Posts tagged ‘Myra Rickard’

Coming Soon

This is just a quick little teaser to let you know that a new post will be coming very soon. We will tackle the question of why it’s been two years since the last post and provide some new documents that show just how far these people are willing to go to silence anyone from questioning them or exposing their unethical and potentially criminal activities. Stay tuned because our journey down the rabbit hole is about to get back in to full swing and this time we are going to be taking on even more!

Inappropriate Leadership

Welcome Back, and to those of you who are joining us for the first time I say, just “welcome to the party.”  I had hoped after giving a little bit of time for common sense to set in that the Kennedale ISD and school board would finally choose to do the right thing by myself and my family and I would not have to escalate to the point of beginning the process of exposing their actions and dirty little secrets.  As I predicted in my earlier post they have chosen to cut off their nose to spite their face.  This was never the way I wanted to deal with this, but now I am left with no other option.  I will begin today with the actions by a leader within the district that isn’t as big a deal to some, but I want you to see the ground work that it lays out.  Today’s revelations aren’t too big on the scandalous scale but they show just how deep this “culture of corruption”, goes, to use a recent political saying.

Our first example of horrible and inappropriate leadership will deal with one of the women that began the whole charade against me.  I have already shown that Myra Rickard was a willing and complicit co-conspirator in the districts retaliation and railroading me on bogus accusations, but for the good of those who just joined us I will give a quick summary of my opinion of why she acted the way she did.  You see, Myra has always wanted to be on the “In” crowd.  She has her group of girl friends from school back in the 60s that are just the best of the besties and she fought hard to be in that group.  She didn’t get in on her brains like Wanda Hibbits or her looks like Rhonda Barnes, but she was one of them anyway.  She enjoyed that idea of being in the “elite” group within the community.  The “It” girls.  Well, Karen Furman had been creating her own little coalition of “It” girls ever since she clawed her way into her throne of power within the administration building.  She has thrown promotions to several of her “friends” (Jan Cleere who was elevated to “District testing coordinator” was not only her next door neighbor when teaching but is also her 50/50 business partner in the daycare, IZONE, run out of the districts own buildings for personal profit).  Karen has created her own little bubble of girl power.  You will notice that she has not hired a single man into any of the principal positions that have come up during her tenure as the all powerful person in charge of everything, except of course the paperwork (Rick Edwards was sidelined as the presumptive next superintendent into that black hole of a position the minute Karen set her sights on being the successor to King Dugger) and the toilets (Mark Biondi is more than happy to just get the super high paycheck while doing as little real work as possible, while his old college roommate is still King of the district).

You see, Myra saw how Karen ruled this district with the micromanaging, heavy handed, self interested, iron fist that would have made Hitler and Mussolini turn green with envy.  Myra also noticed that she was not a part of the inner circle of girl power rising up within this district.  Being the good Baptist and clique member that she is, Myra felt the innate desire to be within the circle of power too.  This is where her slobbering love affair with gaining Karen’s approval began.  She needed it, whether for job security (we all know what happens when you oppose the Empress of KISD, just look at what they did to me) or a desire for more power.  Myra in my opinion really and truly thought that once Karen ran Danny Greenfield off she would be right in line for his job and the nice bump in pay for when she was ready to retire.  Getting rid of me has been a pretty obvious goal of Karen’s since I ruffled her feathers by exposing her G/T program not meeting state requirements back around 2007.  What better way to solidify her standing and get in the good graces of Karen than to serve me up on a platter.  Apparently Myra wasn’t concerned that the platter involved lies and distortions from a mentally unstable, jealous liar who has a history of accusing people of things and spreading lies.  She ratcheted up the issue anyway.  You’ll notice that Myra put in her notice of retirement right when she got back from Christmas break.  Bet you can’t imagine why.  Oh I am sure she will say it is because her husband has been ill or almost died and she needed to spend more time with him.  I will tell you what the truth probably is.  I didn’t just walk away quietly.  Karen Furman and Gary Dugger weren’t able to bully and threaten my into disappearing without exposing to the public what was going on (not that they didn’t try).  So in the end someone was going to have to answer for it.  Someone if everything really hit the fan and the media or the public rose up demanding a head roll for this egregious over reach and abuse of power was going to have to be the sacrificial lamb.  Neither Karen nor Dugger would be that lamb.  It would fall on the lowest man on the totem pole.  You guessed it, Myra would be the one voted off the island.  In her attempt to gain favor all she did was leave herself open to being the sacrifice when it all didn’t go as planned.  She saw the writing on the wall and cut her losses.  I can tell you she has repeatedly stated she wasn’t leaving until Danny left.  You’ll notice he’s still there.  So that only leaves you to assume she left earlier than she wanted.  But enough about the history of why Myra Rickard chose her ambition over doing the right thing and my family that she has known for over 50 years.

