Friday, February 10, 2006
Greenwood's Fine Public Schools
I suppose we should be grateful that the superintendent, Kay Johnson, is so unashamedly blunt in her derision of any serious learning and her slavish attachment to football.
She was extensively quoted in the Southwest Times-Record .
"It was made to encourage him to stay here,"Johnson told 12 members of the committee who attended Wednesday;s meeting. "Have you all been to a football game? It's a community happening and two years ago it wasn't."
She then asked if any committee members watched the Super Bowl and then she explained that a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl cost $2.5 million.
"Our society places a big emphasis on sports," Johnson said. "We're just a reflection of our community and our society."
That kind of talk must make Greenwood patrons darned proud. Had a gut full yet? Johnson is not bashful about insulting every teacher in her district.
"You teachers have got an influence over your students," Johnson said. "I hate to tell you that when a coach says something to them it means a whole lot more."
At the beginning of this year, teachers were told the district could not afford to replace ink cartridges for computer printers, so teachers would be responsible for that. Oh, and did I mention that the Greenwood schools is able to come up with over $500,000 for Astroturf on the football field? No kidding.
OH, yeah. the district can raise private donations so the ball players have Astroturf, so why not basic classroom supplies? Of course, there is no logical reason.
The Times-Record also reports that the assistant superintendent is Kay Johnson's brother and some teachers feel intimidated by him. Lovely.
Of course, the jock's parents feel as they are being persecuted, as if school is for something other than learning.
"Unfortunately, the communication that everyone has read or heard regarding this issue has been one sided and I think it is time for the silent majority to show their support of our school board making the right decision." states as e-mail sent by Bob Beams.
"Rick Jones is an excellent teacher, even though he does not teach in a traditional school room setting doesn't mean, to those that have been taught by him or know of him, that he is any less of a teacher of our children."
Beams is apparently a member of the booster club. It appears that, with the administration's help, they tried to trick teachers out of attending a special board meeting in which the outrageous policies of the Greenwood district were to be discussed.
If that is what the "silent majority' in Greenwood thinks, then they are obviously not capable of running their own local schools. This may be my Catholic school upbringing showing through, but any of these jokers would have been laughed out of any of administrators of the schools I attended.