Monday, May 2, 2016

Can one new person make a difference?

New School Board member Amy has a huge local following as one should conclude by the number of votes she got in the last election.  She has history with the school being a former employee of the district running the IT department (I believe).  Her husband is an active coach of several Crivitz School sports teams and a local business man.  He does flooring installation.  They still have at least one child in the school system unlike several School Board members, members that have no business still being on the school board but that is another post perhaps?

I hope that Amy makes a huge difference!  Hopefully some of the other board members will remove their hands from under their butts and open their mouths.  They need to stop blindly following the lead dog administrator and school board president/plumber.

Elected school boards are supposed to represent the voters and tax payers looking out for the best interests of our children providing them with a safe secure school where they can learn! 

This school district seems to be more concerned about being a police force (first it was disciplining three girls and now it is drug testing all the good kids) than they are about real safety concerns.  In Antigo, the school management may have saved a massacre at their Prom.  Two police officers (the school had hired for safety concerns) shot in the parking lot a person with a rifle before he got inside although he did wound a couple students outside of the building.  No telling how many lives they saved.  In Crivitz they are drug testing the good kids and not reporting anything to anyone.  Antigo obviously has some sharp people running the school system.  Crivitz has a teacher that took a bunch of classes and applied for the administrator job with no management experience in any other district as a principal or administrator.  Expectations are low for him.  One cannot expect a plumber to know much about schools either although the school board president did graduate from Crivitz High School.  Plumber's mainly serve as apprentices to other plumbers to get their experience and license.  I'm guessing he did this under dear old dad who is still working at the plumbing shop when he isn't out bullying voters to keep his son on the school board.  Wonder what will happen when dad can no longer protect his kid?

Hopefully Amy will make a difference by just asking questions and insisting on getting accurate and  real answers so perhaps the others will follow her lead?  Time will tell us the answer.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What is going on with the area schools?

I could not help but notice that Coleman and Marinette are firing (non-renewal notices) many long time teachers for the next school year.  It appears that that the administrators (not the school boards) are giving the reason that SAGE is no longer being followed. The school boards seem to be clueless from what I read in the papers, have no backbones or any creative ideas either.  Just follow the leader blindly.  What this means is more students per teacher in classrooms.  I wonder if this is the only place to make cuts?  I'm thinking it is the easiest place for the administrators to make cuts. 

I wonder why school districts can have combined sports teams but not much is being done to share administrators and non teaching employees.  Do any of you believe that that sharing of some employees could not be done?  The cities, towns, villages and counties have employees that supervise multiple buildings and employees all over the place.  Why not share administrators and buildings & grounds managers, etc.?

Crivitz has been quietly not replacing the many teachers that have retired or left for various reasons. It seems in the surrounding school districts the teachers tend to stay a long time not but not in Crivitz.  I wonder why that is?  So it is likely that Crivitz soon will have more teaching staff reductions and larger classes as these schools all follow the other schools lead.  Monkey See/Monkey Do applies it seems.  

I wonder what Dave has on his mind lately?

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Welcome to the School Board Amy!

I know that "Rome wasn't built in a day" so change may take longer or will it?  It is weird that Amy got so many votes compared to the other two challengers while the same group of voters must have cast their ballots for the incumbents giving them all similar vote totals.  I believe that Amy got the most votes for school board in many election cycles as long as I can remember.  The school board president only got 485 votes in the recall election so had he been in this election he'd be off the board where he belongs.  Unknown Wendy got way more than he did.  Todd is even more unknown to the voters it appeared.  Todd still was in striking distance of the 485 votes the plumber got to save his seat for awhile.  Of course when a candidate does nothing as a campaign that only works if you are an incumbent "North of 64".  Even the incumbent plumber spent money to keep his seat for awhile. Is he still running for a seat on the board?

I know there are strict laws governing campaigns concerning dates for signs and ads, etc. so I'm pointing out that the School Board President is in violation of yet another Government Accountability Law as evidenced by this photo.  The photo was sent to me by a friend of the blog taken while snowplowing one of our late snow falls.  That election was in December and it is April.

 Come on Mike at least pick up your litter!

The vote totals indicate that the voters like Amy! 

This is the same person that used to work for the school district as the IT person.  The administrator and school board fired her illegally.  The resulting lawsuit was settled before it went to trial with Amy winning.  Plenty of money was paid to her which likely went mainly to her lawyer.  The board refuses to tell us how much so the limits of the insurance policy comes to mind since there appears no additional money was paid directly by the tax payers.  No doubt the insurance premiums paid to the insurance company by the tax payers went down after this?  Soon we premium paying tax payers may have our own wing at their building perhaps?  Remember the is the same lawyer representing the three girls in their lawsuit but then you likely knew that if you read this blog or  

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Could I be wrong?