Let’s instead talk about how she has repeatedly broken the law over the last few years!  I bet that sentence grabbed your attention.  I can personally say that I have witnessed several times when Myra’s actions did not follow with the laws and policies of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  One of the reasons she may have soured on her view of me over the years, besides rubbing her power crush Karen the wrong way, is the fact that I pointed out when I felt things weren’t right for our students.  The TEA, several years ago, placed requirements on how much time 6th grade students spent in P.E.  Based on the law each 6th grader is required around 30 minutes of P.E. every day.  They are not allowed to count any kind of recess or activity like that as part of their P.E. time.  As the vice principal of a school it is her job to be aware of these types of requirements and make sure any action she takes is within these laws.  No matter how many things are on your plate or all that is required of you, she chose the position and the pay increase and therefor must meet the responsibilities of the job.  I can personally and confidently state that with at least 2 of my former students, Myra Rickard placed them in tutoring during their P.E. times because they failed their benchmark testing.  I can say that because on both of those occasions I had to go to her and point out these students had complained to me that they weren’t getting to go to PE anymore.  The question that should then pop into your mind should be “how many 6th grade students weren’t getting their required PE time and no one noticed because the kids didn’t complain about it?”.  The next question you should ask yourself is “If she was willing to ignore the laws on this matter what other laws did she ignore or over look during her tenure as vice principal?”.

I can honestly say that when I brought up the fact that at least one of these particular students needed PE because they were very ADDish and it helped them make it through the rest of the day by getting that energy out, she was very irritated with me.  She came across as angry and a bit confrontational about having to even address my concern.  I remember her talking about how hard it was to keep up with those kinds of details for so many students and that they had to be in tutoring if there was a chance for them to pass the TAKS test in the spring.  Scores were more important than checking to make sure that each student wasn’t being shortchanged on their legal rights to PE.  I would love to tell you that she kept those two students out of PE anyway, but she didn’t.  I know that at least one of them to best of my memory did eventually go back to PE and had their tutoring at a later time.  That begs the question though of how many students over the last few years didn’t get to go to PE?

Some of you are probably wondering why this matters.  One, it shows that keeping scores up and the administration happy was more important than the needs of the students.  It also shows that one of the leaders within this district was either choosing not to check to fully keep in compliance with the law, or that she was just not competent enough to have been in that role to begin with.  If something as simple as not scheduling kids to miss their PE was overlooked and ignored when it comes to laws the district is supposed to comply with, what other deviations from the law have they taken?  As long as they don’t get caught or no one ask questions what is there to keep them from continuing to subvert the rule of law for their own benefit?  Maybe this is why the administration and school board rally against anyone who asks questions or presses them for any real information at all.

I can personally attest to the fact that though within their legal abilities the district is currently making it difficult to obtain various pieces of information through the Open Records Requests I have begun.  I will admit that so far they have stayed within the lines of the law, but I will tell you that they are not helpful in obtaining information.  The semantics and word games you have to play to get the types of information you need I would guess toe the line of legality very closely.  For a public organization, I find it funny that they are very difficult to get transparency and records from.  I am also finding it very interesting that there seems to be a lot of paperwork that should be on file that doesn’t exist (or maybe I just didn’t hold my nose just right and call the report or the list the correct title to make them call “uncle” and hand it over).  If they have nothing to hide why be so secretive and not more workable with requests.  Again I am not accusing them of breaking the law and not providing required paperwork by playing games (yet), but I will admit to you that they are not making it an easy process either.

It Begins…

Hello friends, family, curious onlookers, pious Kennedale ISD administrators and school board members.  I know that it has been some time since my last post, but I can promise you that things will begin to roll much faster now that my contractual obligations to KISD have ended with the end of this current school year.  There are no longer any ties that bind me to the administrators and their flagrant abuse of power and so I am now free to begin what I had previously promised I would do if they chose not to do the right thing.  It saddens me that Gary Dugger, Rick Edwards, Karen Furman, Mike Walker, and Joe Taylor’s egos have kept them from being able to handle things in an adult and moral manner.  You see, all I was looking for was my public exoneration and an apology to myself and my family for what they perpetrated against us.  Neither myself nor my family wanted to sue them for their misdeeds and their clear abuse of power in what can only be described now as retaliation against me for speaking out and not being the “Stepford teacher” and sheep that they prefer to employ in this district.  We just wanted them to admit, (what anyone who knows the actual truth about the matter and not the lies the district personnel involved put out there to justify their actions) admit I hadn’t done anything wrong and do it publicly since they in their actions have damned me publicly.  Secretly anyone who has dealt with these people before probably knew what I always knew.  There was never going to be an apology now matter how wrong they were in what they did and how they did it.  They can’t conceive any idea that they are wrong.  In the way they view the world and how they lead, the ends always justify the means.  For them, they got exactly what they wanted.  I resigned and they are now free to hire someone who will not choose the best interests of the students over the kingdom building and power mongering that is at the heart of how Kennedale ISD is run.  Don’t believe me?  We will get into their all out assaults and character assassinations (not as citizens but as the actual leadership entities of this district) in a later post.  I promise it will be a doozy!

