I ainít buying it......FBISD board
president Lisa Rickert shut down the board meeting at the
Monday, Feb. 27 board meeting soon after the regular meeting
got started. The districtís hired liar put out a press
release that the meeting got started so late due to
discipline hearings and some 40 parents signed up to speak
about Lake Olympia Middle School. Supposedly, the board is
now trying to quit at a decent time (particularly after I
previously accused Rickert of not being a good leader
because meetings dragged on), it was decided to adjourn
before the agenda was half finished. The meeting will
supposedly take up where they left off at the next meeting,
which is a workshop meeting, meaning, I guess, that no
action can be taken just as no audience members can speak.
That little trick of making sure the
audience couldnít speak, undertaken as they were in the
process of firing, whoops, retiring Baitland, has come back
to bite them you know where. And I am not disparaging their
school and community relations person. She is a good
employee and does what the board tells her to do.
I ainít buying it because loud voices
were heard coming from the back room during a break the
board took between hearing from the parents. Supposedly Ken
Bryant lost his temper with the acting superintendent and
made her cry. He had to be taken to the woodshed by
President Rickert. Obviously the spanking didnít do any
good, because she quickly adjourned the meeting without any
explanation soon after returning from the woodshed.
If the meeting were truly adjourned
because of the lateness of the hour (11 p.m.), why didnít
President Rickert announce that before adjournment? Nah,
that part about the lateness of the hour was made up. She
adjourned the meeting because she is finding she canít
control her followers.
My sources say that the fly in the
buttermilk was this little item on the agenda: Renewal of
the Job Order Contract (JOC) agreements with HCCS (RHJ,
Inc.), and TASB (Jamail Construction).
I find it strange that HCCS (RHJ, Inc.)
got the contract a couple of years ago and now suddenly
without any notice TASB (Jamail Construction) shows up on
the agenda. And just about the time the board got to that,
President Rickert shuts the meeting down. Donít those guys
know how to stay bought?
Supposedly, Rickert et al. wanted to
switch the business from HCCS (RHJ, Inc.) because they felt
they werenít doing their job. I believe this is true because
they had their minion Mitton call me and try to get me
stirred up over the JOC again, since I had promised to keep
my eye on them when they first got the contract without much
Everything was all set to change to Jamil
since RHJ wasnít doing their job, when Ken Bryant went off
the reservation. Ken is African American as is the majority
owner of RHJ and I guess blood is thicker than school board
alliances. Perhaps Bryant, who is running for state
representative as a Republican, needs campaign financing,
something that large construction firms are wont to do.
According to Commissioner Grady Prestage, who I quizzed
about Bryantís action, Bryant went off the reservation
months ago when he became a Republican.
In any event, it looked like Rickert et
al. would be minus one al. so she canceled the meeting in
the middle of it. What a leader!
Update! At the March 7 board meeting, RHJ
was not even on the agenda. Without any previous notice,
board discussion, or vote, the leftover agenda from Feb. 27
suddenly has only Jamil to be acted on.
I have covered every kind of meeting in
Fort Bend County since 1978--28 years--and in all that time
I have never been to a governmental meeting where the agenda
was not completed. Many of these boards and bodies were
comprised of members who hadnít the advantage of higher
educations. Yet they were able to do their business in an
organized manner. Makes you wonder, huh?
I used to think that somebody was going
to wake up before any real damage was done. Now I just
despair about the next 10 years at Fort Bend ISD.
I donít understand why the board couldnít
have kept former Supt. Betty Baitland on board while they
were trying to hire a new superintendent. At the very least,
they could have hired the guy with more experience to run
the district temporarily. But no, this board appointed a
superintendent who would do exactly as told, only
occasionally breaking down in tears and saying she just
couldnít do it. Witnessing this type of behavior makes one
wonder why in the world Baitland was ďretired.Ē Are they
crazy? Nothing is working now. These people--Lisa Rickert,
Ken Bryant, Stan Magee, and Laurie Caldwell-- have
practically destroyed a school district in 10 months.
They canít do that, can they?.....FBISD
Board member Stan Magee is supposedly squiring Wayne Howard
around to FBISD schools even though Wayne, an ex-teacher
himself, who was retired early by the school district and
has no children in the district, has signed up to run for
the board again. He ran last time but was defeated. I hope
after electing Stan Magee that voters have learned their
lesson about the dangers of electing someone with a personal
And Stan knows perfectly well that he should not be sack
dragging Wayne Howard to campuses. He was banned from FBISD
campuses himself during his own campaign. These people have
no shame. Theyíve made me completely lose my sense of humor.
Thereís nothing funny about the current situation.