We may have screwed up.  This blog and "The Truth According To Dave" assumed that everyone that votes knew that they got to pick three candidates for Crivitz school board.  According to the Eagle Herald Newspaper on Wednesday April 6, 2016 1,223 people voted for Amy Grandaw.  The three incumbents got 884, 872 & 859 votes while Wendy got 587 and Todd received 418 votes.  I would guess that the person that got 859 votes may ask for a recount and I am not sure if the early and absentee votes are included in the numbers they reported after all we are north of 64 and there is no telling if these are the final totals.  I'm not sure why the 1,223 people that voted for Amy did not vote for Wendy and Todd although Wendy did very little to help herself and Todd did nothing just like two of the three incumbents also did.  "Nothing" is no press releases, no ads and no signs. Wendy had a press release but that was it.  No one knows these two people.

Amy had a huge vote total.  She is obviously popular with the voters.  Perhaps the School Board will elect her President as her vote totals were way higher than anyone including the once recalled current school board president?   He only got 400 and some votes to keep him on the board against another candidate that did nothing to help herself get elected.

I would have to assume that most of the same people voted for the three incumbents as the difference in votes is 25 from highest to lowest.  I wonder if these votes are from the School Board Presidents family, friends and members of his church?   Something to ponder?  I also now think that Amy would have easily beat the plumber/school board president if she had run against him for the recall election in December but I could be wrong.

With an apparent appeal of the lawsuit in the works by the three girls and change coming slowly to the Crivitz School Board this is far from over.  As always check out the thoughts and opinion of Dave and keep checking back here to get the facts that the School Board and Administration don't want you to know.  Tell your friends about both blogs too.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Why vote for change?

The reason to vote for change is because the people currently in the positions are not doing a good job.  They usually show up for the meetings but then proceed to sit on their hands and vote the way a plumber and guy that thinks he is in charge (administrator) direct them.  Once in awhile they might ask a question or two perhaps even make a statement but seldom do they vote the way they should.   Never will they add items to the agenda even just for discussion and never mind action items.  I firmly believe that we should have term limits for all elected officials besides President of the United States.  What do you think?

Do I know that Amy, Todd and Wendy will do a better job?  

NO but I don't think they can be worse.

The current three stooges are listed below. They have helped bring us Drug Testing for our students.  The active smart students in school not the ones where the problems might be.  We have been given no results showing success or failure of the program.  The school board has claimed there is/was no cost.  That same school board spent $8,000.00 paying for their lawyers opinion on drug testing before they railroaded it thru.  Anyone that thinks that the testing is FREE would likely still believe in the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, etc. Someone is paying!

The current school board has no long term or even short term plans for much of anything.  For all we know they are letting the buildings, vehicles, computer system and infrastructure of the two schools deteriorate like Peshtigo has done.  Now Peshtigo claims the only fix is a new $34 million dollar school.  A big increase in taxes will be the end result.  Crivitz is replacing some of the floors in the schools.  When will we need to replace the K - 8 complex in Crivitz?   I see a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't a train.  Do you see it coming?  There really needs to be some planning and the current school board appears to have done none!

With less than 750 total students in the Crivitz school system we can no longer afford three well paid administrators running the school along with a well paid buildings and grounds manager.  Four big salaries plus great benefits with excellent retirement for handling a small school district.  The cost per kid is around $500 for each student just to pay the three administrators per year alone.  Other school districts combine and share things even sports teams.


There are many other examples including three lawsuits in less than ten years.  The school district lost the first two and the current one is still a tie if the three girls appeal. No matter how it turns out someone will have to pay for the insurance company/school lawyers charges caused by the school boards actions and the girls have no money to pay the insurance company/school lawyers so my guess is the tax payers will somehow be on the hook in the end.  Insurance companies have nice big expensive buildings that we all pay for somehow.  Think about it.

Please for our children and wallets VOTE the following people out of office in Crivitz: 

Tim McFadden
Travis Mueller 
Cory Sodka

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What will the girls do or what happens next?

After giving it some thought and hearing many opinions on the landmark case that Oconto Judge Judge did not understand it appears I have come up with some thoughts and observations.

The girls are likely to appeal the decision.  After spending well over $150,000.00 (family monies) on their lawyer the girls don't have any money and they never did so I would suspect a Go Fund Me or other source of donations will be set up.  An appeal should not require much money as all the research and more than Judge Judge thought was needed has been done.  I would bet he didn't read it all.  Any takers?

Since the girls have little if any money and assets the insurance company (school district) is unlikely to get their lawyer charges and court fees recovered from the adult girls.  The family money cannot be tapped by the system as the girls are all adults.  The girls can file bankruptcy and walk away free and clear.  So who is going to pay the remaining defendants' lawyers and court fees?

The only people left to pay is the Dama Family and the school which means the tax payers. 