On a side note, I can’t begin to express my amazement in the overwhelming response to my call for more stories and evidence of questionable behavior by school board members and district administrators.  I can assure all of you that I will be following up on many of the things you have sent me.  Even I was shocked at some of the details and evidence provided of things taking place within this district.  ( Kennedalecorruption@yahoo.com  keep it coming!!)

Lets begin with a brief overview of how things got to this point before I move on to where we go from here.  I am not going to go over a detailed list of what they tried to accuse me of and defend myself issue by issue because their whole accusation has already been repudiated by more than one person at the school board meeting in December of 2011.  It was shown that by the whole way they handled the situation that this was nothing more than a strong armed, abuse of power to force me out of my classroom.  It began with accusations to which there was no substantiation, made by a woman who is barely holding her own life together.  In her jealousy and (in my opinion) fragile mental state she made accusations against me that dealt with a family that I had been helping through some tough things.  These people are very amazing Christians and are like family to myself and the rest of my family.  The accusations would have been dismissed after the parents expressed their outrage at how this vindictive woman was trying to hurt all of us for her own personal reasons, except someone within the administration saw this as an opportunity  get rid of me (in my opinion, because the facts of how things played out after this point don’t add up to any other logical conclusion, but you decide).  This wouldn’t be the first time that someone in the administration had wanted me out of my job.  I had a run in with Karen Furman several years ago over her G/T program (or legally lack there of) at the junior high (again a topic we will see in a future post).  So, after 24 hours they announced the investigation was over and they were going to seek my termination.  This announcement came after quite a bit of lying, bullying, threatening, and other behavior that’s normally considered inappropriate at a school, but I guess the adults running it don’t have to lead by example on those matters.

We told them we would take it and fight it with a public hearing, though they kept insisting they wanted this handled quietly.  Once it was clear that I would not just resign on the spot (because I didn’t do anything wrong and even the family they were trying to use was standing behind me in all matters) they began to back away from the termination talk.  They wanted a resignation deal or they also floated the concept of just keeping me on “leave” until my contract ran out so they wouldn’t have to make a decision on the matter.  The decision would either mean firing me (at which point I would get an actually legal hearing and defense against their bogus accusations) or putting me back in my classroom.  They chose the coward’s way out and left me on “leave”.  You see once this went to an actual hearing they would have been exposed for just exactly what they were doing.  This began to raise some serious questions.  If through their threats I had done something wrong, inappropriate, illegal, then why did they not notify both the police which they had a legal 48 hour requirement to do or even CPS again a legal requirement of 48 hours?  That is easy to answer:  1. Once turned over to either of these places and the decision of guilt or innocence was no longer in their hands it would be determined by that agency and 2. Knowingly making a false police report and accusation is a crime.  But keeping it all in house made sure they wouldn’t end up being exposed for the liars and manipulators they are.

So now we come to the issue of  Due Process.  You see when an incident occurs in a company, school, organization and an investigation is triggered there is supposed to be a process so that the accused has the ability to defend themselves.  I was never given this opportunity.  I have never received an official answer to the investigation.  I have been given no ability to refute the findings or publicly seek an appeal of the process.  By keeping me on leave they short changed my chance to expose the whole charade.  But by doing so they have also left it just hanging in the public realm that I did something wrong and left me no public way to seek exoneration.  If they were in the right, then why deny me this opportunity?  Cowardice!  That’s why they chose what they have done in handling it this way.  Once exposed for what it was someone would have to answer for this egregious abuse of position and power ( and I don’t just mean Myra Rickard’s early retirement for being the idiot that got the ball rolling with Viola’s lies).  One of them would have to be fired for over extending their hand in this matter.  To this day I have not been exonerated or terminated for the issue.  They just put me in a closet, turned out the lights and tried to act as if I never existed within this district.  Their hope is that in the end people will just assume I did something wrong.  The whispers created by the void of publicly revealed truth will fill in the holes and of course it will be in their favor, because they will use the line “we make all decisions for the safety of all our students”  I think that is usually the party line when they are trying to stop you from asking any further questions into their actions.  Or it might be “we are not looking to divide the district but find partners who will help us find ‘consensus’.  Another great ploy to keep you from seeing the man behind the curtain pulling the strings or what questionable actions he or she or they are involved in.

