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November 23rd, 2013 — SF School District
Is the school board having a change of heart;
Board President Doug Morrison, who was the voice on the call, said the goal was to clarify the policy revision, as well as gauge how community members feel about how the Pledge is performed at high schools.
“We represent them, so we need to get their input,” he said. “We’re looking for some hard data rather than anecdotal reports.”
Yeah, Doug, I’m sure you want to hear from the parents, that’s why you are putting this survey out AFTER the vote. Reminds of when Ms. Stehly was fighting for a sub-teacher pay increase and you hung up the phone on her after telling her you could only speak with her through correspondence through the school district’s attorney’s office. I guess violent threats from ‘patriotric Americans’ will make anyone have a change of heart? I thought as flag pledge reciting true-blue Americans we don’t give into (domestic) terrorists?
What are my feelings on the pledge? Well as I have said to many people (to make a sarcastic point) “How is making kids say the pledge any different then Obamacare? Kinda sounds like communist Russia socialism.”
Here is my feelings, and I will piggyback this off of a comment by a veteran;
Boorman said he is concerned about today’s students.
“If they don’t understand where our country has come from, if they don’t understand how we’ve gotten to where we are, if they don’t understand the high cost for freedom, then how are they going to lead our future country?” he said.
I like where Boorman is going with this, but I would like to add this. If HS students are going to be required to say the pledge, fine, but the teacher in that classroom should also give a short 3-5 minute history lesson about examples of patriotism that have happened in our country, each and everyday, before the pledge. Of course, teachers and staff will say they don’t have time to research such things, that is fine, I’m sure while Boorman is at the VFW telling old war stories, him and his buddies can come up some great patriotic lessons. I mean, if you have time to do FOX interviews and play pinnacle, you got time for a little patriotic research? Right?
My point is simple, if you are asking kids to say the pledge, put a little meaning and introspective behind it.
October 29th, 2013 — Satire, SF School District, Sioux Falls
In an amazing, yet deserving move, the naming committee for the new school that will replace Mark Twain will be named after the presiding Super Homenn.
When one of the committee members was asked what the heck they were thinking by throwing out 200 suggestions and naming the school after a sitting super, she responded, “Thinking? Who needs to think when Homenn makes all the decisions for you? Besides, most of the suggestions (given to us from the super’s office) were for Homenn, or at least Homenn Like.”
While the over 200 suggestions that were presented to the committee were shredded, South DaCola, was able to dumpster dive into the instructional center’s recycling bin and hire an illegal immigrant to piece the paper shreds together (Thanks Sharif, hope you enjoy the McDoubles).
While Sharif wasn’t able to piece the entire list together, I did find a recurring theme within the first few pages;
Oprah Winfrey Elementary
P. Homenn Elementary
Equal Pay Elementary
Pam H. Elementary
Anis Nin Elementary
Mimi Van Doren Elementary (a very famous SD woman)
Well you get the picture, it looks like the committee had no choice but to name the school after Homenn. After all, it really was Homenn’s school to begin with. She recommended the consolidation of schools, hired a realtor to buy up houses in the area before the school board even approved the consolidation, had the School Board rubber stamp her recommendation (even though several parents objected) kept the naming committee she appointed secret, and shredded the over 200 suggestions that were made to the committee.
I feel good about the name change, after all, it’s about time we name a school after a living legend, rather than a dead one. Remember, Homenn has been a true rebel since her inception, first by breaking district rules by living out of the school district (because of her precious horses), denying sick kids a graduation ceremony, blaming the Shopping News for an anti-abortion ad in a sanctioned school directory that the communications director approved. Hiring two of her daughters to work at SE Tech, claiming it wasn’t nepotism because she isn’t the BOSS of SE, just the BOSS’s Boss of SE. She kept her contract a secret until state law made her reveal it, giving herself lavish benefits while denying raises to subs. I could go on and on about the other ‘infamous’ actions of Homenn, but I think the sub title underneath the actual signage at the school will say it all, “Well behaved women rarely make history.” And you can bet a Susan B. Anthony coin the community will embrace this name to.
