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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

ED, principal out at Garfield [D89]

Maywood Herald (Chris LaFortune):
[Superintendent Cynthia] Broughton would not discuss [Stefan] Fisher's removal, saying it was a personnel matter. School Board President Grady Rivers said Garfield is one of the district's poor performing schools and the board believe it was time for a change.

Board members are too involved in personnel issues across Proviso Township.

The community is entitled to an explanation when a principal is fired. But it should be the superintendent giving the explanation primarily. The superintendent works for the board. The principals work for the superintendent.

Grady Rivers is amiable, but... how to put this nicely?... he's not the... he ain't the "go to guy" on complex problems. He's a political place holder who does as he's told. He's a foot soldier in a crooked political organization.

So, if Cynthia Broughton says it was time for Fisher to go because of test scores, I'd tend to believe it. If Grady Rivers says the same thing, I tend to think Rivers' political bosses have someone else they'd prefer in the position.

16 Comments:

  • Carl, you were pretty nice in your description of Grady Rivers. Let's be honest. Rivers is as dumb as a box of rocks, and he doesn't have a clue on how to run a school district. He sweats perfusely when asked questions, which makes one wonder if he is telling the truth. In other words, Carl...are you calling Rivers a puppet.

    By Blogger More-Signs-Than-Votes, at 11:09 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • Well to tell you the truth "more-signs-than-votes, this seems to be the time of year when the three stooges make all of thier rediculous inside moves with administrators in the surrounding areas. Just keep an eye on D209, D89, and also D88. they will all begin a systematic change and demotion of admin staff. they are all in this togeather.The issue in D89 is simple. that principal did not play the game with rivers and they made a move. this is very common in this township. just keep an open eye out for the June board meetings in this township. you will be shocked as to what is about to take place across the board.

    By Anonymous PROVISO BOOSTER PARENT, at 11:16 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • Here we go once "MOORE" people of this wonderful Township. I really dont want to listen to rumors or false statements about our great failures in the political arena of Maywood.and the Township. Does anyone know about a big party that has been planed by Mr. Moore and Mr. Welch at an establishment that serves Liquor. Oh...I forgot to mention the other part of the rumor. the party is for children.High school age children. Please people ,lets stop the madness. Why are we promoting this type of atmosphere for our children? Let`s have a nice affair at one of our local high schools in the gym like the good old days and call it a day. Perferably at the $40 Mil. New school. Just a thought.

    By Anonymous "Tired of the Township Pimps", at 5:14 AM, May 10, 2006  

  • THIS SHOULD BE TO NO SUPRISE TO ANYONE IN THIS COMMUNITY. THESE PEOPLE WILL DO WHATEVER THEY CAN IN THE NAME OF ANYTHING ELSE TO GET VOTES. RIGHT NOW AFTER THAT ROYAL-OF-AN-ASS-WHOPING THAT MOORE TOOK IN THE LAST ELECTION HE HAS TO DO ANYTHING TO KEEP HIS VOTES ALIVE FOR THE RECORDER OF DEEDS ELECTION. WHAT A BETTER WAY TO DO IT OTHER THAN BY USING THE CHILDREN. SICK ISNT IT??? BUT THATS THE WAY THESE PEOPLE OPERATE. MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME WITH ONE OF THE PARTY PLUGGERS AND I INSTANTLY TOLD HER THAT SHE WOULD NOT BE GOING. WE HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE AT ANOTHER LOCAL VENUE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR TEENAGERS IN STONE PARK. THAT PLACE IS A RAPE CASE WAITING TO HAPPEN. UNDERAGE MINORS HAVE ACCESS TO LIQUOR AND BEER. HOW CAN YOU MIX A CLUB SETTING WITH MINORS AND ADULTS AND WHEN I SAY ADULTS I AM TALKING THIER AGE RENGE,21,22,23 YRS OLD. THAT IS WHATS GOING ON AT THE NITRO CLUB ON LAKE STREET.IF YOU HAVE SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN OR KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN, KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THE wELCH / MOORE VENUE. I AGREE WITH THE OTHER BLOGGER, LETS DO IT AT ARE SCHOOL GYMS WHERE WE KNOW THEY WILL BE SAFE AND THERE WILL BE NO ALOCHOHOL SOLD OR AT THIER ACCESS.

    By Anonymous MELROSE PARKER, at 6:14 AM, May 10, 2006  

  • why treat us like slaves said...
    For the past 10 years, this township has been used as a dumping ground for the poor. Because of it’s location in Cook County, the district has been used to warehouse poor Chicagoans. This region has the lowest real estate value, in the area.. The poorest suburb in the US is found here - Maywood; and Bellwood is not far behind.Proviso township represents a region of Illinois similar in some ways to Haiti.

    This district has became a lab for government social welfare programs. Businesses moved out as local governments focused on providing social services over business services. This region became the land of housing projects, Section 8 housing, fatherless families, gangs, crime, and failing schools. White flight has caused a housing boom in DuPage for families searching for safe affordable housing.