Then I am sure you would like for me to talk about the issue with the school board.  The final say, the big Kahuna, the people who actually have the power to do all and deal with all things that happen in the district with no limitations.  Don’t let them fool you, they could have taken care of this in an instant and set it right (had they wanted to).  In fact the suspicious way in which they conducted themselves makes me think (in my opinion) that at least a few of them knew all along what the end goal was.  Shortly before the December school board meeting my family members were approached by parents of students I had taught that wanted to know what was going on.  The district was silent on the issue and I wasn’t talking to anyone because I had basically been threatened to stay quiet or “it would show a lack of character on my part and would make things worse for me” I believe was one of the many strongly worded and emphasized pieces of advice given by one administrator or another.  I am sure they would tell you that wasn’t a threat… but from where I was sitting that is exactly how it felt and sounded.  So I cut myself off from my coworkers for fear that they would be retaliated against if I talked to them or they knew the whole extent of what was happening.  I am sure the district would point out that retaliation is against the law and they don’t engage in that behavior.  Well, I guess how you view retaliation depends on your definition of it and from what point of view you are seeing it.  But there again that is my interpretation of how they have behaved and my opinion of how the facts line out.  I can name a few names of former teachers and employees who might also have a different view of what constitutes retaliation too.  But there again you need a school board that will hold an administration accountable to those issues and sadly that might interrupt Joe Taylor and Mike Walker’s “consensus”.

The school board sat.  Some of them listened.  What was their response?  They used their lawyer the next day to fire off a demand letter and what my family felt was a veiled threat against all of us.  They demanded I accept this horrible resignation deal that would have kept me from ever attending a Kennedale school function for the rest of my life without getting personal permission from Gary Dugger (even after I was no longer an employee mind you.) or face termination.  Now you might not know this but my father’s family has been in the Kennedale community since 1954.  I have many relatives who still live there.  It is ridiculous for them to demand that I get permission to go to my little cousin’s graduation in 10 years.  If there was an issue that meant I was some sort of danger then they should have contacted the police!  What they wanted was to keep me from being a visual reminder to the community that they used their power and a do nothing school board to get rid of me for personal reason and not legitimate ones.  I won’t even get into the threats against my Teaching certificate or how very dismal any kind of recommendation for a future job was going to be with these people based on their resignation agreement they wanted me to sign.  Why would anyone agree to sign something that basically treated them like they were guilty when even the school wasn’t able to legally terminate them for any guilty reason.  I said no.

With me saying “No” you are probably wondering how I ended up resigning anyway.  Let me explain.  You see with their demand letter and in continuing statements through the district’s lawyer they kept saying the same phrase or something similar.  They (the lawyer on behalf of the district) kept saying to my attorney that the Board and Administration blames Amber (my sister) and my family for rallying the community behind me and putting out there what the whole issue was about.  Now, my family and I took this as a threat because it was expressed to us more than once.  If the district was in the right and I was in the wrong and had actually done something why would they care if the public knew or even if they initially rallied behind me?  All they would have to do is fire me, go through the public hearing, expose whatever sorted ordeal they claimed and walk away looking clean while I would look like a lying horrible criminal.  They were mad because my family exposed them for what they were doing.  They were angry that their act wasn’t done in secret and there would be questions.  We all know how much they don’t want the public to ever question them.  It was during the week that the date had been set for my signing the resignation agreement or face termination that we were once again confronted from my lawyer with the statement that The district and specifically the board blamed Amber for going public with my fight.  The day of the deadline two things happened: 1. A Kennedale ISD school board member came into my sister’s business acting extremely odd. 2. the district posted the agenda for their special meeting which stated they weren’t going for termination but for non-renewal of my contract for the next year.  I will address each point individually.

