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LISD To Seek New Principal for Lewisville High School

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/3/23 23:50:00 (4600 reads)

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Lewisville High School Principal Brad Burns announced to his staff today that he will not be returning next year as Principal. According to LISD spokeswoman Karen Permetti, he has accepted another position in the district in the Student Services department. At this time, we do not know what the job title is. We haven't been given a reason for the move, and Permetti said the district wouldn't elaborate on personnel issues.

Permetti said the district anticipates posting the LHS Principal position on Monday.

The process for selecting a new principal will utilize a selection committee process similar to how the district selected the new football coach for LHS, Gregg Miller.


The selection committee is composed of:
- Dr. Steve Waddell, Superintendent
- Dr. Lynda Haynes, Associate Superintendent for Staff and Community Relations
- Dr. Penny Reddell, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
- Dr. Kevin Rogers, Chief Operating Officer
- Beth Brockman, Executive Director for Professional Learning
- Teacher Representatives
- A Parent Representative

After creating a profile of the type of leader they want for LHS, the committee will review all resumes and schedule interviews. Any recommendation by the committee would have to be approved by the Board of Trustees.

Permetti said the district has been using this process since last summer.



What kind of principal do you think Lewisville High School needs to have? Do you want to nominate or encourage someone that you know? Leave a comment. A high school principal is the type of leader that reaches many more of our residents on a deeper level than just about anyone else in the community.

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Posted: 2012/3/24 9:29  Updated: 2012/3/24 9:29
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My nomination is Andy Plunkett! He is admired for his dedication to the students by many.
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Posted: 2012/3/24 10:36  Updated: 2012/3/24 11:00
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No Way! Let him stay at Harmon. Not many teachers at the main campus would welcome this. We need someone to unite the teachers at the main campus and someone who shows they can work well with the other campuses. There is too much fresh "history" with Plunkett that wouldn't allow this to occur. This is not a jab at him. Another time he'd be a perfect candidate...just not at the moment. Jeff Kajs (Hope I spelled this correctly) A former assistant principal at LHS would be a strong choice. He'd be good for the students, teachers and our comminity. What we don't need is a present AP or principal from any of the LHS campuses but someone we can rally around.
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Posted: 2012/3/24 17:19  Updated: 2012/3/24 20:33
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Andy Plunkett lost my support about a year or so ago when alternatives to the three campus plan were being considered. I can't stand him and his whining anymore. I will ONLY support the hiring of someone who lives in the LHS attendance zone and sends his or her own kids to LHS or its feeder schools. I mean, whatever any of them may say, any decision that is good enough for my kid should equally affect the principal's kids. It is easy to say that Plan A is the very best for LHS kids, but if you don't send your own kids to LHS, then you show NO CONFIDENCE in the school. Put up or shut up. Don't take a hefty paycheck from the district if you don't believe in the school. Period.

By the way, I feel the same way about teachers/coaches, too. If you don't think the program is good enough for your own kids, get the hell out of the way and let's get someone in who does!
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Posted: 2012/3/24 20:51  Updated: 2012/3/24 20:51
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Let me get this straight, because I'm not really sure if I'm interpreting your post correctly:

Teachers and principals should only be allowed to work at schools where their kids attend?

So if teachers or principals don't have kids, should they just not be allowed to work in education?

And the district shouldn't be allowed to recruit or hire any teachers or principals who don't live in the district?

Maybe I just misread, but I'm curious, considering my mom was a teacher at LISD for many years (including one year at the school I attended) and now works as a school librarian at CFBISD. Should my family have been forced to move to that district when she got that job, or should she have been rejected because she didn't live there?
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Posted: 2012/3/24 23:50  Updated: 2012/3/25 9:22
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I'll try to be more clear. If someone chooses to send his/her kids to another school rather than the one he/she is running, I would seriously question whether that person believes that he/she is running a top level school (while earning six figures doing it). I think most people with kids in the LHS zone would understand my original post, but I'm always happy to clarify my position. If a teacher/coach/librarian doesn't have any kids of school age, I don't care whether they live in the LHS zone because they don't control the operations and policies at our schools. However, top school administrators DO control our schools' operation and policies, so I think they should live in the LHS attendance zone whether they have kids or not. If they live here, they can better understand the effect that their decisions have on the community.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 21:53  Updated: 2012/3/26 21:54
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He showed his true colors at those board meetings and none of those were maroon. Let him stay at home and wear his Marcus Red on the weekends...Oh wait, he does that already. I saw him wearing it at Tom Thumb on 407 during Battle of the Axe weekend a few years back.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 22:30  Updated: 2012/3/27 7:31
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I can see your point, I was there and spoke openly several times against the 3 school. I know me and him have not seen eye to eye all the time I based my decision on what the kids I have spoken to have said to me abt Andy, and what he did at the north campus for the kids and bringing it to exemplary.