*This was satire. No Susan B. Anthony coins or horses were damaged during the writing of this article.
May 30th, 2013 — Pam Homan, SF School District
While there is plenty I could say about Homan getting an $8700 a raise next year and a month of vacation, it is the secrecy of her contract that kinda chaps my hide;
Homan did not want the $15,339 raise, however. She met with the school board and agreed to take a 4.87 percent raise next year — worth $8,747 — the same rate awarded other school and school district administrators under their new working agreements.
“I think Dr. Homan was a little bit uncomfortable with it,” said school board president Doug Morrison. “The board certainly would have stood behind the contract … but she wanted to take a look at it.”
Homan’s salary next school year will be $188,355.
She felt uncomfortable? BAHAHA! Like how she feels uncomfortable about a $100 a week slush fund and free vehicle usage. Yeah right. And of course Morrison stands behind it, because instead of the school board being the watchdogs of the administration they are the lapdogs. Anything you say Master Homan. But what do you expect when you pay the people who are supposed to be watching her $75 per meeting, and the employee they are supposed to be watching over $200,000 a year (when you include fringe benefits).
But why the secrecy around the contract?
Konrad said the new contract authorized by the board Tuesday would not immediately be made public because it has not yet been signed. She did release what she said was the new language within that contract.
The school district has not made the full text of the new five-year working agreement for teachers public, either. The teachers union voted for the new contract April 17, but only the salary schedule is now available online.
“The working agreements are still being put into written form,” Konrad said. “They don’t go into effect until July 1, and they will be posted with that timeline in mind.”
In my opinion, once the contracts have been read by the employees, they should become public immediately. What is there to hide? I actually think it is a good idea for the public to view the contracts BEFORE they are signed. I think the public weighing in, especially on Homan’s contract is important. But I wouldn’t expect anything less out of the rubber stamp school board and Ms. Secrecy Homan.
May 21st, 2013 — Jim Entenman, SF City Council, SF School District
Meet your new council chair
I wonder if Diamond Jim realizes as council chair he has to show up to meetings (Item #28), you know, to make up rules that don’t exist and to censor public testimony. Karsky got council vice-chair. I love how there was no other nominations for either seat, and they both got elected 8-0. I think Jamison, Staggers and Anderson were glad they were not nominated. The job comes with a lot of ‘crust’ and ‘posturing’.
Kent Alberty and Carly Reiter were elected to the school board. Hopefully Carly will take Kent’s rubber stamp at the first meeting and beat him over the head with it (or at least smash it with her foot.)
May 21st, 2013 — SF City Council, SF School District, Sioux Falls
I found this video interesting. It was the annoucement of the Hayward School Clinic that was built in cooperation with the School District, the City and the Feds. But gee, for some reason we can’t cooperate on building a public indoor pool?
I guess the city is already scrambling to find another location for an indoor pool if Spellerberg fails. Here is a suggestion, BUILD THE POOL WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT!
May 20th, 2013 — Elections, SF School District, Voter Registration
Don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s School Board Election, May 21. The school district will once again be using super precincts and you can vote at ANY location OR at the county administration building, absentee.
I feel that Schorzman and Reiter will bring fresh ideas to the school board. Joshua wants to have monthly informational meetings for the public, something the City Council does on a weekly basis. Reiter is a young mother who is very well-informed when it comes to public education in our community.
I don’t really have a position on Leedom, except that Joshua and Carly seem more qualified. As for Alberty, it time to retire his Homan Rubberstamp. School Board members should be watchdogs of the Administration, not lapdogs.
May 14th, 2013 — SF School District
Education: Kilian Community College, A.A. Liberal Arts-2005; University of Sioux Falls, B.A. Political Science/History-2008; University of South Dakota, M.A. History-2013.
Occupation: Server, Darden Restaurants, Inc.; Volunteer Policy Advocate, South Dakota Voices for Children; Board Member, Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation.
Family: wife, Katie; daughter, Kylie.
Years in Sioux Falls: 13.
