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Proviso Probe

Thursday, March 15, 2007

ED, Stan Fields scheduled to be on "Viewpoints" [D209]

Proviso Township High Schools superintendent Stan Fields, PhD, is scheduled to appear on "Viewpoints From the Other Side" on WJJG, 1530 AM, Saturday, March 17, 2-3 PM.

My understanding is that Fields will take questions from guests that call the show.

I drafted some questions that I hope get asked. I'm not satisfied with the list, so if you can improve the wording, please make suggestions. Also, feel free to suggest new questions and comment which questions you think are more important.
What's the best policy you've implemented at Proviso Township High Schools?

You advocate reducing the number of classes--all but eliminating electives--and concentrating on subjects covered by standardized tests. Would you choose to
attend school or send your children to high school in a district that implemented this policy?

Critics have said that eliminating electives is a cost-cutting policy disguised as an education policy. How many teachers could be cut if you succeed in reducing the number of classes?

When you were superintendent of Mundelein High School you implemented various cost-cutting policies and revenue enhancement policies. What services or
functions did you outsource or privatize? Did you recommend other services or functions be privatized only to have members of the board of education stop
you?

Is it true that board member Theresa Kelly sent you email requesting an issue be put on the agenda five times before you responded? And did you wait to respond until after the deadline for putting new action items on the agenda? And did you tell Kelly
that it was impossible to fulfill her request because the deadline had passed? Did you realize that Kelly's requested agenda item was not an action item? Were you deliberately working against the desires of board member Kelly? Or did you erroneously apply Illinois law by neglecting the difference between an action item and discussion?

During the superintendent's report of you first Proviso school board meeting (September, 2006) you opened the door to attacks on board members Charles
Flowers and Theresa Kelly. You gave board president Chris Welch a list of computer hardware that was "missing". Welch read one name from the list: Charles Flowers. Your list claimed Flowers had custody of a District 209 computer. Where was that computer? Did you ever apologize to Flowers?

During that meeting you accused board member Theresa Kelly of maintaining the funds for the Proviso East Wall of Fame in an illegal manner. Where does the bank
send the statements for that account? Have you changed how that fund is managed? Do you still think it is managed in an illegal manner?

You have alleged that board members have received cash advances for board travel but not reconciled the travel claims upon returning. What are the dates of these unrecognized travel claims? Which board members have unrecognized travel claims? What have you done to reconcile these travel claims? Have these board members traveled at District 209 expense since you became superintendent? Why didn't you require them to reconcile the past travel claims before allowing them to travel again? How much money do you expect to recover when these travel claims are reconciled?

You have referred to the "nonsense of the past" as if you are a break with past practices, even though Chris Welch remains president of the school board.
Specifically, what bad behavior was part of the "nonsense of the past"? What have you done to reduce or eliminate the "nonsense of the past"? Did your predecessor, Robert Libka, engage in the "nonsense of the past"? Why is he still on payroll?

The Daily Southtown has run a number of articles that insinuate that Kyle Hastings is a career ghost-payroll government worker. How many hours per week does Hastings spend at the PMSA building?

The issue of political patronage hiring is now openly acknowledged. In the past board member Theresa Kelly would ask if the political bosses had lobbied the superintendent or HR director on behalf of any applicants. If you assume that the superintendent and
HR director were answering questions truthfully then it seems likely that the politicians were working directly with department heads and staff members below
the superintendent to parcel the patronage. Would you be surprised if Chris Welch, Eugene Moore, Claude Porter, Ron Serpico, Dan Coglianese or their representatives were lobbying members of your staff to get "their people" jobs at District 209? Have you taken any action to stop or discourage this meddlingin hiring?

There are rumors that school board president Chris Welch and your business manager, Nikita Johnson, are dating. If this is true would it violate any laws or school district policies? Does it violate any of your policies? If it was true, would you fire Nikita Johnson?

How do you measure the level of violence at Proviso Township High Schools? What policies have you implemented to reduce violence against students and staff? Have your policies reduced violence?

These are some other subjects for which I haven't drafted specific questions:
  • Open Meetings Act
  • website
  • EMM, unnecessary insurance payments to Eugene Moore
  • why is Eugene Moore "in the loop" on district decision making
  • nominating petitions

"Viewpoints From the Other Side" is a weekly radio program hosted by Arnie Bryant.

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13 Comments:

  • Ok...

    Looking forward to this...I'll post my questions tomorrow morning!

    Can't wait!!!

    By Anonymous The adventures of lil man Stan, at 11:09 AM, March 15, 2007  

  • In what ways has Dr. Fields been successful in improving faculty morale in his previous positions?

    Would Dr. Fields ever consider running for a position on the school board of Mundelein High School District #120, as he is still a resident of the district?