However after reading some of these post I would have to say I can both sides here. I agree that his kids should go to LHS if he lives in LHS zone. I don't think he does and a lot of kids will tell you they don't want to go to the same school if their parent is a Principal there. But HE CROSSED THE LINE WEARING MARCUS GEAR!!!!! May sound shallow but that one did it for me! Growing up here I can't even fathom that if your the principal of their biggest rival! Thank you for opening my eyes! Lol
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Posted: 2012/3/27 9:32  Updated: 2012/3/27 10:10
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So he can't support his kids school? That's sad that people can be so petty. Maybe he should have a 1/2 Marcus and 1/2 LHS shirt made to make everyone happy. I also agree about kids not wanting to go to school where their parent is the principal. There are many reasons that people decide the things that they do but in the end, is he a good principal? If so, it doesn't matter if he lives in Marcus' school zone and it doesn't matter if his kids go to Marcus because a principal will do what he perceives to be right for his school so that it can be a success.
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Posted: 2012/3/27 20:16  Updated: 2012/3/27 22:12
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I was half heartedly joking. But I couldnt do it. I like the hiring committee that Dr. Waddell has brought in so far it has worked out pretty good with new football coach. Yet we still have to get thru a season to really see. I know the kids are PUMPED! Eager to make this happen the right way.
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Posted: 2012/3/24 17:27  Updated: 2012/3/24 20:34
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Oh, goodie. With the exception of Dr. Waddell, the LISD personnel are the same ones who have been making this sort of decision for years. Suggestion to LISD: GET SOME NEW BLOOD TO MAKE DECISIONS!!!!!
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Posted: 2012/3/25 7:53  Updated: 2012/3/25 9:22
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I somewhat agree with your post except I don't6 care too much for Waddell's decisions either. It's a lot of show. The BYOT policy is a mess and this "plan for the future" stuff is a crock. How are the the parents and teachers on the committee to be picked? Hopefully, we'll see some new faces here. They will be from LHS won't they? Not like past committees deciding what's best for LHS but not having any Lewisville residents ?
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I disagree with you on BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). While some kids may abuse it, technology is where we are, and we have to not only live with it, but we have to learn ways to teach kids to use it with courtesy. If kids are abusing it, texting in class or taking pictures of tests or whatever else they shouldn't be doing, then those kids need to be disciplined and lose their privilege for awhile. Does it make things more difficult on teachers, and force them to have to learn new methods? Yep, it does. Time marches on, and this is where we need to be now, in order to prepare our kids for the future.

BTW, what past committees didn't have Lewisville residents? I'm told that there was a "Farmer Focus" committee at some point, which was partly responsible for encouraging the three-campus decision. I don't think I know anyone on the committee, but I'd be astonished if there weren't some Lewisville folks on it.
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OK, I see. Right, based on that document, the 2005 task force probably didn't have input from Lewisville. The Farmer Focus group must have come along later.
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Posted: 2012/3/25 15:54  Updated: 2012/3/25 16:36
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Thank you TexasMama. That was the main example I was trying to remember.I had sent a response to Steve's defense of BYOTand what many really think of it, but it did not getposted. Did it land in the Flame Pit I wonder, or just not get there.
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Nope, nothing landed in the flame pit, and nothing got deleted. There's nothing waiting in my queue either. I'm guessing the comment monster ate it. (See the explanation here, under Q&A: "I posted a comment, but it hasn't shown up yet.") Sorry about that.
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Posted: 2012/3/25 17:15  Updated: 2012/3/25 20:45
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See, technology Ha!
Seriously. technology is great but should NOT be the focus. Please cite me a scientific study how technology in the class room makes students learn to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. The students just google the answer and not process much. Technolgy spoils them and keeps them from thinking. Ask teachers throughout the distric, privately, and not the ones on thye committees, what they think about BYOT at LISD, and you'd be surprised. By that matter go to Birdville and aske them too.

There are many countries outperforming us at the moment and guess what a lot of them don't use? Technology in the classroom and standardized testing!

Try disciplining a student because of BYOT classroom infractions, they laugh in your face because if you send them down with a referral for being a repeat offender, little or nothing happens. The APs are either afraid to do much because of Waddel or it's easier just to do nothing. If you don't allow the students to use their technology, you're not a team player. So instead of investing $20 million in the rewiring of the schools, we should invest in good teachers and not force out the proven ones. BTW I think Technology can be used quite effectively but we've given the students carte blanche and once given, that's hard to take away.
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I saw this yesterday and it made me think of this string:

"Respect our elders. They made it through school without Google or Wikipedia."
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Posted: 2012/3/26 21:16  Updated: 2012/3/26 21:28
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Wish there was a "like" button
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Posted: 2012/3/25 21:31  Updated: 2012/3/25 21:39
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Farmer Focus group?! Ha! what a joke! They are for the most part people who would never stand up against an "agenda"...sheep for the most part.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 22:40  Updated: 2012/3/26 23:26
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Have to disagree with you on BYOT. I have two teens in high school right now and from what I can see, the cheating that is going on due to the use of these devices in large classrooms is out of control. Kids are learning how to beat the system with this program, not to use their devices for research. The BYOT program, while well-intentioned, is also not teaching the kids courtesy--it is teaching them that they are entitled to to plug in and be connected with their friends 24/7. I also don't think it is fair to our teachers to expect them to police these kinds of activities during their instructional time. Last, as a parent, I don't appreciate BYOT either--I want my kids taking notes and listening and working, not texting and updating their facebook statuses all day long. This program needs to be discontinued immediately and only reintroduced if and only if the administration can figure out how to control for some of these issues.
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I also don't think it is fair to our teachers to expect them to police these kinds of activities during their instructional time.


That's exactly what they were doing before. If a phone rang in the classroom, the teacher had strict orders to find it (that always took forever, who is going to claim it?) and take it up, then the parent had to pick it up and pay a fine of $15. I can't tell you how many hours we spent in class playing the "who's going to lose their phone?" game.