1.  When this board member contacted my sister to come in for an appointment, she had no idea who he was.  It’s not like my family had the school board members names and faces memorized and was on the look out for them.  Instead of calling her business number he had called for the appointment on her cell phone.  Odd but something like that can happen when a friend of Amber’s refers someone and all they have is her cell.  Amber agreed to a consultation appointment.  The man came in and his behavior was so out of the ordinary that the lady who works with my sister and the client that woman was working on became concerned for Amber’s safety.  The client wouldn’t have her treatment until the lady went and checked on Amber because she felt worried about Amber being alone with him.  Between his mannerism, attitude and the way he kept holding his backpack like some hidden recording device was in it, everyone in the office that night felt something wasn’t right.  It wasn’t until a few days later that Amber saw a picture and realized he was on the school board for Kennedale.  When contacting my lawyer Amber asked if she should be concerned and we were told yes, because the board has repeatedly expressed that they blame Amber for bringing all this forward and into the community.  When my brother in law contacted the man to express how inappropriate this was and that they would not be able to offer him services with what was going on between my family and the school district, the man acknowledged that he knew who Amber was and her connection to me when he made the initial consultation appointment.  Why would this happen.  My family and I have an opinion on the matter.  This particular board member shared in his “debate” recently that he is happy just being a “cog in the wheel” because there were others who take such leadership roles on the board and he was just happy to go along apparently.  So we believe based on what happened that he was sent to intimidate us.  I bet you can’t guess who we feel are the “leaders” on the board that he just follows along with.  Doesn’t seem like he would be a self starter on this kind of idea based on his own words.  Look at the “coincidence” of it.  The exact day I was supposed to sign a horrible agreement or face “the next step” in the process a board member who admittedly just follows orders and isn’t one of the “leaders” shows up acting suspicious at my sister’s place of business.  This was a day after again hearing that their lawyer had stated the board blamed Amber and were angry.  If it wasn’t intentional then that is some crazy unbelievable coincidence isn’t it.  I saw it as the district targeting my family.  It isn’t that big of a stretch really.  I mean look at how viscous Joe Taylor and Mike Walker are every election cycle when someone runs against a member of the board.  They attack, character assassinate, bully, and intimidate.  I can think of at least 3 elections where this behavior has taken place.  They always say its just part of the democratic process.  This is a lie.  If you are running on a platform of solid principles that resonates with the public then they will respond to it and vote for you based on the issue not on the starving, mangy dog fight you create.

2.  The move from termination to non-renewal of my contract was a last ditch effort to marginalize me and further hurt my future employment chances.  (Like at this point its going to just be a breeze to get a new job with what they have done and how they have treated me. Not to mention what will probably be said once an employer calls for my previous information.  I mean come on do you expect me to assume they will be ethical in that situation after all this?)  Terminating me (firing me) would allow me to again have a public hearing where an outside person who the district has no sway or influence over would come in and decide whether there was reason and merit to the termination.  So if they actually had cause to do what they have done, don’t you think this would be a no brainer for them?  Nope they chose the cowards move yet again.  They can almost for any reason deny a teacher a contract for the following year.  Texas is an at will employer state.  The level they have to show as to why it just isn’t a good fit is very, very low.  (Like I would have wanted to work for these people after all this anyway!)  It would only take them 4 votes out of the 7 to get it done.  I am sure it would have been done in one of their closed meetings so they didn’t have to own up to their vote.  I also love that in the whole process, I was never…. NEVER… allowed to address the board over the accusation.  Wouldn’t you as a board member want to hear everything and not just a report from one side of the issue, especially considering I had taught 3 out of the 7 board members’ children or grandchild and all of them had loved me as their teacher.  Wouldn’t you want to get this right and not make a mistake?  You see they will tell you oh there is a process and we have to do what the administration recommends.  That is bull!  The school board does not work for the administration.  The administration works at the behest of the school board.  They have full jurisdiction over all matters personnel or otherwise.  This was evident when Coach Johnson went through her ordeal with the cheerleading fiasco this last year.  Though slightly different in some aspects, it still shows that the school board is not impotent in its scope and power.  Again I am sure they chose to turn a blind eye in the name of “consensus” and the “good of all the students in their charge”, and ignore the need for doing the right thing if not just the moral thing (Several of them do claim to be strong Christian leaders).

After attacking my family with their little visitor and me logically assuming that they would not bother calling the meeting if they hadn’t already secured the votes to fall in their favor, I chose to resign on my own.  I did not sign their agreement.  My resignation meant that I would not have any restraints on me like their resignation agreement wanted.  I wouldn’t be banned from events or school properties.  I wouldn’t be gagged so I couldn’t speak out against their unethical actions.

Several things you should think about if you are still on the fence as to whether or not you believe me or the whispers I am sure started by the district leaders.  One is why would you pay a guilty man his salary for the rest of the school year and all the way through August?  If I did something wrong the law is in the school’s favor.  You don’t pay a guilty man.  You pay someone you want to go away but don’t have real legal grounds to get rid of.  If I did do something wrong wouldn’t this have been the best set up for me?  I would have been able to do something horrible and criminal or heinous and slip out quietly with no word as to being guilty and a paycheck until August. Why would I continue to speak out and draw attention to myself and the accusations if I had done something wrong?  Why is the family that was being used in the accusation by a crazy, unstable, unhinged (in my opinion mind you) third party standing up behind me and defending me?

Here is what I will say to answer all those questions that the district can’t answer.  It was never about the initial accusations of that mentally unstable woman.  Those accusations never had any grounds.  This has always been about forcing me out of my position as a teacher.  It was a power play.  I was never fighting the accusations, I was fighting the Administrators who saw this as their best opportunity to silence the one clear voice of opposition to their misdeeds and inappropriate kingdom building.  I have to say I am disappointed in myself.  I didn’t know the game that Dugger, Furman, and Edwards were playing when this all began.  If I had I would have exposed them in the media about their lies and abuse right away.  But I am quite aware of the game now.

