Friday, January 30, 2015

Shaun Nelms Jumps Ship


Becomes East High's Deputy Supt. 

To hold newly created position overseeing hiring of administrators & staff members and the daily operations of the East High Educational Partnership Organization plan.


Shaun Nelms pic

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Typical mercenary administrator. Greece paid for his masters in administration. (Not sure about his PhD..) Soon left for a variety of other administrative posts at other Districts. He is a competent, personable guy who is always looking for the next rung in the career ladder.

Anonymous said...

A smart move but he will be back in the not to distant future. He left one before.

SCATS said...

To 11:11AM ~~ It appears you are correct. He and a few other GCSD top employees took $$ to help East High/UofR in their quest for success. Nelms wasn't exactly quiet about his search for greener pastures either: http://www.proactsearch.com/consultants/shaun-nelms

Anonymous said...

We should wish him well. He served well, will move on, and may or may not return. Executive positions routinely involve changing organizations to broaden candidates, and bringing in new people from the outside organizations to stimulate fresh thinking. Whether that churn is good or bad, it is customary and should be expected.

SCATS said...

To 4:55PM ~~ Let's face facts, Nelms had more class, not to mention true education/knowledge, that the rest of DO put together. I wish him well and that he never has to return to GCSD.

Anonymous said...

He isn't leaving for greener pastures. Obviously anything is greener than Greece lately thanks current leadership. Everyone with at least a 5th grade education can see that the current leadership is the reason everyone has been jumping ship fast and furiously. He was just the latest in the line of people just giving up and leaving. Sadly he was one of the good ones. As a parent and taxpaying resident I saw him at events and on television more than the superintendent. He truly seems to care about the children and their families. From what I have heard the staff is devastated about him leaving. They looked to him as more of a leader. When will the board of ed acknowledge the what the community, parents and employees see and are talking openly about. Look at what the number of employees that are taking jobs elsewhere and the parents that are moving elsewhere are showing and telling you. If you can't take the rose colored glasses off when it comes to seeing the sad state of community parent and even employee morale then all we taxpayers can hope for is that a few new board members that are strong willed will come in with fresh open eyes and ideas to hopefully turn the district back to what it once was and people were proud of. I am not sure it is possible but the first step is looking at what Nelms and others including parents departures are telling you.

Anonymous said...

9:58 Your comments are right on the mark. I'm not sure that the district can be salvaged but if we parents and taxpayers don't do something damn soon, it will too late.
The first step which you mention would be a complete turn over on the BOE. We must reject any incumbent that seeks another term this May and replace them with pro active aggressive types willing to change the status quo.
The problem is, getting the right people willing to get involved and seek seats on the board. Until this happens, nothing will change.
If three good candidates were to emerge, then we should do everything within our power to get them elected and reject returning members.
One election won't get it done though. It would take two years to effectively change the effectiveness of the board as it takes five votes to bring about the needed changes. This year would be step in right direction.

SCATS said...

To 7:18AM ~~ In the past, when several supposedly like-minded people got onto the BOE, look what happened!! Remember HMO?? Look at Frank Oberg today!! He's squarely a BIG part of the problem!

Once they are elected, these folks are subjected to all sorts of schmoozing, partying, bribery and other pressures to get them to become one of the good ole boys. It's fun to eat out, drink with district bigwigs, especially at their lakeside mansion!

Anonymous said...

Scats you nailed the problem on the head. Oberg used to be a loud voice of reason but has become the the superintendents latest cheerleader and yes man. A few other board members I believe uses to be employees. Oddly enough it appears that they too have come under the spell of her as well. Why they turned their backs on their former employees is beyond me. We need some strong people that will take a stand and think in the best interest of the students taxpayers and employees. Is there anyone the ran last year that cod take on this challenge and help end the reign of terror? I will admit I did not pay as much attention last year to the vote or the candidates but you can bet I will more this year. I will be telling other parents to as well. Maybe if enough people get vocal about the shenanigans that are going on we can help remove the wool that has been pulled over the nine others eyes. Scats is there anyone you know of that can help start the revolt and begin to possibly bring about change. I vaguely remember you endorsing a person last year but I can't remember his or her name.

SCATS said...

To 11:44AM ~~ Yes, SCATS endorsed Kristo Miettinen. I have no idea whether or not he might be interested in running again. The problem is, when you become the LONE VOICE to speak out on the BOE, the rest of them shun you, pull crapple to shut you up (remember Boily vs. Moscato and the bag of tricks from Robert's Rules?) and will do whatever is necessary to drive you away. When the Town Board was tagged as CLOSED, CLUBBY & CORRUPT, it applied equally to the BOE, and still does.