The BYOT policy gives teachers the choice of when and where technology can be used and for what reason. They didn't have a choice before; they have a choice now. That's basically the only difference.
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Posted: 2012/3/27 18:09  Updated: 2012/3/27 21:51
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Brandon, Ask some of the former teachers/coaches you had about BYOT. What BYOT policy states and what it has actually become are not the same thing. My students knew not use their phones because they know there would be consequences. Now you can tell a student your rules and if the student breaks them on BYOT, there is almost no consequences. The BYOT chant starts. BYOT was not envisioned for the students to be able to talk, text or be otherwise off task watching movies. It was envisioned to help the students learn and to help even out any technological gaps and/ inequalities.It was to be a learning tool not a pacifier.

Honest students will tell you they only like the policy because they can do what they want. But if the student flunks, who is at fault? The teacher of course. A curious side note. I have students who hate the policy. When they have a question in class or don't understand a lesson, their "cool" teachers tell them to google it.
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The sophomore class at LHS last year was at 1163 students, and the junior class this year is at 842. Approximately 28% of the students are not moving up. Leadership is not about popularity, it should be about results.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 14:46  Updated: 2012/3/26 20:16
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Where is the proof that the 28% didn't get moved up to the 11th grade because of poor grades? I would bet that the actual percentage of kids failed and not moved forward is very small. What is the percentages of drop-outs and kids moved out of system or enrolled in night school or the virtual campus? Don't just throw out a percentage unless you can show the whole picture.

Show me the results not placate saying the leadership is getting it done. I see what is getting done on my son's campus and hear what is going on at Harmon. The proof of the LHS 3 campus experiment won't be seen for a couple of years and I would bet it isn't any better then what we have seen in the past.
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The drop out percentage is very low. Those numbers are required to be reported to the state. All we see in state accountability numbers on this is class enrollment sizes, but we're not getting a good longitudinal picture of what's happening to those students.

What Dr. Rogers has explained to me is that there are a certain number of kids who don't get enough credits to move up to 10th, so that makes the 9th grade numbers look larger than they would be. Likewise, if you spent your third semester in 9th grade, you may be reclassified to 10th, but not be able to get enough credits to get classified for 11th. Due to the way that TAKS was testing at grade levels, it was to the advantage of the student and the district to not promote the kid - otherwise, they'd have to take the TAKS for the higher grade level, even though they've not had the material. (I'm told this will probably abate as STARR rolls out to each grade)

Now at some point, a number of these kids fall seriously behind, and some move to charter schools, or go to night school or something else. There's a bit of a bump again from 11th to 12th, giving the appearance that some come back.

I'd really love to see some longitudinal numbers though, so we can know exactly how many and not have to guess.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 23:34  Updated: 2012/3/27 7:32
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TEA numbers show quite a few ninth graders at LHS Main Campus. I assume that these are the kids who didn't get enough credits to become sophomores, but they got sent to the main campus anyway after a year at Killough(and we WONDER why the main campus scores are typically lower than Killough's).
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The proof that the class size shrinks comes from looking at my own child's transcript each year. I don't know why and I did not say poor grades were the cause. I have two kids and for the past 7 years something really odd happens to the class size between Sophomore and Junior years. There is a slight recovery in the Senior years, but not much.

Teachers at the school I have talked to think it is a hidden drop out rate, but the administration says it is due to the way they count the students. If they were progressing, you could see a dip in certain years followed by a wave of increased enrollment going forward. This is just a continual drop.

What this means is that the number of students in Junior and Senior years at LHS are significantly less than 9-10 grades. I don't know why. It really affects my kid's class rank due to compression of the scores, and I wonder where these other kids are going.
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We should look at the 8th grade numbers for the schools that feed into LHS. I suspect they would show a class size somewhat less than the 9th grade sizes.
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2009 TEA 8th grade enrollment stats, LHS feeder middle schools:

Delay 186
Hedrick 198
Huffines 284
Durham 252
Hedrick 198
Total 8th grade = 1118

I don't think we need to look at inputs but the outputs.

Where are these students going and why?
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Posted: 2012/3/26 22:55  Updated: 2012/3/26 23:27
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Hedrick counted twice

Number should be 920
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LHS North enrollment numbers :
2008-09: 905
2009-10: 908
2010-11: 932
2011-12: 955

LHS Main 9th grade numbers:
2008-09: 157
2009-10: 129
2010-11: 148
2011-12: 137

LHS Main 10th grade numbers:
2008-09: 1033
2009-10: 1074
2010-11: 1032
2011-12: 1059

LHS Main 11th grade numbers:
2008-09: 703
2009-10: 657
2010-11: 713
2011-12: 732

LHS Main 12th grade numbers:
2008-09: 755
2009-10: 774
2010-11: 754
2011-12: 770

The biggest enrollment drop, 10-11 was among Hispanics, with boys slightly outnumbering girls overall.
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Maybe I'm missing something but, aren't we over complicating this by trying to infer drop out rates from changes in class sizes?

The AEIS report shows aggregate drop out rates by graduating year and category over a 4 and 5 year horizon. See page 4.

http://www.lisd.net/scores/Lewisville ... chool%20Report%20Card.pdf

Is there something wrong with these numbers?
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It has been alleged by some that LISD is somehow hiding dropout numbers. I know that LISD has to count the kid as a dropout if they can't find record of the kid going to another school somewhere, but I'm not sure what happens if the kid moves out of the district. I suspect some portion of the number may consist of kids who leave the country. But I'm just not sure.

What we know is that this pattern exists at other LISD schools (Marcus and FM), but orders of magnitude lower than LHS.
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So I blew my lunch hour on this but it’s interesting. In theory, the methodology requires inclusion of nulls as drop outs, but there are some leavers excluded from the numerator for reasons that might have some weak controls generally. That is, could result in less meaningful stats from districts that follow the reporting rules.

