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savanna86teigan06 March 11, 2014 at 04:29 PM
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Denese Spearman January 12, 2014 at 09:30 AM
I do know whatever they say, "goes"!!!! The little dispatchers are disrespectful and areRead Morek now-it all's.. It doesn't matter how polite you are , rudeness seems to part of their training. You are GUILYTY unless proven GUILTY.. No innocence at all. Can't (speak} until want too speak with you. They believe everyone are the same,, Makes me wonder if they are in with lawyers to get a piece of the pie.. To sum it up, Easley Police Department makes me sick! Seems they can treat people any way they, which makes them more cocky just to treat the next person much worse. I am just curious if there are any police who read this, who would like to explain why you thing I'm wrong, feel free to add your opinion, because when I call you.. Your attitude makes as if you can't wait to hang up or only answer to get us off the phone. If you didn't want to in public service for the right reasons, then pls find another profession. You are not good at your career. You are not the public service. judge and jury. Geez get over yourselves. What is low in your life in which you must in total bias control?
Sam Seegers December 30, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I found my old post, but I still need to know who runs this website. Thanks so much :) <3
Adrienne Frost January 30, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Seems to me that you may be in need of some medication.
ann0628@aol.com March 05, 2014 at 12:56 PM
it's not being kept up to date like it should be
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) December 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Honestly I did not know one could post anonymously. The only thing I can think of is that theRead Moreperson created an email just to post on your piece.
Alex Saitta December 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Wow! Next, why don’t you tell me what you really think of me. LOL. The next time you thinkRead MoreI& rsquo;m bullying or demeaning, just say so. If I agree, I&rsquo;ll say I&rsquo;m sorry. If not, I&rsquo;ll say its time for everyone to put on their big-boy pants. This is a political body. At times people debate, disagree, and even argue. This may be unpleasant for some. Rather than bullying, I think it has more to do with our contrasting approaches. Yours is always mild mannered and controlled. Mine is direct and passionate. Bullying entails threatening people. For example, Johnny, if don&rsquo;t give me your milk money on the playground today, I&rsquo;ll punch you in the nose. Bullying entails intimidation, a person staring at another and while doing that punching his fist into his open hand. What you mistake for bullying, are my clear opinions, backed with an avalanche of reasoning and facts, delivered directly, and on point. I don&rsquo;t give one reason or one fact. I&rsquo;ll give five, delivering them in a methodical way &ndash; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I can see how some might see that as overwhelming or bullying in some strange way. Plus, for me to disagree with someone and argue the issue right there, in public, I don&rsquo;t see as a reason to call 911. Before I got on the school board, I went to a year of board meetings. The votes were all 9 to 0. Outside of Shirley Jones objection here or there, there was no public disagreement. Really, things were done by decree, and rubberstamped. My third meeting when the administration presented the PACT scores, patting themselves on the back. In the Q&amp;A I walked the brass through the numbers and noted all the figures they over looked. I said something like, but 35% of our middle schoolers are below grade level. That&rsquo;s a failing grade. They said, that&rsquo;s not failing. Pushing back, I said according to the district&rsquo;s grading scale, 65% is failing. From the reporters, to the audience, to the administration, I&rsquo;ll never forget the stunned faces. No one dared questioned and pressed the administration on anything they said or did. Some saw my questioning and statements of fact as demeaning I&rsquo;m sure. When I took the district to task over spending building funds on flying board members and administrators around the country to see state of the art high schools, I was called mean spirited. After that board voted out the comments section in the board meetings to shut me up. Again, I was just providing the public the rest of the story. More later&hellip;
Alex Saitta December 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM
It is true I strongly confront things I disagree with and rarely back down. That doesn’t sitRead Morew ell with some, especially those doing the shoving. I&rsquo;m sure you remember this&hellip; The time the D&rsquo;Andrea administration ran off that special ed teacher from Pickens because the teacher didn&rsquo;t want to be transferred to Easley to make room for one of the director&rsquo;s friends. The teacher knew what was going on, how unjust it was and took the first step in filing a grievance. She was then threatened with her job, and resigned leaving for a bordering district. When the administration informed the board of the teacher resigning, the administration gave the board a story that the teacher just decided to leave for a better opportunity. I shouted at them, &ldquo;You ran her off!&rdquo; I knew the entire story because I called the teacher and principals of the school, confirming it was all orchestrated from above and why. While you and the other trustees were under the board room table, I pressed D&rsquo;Andrea and her lieutenants, fact by fact, uncovering their scheme to open up this position for their teacher, pushing the other out the door. We lost a top notch special ed teacher to another district because it was their way or the highway and I was the only one trying to stand against it. I said abstaining on the Greenville Plan was the &ldquo;smartest vote&rdquo;? Was I drunk? If abstaining was the smartest vote, I would have abstained too. Surely it was smarter than voting for the plan, which was how you were leaning the weekend before, but the smartest move was to vote it down, like I did and argued for 20 minutes that night. As far as Ben Trotter is concerned. He won the chairmanship fair and square. Jim, you didn&rsquo;t have the votes. I nominated and voted for you (I know some of you won&rsquo;t believe that, but I did). We were out-voted. I had no interest in the position, but if I did (if it makes you feel any better) I wouldn&rsquo;t have had the votes either. You led the board in putting the building program on track. I led the board on balancing the budget. Next to the academic gains, those are the biggest accomplishments the past five years. The board wanted to go in a different direction. Work with Trotter and Edwards.
