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How are things in Ellicott? Some bad news; there has been some break-ins in the past few weeks. Houses broken into and property missing around folks houses. More and more folks moving out to our plains. More folks are a plus and a MINUS. But watch your property and your neighbors.
Now on to the school board or what is called a school board. It is difficult to continue to complain when a friend is on the board but when are the hard decisions going to come. QUOTE: Chambers said the school district will finish the fiscal year “in the hole”” (Ranchland). But listen to the recordings and or read the ranchland and the entire meeting was about spending more money. Yet the district still hasn’t cleared up the missing/mis-spent dollars. This Board can’t seem to say, “no more spending”. Well we don’t need fields, we don’t need increases in salary, we don’t have the money to spend. I was asked, “is there a way to put these five in jail”? The new Supt said nothing but: we need to spend more.
The upcoming election will be a tide changer. We will put folks in that will say no to spending for stuff other than education and we will clean house with those that have “ties/connections to the community”. We need and must have producers not showman. Listen does the board ever discuss education, improving the children’s future?
Integrity in Leadership
I belong to three educational website, a son that is a principal, a number of friends and relatives that are teachers, so I have the ability to inform myself on educational issues. This is why I’m confused as to the direction it appears our educational profession is heading. Here is the headline from one of the leading educational website: “Teachers’ Union President: ‘No Reason to Trust’ Betsy DeVos“. How about the fact that you have not proven she has lied to you, Union President. I guess I can say that about the Teachers’ Union, (who represents 80% of the teachers) because I have no reason to trust her. But I guess I can use her statement about Mrs DeVos as my example. Also let me ask just what has the teachers’ union done as for as improve our educational system? The US is still at the bottom of the world as far as education and the dollars spent. Every day I see, then read STUFF, teachers should be involved in and concerned with; most are(I don’t like to use the word all, but it is close to it) social issues and very little about the educational process. Where has teaching gone? The educational leadership has failed most of us but mostly the teachers. That is why the union is afraid if the Supreme Court finds against them allowing teacher not to join or prevent their dues going to politicians.
Have you seen the ad concerning the Republican Health Plan on local TV. Here is what I saw when I last saw it, a family made up of parents, children and I assume a grandparent. Then the voice says that they will not be able to afford and will lose medical coverage. This ad is totally untrue, first what plan are they addressing: there isn’t one, it is just a document under going many rewrites. Most have not seen or read it. How can we be against something, when we have not seen it. Then look who paid for the ad, AARP. The AARP was the major supporter of Obama Care, why; they are a business making money, they make money off of you. They spent millions getting our citizens to support Obama Care and now to be against whatever the new plan will be. Now just how well has Obama Care worked out? If you are a member of the AARP, look into AMAC. An organization like AARP but conservative in its’ approach. I’m a member and raise a stink when I go someplace that give a discount for AARP but not AMAC. I have always gotten the discount. Look into it.
Just a note to the three individuals that ask where had the Chef gone and was he returning. Thanks for the push, I REALLY NEED THEM. I’ll try to mix my post up some. Please pass it on that the Chef is back at work at the café. Here is the joke of the week, This is a reprint:
…..A U.S. Marine enters The Catholic Church Confessional Booth in Manitowish Waters, WI .
He says, “Bless me Father…for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the ever living crap out of a Flag Burning…Cop Hating…anti-Trump Protester.”
The priest says…”My son, I am here to ask forgiveness for your sins…not to discuss your Community Service.”
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Amen, I will say it again: AMEN…………. We have turned this nation into a population of (snowflakes–beggars), I say “we”; because we elected the fools that give/gave our tax dollars away. I will repeat a statement I have made a number of times, ” when I was a child living with hard-working West Texan’s, a person like the one above would be helped by the community, churches and neighbors; not the government! Folks would try to find that person a job; BUT if that person did want to work or help themselves they would be “on their own”. We the taxpayers pay for everything and expect nothing in return, there are more that pays NO taxes than those that do. Just what did our forefather vision our government doing for its’ citizens, “protect us, ensure our freedoms. Now what does this government do for us, everything. Its’ free, or is it? I pay thousands in federal tax, does that make it free? Guess so for those that take it? BUT, I don’t think so.