Leavers not counted as drop outs:

82 - Left for school out of state – could be based on thin documentation. “He went to live with his aunt in Altanta and goes to school there, I promise.”
83 - Not entitled to enrollment. Depending of definition of “resident” – this could result in variability and vulnerability to manipulation with respect to migrant, transient, highly mobile families.
16 - Returned to home country. Not counted as drop outs – does not require any knowledge of whether student is in school. Could be based on thin documentation. “My son Werther moved back to Liechtenstein, I promise.” Can mask de facto drop outs but on the other hand, counting these as drop outs would basically ding Texas and school districts for the educational policies of other countries. For example, given that Mexico doesn’t have compulsory education for grades 10 to 12 (per Wikipedia), how do you count a student who moves to Mexico but is done with school? Perhaps a refinement on this would be to separately count each country to which they return – allowing further study into the longitudinal effects using country drop out stats. Or for students who move back to countries without compulsory education through grade 12, track that as well. And then of course, you could make some argument that some students who leave for countries from which many illegal/undocumented immigrants come (insert whatever word you feel is the politically neutral term) are effectively "drop outs" as they're likely to still be here or return shortly after.
81 - Home schooling – requires only parents to confirm. Could truancy laws result in over reporting?
66 - Removed by child protective services. This seems to make some sense since students in these categories have been pulled out for reasons well beyond a school district’s control. But on the other hand, child services is also a state agency so perhaps some data from child services might be used to provide a fuller picture of where these kids end up. From a state accountability standpoint, if a minor becomes a ward of the state, then it seems like the state is more responsible for their education as the “parent”.
78 – expelled for criminal activity or expelled in county with no juvy. Considering that expulsion is an activity within the control of districts, creates an opportunity, albeit heavy handed and constitutionally suspect, to manipulate.

Leaver codes not counted in state assessments but counted in federal:

89 – incarcerated as adult/tried as adult – again, beyond control of district but perhaps state should merge education data with corrections data on GED or other educational programs
88 – court ordered GED program but GED not earned

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/acctres/Dr ... resent_TAC_Dec_5_2011.pdf

I guess if someone is really motivated, they could try to get the leaver codes for LISD and see how the attendance numbers drop is accounted for.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 22:12  Updated: 2012/3/26 23:27
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Most of those students rolled up to being seniors, dropped out, "moved out", went to private schools, or enrolled in the learning center to regain credits.
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Posted: 2012/3/27 9:13  Updated: 2012/3/27 10:11
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I think Steve may be partially right about some of the number difference between the sophomore and junior years being about missing credits. I have a junior that is classified as a sophomore at this point because he failed a class last year. Until he makes that up, he is classified as a sophomore but he takes all junior classes. I'm sure that some is attributable to the drop out rate as well. I was actually told years ago not to worry about the overcrowding of the high school because of the drop out rate between the sophomore and junior years so I'm guessing this is a known number that has occurred for some time.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 16:36  Updated: 2012/3/26 20:16
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All I heard is that he's going to take a position in Student Services. Anyone hear why he's changing jobs?
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Posted: 2012/3/26 19:31  Updated: 2012/3/26 20:17
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So the purge of enemies of the state continues at LHS, Head football Coach, principal,...I wonder who is next on Mike McDaniel's hit list.
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Posted: 2012/3/26 21:08  Updated: 2012/3/26 21:27
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If this is Mike McDaniels doing ..which it is not, I would vigorously applaud him and help finance his next election compaign. HR and Permetti never do any straight talking.

Olin was someone who denigrated players and staff. There was also something supposedly about a Booster Club money mishap that had to be "fixed" as well. As regards to Burns, he became a liabilty to the district. Read Steve's announcement from Permetti. If you ever followed Permetti's double speak before, you can read between the lines. Burns is basically fired. They have moved him to a position at STUDENT SERVICES. Click on Steve's link to that and see how exactly what a nothing position that is. It is located no where near Bolin Center, away from the Power Brokers. I would assume they are parking him here until his contract runs out or he leaves for a job somewhere else like they did Olin.


If you think you can make this into something that would hurt Mike McDaniels, you are, in my opinion, out of touch with the Lewisville community as a whole.
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Posted: 2012/3/27 10:35  Updated: 2012/3/27 10:52
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Mr. Burns is very passionate about LHS students. Very passionate. Maybe too passionate. There were several occassions that he basically told teachers "you need to get on board with BYOT (or any other program) and be part of the solution to set up our kids to succeed." (my words, not his). There are some teachers that do not/did not like to be told how to do their job because they have many years of experience and they are just not willing to change their methods of teaching. So a group of teachers (and maybe some key staff) started complaining and complaining and complaining about Burns. And yes, the district began to see him as a liability.

The sad thing about this mess is that the rumors about Mr. Burns losing his job began to surface back in January (supposedly a Board member leaked it out)and it got to the point that some parents/teachers from other LISD schools heard and asked around about the rumors before the LHS staff were notified. What a terrible reflection of Dr. Waddell's staff; or maybe of the board member that leaked it out - that's if THAT rumor is true. Who knows???

Dr. Waddell is losing one of his biggest advocates of the BYOT program and someone that truly believes that students should come first; not necessarily teachers. Regardless of how much Burns cares for students,he lost the popularity contest with the teachers. Big.time. Instead this is a huge win for the select few teachers plus it has empowered them.

I believe it would have been best if time & effort would have been spent coaching Mr. Burns on how to become better at dealing with sensitive teachers and situations.

