dklamet (David Klamet)

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Lawrence school board discusses outgoing superintendent's proposed salary of $150,000, but delays vote until next meeting

I neglected to mention that the comments by board members are a step in the right direction. I hope transparency will be the norm and not require an outcry from the public.

May 18, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board discusses outgoing superintendent's proposed salary of $150,000, but delays vote until next meeting

I don't know if reorgs are common at this level in a school district. They are common in the private sector.

We should respect Mr. Hayden's privacy, however some explanation as to why he is willing to leave a position and accept a twenty-five percent pay cut is appropriate. "Pressing personal reasons" would, if it were the case, be an adequate explanation.

The citizens of Lawrence are clearly willing to spend money. I would hope they insist it is spent wisely.

It is also a shame that so much attention is given to administrators, buildings, and the like. Teachers are the core of our educational system. Giving a few recognition and money is nice, but there are so many that struggle with many obstacles. Ask a few. Ask several.

We should not hide our heads and pretend our educational system is working. It is not. This should be one of our highest priorities.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/1...

May 18, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district won't say what it plans to pay Hayden in new COO position; new questions about timing of superintendent's resignation

These are good and reasonable questions Chad. I'm glad to see that the LJW is asking them. Personnel matters do, often, require some degree of secrecy. In this situation, though, for the reasons you describe, this secrecy is troubling.

We have to have faith in those chosen to lead. At a national, state, and now local level, that faith is being tested. This is not Watergate, but it is a bad precedent.

May 16, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hayden to resign as Lawrence superintendent, will stay with district in new role, pending board approval

We should not need to guess. There should not be a curtain that hides mysterious actions. Even if we do live on Oz.

May 14, 2017 at 6:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hayden to resign as Lawrence superintendent, will stay with district in new role, pending board approval

It is difficult to argue with the facts. However, it is not about liberalism or conservatism--it is about accountability.
I'm willing to support more school funding if I know that the district is spending wisely and effectively. Actions like this should provoke outrage, or at least concern.
The public is either apathetic or foolish.
It is not unreasonable to expect prudent spending and transparent budgets. I see little chance that will occur. Not enough of us insist on it.

May 12, 2017 at 8:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hayden to resign as Lawrence superintendent, will stay with district in new role, pending board approval

More administrators, more IPads, more money... The path to improving education is not so simple.

May 12, 2017 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

What would this bring to Lawrence?
1. A grocery store downtown (Good)
2. More apartments and profits for developers with reduced risks. (???)
3. A modest number of low to moderate income jobs. (???)

What does Lawrence need instead?
1. Companies to hire skilled people for high(er) paying jobs.
2. Anything that attracts #1. Does this project do that?

Companies seeking skilled/professionals will change the nature of Lawrence. Some might prefer Lawrence as it is, (I might be in that group), but without change there will be little incentive for graduates of our university to stay here.

Either way, do we want the situation where developers get a chance to profit while reducing their risks while the city takes on risk and gains what?

Question #1:
Is this the craziest proposal ever presented to the city?

If no to question 1.
What is the craziest proposal?

April 13, 2017 at 6:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Angry over GOP health overhaul, crowd confronts Rep. Jenkins in Lawrence

Why have people stopped talking about the actual healthcare costs? When one night in the hospital costs $8000, insurance premiums are going to be high-- unaffordably hIgh.

Other nations have affordable care. Why must we different?

March 14, 2017 at 6:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City asked to financially back outdoor rec center at Clinton State Park

A facility that provides more low-wage jobs is not what this area needs. Who would this facility benefit?

Tourism doesn't bring high-wage jobs to an area.
http://journalistsresource.org/studie...

Or google it yourself and make your own decision.

If we want more minimum/low wage jobs, this is definitely the way to go. Someone will profit from a project like this--the people who support it.

If a project cannot succeed on its own merits, why must government step in?

December 14, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas agrees to outsource IT to Illinois company

Outsourcing projects like this never goes well. I speak from experience.

At best, it won't go so badly that the problems can't be hidden. People trying to use the systems will have even more problems than they already do...new obstacles to working efficiently--but that can be ignored by management.

The worst case is that it will be a disaster. I'm thinking the US Health Care website fiasco....or worse. Those working on the current system have important knowledge that won't be transferred easily, if at all, to the new company.

I'm not involved in this in any way. I've just seen similar decisions and their outcomes multiple times.

Seldom does outsourcing deliver the results promised. Seldom are these new people more competent than what you had. They're just cheaper.

As for sending these jobs and money out of state, I guess that means that Kansas doesn't have enough competent technical people. If the government can't find a reason to use Kansas people, or a Kansas company, that speaks very loudly.

Ensono will make money regardless.

December 9, 2016 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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