SCATS said...

BTW, I'd say the BEST WAY to get the BOE's attention NOW would be to get the CIP & Stadium projects voted down by numbers that matter ... 2 to 1, or 3 to 1.

Anonymous said...

Scats, I guess I have a question you won't be able to answer. Why aren't the employees being vocal? Are they intimidated or in fear of losing their jobs. If this is the case why isn't the board helping them? It would seem to me that the employees would be the best ones to talk to if they really want to know why things are so bad and why good employees are leaving. Perhaps they don't want to hear the truth or just don't care to listen.

SCATS said...

To 4:08PM ~~ The Greece BOE never heard that the truth will set you free. They like keeping their heads in the sand ... otherwise they wouldn't do it ;)

Anonymous said...

While it is sad to see Sean go I haven't met any Greece teachers devastated by his leaving. Morale is also better than it has been in the past. BDW is a stable force and although I don't agree with everything she has done, she has kept the ship steady through the storm created by Cuomo. Teachers are much more upset about him than anyone else.

Joe M said...

It's no secret that every new Superintendant 's job one is to establish a majority of any school board that will approve her agenda. Without this, she will not be able to be successful.
The challenge for new and old board members is to recognize this fact, take advantage of gratuities offerred without allowing themselves to be compromised by those tactics and still be committed to the purpose that they stood for when they ran for the board.
The problem as I see it, most of them run on a personal narrow agenda and learn very quickly that support for their cause is not shared with other members ,fall into line and settle for the status of being a school board member recognized by friends and others in the community. The one thing I quickly learned when I joined the board was the fact that if you ask people in town who is their reprentative on the town board or county legislature, they were clueless. Now, ask them who members of the school board the opposite was true. Amazing but true.
In the first place , a candidate for the board should be a person of strong convictions. Willing and able to listen to both sides of an issue and then make a decision based on the merits of the issue, without compromising their personal integrity . Unless they are strong in these areas, the peer pressure applied by other board members eventually over comes them and there attitude changes from one of making a difference to one of "go along to get along". and become a member of the superintendents legion of followers.
Again, sad but true as seen through my own eyes.

Anonymous said...

Morale is better than it had been? You have to be kidding me. You must be one of her chosen few that she makes feel special so you will go spend the good word. Ask employees take a poll. Morale is worse than ever. She hasnt steered the ship through coumos common core change. She doesn't steer anything the constant is the few administrators that actually care and do the work. It's hard to steer anything let alone a ship when your never there. If you were referring to the titanic then you are absolutely correct. If you are so confident do a survey about what people think and dont leave out the employees. I'm sure the results would not come as a surprise. We parents are often asked to take surveys so our voices can be heard. I am sure the same is asked of employees. Very rarely do we ever hear of any results. If they aren't favorable do they just get swept under the rug? If they are good do they get sent out in the masses in a colorful publication? Too bad the community and employees can't vote one out on no confidence. I am pretty sure it would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately I think only the board can do that. We all know that will never happen. Don't ask don't tell is easier for them. Nelms will be missed he actually cares about the community, the students and employees which is whole lot more than you can say about her. Trying to trash him to make her look better is a pretty lame attempt.

george hubbard said...

To: 11:05AM SCATS and others thereafter.

1. In my opinion, the emphasis for more effective BOE would be on process vs. important qualities for a board member. Here's why... I offer an example to illustrate certain points, but don't suggest this the only way to do it.

2. Think back to the CARE organization and the importance of having competing ideas put before the public.

2a. CARE provided a degree of continuity on issues from year- to-year.

2b. Competitive thinking generally helps voters formulate their own thoughts on issues and leads to better decisions by voters.

2c. CARE made for more competitive BOE races... and helped build public interest at budget and election time.

2d. CARE provided a network between BOE members and the community. GCSD is BIG... a network is important... BOE members can not do it alone.

3. In summary, my point might be likened to two (or more) political parties... citizens/voters may agree more with one, but benefit from two.

4. Members of the community had ways to contribute/participate (many hours of personal time were invested) collectively as compared to interacting with the District individually.

Comments invited.

SCATS said...

To Geo H ~~IMHO the "power" of CARE was in the fact they got LOTS of PR attention to the varied issues. They did it through a variety of means:
1 - They held their own forums;
2 - They printed & distributed their own propaganda;
3 - They ran "opposing" (sometimes, at least) candidates who also did plenty of PR, signs, etc.;
4 - They were always available to comment to media

Through these means, the community became better informed about the issues. Process is only important once you have several like-minded people seated. Having only a couple at least helps bring some attn. to issues they dare to bring up, but that's about all.