As for the next LHS principal - the other rumor is that Mr. Kajs has been selected for the job. (no need for anyone else to apply - j/k). This is a rumor but then all rumors seem to turn out true. BTW Mr. Kajs is a former LHS AP just like Mr. Burns was prior to becoming the principal.

It is somewhat interesting that other high schools (hiring committee) normally hire one of their current APs to become the principal of the school (ie Mr. Moon was an AP and was Ms. Lail) but it appears that LHS is not afforded the same opportunities. Mr. Burns fought vigorously for equality in several areas including athletics and that (actually the manner of how he did it) annoyed certain key individuals. Though probably the current LHS APs would need to have their heads examined if they applied for the principal job after seeing how the Central Office has responded to this situation.

I wish the best of luck to the next LHS principal. Just remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer and everything will be just fine. Yep. Just fine.

Go Farmers!!
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Posted: 2012/3/27 18:41  Updated: 2012/3/27 22:12
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From your writing you seem to be a LHS staff member. I couldn't help but noticing that you are writing this at 9:30 AM It doesn't surprise me that a Burns supporter would take time from doing their work and write this. After all, rules don't apply to some.
Some can dance around them.


As far as Waddel losing a big supporter of BYOT, if Waddell announced we would go back to using smoke signals to communicate, he'd have been an ardent supporter of that as well.
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Posted: 2012/3/28 9:13  Updated: 2012/3/28 9:14
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Negative. I am not a LHS staff member. But thank you for proving my point that Mr. Burns' style of leadership (or lack of or whatever you want to call it)has offended some individuals. But soon he will be gone. In just a few weeks Mr. Burns will only be a bad memory for you. But for the sake of the students, now is the time to be united in words & action to fully support Mr. Kajs (or whoever) and all teachers/staff in order for LHS to operate in a successful manner. Go Farmers!
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Posted: 2012/3/30 21:00  Updated: 2012/3/30 21:24
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Clap. Clap. Clap.
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Posted: 2012/3/28 22:02  Updated: 2012/3/28 22:15
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Thats it? All we have to do is complain and complain about a the Principal??
Let's get Judy Myers out of Parkway Elementary! Now that is someone who has ruined a GREAT school and is putting our neighborhood in grave danger of going to the dogs!
Sorry...to get side tracked!
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What has she done to the school? And what does it mean "going to the dogs"?
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Posted: 2012/3/29 9:11  Updated: 2012/3/29 9:58
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says the man that took over the thread with the drop out number analysis
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Posted: 2012/3/29 9:09  Updated: 2012/3/29 9:58
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Let's not forget the beast before her that started the culture change at Parkway! Mrs. Beaird anybody? Mrs. Beaird?
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Posted: 2012/3/29 17:24  Updated: 2012/3/29 17:36
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I agree with you on Mrs. Beaird, but she was a walk in the park compared to Judy!
Judy's agenda takes it to a hole other level...
I will say Mrs. Beaird ment what she said and said what she ment. Judy gives you whiplash, with how often she flip flops and has made most if not all the teachers miserable.
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Posted: 2012/6/10 10:48  Updated: 2012/6/10 13:55
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I agree that this is a big deviation from thread topic. But since you took it there... What are you talking about? Personally I've been extremely impressed with the services my child has received at this public school, including the staff's enthusiasm to employ progressive programs and integrate with the community. I have been quite impressed with lengths Ms. Miers seems to go to in order to accommodate students and --um-- difficult parents. Sorry to indulge this, but this comment really seemed unnecessary and nasty.
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Posted: 2012/6/18 22:55  Updated: 2012/6/19 7:08
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Way to troll for an old article to stir up stuff! Congrats! And, by the way, I find it funny that you assume someone is a difficult parent because they dislike a principal. Everyone has different expectations and experiences. Apparently Mrs. Miers didn't live up to the expectations of a parent that posted. That is no reason for you to say they are the problem.
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Posted: 2012/4/2 19:40  Updated: 2012/4/2 20:21
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Absolutely NO ONE is "just like Mr. Burns"!
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Posted: 2012/3/27 13:44  Updated: 2012/3/28 9:14
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There is no intent to harm McDaniel. He said with his own mouth that he ran for school board to get the principal and football coach at LHS fired.

Mission accomplished, but an extremely poor and selfish reason to run for elected office.
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Posted: 2012/3/28 12:36  Updated: 2012/3/28 13:07
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It would be great if the people that posted on this blog would actually get involved rather than operating off of rumors. Let me clear up a few things.

1. Board Members cannot, do not have the authority to hire/fire anyone other than the Superintendent.
2. Mr. Burns was not fired. He moved to a Central Administration position.
3. Mr. McDaniel only spoke about the LHS Former Football Coach when he was running for office.
4. Mr. McDaniel was a outspoken supporter of Mr. Burns.
5. No board member knew about Mr. Burns move to Central Office until the March board meeting. Remember, they are not responsible for the daily HR issues in the district.
6. Rumors that "a board member" or "multiple board members" were out for Burns were circulating long ago.
7. Mr. Burns wanted to move to an administrative role and will still be working with LISD in Student Services.
8. The LHS Principal position will be sought using the same committee process used to seek Principals and Coaches for other schools. The committee is made up of Central Admin staff, teachers from the campus and PTA President and a few others.

I encourage you to get involved in helping make the LHS feeder schools as well as LHS be the very best it can be. It would be great for the students, teachers and our community.
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Thanks for posting this reminder. I take it for granted that people know what the role of the School Board is, but some may not.