Look in our small community, every food pantry has lines of folks in need or are they. Yes, I know there are those that have fallen on hard times, the Bible tells US to help our fellow-men/women, not P. Pilate or our schools. What about this old saying, “Give a person a fish and he eats, but teach that person to fish and he will eat for ever.” Finally; what needs to be done is be accountable for our action or lack of action.
Integrity in Leadership
A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.
If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America & Canada, you might want to share this with your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this. BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!
Think about this Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”
I could not agree more, there are more with their hands out than those with working hands. I recently read that 20 cents out of every dollar I earn goes to someone sitting on their ass. Over half of the births today is to an unmarried woman (closer to 70% but could not find the reference). I wonder if we stopped paying would the birth rate go down. What should be done is if you are in need, then we should find that person a job doing something. Maybe picking up trash on 94, mowing parks, or cleaning hiking trails.
A 2012 Congressional Research Study looked at the number of ABAWD (able-bodied-adults-without-dependents) receiving food stamps during the first few years of the Obama administration, and found that between 2008 and 2010, the number of beneficiaries nearly doubled. In 2008, there were 1.9 million ABAWD. In 2010, there were 3.9 million ABAWD on food stamps.
In Alabama, the state government began to require this year that able-bodied adults without dependents in 13 of its counties either have a job or go through a work training program while receiving benefits. The result has been a staggering 85 percent decrease in the number of food stamp beneficiaries in those counties. As of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 13,663 able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps statewide. That number dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017. Among the 13 counties, there were 5,538 adults ages 18-50 without dependents receiving food stamps as of Jan. 1, 2017. That number dropped to 831 — a decline of about 85 percent — by May 1, 2017. And in Georgia, state lawmakers began requiring this year that ABAWD in 21 of its counties either hold a job or complete job training as a condition of receiving food stamps. So far, the requirement has resulted in a 62 percent drop in the number of beneficiaries in those same 21 counties. When the April 1 deadline came around for them to find work, more than half — 7,251 — were dropped from the program, according to state figures released this week. Essentially, the number of recipients spiraled down from 11,779 to 4,528, or a drop of 62 percent. Kansas, Utah and Maine will introduce a (work for welfare) program this year.
Where is Colorado, leaning left again, Colorado ranks 46th in the nation in the latest from Hunger Free Colorado, released Thursday (a question-able number). The national average is 75 percent of eligible people receiving food stamps, compared with Colorado’s 57 percent. Here are some statements from Hunger Free Colorado, “It needs to become more of a priority in Colorado,” said Michelle Ray, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado. “There are long-standing issues with the administration of food stamps in our state and access for those who are eligible. “At minimum, we should be average.” Colorado has improved since 1994, when just 36 percent of people eligible for food stamps were receiving them. Still, Colorado’s state-supervised, county-based system for enrolling people in the food assistance program under performs compared with the rest of the country.
I don’t believe that putting more on welfare is good, I guess some believe we should pay everyone for nothing. At this time I have offered 7 individuals a day worth of work here on the ranch, bring them here-take them back, offering 12.00 per hour. One agreed but didn’t show for the second day. I guess the nation is real good at catching pigs.
Integrity in Leadership
I hope you have a great day with your friends & family as you celebrate the freedom that God Almighty has given these United States. For 241 years, we have been able to enjoy the blessings of liberty that were hard fought for by our Founding Fathers and previous generations. Enjoy your day, and please remember to share your love for the greatest nation to ever exist on Earth. Dave Williams Representative, HD15 (R)
P.S. Fayne, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that true freedom & liberty can only be found in God Almighty as illustrated through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
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First let me say, I think Mr Smith is a nice person, maybe a good principal; but I can’t believe M. Dahn stated “met the challenge”. May I ask “what was the challenge?”. Most of the time the schools were ending for the summer, was any of the finance issues fixed? Then J. Chambers states she wanted someone that was “invested” in the community. Wouldn’t we want an individual that has “new ideals”. What has invested to do with hiring a person to redirect the district. The article states that C. Smith has worked at the district for 19 years, not saying he has caused the many-many issues the district has had and still is having but he has been a part of the administration for most of his 19 years. He followed the lead of Mr Ebert and Dr Cullen. I would have asked “why has he stayed in District 22 for those 19 years. Here was this board chance to really change the direction of this district and they decided based on some term called “invested”, ” in this community; again what is the investment? Again I like Mr. Smith but I believe the district needs new thoughts and someone outside the problems. May be the term should be “comfort”.