My family and I are prepared for the long haul of this crusade.  We are aware how Joe Taylor, Mike Walker, Gary Dugger, Karen Furman, and Rick Edwards operate.  I can’t imagine they could character assassinate me worse than their actions have already done.  But their way of doing business is to attack the people they are after.  They bully, intimidate, lie, and assassinate their motives, character, and credibility.  I can’t even begin to assume how they will go after me and my family now.  Who knows what they will say about us?  There is no telling what lies or twisting of the truth they will make and disseminate throughout the people who hang on and buff their butts for them and tell them how great they are.  The masses who cling to them with faux adulation in the hopes not becoming the target of their next assault or of gaining an ounce of favor.  Is it too far a stretch to worry they would resort to physical attacks?  Their verbal ones during elections have been so viscous, vindictive, and without remorse that it makes you wonder just how far will they go to hold onto their kingdoms and their seats of power.  What would they do to make sure that nothing exposes them and harms the “consensus” they have done so much to keep?

I am not looking to save my job or receive any type of money for what happened.  I will seek the restoration of my reputation.  As long as they refuse to exonerate me and apologize publicly I will continue to fight to expose them for what they have done and who they are.  You see I have something they don’t have.  I have the clear conscience that I stand on the right side of this matter and I have nothing left to expose about it.  I have been honest and upfront about helping my friends when they were in need.  I have spent my whole life helping, giving and using whatever money I had to try and make the lives of the people around me happier and better.  If tomorrow they publicly exonerated me of this issue and apologized to me and my family, I would walk away and let the rest of the teachers fend for themselves because my dealings with these people would be over.  But, as long as they refuse to do what is right by me and my family I have no choice.  I will not rest, I will not waiver, and I will not stop until I have exposed all the things that need to be brought out into the light so the public can see the whole truth of who it is that is running the schools their children attend.  They used legal loopholes and cowardice to keep me from being able to seek justice for myself and my family in this process, but I have firm faith that God will hold them accountable.  I do not wish anything bad to happen to these people.  I only hope that they are publicly exposed for their misdeeds and behaviors.  I hope they are forced to see the looks on peoples faces. They should have to witness them whispering behind an open hand when they walk by, so they have some sense as to what my family and I have had to deal with since November of 2011.  They took my job, stole the good memories my former students had of our time together, and tarnished my reputation.  My hope and prayer is that God will return the favor upon them for their actual deeds and not based on malice and lies like they afforded me.

In the coming days and weeks we will begin our questioning of their behavior, actions, and decisions.  We will look at rumors, we will pinpoint truth, and we will expose what needs to be known.  The search for exposing TRUTH in this district begins.  It begins today.

A Fork in the Road for Kennedale ISD

I realize that it has been a while since my last post, but I have been a tad bit busy. I would like to give a shout out to all the administration and school board members in Kennedale who have been routinely checking in on my personal blog. I would like to think that their checking my blog was out of their concern for my well being after the public abuse they have put me through, but we all know exactly why they are checking in. They are afraid that I will draw attention and start pointing out some of the specific things they have done that they don’t want to be made public.

You see they have many embarrassing, questionable, and unethical incidents, decisions, and actions that they don’t want others to know about. You see they threw me out of my classroom based on lies and retaliation for speaking up and not supporting some of their more questionable actions. I never hid my dissatisfaction for their abuse of power and personal kingdom building at the expense of the students. But the people running the Kennedale ISD have a lot of skeletons in their closets they don’t want to see the light of day. They have caused a smear on my reputation by what they have done to me and how they have done it.

I have been denied my due process and that is a constitutional right in this country. They have not and will not close the investigation that started with a lie because that will allow them to keep me on leave until my contract runs out. If they made a decision there would be one of two actions take place. They would have to either admit they were wrong this whole time for what they have done or they would have to accuse me of something and give me the actual legal ability to defend myself and begin a legal process against them and their actions.

As I have already noted, they have already been advised they have no grounds for firing me based on their own investigation, but they won’t do the right thing and vindicate me. At this point I wouldn’t want to return to a classroom that was under the authority of these extremely unethical leaders, what I do want is them to publicly acknowledge what the truth of the matter is. They need to close their case and admit there was no basis and no wrong doing for the lie of accusations that Viola McLaughlin created in November. They need to publicly apologize for what they have done to me and how they have handled this situation. This needs to be done publicly because their failure to do the right thing has left the impression that I did something wrong. Everyone who knows the real situation knows the truth but there are others in the community who won’t have the benefit of that knowledge and it leaves them to either fill in the ideas for themselves or listen to what others have created. Had they handled this correctly from the start this wouldn’t happen. I deserve vindication and I expect this to be done. Whether by further lies and twists of the truth from Viola to paint herself in a better light, from the whispers under the table of administrators or school board members, or just the sheer need to create negative rumors to have gossip to talk about from random parents in the district the idea that there is something more than the truth that I and my family have repeatedly put out there seems to be spreading throughout the community.