The landmark case will drag things out for another year or two I suspect if it is appealed.  The community will remain divided like it has in the past over several other issues.

If the girls do not appeal they still do not have any money so the above who pays for it still applies as the girls have no money.

As I stated from the start the tax payers will lose no matter what.  Since the school board did nothing including thinking this thru about who is going to or can pay win or lose when the lawsuit is decided the School District will likely have to pay all the costs and expenses unless the Dama's pay for the costs after all they think they have lots of money.

The school could have settled this way back when it started but failed to do so.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cyberbullying talk at Coleman March 30. It should be in Crivitz . . . . . . .

The story below was borrowed from from the Peshtigo Times March 16 Edition.  

The Crivitz School Board, School Board President, his wife (a teacher in Marinette) and the Crivitz School Administration along with Oconto Judge Judge should attend the presentation and take lots of notes.  They could all learn something. 

Cyberbullying Talk at Coleman Mar. 30

 

Coleman—Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D. of UW-Eau Claire Cyberbullying Research Center will be at Coleman High School Gym on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

The presentation will cover a broad overview of cyberbullying, including issues parents, educators, and teens need to know about how youth use and misuse technology to cause harm to their peers. The presentation will define and provide examples of cyberbullying and discuss the role of parents in preventing and responding to inappropriate online behaviors. It will also describe many of the online environments popular among adolescents today and strategies to use to make sure they are used safely and responsibly.

Patchin is a professor of criminal justice at UW-Eau Claire and has been exploring the intersection of teens and technology, with particular focus on cyberbullying and social networking. He travels around the United States and abroad training educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, parents, and youth on how to prevent and address the consequences of cyberbullying. He has written six books and numerous articles on adolescent behaviors online. He has presented at the White House and the FBI Academy, and appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times to discuss issues related to teens use and misuse of technology.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lawsuit results not a surprise so far?

Dave posted on his blog "The Truth According To Dave" that the girls have lost their lawsuit when the judge ruled in favor of the Defendants.  So a small town old guard judge decided this case based on a BS defense.  Nothing new here so far.  The judge is afraid finding for the girls' will open the doors to other lawsuits.  No kidding.  His decision won't change anything.  My guess it will be overturned upon appeal if the family's will continue to pour money into the lawyer representing them.  If it were me I would contact the American Civil Liberties Union as well as appeal the ruling from a local Judge that decided to not let a jury decide this lawsuit.  The Judge chose to decide their fate and when he is up for election the voters can decide his fate, hopefully a better candidate will run against him.  Maybe anyone would be better?

When the Crivitz school administration and board decided to punish three girls with no evidence they drew the line in the sand.  You, your kids and grandchildren have no human rights at school or at school functions in Crivitz.  Money and old guard influence can bully decisions everywhere!  Parents and grandparents now have no rights in Crivitz unless you are connected or wealthy.  Don't look to a local court for help either.

In school if called to the office I would tell your kids to say nothing period.  They should insist on calling their parents and say nothing.  No matter what!  Even if they did nothing, did something, know anything or know nothing.  Keep your mouth shut even if the police are called.

This school district needs to be changed starting with the next election in April.

Get out any vote for change in April.  You don't have to vote for offices that you may not know who to vote for.  It is perfectly acceptable to not vote for some offices even if only one person is running.  It is not acceptable to not vote in any election.  This great country was founded on government of the people, for the people and by the people.  People we elect! 

We need to take back government and it starts in our town and county.

Get out and vote the three school board members out of office.

VOTE the following people out of office in Crivitz: 

Tim McFadden
Travis Mueller 
Cory Sodka  


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

AP Story about the bullies

It occurred to me that perhaps everyone that reads this blog and The Truth According To Dave does not have access to the story that the Associated Press provided to news outlets around the world.  I know it isn't great but here is the scanned article from a newspaper.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Who to vote out of office in Crivitz and Mr. Pfankuch's Letter to the Editor in both local papers.

It seems that Mr. Pfankuch has managed to get the same letter to the editor into both local papers. As usual he brings out some interesting things to think about.  Sadly only one portion of the letter is related to the Crivitz School District but it is important.  The last paragraph is to vote for change.  In Crivitz the upcoming election in April will have three school board members up for reelection.  To get changes you need to vote for the new people.  Let's face it they cannot be worse than the current bunch, can they?

