Damn Good Clown!
1. Crawford Lewis (formerly of DeKalb County, Georgia but now criminally indicted). Crawford Lewis‘s trial is coming up very soon. Among other felonious charges, Mr. Lewis is facing RICO charges. Oh, did we mention that the Crawford Lewis Administration tried to ban Dr. John Trotter of MACE from the DeKalb County premises? It all stared when Ronald (Ron) Ramsey (a State Senator, no less!) shut down a grievance of a teacher who was being represented by Dr. Trotter when it appeared that much discussion and evidence about “systematic cheating” was about to emerge in the hearing. Now you that Dr. Trotter was not going to take this sitting down! [Crawford Lewis was indicted and awaits trial.]
2. Edmond Heatley (the beleaguered superintendent of Clayton County, Georgia). Believe it or not, this superintendent clown is actually about to be offered a job by the Berkeley United School District in California. The people of Clayton County are jumping for joy to be getting rid of this clown! The Gypsy nature of these “national” superintendents only point to the depths that public education in the U. S. has sunk. Stay turned for a forthcoming book from Dr. John Trotter and Norreese Haynes entitled The MACE Manifesto: A Declaration of What is Really Wrong With Public Education wherein they discuss what they call “educational sluts” — those superintendents who just jump from one school board bed to the next, depending on what they are paid. [Edmond Heatley abruptly resigned his job in Clayton County, GA apparently thinking that he was going to become the superintendent of Berkeley, CA. But, Dr. Trotter was quoted frequently in the Berkeley and San Francisco newspapers. He did not get the job.]
3. Jerry Bell (Hart County, Georgia). Jerry Bell flubbed up royalty in trying to get rid of one of his good, experienced teachers in Hart County. First of all, he gave the teacher insufficient notice in the charge letter. In other word, Mr. Bell did not go by due process as outlined in the Georgia Statutory Code. Dr. John Trotter with MACE outlined this to Mr. Bell, the school board members, the Hart County school board lawyers (Harben, Hartley and Hawkins), and to the media. Mr. Bell, in his apparent stubbon way, continued to forge ahead. His recommendation to non-renew the teachers contract was not upheld by a majority of the school board members, and the teacher still has a teaching job. Vivian Morgan, the reporter with the Hartwell Sun newspaper, stated that Mrs. Tressa Blackwell‘s MACE attorney, Mr. Lowell Chatham, “was phenominal.” [Jerry Bell, we understand, just secured a superintendent’s job in his home of Haralson County, GA.]
4. Romain Dallemand (Bibb County, Georgia). Romain Dallemand still sits atop the Bibb County Board of Education, but some new blood is coming on the school board in January. New school board member and Macon attorney Jason Downey is bound to ask some pertinent questions of Dallemand. The MACE Strike Force appeared downtown Macon on historic Mulberry Street in front of the Bibb County Courthouse to protest against Dallemand and his “Macon Nightmare.” This picket was carried in the media, including extensive coverage on Macon’s NBC 41 television news. With Edmond Heatley apparently headed back to California, Dallemand may be sitting with Hart County‘s Jerry Bell at the top of those superintendents in Georgia who are the most clownish in their roles as superintendents. [MACE picketed Dallemand two times in downtown Macon and both pickets were televised on local TV. He was forced out in Macon and sued the school board, but the suit was dismissed by the judge.]
5. Beverly Hall (the disgraced former superintendent of Atlanta City, Georgia). What can we say about Beverly Hall? According to the New York Times, she oversaw the greatest cheating scandal in the history of American schools. But, what has happened to her? Has her certificate been yanked…like the teachers’? Has she faced any criminal or civil sanctions? It does indeed seem like the big guys and gals seem to get off scot free, doesn’t it? MACE never bought into Beverly Hall‘s snake oil show. MACE fought her every step of the way! [Beverly Hall was indicted but before she could stand trial, she succumbed to cancer.]
6. Luvenia Jackson, the interim superintendent of Clayton County Schools in Georgia was brought out of retirement. She has been demonstrating lately that her administration does not understand the importance to go by the Georgia Law for Certified Employee Complaints (O. C. G. A. 20-2-989.5 et seq.). Former superintendent Edmond Heatley wanted to routinely violate this law as well. The MACE teachers union effectively took on Heatley for this and many other issues. Both superintendents were perhaps looking for “advice” from education attorney, Glenn Brock. One of MACE‘s picket signs yesterday stated, “Luvenia, Quit Listening to ‘Legal Pimps’ and Obey the Law!” Apparently, Ms. Jackson had the top security personnel in the school system to come and try to remove the MACE picketers from the public forum. We have a feeling that she (and others superintendents in Georgia) will be receiving a lesson on the First Amendment and Free Speech from MACE‘s Chairman of the Board, Dr. John Trotter.
7. Mychele Rhodes of McDuffie County (Georgia) School System. See separate article about Ms. Rhodes on this site.
8. Vickie Reed of Murray County (Georgia) School System heads up one of, if not, the most dysfunctional school system in Georgia. The horrors of this systems makes one recall the movie “Deliverance.”
9. Randy Rodgers of Montgomery County (Georgia) School System is a weak superintendent who, like Vicki Reed and Mychele Rhodes, seems to have no qualm suspending the Teacher of the Year, Brad Lord, because a coach on staff, the husband of the principal (nepotism, anyone?), apparently confronted this teacher because he and the principal/wife had strong disagreements in a meeting over the TKES evaluation. So, what does Superintendent Randy Rodgers do? He suspends Mr. Lord, who was apparently the one invited by the husband/coach to meet him in a local park at 3:45 that afternoon to settle the matter. Rodgers, Reed, and Rhodes (3R) of Montgomery, Murray, and McDuffie (3M) just nonchalantly ignore the mandates of the Georgia Statutory Code (OCGA 20-2-940[g]) when it comes to suspending a teacher.
Montgomery County (GA) Superintendent, Randy Rodgers
10. William A. Hunter, erstwhile superintendent of Brantley and McIntosh Counties (we think forced out in both counties), but now of Polk County. Trouble seems to have followed Mr. Hunter from McIntosh County when he arrived on the scene in Polk County. This former Arkansas banker seems to have his detractors in Polk County, as we recently received this characterization of his administration in Polk County:
“Nepotism, favoritism, retaliation, bullying, no-bid contracts, hiring without posting jobs, fraternization, Apple/PSD conflict of interest, God knows what else. Not to mention that he was FIRED from his last two jobs. Mass exodus of good, long time teachers. Culture of fear and intimidation.”
We are sure that Mr. Hunter would say that he and the school boards “mutually agreed” to his resignations. As in all cases, we welcome the comments of any of the superintendents highlighted on this blog.