Alex Saitta January 01, 2014 at 06:41 AM
Now on to your final accusation. I’m responding to all of them, and you can tell us if myRead Moreinsi stence about telling the other half of the story translates into me attacking you or just plain bullying as you define those terms. On to your claim elected official Alex is a public/ private Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There isn&rsquo;t an elected official in this county who is more public than me. No one writes more letters to the editor, is quoted in more articles, has his own website, has scores of write-ups on it, writes op-eds in the Greenville News, puts his view forward at more at board meetings, posts more on blogs like this, has his own videos or is on TV as much. As a public official, I see it as my responsibility to communicate very publicly and I do just. What can there possibly be left to disclose about public official Alex Saitta? What you all have seen is who I am. You know Dr. Pew schedules private meetings with board members one-on-one each quarter. After my first meeting with her, you know what I said, anything you can say to me privately you need to tell me in a public board meeting so the public can hear. Take me off your private pow-wow quarterly meetings list. That was the only such meeting I did like that. As far as the private Alex is concerned, you and I have no private relationship. You&rsquo;ve never been to my house, where I work, and you can say the same about me. We&rsquo;ve never taken the wives out, had play dates with the kids or have hung out with mutual friends; we have no mutual friends. We went to a Daniel football game one time, and I don&rsquo;t know how &ldquo;private&rdquo; that was given 3,000 people where there and we hung out with school administrators. The bottom line is this. I&rsquo;m not attacking you or bullying you, though I&rsquo;m sure you now see it this way. I was content writing about the Federal Reserve and was in a conversation with Zoe responding to his off topic and untrue claims about Michelle Wiles and me. Jim Shelton would have never come up in a million years, if Jim Shelton didn&rsquo;t inject himself in the discussion in order to make the claims that Alex is a bully and a hypocrite. All can look at your initial post and see what I mean. All I&rsquo;ve done is respond to your claims and defend myself.
Alex Saitta December 31, 2013 at 06:12 PM
This is easy to explain. About 2 years ago Shine approached the district about buying SimpsonRead Moreheari ng we might move the alternative school to Liberty Middle. The district/ board later decided not to move Simpson and said to Shine that Simpson was not for sale. A person representing a nursing home contacted me and submitted a bid for Pickens Middle of $275,000. The Shine put in the same bid for $275,000. I voted to sell it to the nursing home and you argued to sell it to Shine. It was a 3 to 3 vote. Hindsight tells us that selling to the nursing home that night was the wiser move. If we would have sold to the nursing home, we would have sold Pickens Middle to them, and months later when Simpson became available, that would have been sold to Shine. Both buildings would have been sold. (Shine later bought Simpson when it became vacant &ndash; that was their first choice.) If we would have done what you wanted, sell Pickens Middle to Shine that night, Simpson would be empty now. Only one building would have been sold. In the end, we lost that nursing home buyer because we didn&rsquo;t take his offer when he made it. I went back to him a year later, and they had already moved on and didn't want to buy Pickens Middle. As a result one of those two buildings is now empty. I&rsquo;ve been contacted or found buyers for Pickens Middle (the nursing home $275,000), Gettys Middle (the charter school $300,000) and the Highway 8 land (restaurant owner $200,000), and the board didn&rsquo;t support any of those sales, giving all sorts of reasons not for selling. That&rsquo;s a lot of money the district could have used for repair needs. Now those two buildings sit vacant and the land is not sold. Sometimes you have to strike when the iron is hot and not ponder things over and over again.
Easley Watchful Angel February 01, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Jim Jim Shelton going to be name principal of Legacy Charter School.
Easley Watchful Angel February 01, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Mr. full disclosure to the public! Why did you wait until Ben Trotter was off the board beforeRead Morevotin g on selling Getty Middle School? Was it because you couldn't win until you had had 5 on the board? Only 3 votes to make a quorum now and only 3 votes to win. STINKS LIKE A SET/UP. So much for honesty why would you call special meeting when you know the superintendent can't be there? Isn't it because she disagrees with your plan? So much for public trust for the school board. WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU ALEX ????????????????????????
Zoe Brown December 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Mr Rogers: it is amazing how freely many of you will offer an opinion, but how poorly andRead Moredefensivel y you defend the contradictions and flaws in those opinions, and how quickly you make assumptions about others to warrant insults you quickly forget.
Zoe Brown December 23, 2013 at 07:17 PM
We need ALL political and community leaders to understand that they are accountable forRead Moredemonstrati ng and role modeling common sense and responsibility. As an Officer in the party of personal responsibility, can Mrs Wiles truly continue to speak with any degree of authority on education issues given her track record?
Steve Haynie December 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Yes, she can. There is no hypocrisy or contradiction.
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