VOTE the following people out of office in Crivitz: 

Tim McFadden
Travis Mueller 
Cory Sodka

Here is the letter to the editor which was published in both local papers: 

Dear Editor: 
I find it interesting and great that the Menominee Area Public School can do an asbestos abatement over the summer but the Peshtigo School District needs to build a new $34 million school to accomplish the same thing.  Peshtigo also bought some expensive land to build the new school and took the land off the tax roll in the process so the true cost is more than the $34 million they estimate will build the new school.  The administrator that collects big local salary bucks does not pay taxes in Peshtigo or Marinette County hopes to sell the old school which if it is as bad as he claims it is does anyone think a buyer will emerge?  It does have a new roof unlike the Marinette County old jail.  I wonder why our new Marinette County Administrator has not solved that 10 year old problem which he put on his to do list when he started his high paying job?  Perhaps he swept it under the County Boards’ big rug?  Maybe he is too busy getting raises for the elected positions of clerk, register of deeds and treasurer along with solving the old problems with the UW pool, Niagara Senior Center and fairgrounds? He did engineer a sweet temporary increase for the highly paid salaried Highway Commissioner.  Yet another very well paid person that does not reside in Marinette County.  One common link here is what they call “deferred maintenance” which means not fixing things when they need repairs.  Hopefully you don’t do that with your house or vehicles.  Marinette County has been doing it for years on many county owned buildings.  Peshtigo has done it with their school.  Peshtigo also failed to gradually increase water and sewer charges not to mention the antique collection of equipment the various city departments own that will need to be replaced soon. Just wait taxpayers it is coming soon.

The only way to change things is by voting for change.  Vote NO on the large tax increase for a new school.  By the fourth or fifth revision we should get an affordable plan.  We need change in government everywhere.  Vote new people into every office that you can.  Send them all a message every time you vote. 

 Pete Pfankuch

Crivitz 


You can contact your school board representatives if you like.  Ask them why they deserve your vote.  Since they are elected officials putting this information out for the public is allowed by the law.  I got this contact information from the Crivitz School District Website for the current elected officials. If you choose to contact any of them don't be surprised when they don't reply.  That seems to be the way the political world works North of 64.  As always Dave Kopp has some excellent thoughts about the Crivitz School District on his blog: The Truth According to Dave.
 

https://davekopp.wordpress.com

 

Crivitz School District Board Members and contact info:

Lyle Cherry
Board Treasurer
N7690 Pioneer Rd.
Crivitz, WI 54114
Email: ltcherry60@yahoo.com or lcherry@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-927-0431
Term Ends: 04/2017 
Mike Dama
Board President
16 Main Ave.
Crivitz, WI 54114
Email: mike@damaph.com or mdama@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-854-7019
Term Ends: 04/2017



Tim McFadden
Board Clerk
N8166 Serenity Dr.
Crivitz, WI 54114
Email: tmcfadden8166@gmail.com or tmcfadden@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-923-1977
Term Ends: 4/2016

Travis Mueller
Board Member
W6330 Loomis Rd.
Porterfield, WI 54149
Email: travis@muellerelectricllc.com or tmueller@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-927-2173
Term Ends: 4/2016

Cory Sotka
Board Vice President
N5166 County Road W
Porterfield, WI 54159
Email: cory.sotka@yahoo.com or csotka@crivitz.k12.wi.us
906-290-2884
Term Ends: 04/2016

Gary Huc
Board Member
W10982 High Falls Rd
Crivitz, WI 54114
Email: ghuc@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-757-2100
Term Ends: April 2018

Kris Heidewald
Board Member
W7197 Noquebay Rd
Crivitz, WI 54114
Email: wildwood321@gmail.com or kheidewald@crivitz.k12.wi.us
715-716-0877
Term Ends: April 2018

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Improving academics in Crivitz?

In the Peshtigo Times Feb 17th edition on page A-12 there is an article "Making Up Lost Time Is Hard Choice For Peshtigo School" there is some interesting information although it isn't related to the headline.

In the article it states that the class schedule was revised to allow for time to help students not doing well in school. Staff days run 7:30 to 3:30 while the class day runs 8:00 to 3:00.  The 7:30 to 8:00 time and 3:00 to 3:30 time is used by the teaching staff to help students daily.  What a great idea!  Freshmen students facing a failing grade in a class are required to remain after school from 3:00 to 3:30 to work with the teacher of the class in which they have fallen behind.  A similar program was started in the Peshtigo Middle School in November.  It seems to be working well.  Teachers monitor the students grades in their problem classes and the students are in the program until a passing grade is achieved.  Practices and extra curricular activities cannot start until after 3:30 to be sure students and teachers have the half hour available.  Academic ineligibility numbers have dropped sharply at all high school and middle school grade levels.  All schools in the state could learn from this practice I suspect.

Anyone in the Crivitz School Administration, School Board or teachers reading this blog want to put the subject on the agenda to get the discussion started perhaps? 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Punishment but no help?