I think we need to look forward and decide to make the best of what we have, and work on ways to make LHS be he best it can be, like you say.
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Posted: 2012/3/29 18:05  Updated: 2012/3/29 18:24
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Well, Steven,
who is on the committee? Does an yone know? I didn't see any announcements for parents or teachers to be on a selection committee. Is it the same committee as for the coach? i could live with that but I still do not see any transparency on who decides who is on the committee?
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According to Karen Permetti, the parent and teachers have not yet been selected.
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Posted: 2012/3/30 16:48  Updated: 2012/3/30 16:50
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Yes thanks, but what is this selection process? Parents have not heard about applying nor have the teachers at LHS. I know this isn't your job but the same reason's I wish to be anonymous are those why I don't feel comfortable asking Permetti myself. I do not want to be on the committee but would like to nail down the process.
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Posted: 2012/4/3 22:36  Updated: 2012/4/4 8:09
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An email has gone out discussing the timeline & process. The interview process will hopefully be completed in time for a recommendation to go to the Board for approval in May. I may be wrong but I believe the parent/teacher selected to be part of the Hiring committe will not have vote rights but just "voice"/input. I do know for sure that in the past the HR department does not contact the candidates that do not get selected after a decision has been made. And some that don't even make it on the list to get interviewed are also not notified. I would think it would be common courtesy to notify those that don't get the job. A simple "thank you for applying but someone else has been selected" would be nice. But then we are talking about the LISD HR dept. Or maybe it's just the LHS staff that gets this type of treatment.
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Posted: 2012/4/21 9:49  Updated: 2012/4/21 12:45
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News in! Permetti again does not tell the whole story, again! Plunkett and Flores are on the selection committee. Why hasn't this been announced. Who are the chosen Teacher and parent reps? Plunkett and Flores DO NOT represent LHS. They have their own agenda! My fear is, they will search for a weak inexperienced person or one who will not stand up to them. LHS and its branch campuses are supposed to be one entity. This can only happen if the MAIN principal is a strong and proven Leader. Currently the 2 branch campuses do the heck what they want and when they want. Do not believe it when it is reported there are no problems now. There are.

They are trying to speed up the process. That is fine. Just inform the teachers, parents and tax payers what is afloat. Don't hide the process! Teacher reps have been appointed. Who are they? I've heard of only one. Are they trying to tell us that Plunkett and Flores are LHS teacher reps????
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Posted: 2012/5/12 23:01  Updated: 2012/5/13 1:00
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I heard there were only two Lewisville residents on the selection committee (total of approximately 18 committee members). Most of the others collect their paychecks at LHS and then drive home to other cities. It is a shame that we can't get more input from those who have a vested interest in our schools.
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Posted: 2012/5/13 9:29  Updated: 2012/5/13 9:54
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So you don't think teachers that work at a school have a vested interest in the school? I think they see things more clearly than parents do because they see them day to day in their jobs. Just because someone chooses to live in a different city than they teach in doesn't mean that they don't understand the issues at the school.
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Posted: 2012/5/13 15:10  Updated: 2012/5/13 15:31
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I think that LISD could have chosen teachers who DO live here and DO send their kids here. It would have been easy enough to do, they just chose to have very little LHS parent/Lewisville resident representation. And NO, I do not think that non-resident teachers have the same vested interest as parents of LHS kids. Sorry, but nothing you can say will convince me that a teacher cares as much about my child as I do. Some teachers are very dedicated and do a great job with the kids, but they look at things differently from the way a parent does. That is just human nature.
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Posted: 2012/3/29 18:40  Updated: 2012/3/29 19:24
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There was pressure from one and up to three board members to fire Mr Burns. If you want to be naive, live in fantasyland go ahead. Now comes the revisit of the Harmon LHS concept and after that attendance zone shifts to create South Lewisville HS. This will get the usual denials and laundry lists of on the record positions. This dysfunctional board with a weak president is on the verge of running off our new superintendent.
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Posted: 2012/3/29 21:33  Updated: 2012/3/30 7:18
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Wow, really? Are you one of the 8 people ...board and superintendent...who would have that information?

There has been NO discussion in OPEN session on any Harmon or so called South LHS campus redesign.

Changes to program with Waddell have been a three month process mostly (review the agendas).

Don't see any of that happening!
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Posted: 2012/3/29 23:19  Updated: 2012/3/30 7:20
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So I guess you think the Board was wonderfully functional when it had three members from Highland Village, which has a whopping 3,000 students out of a total of 50,000 in the district. I suppose you think it was completely wonderful when a group of people with no vested interest in Lewisville High School made a decision to have our kids transfer between three different campuses all over town, while proclaiming it would be a new and improved way to educate LHS students, instead of the collossal failure it has turned out to be. Lewisville has 16,000 students in LISD schools, and had NO VOICE. The revisit of the Harmon campus will obviously be done because it is not a sustainable arrangement. It costs too much money to transport kids all day, and the kids lose valuable class time. By the way, I think it will be great if every school in the district is treated fairly, which is why I am in favor of single member districts. That would force the Board into negotiation and consideration that was sorely lacking in the district for far too long. I harbor no ill will to other high schools, and I wish them the best. However, I think it will take a while to undo the damage that was done to LHS and its feeder schools during the time that there was no one on the Board or in senior administration looking out for our schools. I'm just happy we didn't get "Jerry Roy High School" down on 3040. What a slap in the face it would have been to have that happen, but the absolute rush to build the unneeded third campus despite EVERY conceivable reason to stop it (well documented in the old School Board meeting recordings, culminating in the decision to tear down LHS and rebuild it SMALLER rather than stop the 3040 construction and save about $50 million) has to make you wonder if it was a coincidence that it was set to open so soon after Jerry Roy retired. Just because you disagree with Board decisions doesn't mean the Board is dysfunctional. It means that all different voices are being heard for a change.
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Great post!!!! Agree with you 150%!!!!!!

