1. Board member occupying position in direct conflict with Board Policy 1245.
Seat is unavailable for qualified individual
2. Purchasing property based upon seller's questionable appraisal.
$2.8 million loss
3. Selling property through attorneys to avoid disclosing appraisal.
$2.2 million loss
4. Pornography found on manager's computer.
No action taken by District
5. Technology offering direct links to child pornography through their website.
Site modified to prevent such access
6. Management hired without applications, interviews, or public forums.
A series of questionable choices by unqualified staff
7. Big raises for administrators during a budgetary crisis of $4.5 million.
Case in point
Not to mention "inspection through urination" by a director and legal fees expended trying to prove this blog site is cyber-squatting... And the reports keep flooding in.
Thank you for your support.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Blog Highlights: the first 77 days
Posted by ESD15.org at 5:51 AM
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Don't forget the superintendent's performance and lack of attention to righting the wrongs!
...And continued slipping staff morale (as if it could get any lower).
Why does both of those pictures have to be on this site?
It makes me sick to see those smiles.
Their total silence on all the issues you've raised is their admission of guilt. The sad thing is this tactic seems to be working!
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
We can start making changes by voting for anyone other than Shields and Noble.
The school district should respond to these charges before their supporters leave for more honest pastures.
I was dearly thrilled with the "office bugging" information. I hope that "highlight" makes the list for the first 80 days. Nixon showed that you don't need to look for bugs if you aren't hiding anything. - mark xanberg
Since Mr. Noble is currently running for re-election and has done nothing but perpetuate the waste of taxpayer money, we need to work for his opponent. I noticed Mark put a straw poll on the front page, but how can we work together to get some positive change, starting with Noble getting the boot?
The King has no clothes! Worse than that is the taxpaying subjects of this district acting as though he does. They either can't, or won't, see their children's class sizes being raised and their money being wasted, while the King and his nobles fatten their wallets. The best the Board of Directors can apparently do is tell the King what a wonderful set of threads he has. What will it take for the paying public to revolt? Perhaps the Board directing foodservice to "LET THEM EAT CAKE!" will do it.
Hoping that this becomes "The Blog that Saved Edmonds", but realizing this sounds like a 50's b-movie title, is probably expecting too much. But it is a positive beginning and, although 77 days seems an ample time, patience should eventually be rewarded & focus on some end result must be maintained.
Keep the website going!
With regard to the photos you have posted - could you consider giving equal time to Paris Hilton & Marilyn Manson as they too have influenced the lives of our children.
Then we can leave the validity in qualifying which of the above has had the most positive affect open to debate.
Alan Weiss is running for a seat on the School Board.
For those of you who don't know he just retired at the end of the last school year after 10 years as Principal of Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Depending upon to whom you listen Alan Weiss is either: Fully committed to helping all students in educational achievement and personal success.
Or he is an unapproachable elitist and egomaniac who is a legend only in his own mind, described as Machiavellian and holding strong opinions while being highly judgmental.
Do we really need to add these potential characteristics to our School Board? I think that we should look very carefully and give fair consideration to him based upon his sphere of influence's experiences with him.
I would give my vote to Alan Weiss; he was an excellent Principal at Edmonds Woodway High School; just look at the EWHS test scores; the highest in the District. Why would Mr. Weiss, after retiring, want to spend his time on the School Board if he isn't interested in the education of students. Mr. Weiss loves to go fishing; he could just spend his time on his boat if he wasn't concerned about the image the board is projecting. He would bring a new approach, and fresh ideas to the Board; he certainly has the experience and knowledge, having worked with kids. Mr. Weiss has my VOTE!
Alan Weiss: Demon or Saint?
Well, neither of course. He has been described by coworkers as having expectations that are too high & his demands are sometimes unrealistic. He may have a failing in being too arrogant. But it has been said he doesn't particularly agree with or care for Marla Miller.
Maybe he could be just the man for the job!
I agree, Mr. Weiss has high expectations and seems arrogant at times, but he is the best choice for the School Board; perhaps he could see right through Marla Miller and her followers by being elected to the Board, where he may get the real facts that the average citizen cannot access in any way, shape or form!
Alan Weiss has my vote, and I am doing my best to promote him as the only candidate able to offer any hope for an end to the waste and lackluster "leadership" with which we're currently saddled. He has 42 years of knowing how schools and teachers realistically operate, and certainly proved at Edmonds-Woodway that he can deliver quality. Just go to his website:
and take a look at the "campaign issues" tab. Finally! Someone talking about "Sustained Staff Development," and bucking the "flavor of the month" trend that ebbs and flows with the current cast of Royal Court Favorites. (jesters?)I think that any of us who are really fed up need to not just vote for him, but work to get his name and message out there. The incumbent is counting on Alan not having the financial resources to put up a good fight. I wish we could show all of them that we have the GUTS to do it! You can contact Alan through his website - offer to help!
I read the article in the Everett Herald newspaper endorsing Alan Weiss for Board member? It was a good article and also mentioned another candidate. In Sunday's newspaper, there were two "Letters to the Editor" regarding Mr. Weiss, one was favorable, the other was negative. I can only see "HOPE" from Alan Weiss, who has experience and yes, has high expectations, but can also see "right through" some of the dishonesty, poor choices, procedures, that are taking place in the Edmonds School District.
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