Thursday, August 27, 2009

Olentangy School Board: For Feasel and Galloway, it's all in the family

The school board is supposed to represent the taxpayers, yet ...

Both Feasel and Galloway directly benefit from district largess as each has a spouse living on our tax dollars. Conflicted? Certainly. Do you think Feasel and Galloway can really put aside their personal cha-ching and hold the district accountable to those paying the bills? No way.

In November, send Feasel packing and let a fresh board review the nepotism of this board.

note: It appears from the audio, Feasel may have actually voted for her husband's contract. Were the meeting minutes fluffed to discount her error. Listen, read and decide.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the board's main purpose, according to its own governing policy was to make policy in representation of the students via curriculum, instruction, etc.; I don't believe its sole purpose is to represent the taxpayer, though it should also do that.

Jim Fedako said...

9:57 --

Board policy is a nicety, with no meaning or teeth.

Anonymous said...

It is clear from how the board operates, i.e. to purposefully provide no oversight (members actually applaud themselves for staying in their "helicopters"), that their main purpose is to let the administration do what they want. This invariably means to do that which will most benefit them. We have a soft, comfortable curriculum which benefits the administration in the form of higher scores than would otherwise be obtainable with the kind of curriculum one would find at an average private school. Higher scores mean higher pay for them--its' as simple as that.

Anonymous said...

6:37
I am not clear on what you mean about a soft curriculum with higher test scores. If the kids take standardized tests such as the OGT, AP, SAT, etc., and the kids do well, that has nothing to do with the curriculum being soft. On the contrary, it means that if that kids do exceedingly well that the curriculum is going beyond the minimums the state, AP, etc require. Could you please clarify what you mean?
Additionally, private vs. public is not an apples to apples comparison as private schools typically take only who they want, meaning those that will make them look good. Public schools can't, nor should they, do that. The top students in public schools compare very well to the students in private schools, which is a more apt comparison.

Anonymous said...

What's next--create supplementals out of whole cloth and then claim that they're in the contract? Oh, they're already doing that...

I know--how about they make up a bunch of supplementals that aren't on the contract and then give them to John Feasel.

Anonymous said...

6:37

The state standards are low. There is no arguing that point. When 75% of Central Ohio students grade "above average" in the newest report card that shows a Bell Curve that we're looking at with a fun house mirror.

As far as Olentangy is concerned, being rudderless for two years (no superintendent other than a place keeper) and exponential growth have had the opposite affect on performance than logic would otherwise dictate. If Olentangy is the high performance education machine that the administrations claims it to be, then introducing variables into that model would drag performace down. After all, Olentangy is the best district around with the highest standards, right. So all of these kids coming in from lesser districts would have to acclimate to their new, rigid academic environment and get used to added rigor, new processes, customs, etc. So there would be a learning and performance curve, right? 1,000 new students a year for the last several years most certainly would have been a drag on this Ferarri of school districts. But our performance Index keeps improving. Is that testament to the greatness of Olentangy? Statistically, no.

Our rising PI is a result of the continued gentrification of the district from a blue collar community to a white collar/ professional community. The administration likes to believe that it's taking the unwashed and uneducated and turning them into star performers, when that's far, far from what is really happnening.

Excellent with Distinction when we have a remediation rate of 34% and an AP passage rate of 69%? Those stats tell the real story.

And you're also mistaken about private vs. public performance. Show me a private school in the area that "picks and chooses" its students. If one has the money, one has the slot.