Again reading the article we see that all this board and superintendent can say is lets’ spend money. A new field for what? Where is the leadership. $2,500,000 of missing or misaligned tax payer dollars and we are getting a new field and well. It is time all five of the directors quit. They have failed this district and the children. They should go back and re-read what they told the community we would do if elected. I have tried my best to support some of the directors but what has any of them done to advance the educational status of this district, D22 is still way down the list of schools. Look around at the other schools setting standards; D22 brags about the welding program or the lights on the football field.
Integrity in Leadership
I continue to be asked, “what do you think”, “what would you do”, “where have you been”, or “is there something that smell in the District?”.
My first statement is that three board members should resign, Gary Dahn, Michael Dahn and Bob McWilliams. Why? because they were there during the period when the district’s funds (our funds) were either missed used or what ever the final determination will be. Listen to the tapes during the past three year’s budget discussions. They were there and agreed, voting for the expenditures, approving some type of budget. All during those years the district continued to spend on STUFF. Remember who were Dr Cullen’s supporters those years, who just smiled and agreed. Then things changed, we really don’t know what changed. The word “ACCOUNTABILIY” appears to be a forgotten word. “I didn’t know”, when they should have does not mean it’s OK. When you accept the responsibility, and they did when they ran and won, they should also stand up for the screw-ups.
Now the word is that this board and a few others in the past has over/missed spent $2,000,000 plus, that’s millions. Many of the citizens has been raising the flags, asking what is the long term plan, the answer was always, we need it, other schools have them, we need to move into the future or finally Schreiver want it. The District now has a lighted football field, IPods, laptops, increase in employees, soccer field, new water wells and a feed the community program. I have been here a number of years and have heard so many time that the food/feeding programs was making money and now I understand it may be losing money these years; not making money.
Now, a new budget that over spends by over 300,000 dollars. How can an organization pass and agree on a budget that spends more than it is forecasted to make, it does not. The board members has a responsibility to manage our tax dollars. They took an oath, they failed and they should take responsibility for that failure. Past weeks Ranchland’s article seem to read that the board is “proud” of the new budget; but what did they say no to. Isn’t it time to feel the pain. Calhan did this past year. What is District 22 doing, appears like they are still spending or wasting our tax dollars. The wrong lesson is being taught hear, stop writing bad checks, live within the money we give you, that is the lesson this board should be teaching. Until this and future boards understand that they are there to insure that our children receive a good education, preparing for the future, I will never support any bond or additional monies. I will always say NO, until they get it right.
On the Open Superintendent position, no I don’t feel that Mr Smith should be hired. He to was here during this period. Start with a clean slat. The entire District 22 is at fault, even the citizens/patents. We should have stopped it, called the law. It is our dollars, we should demand accountability.
Integrity in Leadership
Yes, I have been lazy in posting. Been working on my website and collecting writings but not releasing my concerns until my blog. I will be better. A lot of things are happening around Ellicott, the fire, schools, the district, politics and some happy things.
As a calendar entry, we will be hosting a town hall on the 18th of March at the Community Center (Bingo hall) in Ellicott. Currently we have
County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, State Representative Paul Lundeen, Sheriff Bill Elder, District Attorney Dan May, Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, Public Works Jim Reid, that will be attending. So write down you questions and get them answered. Meeting will start at 6:30pm. Seating is limited so ……..
Integrity in Leadership
Well the Chef is back! It has been a strange and filled fall. A few trips and a rebuilt shoulder and here we are just about in, 2017. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a safe and positive new year. The nation will need our prays and support, remember give Change a Chance.
I believe a lot of you know some Ellicottors that have had some health issues they also need our prays and a hug when you see them. We all need hugs in life.
Now, to another sad issues. Have you read last week’s Ranchland? I have a few more School board recordings to listen too; but the best word I would use is “lost”. Mr Hill must have seen the same in his three articles, in a single paper! “Crisis Funding”, is this a new term for District 22? The Chef hates to make this statement but he will; “I told them so”.
Let’s take a brief look at the past six month’s agendas, what stands out? Spending , spending on “make us feel good things”. There are at least two, maybe three members whose priority seems to be only “sports”. Then there are two that seem to drift among “things”. Sometimes it is difficult to understand in what direction this board and Superintendent are leading our district. This is my opinion, this district is “dancing” to two types of music; (1) the non-english speaking students, (2) Schriever Air Force Base. I ask; what happens to the other students?
