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: By the way "Jerry",We DID take back our schools. In fact, we never lost control of them because we are the silent majority that realize the difference between having a board that acts in the best interest of our ENTIRE district and a board that responds to each issue like some emotionally unbalanced blogger!But, in case we are not meeting your approval, why don't you tell us who you are and run for one of the board seats?
Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:54 am
: Hi Jerry, I am probably get paid about as much as you do for participating in this blog. Now, stop trying to divert the issue. It is apparent to me that you must be one of the individuals that are under organizational leadership of Odie Douglas and that this must be your chosen weapon of choice - the blog! It is also apparent to me that you have never been in a position of real and sustained organizational leadership because you do not have a clue of what leaders do. The reason it is not hard for me to see through the propaganda that you spew out so freely is because I ran my own business for a number of years and am well aware of what it takes to lead divergent minds in the same direction. Obviously, both the education board, superintendent, and many of the community members agree. However, because it is so apparent that it is "chique" in this town to rag on leaders like Odie Douglas, we show our support by not engaging in the type of bashing that some times goes on.
Monday, March 23, 2009, 4:48 am
: TAKE BACK YOUR SCHOOLSThe only way we are going to take back the District and our Schools are to get involved and get organized. Board members: Jeff Thompson, Richard Jones, Bonnie Cassel and Calvin Young face re-election in 2010. All we need is four votes to control any issue; here's our chance.Call, write, e-mail, blog...raise hell. These are are schools, our children and our money. Let the Lodi News-Sentinel know that you'd like to see some "real" investigative reporting on the budget, the conflicts of interest certain Board members have and the over spending that runs unchecked at crook-central. Lodi News-Sentinel needs to publish the District's budget, they need to find out (and publish) what these kleptocrats are doing with are money. Spending our money needs to be rational, reasonable and totally transparent. If you're like me, you are sick and tired of hearing about how we are getting taken to the cleaners by our own government. Well, it starts right here in our own back yard. Let's hold these kleptocrats accountable. Demand accountability. Get involved.
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 5:18 pm
: Teachers, parents, students please beware. What's happened this year is just the beginning. Next year's budget cuts are already in-the-works. The District plans on firing more teachers pursuant to the 2009-2010 budget and cut more high value learning programs. Top Administrators from L.U.S.D. will continue to bully teachers visa-via Machiavellian tactics that are sick, twisted and pathological. Most of these people don't give a damn about wheather or not anyone learns anything; they are only worried about their fatcat salaries and perks. Sadly, your union will sit back and do nothing. Guess what, your union (the folks you pay to represent you) are in bed with the fatcats; there's a surprise. You parents can look forward to more of the same treatment from Top Administrators. If you ask too many questions about what the Top Administrators can't do or won't do you will be targeted and harrassed. Worse yet, your child will be targeted and harrassed. However, there is an answer, there is a solution, there is a way to regain control over your District and your Schools.
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 5:04 pm
: Come on Lets be real (a good handle for you)... I don't know who you are but you appear to be a paid apologist for Odie Douglas and the rest of the "Administrators" who cost too much and do too little. You have made two statements about Odie regarding my inquires as to what in the world this man's job description could be. You say, "Odie Douglas is a leader." Then you go on to say, "His job is about directing the work of others." I wasn't looking for a gross generalization I was asking you for a specific "job description." Apparently, you don't have a clue. I have found that gross generalizations are usually the hobgoblins of fraud and deceit. I asked you what Odie does and you tell me he is a "leader and directs the work of others." WHAT IS ODIE'S JOB DESCRIPTION? WHAT PART OF LUSD'S SYSTEM IS HE RESPONSIBLE FOR? AGAIN, IF HE IS A LEADER HE MUST HAVE FOLLOWERS. BESIDES PAID APOLOGISTS (LIKE YOU) WHO ARE HIS FOLLOWERS?JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION, IF YOU CAN.
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 4:33 pm
: Jerry,Based on the tenor of your last posting, it still appears to me that you have something personal against Odie Douglas, and this personal vendetta appears to cloud your judgment, hearing, ability to comprehend, or something. For the last time (and this will be because my time is too valuable to address this again), Odie Douglas is a leader. His job is all about directing the work of others. As I said before, you do not want to know what he does. This must be why you continue to ignore the fact that he oversees EDUCATIONAL aspects of the entire K-12 schools. What about this do you not understand or do not want to understand?I mean, your rant about difribulators and other stuff is totally selective hearing. You read the article and you know that this was a BUSINESS department issue that Doug Barge (who was quoted in the article) oversees. Yet, you still try to make it an Odie Douglas issue.However, knowing that this is personal for you, I know that you will find a way to try an tie him to it. Get over it!