I have been thinking about what Dave Kopp has been telling the Crivitz School Board, all forms of the media and has been posting on his blog "The Truth According To Dave".

https://davekopp.wordpress.com

Dave is right in saying that the school did nothing to help these girls and even the girl that claimed or rather her over protective parents that claim that their daughter had been "wronged".   When kids get in trouble we should punish them and then help them understand what they did wrong so they don't do it again as well shouldn't we?  We want our children to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.  Marinette County has a drug court to help people in trouble with the law.  Instead of putting these acknowledged criminals into jail and throwing away the key the drug court helps rehabilitate them and get them back on track in society.  If these girls did something wrong in the eyes of the school why didn't the school punish them according to the school handbook and help them (and their parents) understand what they did wrong in the eyes of the school?  The school should have helped these girls to get them back on track in society don't you think?  Keep in mind that the Marinette County District Attorney did not find anything to charge any of the girls with after his investigation.  The sheriff department did tell the girls' mom to remove her postings from social media.

There are many stories floating around the area about kids destroying mail boxes (a Federal Offense) and being caught under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school events but very little has come to light about all these infractions or punishments.  Has the school administration or school board swept them under the rug?  I have not heard or read of any action by the school board on anything other than the three girls violations which is now a big lawsuit.  I wonder why?

Drugs seem to be everywhere and even Marinette County has a drug court.  The Crivitz school district decided awhile ago to drug test students in extra curricular activities. No reports of testing results (positive or negative) have come up since this decision to drug test our children on a regular random basis. Are they testing anyone?  Dave says they tested his kid.  Maybe the school is testing the wrong children if drugs are a problem in this school district?  Are we going to help these children if we catch any or just punish them like the three accused girls?  Don't you wonder why we have heard nothing about this from our school administration or school board?

The law firm being used by the defendants (school board and the wronged family) is Kasforf, Lewis & Swietlik, SC.  This firm is known to represent insurance companies not really school districts.  I wonder why the school board does not have their own lawyer to advise them?  The common strategy of insurance companies is to take our money and not pay claims so the technique often employed by these specialty law firms is to drag lawsuits out and try to run the plaintiffs out of money or the will to win.  This seems to be their strategy although I do not think it is working.  The lawyers for and the insurance company itself don't care about right, wrong or rehabilitation.  The insurance company only cares about the money they may have to pay out!  The girls and their families only want their names cleared. A lot of time and money is being spent by both sides to do this.


The father (school board president) has been going around town claiming he has pictures on his cell phone that the girls took.  I wonder how he got them?  If this is true (which I doubt) then he is guilty of child pornography.  If they exist how come these pictures have not been turned over to his lawyers and judge?  Rules of evidence require all evidence to be turned over to the plaintiffs' lawyers as well.  Maybe the DA should investigate the dad?  If the pictures were sent to some boys as he claims don't you think that these pictures would have surfaced by now as it is about 2 years already?  It is hard to believe this wild claim isn't it?

There were more than four girls on the team and in the locker room.  I wonder what these other girls have to say?  The school or should I say the insurance company isn't asking for their help or insight. Remember these folks only care about the money.  I wonder if one or more of the other team members will drop a bomb on the school district if the lawsuit ever sees an actual trial?  No telling what other dirty secrets will come out.

As Dave Kopp says "Stay Tuned" to this blog and his for more information and insight.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lawsuit updates?

With a lawsuit against the school district still moving along thru the judicial system wouldn't you think that there should be updates to the board fairly often?  Normally the school board meets once a month so an update every meeting would seem to be in order one would think.  Looking at the school board meeting agenda for the 2/17/2016 meeting I don't see anything to do with the lawsuit on it.  The judge had directed both sides to file 5 page briefs in two weeks at the last formal action. Those briefs should have been finished last week. 

Are the board members being kept in the dark or just lax at doing the jobs they ran for and were elected to do by the voters? 

With the plaintiffs well on their way to $200 K in lawyer fees you can bet the defendants are not far behind.  With all the defendants using the same lawyers I wonder who is paying the bills.  Don't you?  How do they keep the billing straight?  Are the tax payers thru their insurance premiums footing all the bills? 

Wouldn't you think the school board would be concerned about all of the above also? 

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Voting for changes everywhere

Several important elections are on the slate for this year.  Three Crivitz School Board positions are up for grabs and all the Marinette County Board positions.  There will also be another attempt to convince the Peshtigo voters to give them $34+ million for a new school and auditorium by the pro new school committee and Peshtigo administrator that won't be raising his own taxes since he lives in Green Bay.  Stephenson and Marinette will be getting new administrators since the current ones have given notice. 

The Crivitz School District needs changes.  The three new candidates may not be names that you know but they are running for office and change is needed badly.  Time to shake up the Crivitz school board and send them a message.  The vote isn't until April so you have plenty of advance warning.  The Presidential Primary vote will be then also.  It shouldn't be cold (I hope) and no Holiday comes into play so everyone needs to get out and vote for the change that could have started with voting a plumber out of office and away from our children.  Politics and business don't mix well you often will hear.  I guess the local plumber does not care if his business, his brother in law and several other close relatives business go down the drain after all sewage is his area of expertise.   Keep reading this blog and The Truth According to Dave at  https://davekopp.wordpress.com and tell all your friends to read them.

