Friday, January 17, 2020

Hosemann Forms School Admin Advisory Council

Lieutenant Governor Gilbert Hosemann issued the following press release.

Last year, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann vowed to seek input from Mississippi’s public educators when considering legislation impacting public schools.  To help him fulfill the promise, Hosemann named 19 public school leaders from across the State to an Administrator Advisory Council today.


“For Mississippi to succeed, our public schools must succeed,” said Hosemann, who plans to name a separate advisory council of teachers in early February. “This requires us to listen to educators and address their needs. I look forward to working with this group and other administrators to continue advancing student achievement and supporting our schools.”

The Advisory Council includes representatives from each of nine regions: Northeast, Golden Triangle, East Central, Pine Belt, Coast, Capitol Area, Southwest, Delta, and North Mississippi.  It includes superintendents; elementary, middle, and high school principals; and career and technical, special education, and curriculum and instruction directors. 

“One of the most important things we can do for educators is listen to them and remove barriers in the way of the important work they are doing,” Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar, Jr. (Leakesville) said. “By keeping this group and other education organizations in the loop, we can more effectively share ideas and implement better policy to support our schools and students.”

Working with Chairman DeBar and Vice Chairman David Blount (Jackson), Hosemann’s team will keep the Advisory Council informed about legislation relevant to public schools as the Senate moves throughout the 2020 Legislative Session.  Hosemann has asked members to share concerns they may be grappling with in their districts.  During the summertime, Hosemann plans to call on members to participate in various study groups to examine potential legislation for the 2021 Legislative Session.

“I applaud Lt. Governor Hosemann for naming an advisory council of school principals and administrators to help guide our legislative work,” Vice Chairman Blount said. “All of us at the Capitol need to hear from the leaders who are in the schools every day.  I am hopeful we can build a new relationship of trust and partnership on behalf of all our Mississippi public schools.”

Members of Hosemann’s Administrator Advisory Council, listed by region, include:

·         Dr. Lee Childress
Superintendent, Corinth School District (Northeast)

·         Raymond Craven
Assistant Superintendent, Baldwyn School District (Northeast)

·         Dr. Lenora Hogan
Director, Millsaps Career & Technical Center (Golden Triangle)
Starkville-Oktibbeha School District

·         Dr. Cherie Labat
Superintendent, Columbus Municipal School District (Golden Triangle)

·         Dr. Howard Savage
Principal, Quitman High School (East Central)
Quitman School District

·         Cody Killen
Principal, Neshoba Central Middle School (East Central)
Neshoba County School District

·         Dr. Robert Williams
Hattiesburg Public School District (Pine Belt)

·         Helen Price
Principal, Oak Grove High School (Pine Belt)
Lamar County School District

·         Charles Breland
Superintendent, Greene County School District (Pine Belt)

·         Wayne Rodolfich
Superintendent, Pascagoula-Gautier School District (Coast)

·         Nicole Menotti
Director, Curriculum & Instruction (Coast)
Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District

·         Chad Shealy
Superintendent, Vicksburg Warren School District (Southwest)

·         Mickey Myers (*until retirement at the end of the 2020 School Year)
Superintendent, Lincoln County School District (Southwest)
Dr. Jeremy Peagler (*after Superintendent Myers’ retirement)
Principal, Loyd Star Elementary
Lincoln County School District

·         Lori G. Torrey
Principal, Spann Elementary School (Capitol Area)
Jackson Public School District

·         Charlotte Seals
Superintendent, Madison County School District (Capitol Area)

·         Dr. Joe Nelson
Superintendent, Clarksdale Municipal School District (Delta)

·         Laquita Moore
Director, Special Education (Delta)
Tunica County School District

·         Sherry Anderson
Principal, Lewisburg Elementary School (North)
DeSoto County School District

·         Dr. Adam Pugh
Superintendent, Lafayette County School District (North)


Kingfish note: Posted below are the grades for each member's district

Corinth: B
Baldwyin: B
Starkville-Oktibbeha: C
Columbus: D
Quitman: C
Neshoba: B
Hattiesburg: D
Lamar: A
Greene: B
Pascagoula-Gautier: B
Bay St. Louis: A
Lincoln: B
JPS: D (Spann: B)
Vicksburg-Warren: D
Tunica: C
Lafayette: A
Clarksdale: F
Desoto: A
Madison: A

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

No representation from the perennial best schools in the state, Clinton and Ocean Springs? Seems odd.

Paul Mitchell said...

Welp, this doesn't look promising at all. And David Blount is Vice Chairman? Might as well get Jay Hughes to give his input.

Anonymous said...

This will not bear the needed fruit unless the administrators stop focusing on ratings and dollars, and start focusing on common sense.

The administrators are typically the implementors of each individual school’s approach and goals for teaching and discipline. Currently, many teachers in the metro area are being advised to even further disrupt their classrooms to deal with the problem children because the schools are sending too many to alternative school and/or expelling too many students... causing a decrease in enrollment and funding. The teachers are expected to drop everything and focus on the disruptive student. No matter that these hellions constantly disrupt teaching (because they don’t want to learn) and most teachers have more than one! No matter the hell the teachers already endure trying to teach every available minute and to cover the objectives for the day. No matter the lost instructional time for the other 24 students. It’s even more insulting when the administrator blames those above them (superintendents and state) versus standing up for the sanity of their teachers. The logic of coddling delinquents is simply asinine and idiotic!! THIS is the number one reason we have a teacher shortage!! I’ve watched dozens of people teach for a year and quit... not because of money, but because classroom behavior is so toxic and there’s zero support from the administrators and the parents of these brats.