Steve - you need to get a Thumbs Up or Like Button on here
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Posted: 2012/3/30 9:09  Updated: 2012/3/30 9:49
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I have lived here long enough to remember the eighties and the LHS first philosophy when Marcus and The Colony split off. It seems things have come full circle. I just wish the Lewisville first board members would be honest about their agenda for open enrollment, a sixth high school in South Leiwsville and, shifting of the attendance zones throughout the district.
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Can you describe the LHS first philosophy? No agenda here - I'd just like to know more about that.
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I'm not trying to be confrontational or anything, but what do you mean when you say, 'the Lewisville first board members"? Are you referring to the current sitting board or some past board members?

I heard a past board member (who was still on the board at the time) refer to LHS-S, while it was still in the building stage, as the "6th High School Campus to serve Lewisville and Flower Mound students" Those were his words - not mine.
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Posted: 2012/3/30 21:57  Updated: 2012/3/30 22:51
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If any Board member from Lewisville has slighted another LISD school, I'd to hear some examples. Oh, that's right. There ARE NONE. They are wearing themselves out to do right by all LISD schools. By the way, most Lewisville residents I know don't want open enrollment, a sixth high school, or a redrawing of boundary lines, but NICE TRY.
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Posted: 2012/3/31 14:51  Updated: 2012/3/31 16:28
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Exactly on point once you get past all the rabble rousing.

The folks who are the silent majority, those who share this value, need to rise up and let the Board know their wishes.
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Posted: 2012/3/31 9:21  Updated: 2012/3/31 9:28
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Who in Lewisville wants a 6th High School? Why would we want that? And although football is not my main concern, it would be disastrous to our team
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Posted: 2012/4/3 19:11  Updated: 2012/4/3 20:22
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Considering what happened to LHS for so long and led to the unwanted three campus plan for ONLY LHS, I like to think of the Board a few years ago as the "Lewisville Last" Board. Kathy Duke was a member during those years, so I will never support her in her attempt to get back on the Board. Recently, LISD has been considering plans to keep Marcus H.S. and Flower Mound H.S. from being divided into campuses that are located far apart (thus avoiding the calamity of transporting kids during the school day at great expense to LISD and to the kids who lose instruction time). THEREFORE, I shall now and forever deem the current Board as the "LISD First" Board, since they seem to be looking out for all LISD schools.
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Thanks for the reply. I agree with you. The current board is pretty good - the new members are great. They are looking out for LISD as a whole. I also agree with you regarding Duke. We voted her and a couple others out and things began to change. I rarely vote for reruns. I won't be making an exception this time.
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Posted: 2012/4/4 21:37  Updated: 2012/4/5 7:49
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Seems you voted for McDaniel a three time rerun, "MAMA".
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As I stated "ANON" ...I rarely vote for reruns......
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Posted: 2012/3/30 17:05  Updated: 2012/3/30 17:10
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Well said. By the way, I hear that the new 9th grade campuses for Marcus and FM will not be built where originally planned but next to or within walking distance to their main campuses. Is this true? Remember many of us said we didn't want to be the experiment. Seems like the experiment has been deemed a failure and they have decided not to follow the Harmon and Killough examples after all. Please remember who pushed for the 3 campuses in the end, Plunkett, Flores and Burns. I think that it is good that Lewisville has a strong presence on the board. What is good for Lewisville is good for the whole district.
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Posted: 2012/3/31 18:06  Updated: 2012/3/31 21:49
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What is good for Lewisville is good for the whole district/!?1?? You guys amaze me. Explain how an auditorium was approved that is larger than any other in LISD at a cost of $10000.00 per seat. And how the expansive new basketball arena at LHS was built. This while needed repairs at older middle and elementary schools in The Colony sit unaddressed.
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Posted: 2012/4/1 3:01  Updated: 2012/4/1 9:48
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The rebuild at LHS was approved before Lewisville had any residents on the Board (thus we endured the Board's refusal to rebuild the main campus big enough to house three grades and stop the needless 3040 campus construction), so you can't hold the arena up as a "Lewisville First" thing. I think it was more of an effort to placate the masses at a time when serious unrest was brewing.

Under the original partial rebuild plan, the auditorium was going to be retained from the old building (and left standing all alone like an auditorium oasis in the middle of a parking lot desert), but the cost/benefit analysis just didn't add up. Further, I am sure the price was competitive and the construction plan was reasonable, or the Board would not have approved it. The obvious explanation for any construction plan is that at least four members voted for it. The Minutes show that five members voted to approve the auditorium construction, so it was NOT a Lewisville resident controlled thing, obviously. The packet for the November 14, 2011 Board meeting, shows that the recommendation originated with the Bond Oversight Committee, which is made up of people from all over the district. Further, the report shows the cost is $7,727 to 8,181 per seat, not $10,000. I am sure this is in line with usual prices, too.