Since it is a result of what they have done and how they have done it leaving me and my family with no legal or procedural process to fight them to prove the truth, my family and I deserve them to publicly announce that there was nothing to the allegations made and we deserve the apology for what they have done and how they have handled it. I know I have already stated that but it needs to be repeated and screamed from the rooftops because of the Hell these people have put my family and myself through since November. I will continue to fight in every way I can until this is done.

I love that I have heard several school board members mention to people in emails or other settings that there was little they could do about the situation. Funny how limited their scope and power seems to be in helping make the administration do the right thing for me, but how very powerful and quick they were able to handle the personnel situation when one of their own’s daughter didn’t make the cheerleading squad this year. They didn’t seem to have limited scope and power when dealing with that. I love that one specific board member ran initially to stop the administration from forcing Mr. Delaney out of his position in a similar way and yet did nothing to stop them from doing the exact same thing to me.

The community of Kennedale needs to be aware of the fact that when it comes to the true governance of the school district, this board is asleep at the wheel. They have taken their hands off of keeping the administration in check. They have written a blank check and handed it to the people in the admin building. The school board touts giving good pay to its teachers but does nothing to address the hostile work environment within the school. They are rife with intimidation, retaliation, and fear. The work environment is filled with the fear that if you disagree with or upset Karen Furman, Rick Edwards, or Gary Dugger even in a small way there will be retaliation. Look at me for your most glaring proof of what they will do when you don’t just walk in step no matter how wrong what they want is for the district or the students. Don’t have an opinion on anything. Don’t provide an alternate view. This is Nazi Germany where life is only what they say it is even if this has proven to cause stagnation in any organization. What ever you do, don’t point out that the Emperor and/or Empress has no clothes. Where is the protection for the staff and students against such abuse?

This brings me to the point of today’s blog. I will repeat what it is that I want. I want my vindication with the accusations made that the district still hasn’t given me due process on so that I can either go away with knowing I was rightfully found innocent of the accusations or the ability to fight legally against what they have done and the lies made against me. Until the district and school board do this and apologize for what has happened I will continue to speak out against them and their unethical actions. I also welcome any threats or attempts at shutting me up by suing for slander or other legal threats, because I will not put anything out there I don’t have knowledge of to begin with and secondly I would love the ability through the legal process to subpena, depose, and use discovery to open up all the secrets and skeletons within this district that they do not want made public. It is easy to lie and cover up things until you add the possibility perjury and jail time. How long would they cover for one another then?

In the future i feel it is important to make the public aware of their behaviors by raising many questionable issues, raising questions about things that the school board should have been the ones to point out or grill the administration about, and show where there had been unethical behavior with this administration and school board. My contract ends for this school year at the end of May and the moment I no longer have any financial or employment ties to these people I will begin raising the issues they would rather stay hidden. They have marred my reputation within the community and taken my job. I feel an obligation to return the favor. The only difference is I didn’t do anything and have nothing to hide, but they have many things to hide and have done many inappropriate things. Their denial of allowing due process and the ability to truly defend myself has provoked this situation.

Would like to end by thanking all of the friends, family, community members and KISD for contacting me with support and encouragement. I encourage anyone within the KISD who would like to share their stories and evidence of unethical, inappropriate, and questionable actions to contact me and share their information. Unlike the school board I will use the information to protect you and hold the district accountable. I appreciate those who have already done this and encourage others to do so, but do it from your home email accounts and provide details and evidence of what your claims are. Your identity will be protected. You can get me the information at: Kennedalecorruption@yahoo.com

If you are someone who wants to know the full details of what has happened to me at the hands of the district and what they have put myself and my family through or if you have heard details from someone and they have painted me in some negative light please contact me and I will discuss the whole situation with you personally. I would also like for anyone who has been told any negative information about myself or my family from district administrators, school board members, Viola McLaughlin and/or her daughters, Myra Rick, or any other district personnel because of this on going fight with the district to contact me at this email address: bryan_kuykendall@yahoo.com

I am saddened that it has come to this. If the district had done the right thing from the start my family and I wouldn’t be in this place. They could end things now and have me move on quietly if they would choose to do the right thing and exonerate me and apologize publicly for the community to see the truth. Lets hope their egos won’t get in the way of doing what is right. I am very sure admitting the truth is a lot less embarrassing for the district than some of the questions that will arise from incidents I have discovered. And raising those questions is only Phase 1 of shining the light into the darkness of KISD.