Saturday, March 21, 2009, 4:13 am
: LETSBEREAL,My question has been, is, and will continue to be until answered: What specifically does Odie Douglas do? What is job description? If something happens to the the Superintendent (God forbid) does he take the reins of power? Does Odie have anything whatsoever to do with overseeing the 27 Principals in the District? Does the man have any formal responsibilities whatsoever?Tell me what he does, if you know? I assume that by the way you continue to dodge my question that you don't have a clue.How about the defibrillator thing? The one that cost the District $400,000 not counting the costs to defend. Is Odie in charge of the safety of our students? Does he (Odie)bear any responsiblity for supervision of such things? What about about the Mesfund lawsuit? Was Odie a sleep at the switch during the Mesfund adventures?You say Odie is a leader of leaders, huh...what's that mean. Please keep in mind that to be a leader you must have a following. Besides you, who follows Odie?
Friday, March 20, 2009, 11:17 am
: Hi,I am sorry I jumped to conclusions.That person is a tricky one~ I wouldn't be surpised if tht person had several handles. LOLGlad to meet you Lets Be Real. I am Blossom : )
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 2:55 pm
: Hi Blossom,No, I am not the "artist formerly known as RU4Real". He is a much more skilled writer than I. No, I am just one concerned parent who has had the opportunity to observe, have listened to others voice their opinions, and felt I would like to have my voice heard as well.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 2:32 pm
: Ok everyone does "lets be real sound" a little like RU4REAL???The sentance structure is VERY similar.Hummmm Makes me wonder.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 3:54 pm
: Hi Jerry,I will provide this response just in case you are being serious in your inquiry. Odie Douglas is a leader of leaders because he knows how to support the vision of the Board of Education and superintendent, while at the same time provide day-to-day articulation for the entire K-12 school system. When he came here in 2005, the position already existed before him and the district was already considered failing by the California Department of Education because special education students were not achieving high enough. Apparently, it has fell into his lap to lead the effort to raise their achievement and the achievement of students of color. In short he is an educational leader. Check out Stockton Unified, Elk Grove, Manteca, and any other large district and you will see that Lodi is not the only district that found it necessary to have someone in a position similar to his tasked with the job of raising student achievement and coordinating all aspects of the K-12 system. How do I know? I checked the Lodi Unified website and found what he oversees because you asked. The link is below:http://www.lodiusd.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=607&Itemid=83
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 12:59 pm
: LETSBEREALNo, I really what to know what Odie Douglas does for the $168,500 he is paid to be an Associate Superintendent. I think other people also would like to know.However, if you've been following my posts you know that I think the Superintendent is paid too much $230,000 per year (that would be more than the Governor of California makes or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)You also know I have been critical of the L.U.S.D. Board for cutting science camp but keeping "senior projects" for hiring the Pacific Group (over 200K so teachers could get in touch with their inter-bigots)...I would complain more about the Board's leadership but there isn't any. The Board has abdicated their responsibility and assigned it to their fatcat "top administrators." These people have 29,000 kids to educate; they have a $275,000,000 budget to do it with...and, they do a very poor job. There is no transparency, none. Back to Odie...I am willing to be educated sir/ms. What does Odie do? I think the problem really is...you don't know either.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 7:38 am
: Jerry,The reason you do not know what Odie Douglas does is because you do not want to know. Even though you pose the question, you do so rhetorically because you have already developed your opinion. I have been watching your postings and it is clear to me that you have some apparent vendetta. Man, what ever it is, get over it!
Monday, March 16, 2009, 12:58 pm
: Oh don't worry J....I'm sure all of the regular internet pontificators will have all of the usual "answers" soon enough for us.As for the CTA...not sure how much good wearing pink and hollering at traffic about it after the fact will do. Seems like some door knocking and organization around election time would be more effective.
Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:51 am
: The L.U.S.D. Board has been voted the power to balance the budget. The Board has abdicated its responsibility by assigning that legislative responsibility to some very highly paid administrators.What do you expect? Do you really think our $230,000 per year superintendent and our $168,500 associate superintendent are going to cut their own wages or those of their colleagues? No chance. No teachers need be laid-off. We need to fire the Board not teachers. School isn't like running a widget factory, we are educating minds not making widgets. Teaching and learning is the only purpose of this "Unified" school district. The District was not created to be a make work project for fatcat administrators. What the....? Most of the folks I talk to can't even tell me what in the heck Odie Douglas does.What does he do? I challenge anyone to lay out in writing what value that man brings to our District. Where's CTA in all of this? Why isn't CTA being more agressive about saving teacher's jobs? Anybody have any answers????? Inquiring minds want to know.
Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:34 am
: Yes, get rid of the administrators. There are way too many in our district. It's part of the reason nothing gets done in the LUSD!
Sunday, March 15, 2009, 1:22 pm
: HOORAY for the Teachers. Lodi is TOP HEAVY with Administrators. In Business School I learned that a school with 12% Administration costs would have to be one of the largest in the world. Lodi should be abour 4-5%. Go CTA, Support the Teachers! Administrators cannot teach you anything except how to waste money.
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 12:08 pm
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