Register or Scales accomplished except to take our money while doing nothing to improve our schools?

June 15, 2011 at 10:41 p.m.
rosebud said...

Selah, I'll try to spell it out in terms even you can understand. No, you probably haven't heard any bold initiatives or loud public statements from Rick Smith about fixing Hamilton County schools.

It could be because he has never been superintendent. Nor has he ever been given a chance to interview for the post. He has quietly, faithfully worked for various superintendents, doing everything that has been asked of him. And he has done it so well, he has been promoted repeatedly, and been given great responsibility for almost 30 years.

I suppose you think he should have been out front, giving speeches and stealing the thunder from Register and Scales, but even you might agree that's not the way you handle yourself when you're working for someone else.

It should be clear, even to you, and even to Harry Austin (who has never sent a child to public school) that under Scales, there would never be any progress. He did not have the support of the School Board (after the long overdue retirement of his shoplifting pal Janice), and had long ago burned every bridge on the County Commission.

Will Rick Smith do any better? Just might. Could he do any worse? Can't see how.

June 15, 2011 at 10:52 p.m.
Selah said...

Too late MountainJoe...they are going to give him a long term contract HINT...Tune in... it is not about if he can do the job it is about how they can control the "system". IF it was about how GREAT a job he can do put him INTERVIEW...Rosebud you put the interview panel together...Let us break bread together and HEAR about all the GREAT QUIET things Rick Smith has done. My biggest problem is the changing of 3-4 policies to get one man in that has not even gone through an interview...pathetic...Lord, help us

June 15, 2011 at 11:09 p.m.
Selah said...

Rosebud...do your kids go to public schools??? Maybe I can put it in terms you can understand...Rick Smith has been a system employee for 28 years and the only people and I hear singing his praises are Rosebud and the good ole boy crew. Hmmm wonder why? Maybe it is b/c those who work with him on or who have dealings with him regularly ARE NOT impressed. Business community is not impressed either...I wonder why??? Maybe they run successful businesses and realize this is all UNBELIEVABLE...ANYONE ELSE SHOULD BE SUED...

June 15, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
rosebud said...

I'll tell you what's pathetic, Selah. You and the rest of the Times left-page Glee Club are sobbing about "control."

Do you mean the "control" that the Times, the PEF, and the rest of the power structure has exercised since the inept city school system folded, and the county had to take them in?

Do you mean the "control" of the Joe Conner/Janice Boydston/Chip Baker/Charles Love clique that routinely gave early contract extensions and last-minute retirement benefits to each other?

Are you talking about the "control" the old Gang of 8 exercised, in approving and paying megabucks to fly-by-night consultants, flavor-of-the-month new math & English programs that brought scores to record lows, and put dozens of local schools on the state's "on notice" list?

What you, and the other Glee Club members are really talking about is a loss of "control." A well-deserved loss, and long overdue. The voters have spoken. Long may they rule.

Next year, Linda Mosley and Chip Baker's seats are up for re-election. If they choose to run again, let's see how they fare. Richard Casavant, who's basically a Chip clone was ousted from County Commission last year, replaced ;by someone with a brain. I would not bet on Mosley winning next year. So enjoy the current 5-4 configuration of common sense Board members. Hopefully it will be more like 7-2 after the 2012 election.

June 15, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.
Selah said...

Rosebud...why come down to namecalling? The truth is the truth right....in your postings you about the control issue...you are about the Rick factor...you have said nothing about how this affects the kids or the democracy we live in. Sad...Let's learn from this commoners...VOTE them Out...Rosebud you speak more than the elected officials who are now running for cover...Maybe u should run for office ...atleast we know more about your goals than RICK...

June 15, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.
rosebud said...

Judging from test scores and teacher morale, I'd say "the Rick factor" can't do any harm. You've heard the term, "a tough act to follow?" You will not hear Jim Scales' name associated with that phrase.