The school-to-prison pipeline exists because the disruptive children are given SO MANY opportunities that they have ZERO comprehension of consequences. Couple that with crappy parenting and zero sense of social responsibility, and you’ve got your next batch of prisoners. You don’t need money to be a responsible person and exhibit good behavior and manners. People should really stop blaming socio-economic situations for discipline issues. It’s just another excuse for terrible parenting.

Anonymous said...

Only one week into office and he has already proven what many were afraid of (those that weren't fooled by cute commercials into thinking Delbert was God's gift to good government).

This move points to one of two possibilities - either (1) one of the worst political panderings by an office holder in recent history, or (2) one of the worst thoughts about how to govern relative to one of the most important issues for the state.

My fear is that it is both (1) and (2).

Anonymous said...

One of the best performing and well ran school districts in the state got snubbed for a representative, Rankin County.

Anonymous said...

If you want to improve something generally you put people with demonstrated success and leadership on the advisory board. That does not appear to be the case here.

Anonymous said...

Hold my beer Rankin County. Madison County got that spot. Let the commentariat determine who the higher performing District. Shouldn't be hard.

Anonymous said...

Delbert should convene a consolidation council, Mississippi has too many school districts and too much costly and outdated overhead to support, it's a miracle that any money gets to the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Excellent, Mr. Hosemann! Thank you for seeing that teachers salaries are fully funded and for getting input from actual school representatives.

You idiots are gonna hate no matter what anyone does - it's always too much or too little or too late with you people!
And hello Mr. Hughes at January 17, 2020 at 2:57 PM.

Anonymous said...

I know longer have any children or relatives (that I am aware of) in the public school system in Mississippi, but I try to keep up and be informed. I saw a few red flag names on that list, if they have not guided their district to an A+ status, they don’t need to be on that list.

Anonymous said...

@4:29- Very little actually does... the PTO and teachers fill the gap!!

One of the BEST performing districts in the state has announced to its employees that MAJOR cuts are coming next year. Honestly, the issues strapping that district are external to the education bubble, but the teachers will ultimately pay the price. Or, as many are planning to do, they will leave the profession. I already know of MULTIPLE teachers (in two separate districts) not sticking around next year. You’d be shocked at how many leave the job within 5 years!! Their decision is NOT based on pay, or even standards... they want to teach!! The majority leave over issues with students and parents. Kids are so messed up emotionally, socially, and physically! Teachers should NOT be taxed with catering to these issues and/or dealing with the ignorance projected from many parents. You’d be shocked at what teachers see and deal with on a daily basis. It’s sad, disgusting, and infuriating.

MORE money will not fix the woes. We need some out-of-the-box thinking and action, and I don’t see that coming out of the list above.

Anonymous said...

"public schools must succeed." What ever happened to students succeeding? Someone please tell me exactly what year was it that schools began to fail.
I always thought it was the student who failed. When exactly was it that we started blaming schools and teachers for failures instead of students and parents?

Anonymous said...

Please note the list is composed of 100% bureaucrats and zero teachers. Consider those actually in the classrooms? Perish the thought.

Kingfish said...

Read the press release. There will be a separate panel of teachers.

Anonymous said...

One of the BEST performing districts in the state has announced to its employees that MAJOR cuts are coming next year.

Name the district or BS.

Anonymous said...

Reading is fundamental

Anonymous said...

5:51 I realize we're all trying to echo a similar message here but... (as what's expected to be from an educated person) it hurts to read your opening sentence.

Anonymous said...

He needs a parent panel to advise re what it will take for them to keep their precious darlings in the public schools.

Anonymous said...

4:29 pm, keep up. Consolidation quit being an issue when the powers that be at Supertalk realized that Canton and Madison County districts would have to be consolidated.

Anonymous said...

Education has gotten way too complicated.

Teach these kids how to read, write, and do basic math.

Then, teach them how to balance a checkbook, change a flat tire, the robbery of compounding interest and how to dress.

Those that are academically inclined can take the next step. The others go to trade school. We need more welders than astronauts.

Anonymous said...

KF-to your point about the district grades...Everyone serves as an example, even if to show how something shouldn’t be done. The Fs can show us how NOT to educate children.

Anonymous said...

"the robbery of compounding interest "

Uh, that works both ways. I put four figures of income into a retirement plan about 30 years ago, left it alone, and it's now in six figures. We'll see what it is when I retire and start spending it.

Some "robbery".

Anonymous said...

Sorry folks. Show me the true results of these bureaucratic committees. My opinion is that its all smoke and mirrors. Delbert would be better off to form the committee, do the work, implement the plan and not tell anyone beyond the minimum disclosure requirements. Why issue a press release? Look at me, look at me! Dilberts first gubernatorial campaign ad paid for by the Miss taxpayers. Just do the right thing and don’t expect the recognition, otherwise your motives are suspect.

Anonymous said...

Delbert is proving in short order that he is nothing but a liberal running as a Republican. All of his priorities involve spending more tax dollars. It’s gonna be a long four years. Hopefully the Speaker will hold
The conservative line.

Anonymous said...

"A separate panel of teachers" is like the kids being told at Thanksgiving to eat at the kitchen card-table and promising them they're part of the family gathering. Oh...Wait! The kids don't have a speaking part. Neither will the teachers have.

Anonymous said...

My hope is that both groups will look at successful systems elsewhere and not only in the U.S.
Not all children arrive at school at the same developmental level. Not all children have the same abilities to learn. Age should be no more than a time to test the level of a child to cooperate and learn.
If the child is not ready, then guidelines for the parents to "ready" their children should be given and so should alternative programs be developed.
Even those schools pointed to as " A's" don't necessarily compare favorably with the highest ranked by colleges and universities which weigh quality of education received and predict rather well the ability of the student to succeed at the college/university level.
We not only fail the student with lower abilities, we do disservice to the exceptionally gifted students.

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