It turns out that some of those posts were traced back to the homes of some of our administrators and a retired administrator at least for the posts made since 2013. There are posts stating similar things that date back to 2010 when I first made some posts on Topix and spoke at the December 2010 school board meeting.
I informed our school board members many times over the last several years that I had posted on the Topix website 18 times and that the last time I posted was in January 2011. I wrote about the issues that were happening in our school district and documented facts that the public should know about. Of course, some of our school board members would consider some of those facts "negative" in nature since they weren't a glowing reflection on our district.
Topix had quite a few people voicing their concerns about our district anonymously. They were afraid to speak out in public about the problems in our district so they used Topix to express their concerns. They were afraid of the repercussions that they might suffer due to their employment in the district and the way that our leadership dealt with those that spoke out.
The general public wasn't going to find out about any of the "negative" things that were occurring in the district from our Superintendent or administrators. But, attempting to expose that information certainly seemed to get some people upset.
It seemed pretty obvious to me that our superintendent didn't want the public to know everything that was going on behind closed doors in meetings or what was being said during Public Comments at school board meetings. All you had to do was read our school board meeting minutes and the fact that the district has refused to audio or video record school board meetings after several years of requests. And, everyone attending school board meetings for student recognition or other awards were always told by our superintendent that now was their chance to leave the board meeting right before the start of Public Comments. It was almost as if she didn't want them to hear what might be said during Public Comments. Well except for the time that 5 people showed up out of the blue and spoke about how wonderful the district and it's leadership was at one of the board meetings last year. That was quite a show.
As an example of hiding information from the public, after I spoke at the December 2010 school board meeting, my public comments were documented in the board meeting minutes as, "Concerns with the district". I wrote to the board and asked them to more accurately document my comments as the public needed to know what I spoke about. My request was met with a response from Superintendent Brown informing me that the board meeting minutes met the requirements of the law and that the board minutes weren't going to be revised. I guess board policy requiring accurate minutes doesn't mean that they have to have any details.
Targeted on Topix
The next time I spoke at a Fox C-6 school board meeting was at the April 2011 meeting. Since then I've spoken at several meetings. The defamatory and derogatory comments directed at me continued on the Topix website from early 2011 until early this year when it was announced that we were working on obtaining the IP addresses for the defamatory posts.
I found it amazing that defamatory remarks were written on Topix about me only hours after I spoke during Public Comments at the January 15, 2013 board meeting. In fact, I mentioned during my Public Comments that night that I hoped that there wouldn't be any defamatory or derogatory posts made about me or others that spoke at the meeting that night. However, just hours after that board meeting, defamatory comments were posted on Topix by "Seriously" on the Nepotism on Fox Schoolboard thread that were linked back to Dan Baker's residence. I was very surprised when I learned that posts were linked to his residence. But, Dan has been having to deal with ED OCR since 2008 and USDA OCR since 2009 along with Superintendent Critchlow. It certainly doesn't justify his comments. But, when you think you're anonymous, I guess you might say things that you wouldn't normally say to someone in person.
Hopefully, our school board members recognize that this type of behavior isn't acceptable to the general public and that it violates our district policies.
My Topix posts:
Gospel of Matthew wrote: If you are looking for ethical problems those don't stop at the administration. Those ethical problems go all the way to the school board. There isn't a single member of that School Board that hasn't used their position to benefit their family. EVERY ONE of them has at least one member of their family feeding off of the public trough that they control. Or how about using your position to make sure your own employer gets big time contracts with the school district and then puts you in charge of that contract. Must be nice.
STLTODAY has a couple of pages that make it very easy to search for the pay for ALL Educators in the state of Missouri from the MO DESE information for the 2009 and 2010 school years. You can search by name and/or job position. There are other nurses in the district that have many more years experience than Gee Palmer and makes a person question why one of the other nurses with more
Interesting, perhaps this needs to be reported to the Education Department back in Washington D.C.
The proof will be there when you see her name printed in the paper in the divorce section! Ask any teacher they will tell you what administrator is sleeping with who. It is ridiculous. They should be fired for wrecking families.
It Is OUR Business wrote: BEAUTIFUL and dead on. Cheater is a cheater period. Do these clauses exist in all school districts? What about city officials and elected officials?You can review the contracts of most of the school superintendents in the State of Missouri that were compiled by the ShowMeInstitute.org.
Bullwinkle wrote: The school board president is a female and has been president since early last spring you dip stick. Again...more lies to harm others. Mr Critchlow, I will call you and we can start our own campaign against these crazy parents..LOL Perhaps we can find them something to do at your school...hahahaaa
It is ashame that you have no first hand knowledge about the situations at the school district. The board meeting I was referring to took place two years ago. That school board president is no longer on the school board.
Channel person. You must be the disgruntled parents over the OCR case. get over it! you lost.
Very Concerned wrote: I agree with you 100%. When you take a position like this, you should AT LEAST follow the character traits you are trying to promote to the fox school district children. Affairs happen all the time in the workplace. However, when you take on a job in education, you have to uphold certain standards. That is a choice you make when choosing this career. Partying and screwing around and wrecking families is NOT part of it and is NOT a good example.
Is the school superintendent expected to be a role model for the school district?
You are an idiot wrote: Do you even know the qualifications of said person: Second team All-Pac10 center at Oregon State Offensive Coordinator at Texas A&M-Commerce Head Coach Tyler Community College, Tyler (TX) I'm sure if he gets the position, it will be solely because of personal relationships (eyes rolling).
Concerned Arnold Citizen wrote: Somehow I don't think the board was aware of that fact. Similarly they are apparently unaware of many facts. Would they have allowed the hiring of staff not qualified? Do they even question what is going on? Or do they follow blindly because of the awards and somewhat skewed numbers that are given to them? The board has not done their job and there are those that have been given free reign to do whatever they choose to do and hire whomever they choose-regardless of their credentials or lack there of. It is time to wake up and see what is going on around there.
I won't give my name cause I'm a well liked employee of the district for the past twelve years. I only made my comment because I grew up in a house where I learned loyalty and commitment to my employer. Believe you me moving from private industry to education was the best move I ever made but it annoys me there's people on here who claim to be teachers in the district that show none of these attributes. My father always told me to be loyal to who signs my checks because when grandpappy went through the depression the ink ran dry for the disloyal guy.