You don't seem to understand: the scoundrels HAVE been voted out. It happened in August 2010. Voters sent new folks (Testerman, Galloway and Evatt) to the School Board, ALL of whom made it CLEAR they did not support Scales! Voters elected them BECAUSE of this. (Everett Fairchild, who also made it CLEAR he preferred a local superintendent INSTEAD of Scales, was re-elected.)

I've tried to make it as simple as I can. The voters have ALREADY spoken. This is the way it will be for the next few years. Scales and his cronies had their chance. They blew it! It's time to move forward.

June 16, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.
Selah said...

Rosebud...we will be watching...can't wait to see how this newly elected will do...TIME always tells the true story. Since its been made CLEAR that the people spoke then I am sure it will be CLEAR that a huge mistake was made. Those candidates u speak about they didn't run on getting one man a job name Rick Smith. They ran on making changes that would help the school system. But like MOSTLY all Politicians IT WAS ALL A LIE TO GET ELECTED SO NOW the PEOPLE MUST SPEAK AGAIN AND KEEP SPEAKING UNTIL WE FIND THE RIGHT CREW to help our kids succeed in the 21st century. Again Rosebud do your kids attend public schools? Maybe this will help me understand you stance better.

June 16, 2011 at 12:58 a.m.
Selah said...

Think on this...just do an all call for only local candidate interviews for Superintendent...put Rick in there...Let's see what they ALL are made of in a public forum...Republic, democracy...dont be scared Rosebud to put your candidate out there against other qualified candidates in HAM Co. ...dont be scared to hear the vision of your candidate against other ones...LETS HEAR IT ALL...I AM NOT SCARED TO CHOOSE. WILL HE PULL OUT AGAIN AMONGST THE PUBLIC EXAMINATION LIKE HE DID BEFORE

June 16, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.
rosebud said...

He HAD to pull out, Selah. The "blue ribbon" Chattanooga Times left-page editorial Glee Club search committee and shoplifting school board put in the doctorate requirement so that he could not considered. That way, they could hire a soon to be unemployed puppet from out of town who could be easily controlled.

That's why we're in the mess we're in today. The people elected the nine school board members to represent them, and make decisions for them. Until August 2010, the majority of the school board approved out of town superintendents, fly-by-night consultants, expensive failed academic programs, unwarranted contract extensions and sneaky retirement payouts.

That's why a new group was voted in. Time will indeed tell the true story.

And not that it matters, but yes, I'm a public school graduate and parent. Unlike the left-page editorial writer for the Chattanooga Times, who isn't even a resident of Hamilton County. I wonder whose power base he's so upset about losing?

June 16, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
Selah said...

We shall ALL see the light...all the stuff you named has always been happening in the school system even before Scales and Register...the county was corrupt and was caught and sued time and time again...check your facts and history ...interview your county workers...those who do not hide in fear ...fear of the county bullies...and repraisals...Rosebud u jus caught up in the hype...

June 16, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.
Selah said...

Rosebud...another fact you were wrong on...he did not have to pull out ...go back and check the tapes on school patrol...he pulled out b/c he feared the scrutiny...he made it to the last 5 candidates and pulled out b/c the heat was too much for him. If i was confident and had significant accomplishments and a plan for the school system...no DEVIL in hell would stop me from letting everyone know I am QUALIFIED...I would fear NO ONE...especially if I had the SALT to back it up.

June 16, 2011 at 8:19 a.m.
rosebud said...

You can check your facts, I will check mine. The simple truth is, he was not allowed to be under consideration because he did not have his doctorate. They would not interview anyone who didn't. And the performance of the most recent superintendent apparently proves you can get a doctorate by winning a contest.

June 16, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
chet123 said...

This is why the county board need to be removed....ROSEBUD is an example of the majority board members attitude....rosebud could very well be Rhonda Thurman....Rhonda Thurman is thirsty for power...ROSEBUD REFUSES ACKNOWLEDGING THE WRONG DOING OF PLACING THEIR GOOD BUDDY IN THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION....SHE TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING EXCEPT THAT ISSUE.....THE PUBLIC SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND IT WILL BE PAYBACK.....APPARENTLY, SHE IS A BOARD MEMBER ..TOO MUCH PASSION IN HER ARGUMENT. ITS AS IF SHE WAS TRYING TO DEFEND HERSELF.....SECRETS MEETINGS, CHANGING THE POLICY/AMMENDING CONSTITUTION TO FIT AN UNQUALIFIED MAN IN AS SUPERINTENDENT.

