Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fox C-6 Is Making Headlines!

The Fox C-6 School District has been in the news a lot lately!  

(This post was updated December 26 to adding the Post Dispatch Article posted on STLTODAY.COM.)

However, it's not the kind of news that the school district or the community really wants to be associated with.  It appears that the news of the hiring of Fox C-6 school board president Linda Nash's daughter in law as the Fox C-6 Food Nutrition Services Director position has finally awakened the community to check out what is going on our school district.  The Food Nutrition Services Director position will pay Linda Nash's daughter in law a salary of $65,336 per year.  Her daughter in law has a high school diploma and has been an assistant manager at McDonald's for 17 years.  In my opinion, this incident represents the iceberg that hit the Titanic.  It is only a matter of time, as the residents of our community become more interested in what has been going on behind closed doors in the Fox school district and that information becomes available to the public.

You will discover that other school districts are MUCH MORE TRANSPARENT about their business dealings than Fox has been.  The residents in those districts take action to halt the type of things that have been recently brought to light in our district.  It is important that every resident in the Fox C-6 School District start contacting their board members and administrators and start asking questions.  However, you will first have to find some way of contacting your board members.  Check out my post on How Accessible and Transparent is Your School Board? for more information.

Now Onto The Headlines
The Arnold-Imperial Leader newspaper's Thursday December 6, 2012 edition had a story about hiring Kelly Nash, the daughter in law of Fox C-6 School Board President Linda Nash for the Food Services Director position.  The Leader did not publish this story on their website but have done some follow up stories and published an editorial comment as well as letters to the editor from residents with degrees and certifications in the area of food nutrition.  You will have to locate a copy of the Leader newspapers in order to read them.

The most recent Leader newspaper had an explanation from the Central Office as to how they arrived at the conclusion that the school board president's daughter in law was the most qualified applicant for the job.

The Fox 2 News You Paid For It stories and McGraw Milhaven interview of Mark Paul highlight the issue of hiring staff without certification or the credentials for the job.

In case you haven't been able to keep up with all these stories, I have compiled them for you here in chronological order and it appears that this list will continue to grow:

December 7, 2012
Fox 2 News - You Paid For It: FOX School District's Food Services Director

December 10, 2012
Arnold Patch: Fox School Board President's Relative Hired as Food Service Director

December 11, 2012
Arnold Patch: No Policy in Place Regarding Nepotism, Fox School Official Says

December 12, 2012
Fox 2 News - You Paid For It: Food Services Director Follow Up

December 14, 2012
Bill McClellan: Hiring Scandals Erode Public Trust

December 17, 2012
Arnold Patch: Attorney Explains Missouri Laws on Nepotism Within School Districts

Arnold Patch: Taxpayers Irked Over Hire of School Board President's Relative

December 18, 2012

550 KTRS - The McGraw Show - Mark Paul from Imperial on Recent Hire

Mark Paul states on his Facebook page that he was on the McGraw Milhaven show on December 18 speaking about the Fox C-6 School Districts recent hiring of Kelly Nash, Daughter in Law of Board President Linda Nash.  You will have to fast forward to the 14:00 minute mark to hear his segment with McGraw Milhaven.

December 26, 2012
Hiring Practices in Fox Schools Upset Some Residents, Spark Interest in Union

And, for information about the Food Nutrition Services Director Job Opening, I have the following story that was linked from one of the Arnold Patch stories from above which has a list of qualifications that the school district was looking searching for candidate to fill the opening.

October 22, 2012
Arnold Patch: 10 Job Openings In and Around Arnold