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January 28th, 2013 — Pam Homan, SF School District
Makes you wonder if her secretary asked to be terminated?
Pam Homan is looking for a secretary. Again.
Laurie Morrison, hired in September after Karin Schultz moved to Las Vegas, was fired last week, according to the personnel report for today’s school board meeting.
I also find it interesting she is looking for a FEMALE assistant? Isn’t that discrimination? Of course, since when does Pammy follow rules?
December 17th, 2012 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
“You mean I should actually read these contracts before signing them?”
Sunday’s PayWall Leader gave us some surprise news. Our esteemed local school board ceded more control to an appointed official and she in turn sold more of the sole of this city. She has decided to give up on more of our most needy by selling them out to a for-profit ‘education’ corporation.
Is our education system so broken in Sioux Falls we have to give up on it and pay a for-profit education corporation to operate our schools? Remember a few days ago when we were ‘privileged’ to hear the Homan dog and pony show about the wonderful job she is doing? Reread SouthDacola’s Duper Super Homan feature speaker at Democratic Forum today. Well here we go again. Let’s see how Homan has been doing: telling the substitute teachers they aren’t worth being paid a competitive rate, experienced teachers retiring early, consolidating schools without full public discussion as to costs and benefits, nepotism and more. Somehow our weak, led by the nose school board is afraid of her or have been bought into her schemes to dismantle our once great public school system.
We’ve had a few discussions with others since the news was dropped on us. The crux of these convos is why the Joe Foss school deal is wrong not on one but many levels. It seems to be such a shock it escapes the full thought process of Sioux Falls. We will only touch on a few ways this is a real bad idea for the student, the school district and Sioux Falls. It may sum up to numbers. In an effort to make the testing / grade averages increase for the school district, Homan has decided to remove a problem area from their ‘numbers’ by farming the students off to a private corporation. Instead of putting the efforts necessary to help the students with the right kind of support, Homan has decide to abandon the students and families of special needs children. This will likely cost the school district more money in the end and society as a whole.
Fake Liberals and holier than thou Conservatives have been locked in a battle to control the educations of our youth. The holier than thou are looking for ways the take our children to their version of the Lord. The fake Liberals (neo-liberals) are trying to protect their children from being contaminated by the unwashed-lesser of society. Amy Goodman’s recent article tells the tale of the Chicago school teachers strike and what was at stake:
Pauline Lipman is a professor of education and policy studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She explained, “Chicago was the birthplace of this neoliberal corporate reform agenda of high-stakes testing, paying teachers based on test scores, disinvesting in neighborhood schools and then closing them and turning them over to charter schools.”
Now with the preceding quote in hand think about what is happening in Sioux Falls right now. At the heart of what is going on in our schools matches the Chicago situation. To paraphrase Goodman: locally, from the grass roots, do we operate with teacher and parent control, or top-down, by a school board controlled by Homan. We are supposed to be so impressed by Homan’s dog and pony shows we forget the purpose of the public school system is to educate everyone equally, to add to the value of the community and create thinking citizens.
Homan is contracting out the school board and her responsibilities to a for-profit company who is only concerned with how much they can skim off the top, middle and bottom to make a buck. Students are not human beings in their equation, they are products to be churned out as cheaply as possible. Why do we have Homan making these decisions and no thinking people on the school board to question her. Is No one able to veto anything she throws out? No questions? Really? Really no one is able to raise any ethics or long-term education issues in this? Really? Wow, is Sioux Falls so backwards we cannot question authority? Really? What happened to students first philosophy of John Harris?
We ask the questions again, “What is her job?” “Why do we have a school board?”
I also received this information recently from the SE Homeless Coalition:
There are 3600 households on the waiting list for a subsidy at Sioux Falls housing, and the wait is at least four years. This is the entire preschool life of a child. Pam Homan said there were 500 unserved preschoolers, I am guessing this might be a low figure.
December 7th, 2012 — Democrats, Pam Homan, SF School District
I think Pam had an inkling that there was going to be an angry mob waiting for her at the forum today (even though there was just a bunch of old Democrats).
With props from State Dem Chair Nesselhuf, she was able to get out a heartwarming story about their relationship, the adoption of her son and his service in the military. School Board member, Kent Alberty (and Homan body guard) was also stationed conveniently in the middle of the room to make sure nothing happend to the Dictator. She supposedly changed her presentation for the event several times. She decided to go with a presentation she made back in October, and I believe a couple of times since. It was about the demographics of the school district. Here are some finer points;
• 58% of the school budget is spent on teachers
• Over 40% of school district kids are on FREE or reduced lunches
• 30% of the school district’s students are NOT white.
She was kind enough to allow some questions (when there was only about 20 minutes left).