ROSEBUD..ROSEBUD..ROSEBUD.I LIKE THE NAMES THEY GIVE THEMSELVES...ROSEBUD...I PERFER CALLING ROSEBUD A "CACTUS WITH TWO LEGS" FROM THE BOONIES..

June 16, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.
Selah said...

Chet123...lol Rosebud if he wasn't interviewed Why and how did he make it to the final 5 candidates...why oh why did he make it that far...he had to interview in order to make it to the final 5...It couldn't withstand the heat...if his experienced outweighted the doctorate he never even gave himself a chance to let us see AND now we still won't see and WE HAVE LOST RESPECT FOR HIM...NO MATTER WHAT...business community continue to speak out...just like Bill Gates once said "if the educational system was a business, it would be bankrupt"

June 16, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
Selah said...

check facts again Rosebud...the other fab 5 may have extended a contract but they didn't change school board rules and procedures to get Scales in the job...he stood like a man on his own two feet. Those requirements have been in school board policy and many systems prefer and require...if he waa smart enough...he would have been working on his doctorate like every other aspiring, innovative superintendent...if only to prove he was SMART enough...lol

June 16, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
rosebud said...

This is great. If Selah and chet123 continue to be the head cheerleaders for Scales, Janice Boydston & Charles Love...even Harry Austin might change his mind.

Y'all keep talking! Please!

June 16, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
chet123 said...

rosebud....why are you so dishonest?? let ma ask you again since you cant hear...WHY ARE YOU SO DISHONEST....YOU ARE TRYING TO CREATE A DIVERSION....WHY CANT YOU STICK WITH THE ISSUE....IS IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE LOWER THE STANDARD OF THE SUPERINTENDENT JOB TO FIT YOUR FRIEND RICK SMIHT...WHY DO THE SYSTEM RAISE THE STANDARDS FOR OUR CHILDREN/STUDENT OF HAMILTON COUNTY...WHILE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND RHONDA THURMAN LOWER THE BAR FOR YOUR FRIEND/BOY FRIEND RICK SMITH...BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE A PHD LIKE REYNOLDS, REGISTERS, SCALES, WHO YOU LIED ABOUT AND SLANDERS THOSE MEN GOOD NAME....YOU SUPPORT PUTTING RICK SMITH AS SUPERINTENDENT WHO SHOULD BE A ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL....YOU DIDNT ALLOW THE BOARD TO SEARCH FOR A REPLACEMENT.....I'VE SEEN BACKWOOD CHURCHES WITH MORE ENTHICS...THIS NEED TO GO TO THE NATIONAL MEDIA OR COURT....I LIKE TO SEE YOU IN FRONT OF A JUDGE.....SEE HOW BRAZEN AND SHAMELESS YOU WILL BE THEN

June 16, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
chet123 said...

RHONDA THURMAN WAS DETERMINED TO PLACE A GOOD OLE BOY SYSTEMS FROM DAY ONE....I REMEMBER HEARING HER ON 1.023FM JEFF SKILES TALK SHOW...SHE EXPRESS HATE FOR REYNOLDS, REGISTER, NOW SCALES, IT WAS BECAUSE SHE COULDNT MANIPULATE THEM. SHE WAS DETERMINED TO GET SOMEONE SHE KNEW CLOSE AND WELL....RICK SMITH HAD NO BUSINESS AS DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT....SCALES KNEW IT AND WAS GOING TO REMOVE HIM...HES NEAR RETIREMENT....RHONDA PANIC AND SCHEME WITH HER LIES....HAMILTON COUNTY...KEEP AN EYE ON RHONDA THURMAN...A DECENT PERSON WOULDNT STOOP THAT LOW.....