    This region has been hit by the 21st Century. Steel mills, manufacturing plants, and blue collar jobs have been leaving since 1979. With a generation of Republican leadership in Springfield, this Democratic region was ignored.
    We are witnesses to what happens when a region is only supported by welfare checks and ignored by both political parties.

    My concerns stem from the fact that both the current useless bunch in charge of these school districts, as well as the oppostion has no plans other than they seeking to see there names on the banners !I believe and hope that with "No Child left behind law", that these three school districts shouls be close to being taken over by either the state or the federal goverment.That is the only solution for these school districts because neither side is worthy to sit on the boards. These individuals are poorly educated and they don't have integrity to lead these districts, and most importantly they think that they are the educators, the superintendents and principals!!!!

    By Anonymous we need help now, at 9:22 AM, May 10, 2006  

  • Its obvious all these people with their comments have NO clue of what goes on D89 as reflected by the lack of attendance at the board meetings. The new board is trying to move forward from the previous mess left behind by the group that ruled for some 30+ years. It takes time to move a district from a lack of leadership and poor academic standards to a progressive district with high academic standards. It takes money to implement changes in the low reading, science, and math areas. Money which was spend by the previous board.
    Some of the early signs of improvement are reflected on the schools coming out of the warning list and the improving reading scores, but we lack in one area PARENTAL INVOLMENT with their children, thats were we need your help. WE spend many long nights going over strategies on improving the district and at times are mandated by the no child left behind law into making changes in schools that are failing. We are NOT running an idol contest or popularity contest.
    We are regular people from all sections of the community working together to bring back the school district to the standards that will prepare all of our children to high school, and to run a school district effectively and efficiently. WE are all committed to excellence in education, all of us have high stakes in the community, our homes, our jobs, our future OUR KIDS!

    By Blogger 89 member, at 12:32 PM, May 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • Listen my fellow neighbors and taxpayers. It`s not Grady`s fault or any of these current school board members fault that are schools are crap. I graduated from emerson School on washington Blvd. in maywood in the 70`s. It was being controled then by the political machine.they messed it up and now we have to support our boards and help them clean it up.That goes for D88 also.Bellwood is next to our town and if they fail so do we. Lets get rid of all the machine polititians. its easy. And please Mr. Welch, pull away from those guys. you dont need them. you would get much more support without them. you can still come back from this. stop selling your sole for a few whorish relatioships with the devil. In regards to the party that you and Mr. moore are throwing for the children at Mariella`s Banquet Hall, just make sure they put all the alcohol up and it is not in the sight of the students and you will be covered by law. it`s not your club anyway so whats the big deal. at least the children wont be at that Stone park club or on the streets.

    By Anonymous D89 staff, at 4:29 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • Not Grady's fault? The previous blogger wants to excuse the President of District 89 schools and blame the low scores etc. on previous board members.

    Now, I'll give you this, Grady is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he allows himself to be used as a pawn to keep Melrose rollin' with jobs and contracts.

    There is where the blame lies. He is not innocent. He has a 40K job as clerk with the township, 65K as a fireman with Maywood and kickbacks from whomever is stupid enough to do pay them.

    I went to school with Gar and he ain't a bad guy but he ain't wearing a white hat either. He says that the schools are doing better but I can't tell cause the scores are for shit. But, one thing is working well and that's the contacts for his homies and jobs for his boyhood friends.

    Suffice it to say...he's bought and paid for and the kids in the district will forever be crippled.

    By Anonymous school board watcher, at 9:36 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • 9:22 doesn't have a clue.

    By Anonymous Bobby Brown, at 9:38 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • I agree with Bobby Brown.

    By Anonymous Need help now is wack!, at 8:19 AM, May 11, 2006  

  • If district 89 was doing a good job at teaching our kid's to read and write,then . Grady Rivers and his gang , I would say they are doing a good job. but that's not the case. we have teachers being remove for the wrong reason's and on.now one should ask. If the kid's in 89 were doing aveage test scornig,in reading and math.Then did, Mr Grady Rivers. Send his children to one of the school in the district. now you guy's do the math. DISTRICT 89 IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM TO LEARN.

    By Anonymous Jay, at 1:00 PM, May 11, 2006  

  • How many 89 board members does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    >>>>>>> Don't know! they have to ask Gene Moore before they do any thing, and that includes screwing a light bulb.


    This job has been promised to Grady's childhood friend, Ms Wade. She left the district and came back when Grady got on the board. OOOOOPPPPPS! the cat is out of the bag. I guess 89 does job rigging too.

    By Blogger Da_Riddler, at 12:18 AM, May 13, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 AM, August 18, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM, August 18, 2006  

  • I delete posts under "anonymous" because it gets confusing with more than one anon in a conversation.

    Please use a pseudonym.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:36 AM, August 18, 2006  

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