Those that have been diners at the Potluck, you will remember all the past discussions concerning “budgeting”. The district continues to dump money, our money into a sink hole. Now the district is creating a “Rural Outreach Task Force”. First; what is the mission of this task force and program. The district seems to be moving toward a Left leaving, “let’s take care of everyone.” If one would read the mission/purpose of a school district, providing money and food to those in need isn’t there. Could this be illegal? Just how much has the board members donated to this program, their personal dollars, how much has the Superintendent, Principals, Teachers donated? It is a wonderful idea as long as it is some one else’s money. Assisting the less fortunate is the responsibility of individuals, churches and government programs. This group manages our tax dollars; wrong, they are spending it. I would like to know why this superintendent and school board feels that the school district should take care of the community, isn’t the mission just to educate our children?
Let me again state how this district should create/manage the district’s budget.
(first) task the Superintendent to submit a budget for district administration, district’s personnel cost (salaries and benefits) and any contracts.
(second) task each principal to develop a budget for their schools.
(third) task the sports director to submit a sport budget for each sport.
(fourth) the school board creates a non-education program/projects budget.
(fifth) task the transportation director, food director to develop budgets for their function.
(sixth) task the CFO to develop a bottom line, overall dollar amount. The draft budget should not be shared until the Board reviews the drafts of all tasked functions. During the review, the hard work is to make all organization’s draft budget met the CFO bottom line. If not it goes back.
Each function must include, everything from paper towels to software, computers, desk, paper, pencils, anything/everything. The first yearly budget will be hard, but afterwards not so hard. If a function bust their budget during the year, the only way they can get additional funds is to get another function to move dollars or the school board reviews and votes to fund or not. This is the only way businesses fund themselves. You hold those in charge responsible and accountable for each and every dollar we the taxpayers provides to them.
Once the budget is approved the CFO creates a functional account, deposits the approved amount into that functions account. Then that manager is held accountable, with the CFO providing the board a status report, 25%, 50%, 75% and Red line status. If a manager over spends, fire them.
“Loosey-goosey spending”, “crisis funding”; why are we here? Who is watching the hen house, 12 wolves?
Integrity in Leadership
PS… Just received and read the Dec 29 Ranchland, more defining statements by the District’s board members, “the state’s exciting school funding is unfair”. Then another extreme statement from the Board President: “Hickenlooper administration’s recent actions “creative financing”. Let’s look back a few years, the state on Colorado has been discussing the reduction of educational funding and the need to review policies. Let’s also point out the state has been run by Democrats. I don’t remember a single board member out supporting a change in the states leadership. I wonder if and who they supported. Again Dr Cullen states, “Colorado school districts to serve “at risk” students and to serve “students of poverty” should be funded accordingly. Again I ask, what is the role of our school districts? Dr Cullen then points the underfunding finger at those of us, and there were many that voted no Amend 66 (66% to 33%). It is so surprising that individuals that are in charge of an organization that is poorly managed always points to the taxpayer to bail them out. Dr Cullen again states, “it was residents in affluent districts voted to defeat the measure.” I will soon know just how many El Paso county residents said NO, about the same 66%, I bet. Those that voted No maybe tired of funding poorly managed functions.
Look at the Dec 22, Ranchland article, Student Count down at Ellicott, 50% of the paragraphs talk about spending educational dollars, but we foresee a funding issue, seems to be a disconnect. Now the board is going to up the mil level, it is time for the citizens to stand up and demand accountability.
Another question I have, the district speaks of a vocation program, I fully support a rural district having a voc program, but why is so much attention placed on the welding program? Now discussion of increasing the welding facilities. Has anyone research the demands for welders in the Colorado area? Just a brief look finds very few positions. Now let’s look at auto repair, heating and cooling, construction, medical and transportation. The papers are full of positions. Welding is fun but I estimate 1 in 50 can find a job that can support a family. Is anyone looking at the value?
My final statement in this posting is that we are in changing times and we must change with the times or fail. If you were asked football or another teacher, a soccer field or a science lab, sidewalks or a math teacher, computers for everyone or a up-to-date computer lab. Folks we are going to have to make some hard decisions, members of this board has failed to and will fail to educate our children, but we will have lights on the football field for those two football games, great management.