June 16, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

KEEP A EYE ON ROSEBUD TOO...HER COMMENT WAS THE FIRST TO BE POSTED....SHE COULD VERY WELL BE THAT CRAZY RHONDA THURMAN...SHE HAS BEEN TRYING TO DO DAMAGE CONTROL LOL LOL LOL...THE READER HERE ARE SMART! ROSEBUD...YOU CANT BAMBOOZLE NO ONE HERE...THEY KNOW ABOUT PALIMENTARY....AND ETHICS......YOU AND RHONDA IF YOU 'RE NOT THE SAME PERSON ARE/IS WRONG

June 16, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
chet123 said...

ROSEBUD IS TRYING TO CENSOR THE TIME-FREEPRESS....WHAT ABOUT 5TH AMENDMENT..Hmmmm cant take the heat huhhhhhh....she dont want any enlightment here LOL LOL LOL...too stupid to know the people tried of their tax money being played with....how many contract have they bought out....waste amost a million dollars with their childish follies

June 16, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
chet123 said...

KEEP YOU LIES AND PROPAGANDA GOING REDBUD...YOU DIDNT EXPECT A PUSH BACK....YOU HAVENT SEEN NOTHING YET.....CANT BELEIVE ANYONE CAN BE SO BRAZEN

June 16, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
Selah said...

Thanks Chattanooga Times for the opportunity to express our God given rights through your website...We will not be silenced by ANYONE...

June 16, 2011 at 4:39 p.m.
timbo said...

Rosebud l admire your efforts to teach Chet123 and selah civic 101 but they are too dense or brainwashed to understand what an elections mean. I gave up when the comments were 36

June 18, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
chet123 said...

TIMBO....I'LD LOVE TO SEE YOU IN FRONT OF A JUDGE TEACHING HIM YOUR RATIONALE OF CHANGING POLICY TO PLACE YOUR BUDDY AND RHONDA BOY-FRIEND IN THE SUPERINTENDENT JOB..I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SUCH FOOLISHNESS..MAYBE YOU CAN TELL THE JUDGE ABOUT YOUR VERSION OF 101 CIVIL COURSE(MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE FOOL)

BIMBO....PEOPLE ALL AROUND TOWN ARE LAUGHING AT RHONDA THURMAN...SAVE YOUR WORDS GOMER...YOU WILL NEED THEM WHEN THE BLOW-BACK COME lol lol lol....THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN TO WATCH LOL LOL

June 18, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
timbo said...

Cherry123 Why are you obsessed with this judge deal. Your comments become more and more bizarre . Nobody is going before a judge . Rhondais not personally responsible for anythingthere will be know lawsuit because scales took his money and ran . If I keep answering you I would be as crazy as you are .

June 18, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Selah said...

@ Timbo...I'm shaking in my boots at how SMART you are and how DENSE I am. Your vocabulary is so small that you result to namecalling to get your point across. Are you a product of the old Hamilton Co. School System????????

June 20, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
timbo said...

I did not say you, Selah, were dumb. I implied that you and Chet123 were ignorant of civics and the election process. I shouldn't have lumped you in with Chet123. I apologize.

Yes I am a product of the Hamilton County School System and have an advanced degree in a technical field. I also run my own business.

You are just more subtle in your insults about the superintendent needing to have a doctorate and that hair dressers are beneath the rest of us.

When I was in collage, education majors were made fun of in the same way you and Chet123 are deriding hair dressers. Engineering, science and math majors think that education majors are a joke. Have you ever heard, "Those who can't, teach."

I don't believe that they should look down on education but that is a fact. It seems that you and chet123 would temper your implications of people who aren't "qualified" due to this fact.

There are smart teachers, engineers, and hair dressers. Especially one hair dresser that basically took over the school board.

I did not call in names, I pointed out the truth.

June 20, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

chet123 says "rosebud could very well be that crazy Rhonda Thurman." I think chet123 could very well be Jim Scales. Neither of them can string together a coherent sentence in English. Coincidence? You be the judge....

June 22, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

And maybe Selah is actually Janice "Lightfingers" Boydston? Just sayin'.

June 22, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
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