I was at a School Board public information meeting last September, interested in the school consolidation that affected Longfellow, Jefferson, and Mark Twain elementary schools. What struck me as odd during this meeting was that although the School Board was asking for public input on the consolidation, they had already made up their minds on the issue before hand. How long? Who knows, but I didn’t appreciate being told that my input was integral to the process while the decision had already been made.
I got into this election with the firm conviction that I would not keep the public out of the loop. Let me ask you a question: how many people within the Sioux Falls School District can name all 5 school board members? My guess is not a majority. This is not the public’s fault, it is the board members’ fault. Becoming more visible and meeting with the district employees, teachers, parents, and the taxpayers on a regular basis is a fundamental goal of mine, and using this input from these individuals to accomplish a set of positive goals is very important to me. The School Board must be more transparent, and I vow to make this happen when elected.
I want to implement a program of more one-on-one math and reading tutorials for the K-5 students. These are the two toughest subjects for many of these children, and the district’s policy of group interaction within these subjects needs to be amended. By doing this we will be instilling confidence in our public school youth which will set them up for better academic success moving forward. A positive, happy, confident child is a better, more attentive student!
Massive Open Online Courses are the next step in the district’s technological future. I want to start using MOOC’s in the district’s CTE and New Technology High School to keep these young adults interested in their focus of study. While this is similar to distance learning, it can be organized quickly and efficiently with immediate feedback from the program instructors. By taking the time to help students focus on a particular subject of interest during the school day will better prepare them for their futures after they leave the district. This program can connect across disciplines, reduce teacher shortages, and build a community of students and teachers without communication barriers as it can be used in any language. With a growing and diverse district this technology program will become increasingly useful.
As a school board member I will preserve the quality of the school district, achieve positive goals, embrace the new district wide technology program, be open minded and carry no prejudices, and assist every parent, teacher, district employee, and taxpayer with any questions or feedback at anytime. A School Board member is not hired by the administration, it is an elected official whose job is to represent the public, and this is the way my elected position will be handled-with the focus on doing what is right for the everyone in he Sioux Falls School District.
Vote for Joshua James Schorzmann on May 21st for Sioux Falls School Board!
April 18th, 2013 — Property Taxes, SF School District
As I was reading this article about teacher raises (which I fully support) something else in the article concerned me;
The school district can afford the pay hike because it has spent less than it planned to for years and has an oversized reserve fund. Their 2013-14 budget alone looks to spend $6.6 million of their $22 million in general fund reserves.
$22 Million in Reserve Funds! As our property taxes continue to increase why does the school district have so much in reserves, when . . .
1) They haven’t discussed substitute teacher pay increases.
2) The city continues to give out property tax breaks in the form of TIF’s to private developers.
3) There has never been a discussion about building a public indoor pool at one of the High Schools.
It seems the school district is swimming in money, so why do my taxes continue to go up?
April 11th, 2013 — Elections, SF School District
The main reason I took out the nominating petitions was to encourage others to run. This has happened. I have often contested that I wield a much bigger sword on my blog then I ever would on any council, commission or board.
Not to mention, I like to have a lot of fun in my personal life, and sometimes that ‘fun’ doesn’t really matchup with political office. Well maybe it does
Anyhoo, I want to thank everyone who signed my petition.
Maybe someday Detroit Lewis will serve publicly, but not today.
March 12th, 2013 — Elections, SF School District, Sioux Falls
I have at least one supporter
Well I know of least one challenger to Alberty and Westra.
After a long conversation and consultation with my wife and children (actually just my dog, Sodapop) I picked up nominating petitions just a short while ago. I decided to AT least get the petitions signed and turned in. This DOES NOT mean I am running for sure. If NO other candidates decide to challenge Alberty and Westra, at least they will have one to debate. The city council may be able to bail on the Spring election, but the school district will not.
Please, People, help a brother out and pickup the petitions!
MY PLATFORM (if I choose to walk the plank)
Indoor Public Pool in conjunction with the city.
Substitute teacher pay.
Property taxes in reference to people without children in the district.
No RUBBERSTAMPING of Homan’s policies.