Homan gave us a sob story about in the hundred or so exit interviews she has done with teachers, they basically tell her the pay is why they are leaving.
I wanted to ask her why we are so top heavy with overpaid admins then?
A well-known homeless advocate asked Homan what they are doing to help homeless and poverty stricken students, and she also got a zinger question off about the relationship between the current school board and Homan and past superintendent and school boards, too which Homan answered, after trying to avoid the question, “Not sure how my relationship compares to the past, I don’t know much about what happened in the past.” (sic) Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it, I guess. I got the feeling that Homan and Mrs. Bliss don’t see eye to eye too often.
Another person asked about the feasability of consolidation. I will give Homan credit, she explained that they were bussing kids from other parts of town to fill these schools and it didn’t really make sense to do so. While I do partially agree with her on that, her statement about saving $800,000 a year still rings hollow. I would have liked to ask a followup, “Doesn’t the interest and principal payments on bonding a new school negate any savings?” But there wasn’t enough time. Guest Poster did try to get a question off about the possible sale of the soon to be closed schools, but Pammy looked right over his head and called on someone else for the final question. Which was unmemorable.
There is one thing I did take away from the Q & A session. Homan has a sense of arrogance about her that is astounding. She seems to think her doctorate somehow makes her smarter then the rest of us, and in some respects she may be, but she takes it a step forward in her condescending tone. A regular at the forums, Roger (who for the record attends several council meetings and has a beard like father time) asked a great question, too which I snickered out loud at, (responding to the presentation) “You say we perform better on a National level in Sioux Falls then other parts of the country when compared to the amount of poor people we have in the district. Are you saying that there is a different ratio (or different kind) of poor people here then other parts of the country?” (sic).
This is where Homan told Roger that she didn’t have time to teach him statistics and kind of looked at him like “You are a dumbass.” (and Roger really isn’t). I have never cared too much for Homan’s ‘Nanner, Nanner, Nanner, I’m smarter then you.’ tone. She has displayed it many times in public. I happen to know someone with a doctorate, Dr. Staggers, and in his capacity as a public servant, he has never held this over his constituent’s heads. He may have beat the crap out of his fellow councilors and city directors, but I applaud him for those actions.
I didn’t expect any fireworks today, though as I looked around the room, I could tell there is still some people seething about the consolidation.
December 2nd, 2012 — Pam Homan, SF School District
From possible PETITION DRIVES to overthrow her bad ideas, to BLATANT NEPOTISM, Pammy is slowly becoming like our former (anti) Governor Rounds;
“We’re going to explore whether or not a petition drive to put the school closing to a public voting makes any sense,” Andersen said.
Gage says that means this group will need to do its research to see what the law allows and more importantly find a group of volunteers that are willing to take this petition.
The group would need up to 15,000 signatures on the petition to put the school consolidation to a public vote.
Great, another petition drive to overthrow bad decisions made by our supposed leaders.
Oh, and Pammy likes to tell us she had nothing to do with this;
A second adult child of Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan has been hired by Southeast Technical Institute, which is governed by the same elected body as the public schools.
I wonder how long, if ever, this job was posted on the school district’s website? And how many applications for the job mysteriously found the same fate as the Rosa Parks public naming suggestions?
Hopefully with a new school board there will be a thorough review of Homan’s job performance, or lack there of.
July 2nd, 2012 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
Not sure if this is the document that everyone has been gushing over, but, this is what I found; 2010-2015 Superintendent Employment Agreement
These two paragraphs really peaked my interest;
$5,200 for entertainment?! I could go to Scarlett’s every day of the week for a year and have trouble spending that (couch dances and all)!
It amazes me we piss and moan about Johnny getting a free lunch, while our tax dollars go towards entertaining our Super of Schools.
UPDATE: I also found this part of the contract ‘interesting’ I guess after the school board hires her they can no longer tell her what to do. Am I missing something here? I thought it was the school board’s job to be HER boss, not the other way around.
June 29th, 2012 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
It is like the Heaven’s opened wide. On Monday, Homan’s contract will be available to view online (I will dig up the link on Monday), because the state legislature changed state law to make this happen. As you know, Pam wasn’t going to let anyone see it. That’s all changed now.
Simons said that even if Homan wanted to release her own contract, the law would not allow it, because “in South Dakota, personnel files belong to the employer.”
Also, as DaCola reported a couple of years ago, there are no incentives for substitute teachers in Sioux Falls. Not only have they not increased their pay in several years ($90 per day – no benefits) they are now telling subs they must sub AT LEAST 8 times a year or they will be removed from the roster. Of course retired teachers are exempt from this rule.
September 23rd, 2011 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
Looks like I have been trumped again by Pam
First it was her precious horses she could not leave behind.