The following letter to the editor was in the Peshtigo Times 2/10/2016 edition. 

 

Editor:

It never ceases to amaze me that politicians on all levels of government fail to reply to letters to the editor, postings on social media, blogs and the like. These people are supposed to be our representatives but they seem to lose sight of that after they are once elected. Why is that?

They often do anything to get elected. What they won’t do is remember or keep promises they made. Why is that?

Around here in most forms of government we get the same people in office every time. Some of them do an average job, most of them do a lousy job. Why is that?

The first solution is to get new people in office. The second solution is term limits. The only place we have term limits is for president of the country. What is that?

Let’s get rid of people that don’t seem to listen. People that don’t bother to reply. People that have been in office too many years. People that are stuck in their ways, have lost sight of reality and no longer use common sense. Voters around her have a chance to make changes starting with the next election and all future elections.

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch,

Crivitz

Friday, February 5, 2016

Are they catching on?

After reading the two articles on the front page of the Peshtigo Times I'm almost starting to think that the School Administration and School Board might be starting to catch on.  They are far from what I would call normal or like the other school boards but they are finally improving this month.  The article titled "Judge Dismissed Claim Against Sophia Dama" is really a correction of some newspaper article screw ups the previous week but there was some good and accurate information in the article.  I'm told the the suit against the daughter is being refiled so she isn't off the hook.

The other front page article "Crivitz School Considers Backgound Check Options"

http://www.peshtigotimes.net/?id=29258

says that:

For the free background check the District Administrative Assistant enters the person’s name and birth date on the Wisconsin Court System website and any actions against them in the Wisconsin court system will show up. 

 

This background check is nothing more than the secretary going to the Wisconsin State website address I have given you many times and typing in the persons name.  It does not always have everything (nothing Federal for instance) and worth every bit of "FREE" don't you think?

 

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl

 

I have looked at the Crivitz Volunteer Release Form it is buried in their website. It is a fairly simple form I am guessing they stole from someone else.  I wonder why they don't have several forms as the form for volunteer coaching should be different than working for the sports booster club or chaperoning a school trip wouldn't you think?  Here is a link to the form:

 

http://www.crivitz.k12.wi.us/files/filesystem/1.13.16%20updated%20volunteer%20release%20form.pdf

 

Another couple items from the article and meeting that suggest to me they might be catching on is the following:

 

The entire background investigation issue occupied considerable discussion by the board. In his written comments for the meeting Mans had explained that the district’s new teaching staff, support staff and substitute teachers receive a more extensive background check through Background Screeners of America which costs $13 and has nationwide coverage, while volunteers and coaches traditionally had received a free background check.

 

They are spending a whole $13 on a background check for full, part-time & substitute teachers and support staff.  $13 isn't very much (two fast food meals?) so I feel safe saying they likely are not getting much for the $13.  What do you think?

 

At the request of Board Member Corey Sotka use of the school attorney was a discussion item on the agenda. Sotka explained his feeling that the board makes too many motions subject to approval of legal counsel when they know they are within their legal rights and should be making decisions on their own, “and we should just do it.”

Mans noted it is harder to get significant legal opinions from WASB, which now charges for legal advice.

Dama suggested board members could decline to support motions calling for approval by legal counsel, and then the motion would die.

Heidewald felt they were protecting themselves by seeking legal approval of the motions.

 

I wonder how much "their" own attorney who appears to be far from an expert on anything charges compared to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) legal advice costs?  I'd bet the WASB is cheaper and much more accurate.  Remember the school district spent over $8000 asking their lawyer questions that the Government Accountability Board (GAB) could answer for free trying to keep the School Board President from being recalled.  Money they could have used to buy bleachers or stripe and seal the new track.  Did the School Board authorize spending this money?  I have seen nothing that said they authorized the money being spent did you?   I wonder why the school board doesn't ask for a legal opinion before they vote on stuff?  Seem backwards to me but we are north of 64.  See Dave Kopp's Blog if you wonder what I'm referring to.

https://davekopp.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/we-must-be-north-of-highway-64

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oversight or is it?

In all forms of government the elected representatives of the people are supposed to be in charge and responsible for how the respective branch of government is run.  It does not seem to be the case in Marinette County and specifically with the Crivitz School Board.  Their idea of "oversight" is an excuse to not follow their handbook, state laws, the WASB, the WIAA or common sense. Any time they are caught and there are plenty of times their excuse is an "oversight".   All of them and us have tons of information on line so there really are no excuses or reasons for "oversight" unless they cannot read but perhaps they cannot comprehend or more likely don't care as they are north of 64?  See Dave Kopp's Blog if you wonder what I'm referring to.

https://davekopp.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/we-must-be-north-of-highway-64

The internet is rapidly replacing the library and newspapers as a source of information. You can search pretty much any subject and find information. You will have to cut and paste the addresses I will give you but hopefully you know how to do that.