I hope The Colony won't worry about being slighted by the current Board. If construction is needed over there, I think the chances are much greater now than in the past that The Colony will get the construction it needs.
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Posted: 2012/3/31 10:01  Updated: 2012/3/31 10:25
 Re: LISD To Seek New Principal for Lewisville High School
I wissh Waddel would run off. We wanted a leader who wasn't beholding to anyone...no cronyism or favortism, not one who has dealings with Cisco Systems and Google. Supposedly there is no money but we "investing" in a product our experts say "under their breath" is not as good as the one in place.
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Posted: 2012/3/31 10:29  Updated: 2012/3/31 10:29
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Email me: editor@lewisvilletexan.com. I'm not aware of what you're talking about here, and would like to know more. Be cautioned that under our posting rules, allegations of fact with regards to wrongdoing need to be backed up with evidence, or stand behind it by posting with your registered account.
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Posted: 2012/4/5 16:39  Updated: 2012/4/5 17:08
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So if Burns was not fired and moved to a new position, what is that new position? If everyone at the district is following the rules, guidelines and even state laws, shouldn't that "mystery" position have been written out, announced and made available for any interested party to apply?

It just doesn't add up. Either he has been fired and placed in a temporary holding position or the district is breaking the law by not announcing this position and just giving it to Burns. It wouldn't be the first time that LISD has done this. If I remember correctly, the head coach position was given to Olin.
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Posted: 2012/4/1 6:12  Updated: 2012/4/1 6:12
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Just an FYI, the parents got rid of Coach Olin, not Mike McDaniel. They don't have that authority or power. The parents pushed and pushed to make sure it was a done deal.
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Posted: 2012/4/5 11:08  Updated: 2012/4/5 11:54
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Again it is completely naive to think, especially if you know Mike McDaniel,that he had no role in pressuring administration to remove Olin. Stated policy about hiring these folks and the reality are generally two completely different things. Some board members respect the process , but some interject themselves to try to exact some POWER!
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Posted: 2012/3/30 8:38  Updated: 2012/3/30 8:38
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The Lewisville Leader finally posted something on this, and it includes quotes from Burns.
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Posted: 2012/4/4 23:39  Updated: 2012/4/4 23:39
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 I know I'm really alone on this, but...
I don't want a committee of parents, students, and/or "concerned citizens" to decide who will be a principal at a high school, as many have suggested here. I'm not saying a bunch of administrators will always make a better choice, but I am saying I could put together a list of nebulous attributes right now that the committee would spend hours putting together. There's democracy, and then there's deciding on the next nuclear power plant manager based on who has the best Power Point presentation.
-BC
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Posted: 2012/4/5 9:08  Updated: 2012/4/5 9:09
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You are absolutely not alone. Picking employees for high level admin positions at our schools should not be a parent driven endeavor. That would be like IBM calling in a group of ten stockholders to be on their CEO search committee. Some people's egos can't keep them away from micromanaging every aspect of everything.
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Posted: 2012/4/5 14:26  Updated: 2012/4/5 14:29
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So are you saying they should not have a voice either? That is all the parents and teachers on the committee get is a voice. They do not make the decision or even vote. There are a lot of subject though that the administration may not think of that the parents and or teachers may want to bring up.

You need to clarify your point here. I take it to understand that you could come up with a list of questions but the parents and teachers are not able to think like that. What makes you more qualified? Not flaming but I don't like your attitude.
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Posted: 2012/4/5 14:49  Updated: 2012/4/5 15:21
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IF I understand the process correctly, this committee gets to be part of the process. They get to meet and talk with candidates. Not really an interview. They are asked to stay confidential on their part. They get to state a preference. If there are 2 equal candidates, their opinions could come in to play.
I've not ever been asked to be a part, I know people that have. They felt havin a voice, in any way, was better than being in the dark.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/4/5 16:54  Updated: 2012/4/5 17:08
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Wait, you seemed more than happy enough when your track coach was on the selection committee for the head coach.
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Posted: 2012/4/6 11:05  Updated: 2012/4/6 13:23
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A coach on the selection committee for the head coach doesn't seem out of line. What BC stated that he is against is "...a committee of parents, students, and/or "concerned citizens"..." to select the principal. I think I understand his reasoning but I'd rather he speaks to it than me guess and be wrong.
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Posted: 2012/4/6 14:49  Updated: 2012/4/6 15:15
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To clarify for all of the replies, I don't have a problem with parent/student/citizen input in general. It's always a good idea for leaders of all kinds to keep their ear on the ground anyway.

But a committee, especially one with direct influence on the process, it not always the most appropriate kind of input, and that seems to be the case here. Parents and citizens know what they want in a school, but they often don't know how to get it, nor do they understand how the system works. Just reading the comments here, look how long it took for the conversation to devolve into a discussion about the north and south campuses, even though the principal of LHS has no real say in that matter. It's not that I think people are dumb, just that most people (including myself) are not qualified in the least to hire a principal for a high school. It's the reason we don't elect principals and coaches through popular vote, thank goodness.

Additionally, a couple of spots on a committee is not the only way to "give people a voice." If Dr. Waddell is so pro-technology, he should definitely get a Twitter account (if John Cornyn can manage one, so can he) and start soliciting opinions there. Though I'm not a fan of "town hall" meetings, that may be another option to get some input.

Regarding the list I mentioned, what I meant was that anyone could come up with the generic softball questions. Stuff like "How will you utilize (it's always utilize, ugh) the school's resources to create the best learning atmosphere for the students?" Or they come up with questions like "what's your position on the BYOT policy?" when a) too many people clearly don't understand what the policy entails and b) the applicant's position on it doesn't matter, since he or she won't make the decision whether to follow it or not. When a committee writes things like this, it usually takes hours of anxious word-wrangling to put together the same list as any individual would write.
-BC
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Posted: 2012/4/6 15:57  Updated: 2012/4/6 15:57
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 Re: I know I'm really alone on this, but...
I'm an idiot. Obviously, the above comment was from me.
-BC
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