Careful – You Might Get Hit With An Opinion


OK, fair warning.  I actually read something that got me fired up enough to write a blog post.  That doesn’t really happen too often around here, so I’m letting you know:  If you don’t want to get smacked in the face by a flying opinion, either a) duck or 2) kindly leave the room :)

I don’t know if you read about the teacher who sued Chartiers Valley school district.  Wait, which one, you say?  They’ve been sued so many times in the past few years, it’s hard to keep them all straight.  Anyway, I’m talking about the applicant for a Social Studies teacher who is also a Veteran.   Here’s the article at the Post Gazette.

There’s so much BULLSHIT in this whole situation that I don’t even know where to start.  Plain and simple, Chartiers Valley School District has CONSISTENTLY put their sports program ahead of academics.  They have done this by “bending” the rules (or, you know, breaking the law…whatever) and now the taxpayers are paying for their mistakes.  There have been other mistakes, too.  Mistakes that don’t have anything to do with sports, but politics.  And poor judgement.  And people who have power who do things for their own agenda.  Remember the Assistant Superintendent Tammy Whitfield?  Yeah, she has money going to her.  And then there’s the whole Tim McConnell situation.  Great coach.  He’s also my neighbor.  Nice guy, supports our business.  But he had a job that he wasn’t qualified for.  I’m glad that he’s still the coach, but the way he got into that position was just not cool.  Not necessarily his fault, but it involved more blunders from Chartiers Valley.

The teacher who got the job instead of the applicant who was a Veteran?  Football coach.  I don’t know him from Adam.  He’s probably a very nice guy.  But, plain and simple, he shouldn’t have gotten the job when there was a more qualified candidate.  The situation would be totally different if they were applying for a job with a private company.  But this is for a SCHOOL DISTRICT.  Their salaries are paid by TAXES.  Do I think that the majority of parents would rather have a great coach or a great teacher?  We want great teachers!!!!!

Nepotism exists.  Plain and simple.  “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  Well, that’s all fine and dandy.  Maybe it can give you an extra “push” if you know somebody.  It should be a tie breaker.  But if there isn’t a tie??????  HELLO!!!!! Jobs should go to the most qualified person.

OK, I feel better.  Do I want to run for Chartiers Valley School Board?  Hells, no.  Do I want to vote out every person that had anything to do with these situations?  Hells, yes.

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