Want to know if any one you know has been the subject of a lawsuit look them up at Wisconsin Circuit Court Access.  The website (WCCA) provides access to certain public records of the Wisconsin circuit courts. The information displayed is an exact copy of the case information entered into the circuit court case management system by court staff in the counties where the case files are located. The court record summaries viewed here are all public records under Wisconsin open records law.
http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl

You can learn the laws that are supposed to Govern School Boards at:
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/120.pdf

You can read about General School Operations at:
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/118

This link will get you to the WIAA
http://www.wiaawi.org/Schools.aspx

Wisconsin State Law Library has lots of information:
http://wilawlibrary.gov/

Wonder what the state employees are being paid?
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/database-wisconsin-state-employee-salaries/html_4f78520c-c995-11e2-90d8-0019bb2963f4.html

What to know what any Marinette County property taxes are?
http://webgis.marinettecounty.com/
 
Information is out there it is free and if you want to practice your own "oversight" you can read the laws and tell your elected officials what they are.  Many do not seem to know or perhaps they don't care especially if they are North of 64!   If you want to know more on the Crivitz School District check out:

The Truth According to Dave

https://davekopp.wordpress.com/
 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Salaries paid for administration in Crivitz

In his blog Dave Kopp at  https://davekopp.wordpress.com  Crivitz Dollars and Sense is a post about how much the Crivitz administrator was paid in 2013 - 2014.  I figured there is a need to take it a step or two further.

You can find most state employees salaries on line although it is about a year behind with the numbers.  A simple easy to fill out form to check any of them out.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/database-wisconsin-public-schools-salaries/html_d98cc860-78d6-11e3-acd4-0019bb2963f4.html

Crivitz High School Principal was paid $77,603 plus $31,711 in benefits which is $109,314.00.
Crivitz Grade School Principal was paid $81,262 plus $20,901 in benefits which is $102,163.00

When you add the administrator at $150,320.00 and two principals together the total is $361,797.00 to manage around 725 students.  Almost $500 per student per year for three administrators to do a poor job by many people's standards.  

Tax payers could cut the money wasted on school management by 1/3 by just getting rid of one.  Or go with part time positions to eliminate the benefits and some of the salaries just like they have done with numerous teachers, positions or classes offered to keep the budget on track.  We could add some programs, technology or maybe a swimming pool.  Perhaps even save some money for the new school that you know is coming to replace the antique grade school.  Got to keep up with Peshtigo right?

Do we really need an expensive full time manager of property and grounds also?

Changing out three members of the current school board can happen in April. The 3 new people could right the listing rudderless ship perhaps as there are only 7 school board members all together.  They cannot be any worse than what we haveI'm sure Dave will tell you who to vote for and so will I when we get closer.   

Please get out and vote in April for the children and our wallets!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Bullies & Bullying

Bullies and bullying seem to be everywhere.  People bully others at work, in school and even at home.  Sadly parents even bully their kids it seems.

The lawsuit against the Crivitz School District is about being bullied.  Three students were treated unfairly they, their parents, grandparents and others feel by the school administration so in essence they were bullied. 

The school board president who was an illegal volunteer assistant coach of the girls basketball team at the time which his daughter was also a member of went way over the top of "girls being girls" (according to law enforcement officials) to see that the girls were punished and made examples of.  It also seems he wanted his daughter to be the star athlete of the school and these girls stood in the way.  Even with the girls off the girls basketball team she wasn't a star and the other girls teams didn't do very well either.

His wife a teacher in Marinette Public School System decided to use social media to blast the girls and expose or punish all of them for how they treated her daughter.  Never mind that the kids had all been good friends and teammates for many, many years.  They were all in the same classes, play the same sports, text, talk, eat, have sleep overs, etc.  Just throw them all under the bus without any regard for "girls being girls" (according to law enforcement officials) and no real evidence.  Ignore the policies of the Crivitz School District where her husband is the school board president, her own employers' policies on bullying and her employment contract.  She didn't even take the time to call the parents or the girls.  