    Many of the administrative positions Dr. Fields eliminated at Mundelein High School have or will be reinstated. Dr. Fields began his new position at Proviso taking the same action. Does he still believe in this procedure given its apparent repudiation and his short tenure at MHS?

    By Anonymous ispy, at 8:19 PM, March 15, 2007  

  • I got a question for Fields. Have you been looking for a job for the 2007-2008 school year? What are your plans for district 209 once Fishy Bitchy Chrissy is toast in April?

    Food for thought, a group of community members (Black males) will show up and protest Fields' disrespectful treatment against black women. Does Bryant still broadcast in Berkeley?

    Fields might rethink this bold move. Proviso Township ain't Okalahoma. Welch won't be able to plan what happens on Saturday. I am sure Fishy Bitchy Chrissy will have some of his most ignorant supporters call in for Fields: Lula Greenhow, Larry Howard, Angela McDaniels, Phyllis Washington, Sheryl Washington and a few of his security gaurd relatives. But that won't be enough. Welch has gotten Fields caught up in a poltical mayheim. Fields has written a check his ass can't cash. I can't wait to see and hear what happens on Saturday. Welch won't be able to protect Fields like he does at board meetings. It is free game on "little bitty man" Stan.

    Go get him Carl, but you will have to get in line for this one.

    By Blogger Welch_needs_to_run_for_border, at 10:56 PM, March 15, 2007  

  • A question I have to this so called educator is,how can 209 in less than 6 years,as well as 88 and 89,fall into such a low level!What is his take about how the board and previous administrators ran the school and how could they have destroyed the school so fast!
    Chris Welch,Dan Adams,and there majority,along with Welch's ticket this time around,Foreman and Karl Johnson,how can they even think in running with him(Welch),after
    knowing they got us into a mess, the likes of which this high school(209) has probably never seen. It's one of the great catastrophes of all time!

    By Anonymous Fields needs to anwser tough questions, at 8:41 AM, March 17, 2007  

  • Fields is a coward!! How do you not appear on a radio show fearing a blog!! We need thick skinned and people with back bone!!To appreciate Fields' puppet string act on behalf of the board majority, please attend Monday night's board of education meeting. He has plans for the students that resemble Jim Crowe laws!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:25 PM, March 17, 2007  

  • Ms. Coffee says: I tuned in 10 min. late. What was Field's excuse for not being there? Flowers certainly got his say in. Interesting that Flowers said they will fire 55 teachers. Are they all teachers of electives that Fields is dropping from the curriculum?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:12 PM, March 17, 2007  

  • Carl,

    You going to the board meeting tomorrow?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 AM, March 19, 2007  

  • Yes, I'll be there.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:35 AM, March 19, 2007  

  • Please don't write posts with references to peoples' bodies and physical features.

    Thanks.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:16 AM, March 19, 2007  

  • Oh Where oh where was our "lil man" Stan...

    Oh where, Oh Where can he be...

    He was probably there...he just couldn't reach the mic!

    I'm expecting for Lil man Stan to climb into his dad's lap tonight, Bitchy Chrissy, and attempt to attack Theresa Kelly!

    Bitchy Chrissy and lil man Stan remind me of Willie Tyler and Lester! Or should I say Lester and Lamont Sanford...except one's a little dummy and the other is a big dummy!

    By Anonymous The short comings of lil man stan!, at 10:51 AM, March 19, 2007  

  • The last comment about Fields and Welch was FUNNY! I visualized Fields climbing into Welch's lap and could not stop laughing

    I don't always agree with the name calling, but I laughed my ass off on that one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM, March 19, 2007  

  • I attended tonight's board meeting. It's the first BOE I've gone to in 6 months. I only have a high school education (PW '91) but I thought Mr. Fields was right on with his statement "Who wouldn't want the best for there kids."

    I totally agree when he says these scores are awful. They are! I like Mr. Flowers but he totally came across as a politician in an election year. He was so self rightous that I wondered what is this man's deal. Where's he been these years. Was he one of the ones with a cell phone?

    Anyways I give Fields some credit. He stood up to Flowers which is more than I can say for you Carl. You got adopted as a white prop tonight for Flowers. I lost respect.

    By Anonymous black beauty, at 11:21 PM, March 19, 2007  

  • You write worst than a high school student in a remedial class.
    It does not matter at Proviso; you will be on the next board agenda as a new hire.
    ***********************************
    NOT BREAKING NEWS!
    Another Welch relative hired in security that is not qualified. The new hire can't read or write.
    ***********************************
    I am sure Welch will reward you well for coming to the board meetings and doing his evil deeds. Maybe one day you will be the principal, supt., director of communications, or the inspector general, but you will forever owe your soul to the DEVIL, Sissy, Bitchy Chris Welch.

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 7:08 PM, March 20, 2007  

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