Back in the saddle again.
May I first discuss another subject, the wonderful country we live in. A number of years ago I read a small book call, “Following my Bucket List”. If you don’t understand the term “bucket list”, it is just a personal list of thing you would like to do before God calls you home. I, personally limited my list to 25 item, I complete some and remove them and then replace them. Many of the items on my list are places to visit or things to do. Some are places to go fly fishing, other are places where our history took place. While I travel I have my eyes open as to the many beautiful places in our nation. There are so many places,I might love to live. I just found another; Jackson, Wyoming, not just the city, but land fifty miles north-west and the south end of the Great Teton National Park. I always look at a restate book for ranches or land; I always find that special piece of heaven on earth. This one is 3000 acres of a 86-year-old cattle ranch, one owner family. A river runs through it, hay fields and well maintained ranch house and beautiful trees. Just below the Teton mountains, so I will be playing the lotto. All I need is 9 million give or take a few dollars. Checking my notes; if I hit the jackpot and bought all the places I love I only need 122 million that would allow me to own 11 places. Do you have a bucket list? Everyone should take the time as life moves along. My next check off is 7 days in the Everglades, sounds great.
Now back to the community. I was at one of our newest business, Subway and had a discussion with a parent of a D22 student, who was also a student in past years and she asked me if I was supporting the efforts the district was making toward becoming a support center for the county. She stated that she had read some of my post but did not completely understanding where the Chef stood. Then within an hour another parent ask me, basely the same questions, so here is where I stand.
God tells us that we should offer a helping hand to our fellow citizens. I do not believe that it is our district’s responsibility to take care of our fellow citizens. It is the responsibility of the school district to provide a safe place to educate our children, educate our children and prepare them for the future. It is not a school district responsible to feed individuals or provide food supplies to the community. A school district is not a social organization whose mission is to “change the social structure of its’ community. It is also not the school district’s responsibility to provide summer daycare. If we want to provide activity for our children, then have summer school. The Wing Commander of Schriever AFB has stated that the air base community would prefer having school on Friday because it causes difficulty in providing daycare for the parents. If the Air Base wants summer daycare, let them provide it. Our district is rated below the 50% level, we have a long ways to go in giving our children a higher level of education. Every dollar and ever asset should be directed at education, not community enhancement. If there is a need outside education, it should be addressed to the El Paso county. Ellicott is not a city, it is a community. This district is one of the lucky ones, we do have a reserve fund, but if you listen to the meetings income is going downward not upward. Tax money is collected for a purpose, in this case for the education of our children. The Impact Aid is a replacement funding for federal lands that do not pay school/property tax. It is to be used the same. It is not military children monies, it is an “impact tax” based on not receiving tax dollar from the military lands.
We have a food bank, we have more than 10 churches in the community, we have individuals collecting money, clothing and food for fellow citizens. So it is not a function that isn’t being addressed. If the school board directors and Dr Cullen feels the need to support their fellow citizens, give of your time at the food bank, donate “your” money, go to church and give. This is just my opinion, but I don’t believe they are doing anything but spending educational dollars on “stuff”.
Integrity in Leadership
PS: I copied this from the DOE’s website, I don’t see summer trips, sport events or summer daycare as a program, that we should be spending TAX dollars on. Impact dollars is not just for the military children it is to pay-back the fact that the federal government pays no property/school taxes. It is to refund for the impact of having federal land in your district. and the requirement to provide schooling to federal children.
“How do school districts use Impact Aid?
Most Impact Aid funds, except for the additional payments for children with disabilities and construction payments, are considered general aid to the recipient school districts; these districts may use the funds in whatever manner they choose in accordance with their local and State requirements. Most recipients use these funds for current expenditures, but recipients may use the funds for other purposes such as capital expenditures. Some Impact Aid funds must be used for specific purposes. All payments are distributed by wire transfer directly to the bank accounts of school districts.
School districts use Impact Aid for a wide variety of expenses, including the salaries of teachers and teacher aides; purchasing textbooks, computers, and other equipment; after-school programs and remedial tutoring; advanced placement classes; and special enrichment programs. Payments for Children with Disabilities must be used for the extra costs of educating these children”