It seems the daughter didn't want to do anything but mom and dad insisted and pushed the whole "girls being girls" (according to law enforcement officials) incident.   A minor infraction of the schools athletic code that should have been addressed by the school board quickly and well before it reached a point where the girls, their parents and grandparents felt forced to file a lawsuit.  A lawsuit that has divided the town and has cast the Crivitz School District in a bad light. A lawsuit that is costing both sides lots of money.  It helped trigger a recall where the school spent $8,000+ dollars just trying to prevent it.  Then there was an election also.  The tax payers are suffering because of it.  The students in the school will suffer as the school budget has to be impacted win or lose.  The media has sold some more newspapers because of it and even the TV and Radio stations have covered it some.  If it goes to trial it could put Crivitz in the spotlight all over the US and the world thanks in part to the internet and the media's thirst for breaking news.

If the school district was smart which they are not as this is the third time they are being sued since 5/9/1996 they would quickly settle it now as the oral arguments are Tuesday the 26th.   The two previous times they settled which means you think you are going to lose.

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl

Marinette County Case Number 1996CV000122

Oconto County Case Number 2011CV000042

Oconto County Case Number 214CV000198

One of the big problems with this school district board members is they all seem to prefer to be kept in the dark.  They do not ask questions or research anything.  The board members all just show up for meetings and blindly follow the school board president.  A president with only his interests and his family interests as his only concerns.   If any of the school board members cared about the children this would not still be going on and the school board president would be thrown out of volunteer coaching and off the school board.  The ego of the school board president won't let him do the right thing and resign. He obviously does not get good advice from his family either.




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lawsuit is coming up

What I should write about next is the Lawsuit.  I know this is on the school district calendar January 26 at 1:15 PM according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Website although I doubt you'll find it on the schools' website or published calendar.

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl

The oral arguments are in the Courthouse Addition/Courtroom A in front of Judge Michael T. Judge

You can use the free website to look up your friends, neighbors, school board members, relatives, etc.

There have been several lengthy briefs from the lawsuit that the lawyers filed along with lots of other legal maneuvering.  The briefs are available to the public.  Both sides have told the local papers what they want them to know and the papers have shared what they feel they should.  If you don't read the local papers you are missing lots of local information.  I've read it all, some of it several times.  Better than any TV reality show.

I'll try to keep it fairly short but it isn't going to be easy.


February 19, 2014 was the day of the girls basketball game.  The girls all went out for food together at a local place as it was a home game.  The four girls had been good friends for a very long time playing several different sports together on school teams for many years.  Before the game the girls all went into the locker room to get ready which meant putting on their uniforms, playing loud music, dancing and getting "fired up" for the game.  Nothing out of the ordinary according to the testimony in the lawyers briefs by the girls.

February 21, 2014 was the day the three girls were all taken from their classes.  They were isolated, questioned and threatened by school officials and a county sheriff deputy (not the local Crivitz Police which to this day no one has said why).  The minor girls' rights were violated repeatedly as they were not allowed to call their parents or a lawyer not that I would expect the young girls to have a lawyer or his phone number.  There was nothing found on the girls phones according to the investigating sheriff deputy. The Marinette County District Attorney did not find anything to charge any of the girls with.  He was quoted saying "girls being girls". The other girls on the team were not questioned it appears.

The girls were punished severely by the school for what was considered a minor infraction in the past and still is. The infraction was cell phone use in the locker room.  Never mind there are lots of pictures all over the web that appear to have been taken in the school locker rooms.

The girls and their parents asked repeatedly to meet with the school board.  These requests and any meetings if there were any did nothing to clear up the incident obviously.

The mother of the girl that was "wronged" went on Face Book and posted nasty things.  This adult woman is a school teacher in Marinette and should know better than to bully minors and students on social media or in any other manner.  One of the parents complained to the sheriff department and the sheriff told her to remove the posts. The "mother" has failed to produce copies of the posts so she is in contempt of the court and could go to jail.  She sure appears guilty and expect she will be punished by the court severely.

The girls filed a lawsuit against the school district, the school board president, his wife and his daughter about 9 months (11/13/2014) after the incident.  

The school's position is they are right and they can do anything they want.  Never mind the school handbook, state or federal laws.

The girls position is they were excessively punished, bullied and lost much of what should have been some of the best times of their lives (activities and sports their senior year in high school) and several other opportunities.  Stuff that is hard to define with mere words.

The outcome of this case could be used as a basis for determining outcomes for future lawsuits all over the country unless the school district, the school board president, his wife and his daughter settle.  In the past two cases the school district settled before going to court.  They always get a gag order so the winner can't reveal the settlement and the public does not know what the terms were in other words how much money the school's insurance paid out.

With both sides likely having well over $100,000 in lawyers fees, expect witnesses, court costs, etc. the only winners are the lawyers.  In the end one side will win and one side will lose this lawsuit.  No matter what you think or who's side you are on the tax payers will be paying increased insurance costs and possibly for what the school administration did as well as the sheriff deputy.  The rational of the school board president, his wife and his daughter seem strange and they may be hit financially as well.  Hopefully the school administration won't do it to your kid and they will learn a valuable but very expensive lesson.