Am I that guy?

I’ve recently been through the worst period of time in my life.  I’ve always hoped that I was capable of greatness and this is the type of moment that great people experience.  The greatest among us have overcome great set backs and obstacles along their path to greatness.  The lowest points are the split in the road that directs them onto the right path and builds that ever elusive character they all have in common.  I want to think I am capable of being that guy.  The one who uses tragedy to fuel their rise to the top and be that gleaming example of courage and overcoming to others.  I just don’t really know if I am that guy.  Is a choice?  Do you get to choose to be that guy?  Or is it that you were always that guy and that character was already deep within you and tragedy cuts away the walls we build around ourselves until that character shines through?

Having a background in psychology and helping people I know that getting everything out that has happened to you can help a person move on.  I won’t lie, I am struggling with the bitterness left over from what happened with the school district I worked for.  It is one thing to know that eventually God will hold them accountable for what they have done, but so hard to sit back and see them still prosper while my family and I have suffered.  They should have to be ashamed of their actions instead of getting to continue their reign of terror that they inflict on everyone around them.  I think what they have done in its entirety should also be made public since they went to great lengths to bully and intimidate me and my family through the process.  Once I gather my thoughts I will write down what happened and chronicle the depths of their illicit behavior.  One reason is because until I truly get my opinion out on what has happened and explain what forced me into my resignation I don’t know if I will ever really move on.  Secondly I do want people to know what transpired against me because these people should not be able to get away with their misdeeds without having to face the truth of what they have done.

They hide their lies and actions in the dark and fear the truth because once light is shown on their deeds people will see them for the selfish, power abusing, liars they are.  I know the words are harsh but that is my raw emotions and opinions after pouring my heart into a job and having it ripped away from me solely because I stood up against the administration and pointed out that “the Emperor/Empress had no clothes.”  They have taken my job, tried to ruin my reputation, and hurt my family in unimaginable ways.  There is nothing more they can do except be forced to face the truths of their actions and what their selfish misuse of power has done.  Do I expect them to feel guilty?  Of course not.  People who are capable of doing what these people did do not feel remorse for their actions.  They justify what they do.  As long as they get what they want, then anything they do is acceptable.  A friend of mine was concerned when I shared that I thought about putting down what has happened to me for others to read.  He worried the district and administrators would sue.  I have to admit that I laughed a little at that.  What will they get out of me?  I have no job, no home, no money, nothing.  They left me with nothing after their actions.  Plus pointing out that people have done unethical things and calling them out for being the types of human beings they are isn’t slanderous.  It is both a combination of my opinion of them and the facts based on their behaviors.  I find it funny that people who attack and destroy others have such thin skins.  If you are going to try and ruin someones life at least have thick enough skin to take the judgement and ridicule for being the bad person you are!  But I digress.  I figure the next few days I will chronicle the events that have happened so that the public can see just who is running the school district and see the truth behind the inaction of a school board whose purpose it is to hold the administration accountable for their actions.  This whole incident was a mixture of many failures.  First the original lie from Viola McLaughlin was an act of sheer jealousy about an outside incident with friends of mine.  Second was the selfish, political, kingdom building, and the hate for anyone to stand up for what is right when it goes against them that the administration displayed.  The final act was the complete and utter abdication of leadership perpetrated by the inaction of an unethical school board.

As this round of school board elections begins the public should see these so called “Christian men and women” not on how they claim to be but based on who they are as seen through their actions.  They pat themselves on the back for raises given to the teachers but aren’t made to face the culture of fear, retaliation, and uncertainty their rubber stamp of the administration’s actions has caused.  They aren’t called out on their lack of oversight and the accountability they are supposed to hold the administration to.  All parties involved should have to face the light of truth for this incident.  Some may accuse me of being bitter and jaded over the incident and I will admit that I am pissed at what happened to me and that I was unable to see justice done.  But I will also say that just because it paints them in a negative light doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  People who have done evil deeds for evil selfish reasons can try to blame others for how they look in the retelling of the situation, but they only have themselves to blame.  And unfortunately there is a lot of ugly to go around with these people based on the darkness in their souls and the blood on their hands from this incident and others that they have done in the past to others as well.

All that to say in the next few days I will put out there exactly the truth that needs to be known.  So am I that guy who rises above?  I don’t know, but I do know that I have spent my life doing everything I can to stand up for the faith and ideals instilled in my by my parents and I believe exposing this incident and standing up for what happened is the right thing to do.  So even if I am not that guy, I am not going to change who I am because these people have tried to ruin me.  If evil people hate me for the man I am and the standing up for the things I have spoken out for, then I am on the right track.  They wouldn’t hate and try to destroy unless my example and character was in stark contrast to the selfish evils they spread daily.