Then it was rules preventing a couple of sick kids from graduating high school.
Then it was K. Lesnar’s fault an anti-choice ad slipped into an activity guide.
Oh, and who can forget her hiring her daughter to work at SE Tech, ‘Didn’t break any nepotism rules.‘
Now Pammy is blaming a media source that is not ‘reputable‘ – boy, that has to burn.
Knobe asked whether she’d share the document (contract) with anyone else. “I would have to deem them reputable,” she answered.
Through a spokeswoman, Homan subsequently declined to show it to an Argus Leader reporter.
“You’re not on the list of reputable folks that she was willing to share her personal copy with,” DeeAnn Konrad said.
Yeah, like Knobe is more reputable then the Argus Leader. I about pissed my pants laughing when I read that. When is someone gonna finally put Pam in her place? The school board? That’s laughable. She is the Super of our school district, not Gawd.
August 17th, 2011 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
Betsy Homan is not the daughter of SF Super Pam Homan when she is punched in at her job at STI.
As South DaCola reported (due to a tip from a reader) there seems to be some questionable nepotism going on in the SF School District. Well, Stormland to the rescue;
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Superintendent Pam Homan is facing new questions about whether she’s following district policy after her daughter was hired to work at Southeast Technical Institute.
According to the Nepotism policy, no one can be hired that would be supervised by an immediate family member. Further, no member of the Superintendent’s immediate family can be hired in any continuing capacity by the district.
Seems pretty cut and dry to me. Nepotism.
Alberty says it is not a violation of policy because while Southeast Tech is governed by the Sioux Falls School Board, which approves hires, he says it operates essentially as a separate entity and has a separate nepotism policy, which gives Southeast Tech’s president employee authority.
According to the organizational chart for Southeast Tech, Holcomb reports to Homan, who reports to the school board.
Once again. Pretty cut and dry. Nepotism.
When we asked Homan to comment for this story, we received an email from a staffer saying in this matter, policy speaks for itself.
It sure does. It is nepotism. But will the school board do anything about it? Probably not, that would require them to cut their apron strings from Homan and the district’s attorneys. And once again, Pammy gets away with bending the rules to her benefit.
LINK TO NEPO POLICY
February 7th, 2011 — Pam Homan, SF School District, State Funding, State Legislature
It seems Pam and I are on the same plain when it comes to school funding;
Sioux Falls Public Schools Superintendent Pam Homan told members of the Downtown Rotary Club today that she thought Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget approach was “half-assed.”
A member of the audience asked what she would do if she were in Daugaard’s position.
First, she said, she wouldn’t have proposed 10 percent cuts to most programs after campaigning as though the state had no budget problem.
It’s funny how quickly people forget the rosy picture Doogard painted during the campaign.
Next, she said she’d make sure she had accurate information, and she would prioritize.
BAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, no shit?! Huh! Republicans prioritize. They make sure their buddies finish first.
In reference to Daugaard’s recommended 10 percent cut to education and other programs, Homan related advice from her father, who told her: “‘Pam, if you’re going to do something half-assed, don’t do it at all.’ And so, I wouldn’t make across-the-board cuts.”
I applaud Homan, the super of the largest district in the state, using this language. I get so sick and tired of people sugar coating this stuff. You can only get the shit so shiny when you polish a turd.
Homan said the state ought to spend the $26 million it received last year from the federal Education Jobs Fund on K-12 schools, as it was intended, rather than keep it in state reserves.
Funny how the state cashes checks and forgets where they come from and there intention.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
January 7th, 2010 — Pam Homan, SF School District, Sioux Falls
Once again, Dr. Homan has proven it is all about her. I find it ironic that she told subs no to a pay increase in Sioux Falls, even though they are not competitive with surrounding communities, but has no problem raking it in for herself. You would think with this giant recession and over 40% of the district’s kids on free or reduced lunches Homan (who BTW has a PHD) would be intelligent enough to ask for a smaller raise.
She will make $175,882 this year.
Under the new contract, which starts July 1, she will make $181,000 in her first year and see her pay increase each year by the same percentage as the district’s teachers.
How would you like to get a $5,000 a year raise, every year for 5 years straight? Besides the wage increase hypocrisy, you gotta love this quote;
“Sioux Falls is my home. I love Sioux Falls. It’s where I belong,” she said. “That’s why they get me for such a good deal.”
First off, you live out of town (because of your precious horses) and don’t even pay property taxes in the school district that pays your wages (still wondering when you are going to follow that rule) and secondly, $181,000 is not a good deal. I’m having trouble thinking of one single public official who makes that much in Sioux Falls. I think the highest paid city employee makes $150,000(?). Anyone wanna do some digging for me?