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October 25, 2016

Fired professor sues COM for $2 million

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  • Robert Buckner posted at 5:42 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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  • kevjlang posted at 6:29 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    kevjlang Posts: 4036

    Surprised it's not more. I see the board is trying to cut half a million from the budget. Perhaps they're planning on using it for legal defense.

  • sverige1 posted at 6:56 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    sverige1 Posts: 4054

    Seems like this individual simply needs to move on. I'm all for championing the rights of the underprivileged and so on, but this just seems more and more to be a case of trying to "match wits" with the bigwigs.

    Often, when one challenges the establishment repeatedly, he/she eventually gets booted. Just doesn't appear to be a good lesson for the young. When you make mistakes you must learn from them, change the undesirable behavior, and press on. "When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window".

  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 661

    I suspect the lesson learned will be something along the lines of this:

    When you sue and score $36k; looks like your opponent is a loser. So, up the ante on the next lawsuit to $2M.

    Hard to argue with the logic, really.

  • bvresident posted at 7:24 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    bvresident Posts: 1763

    Well, he's not a whistleblower, he's just a union malcontent who finally got an administration he couldn't bully around any more. He'll get pennies to go away and no other institution around here will want him. As it should be with socialists. Tired of my tax dollars going to pay the salary and benefits for someone like him.

  • sverige1 posted at 7:31 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Well, bvresident -
    This is a rare occasion I concur with you. Better he's gone - not b/c he espoused socialism (after all, he's a teacher and folks can learn to think and draw their own conclusions from such controversy) - but, because he simply was a troublemaker.

  • carlosrponce posted at 7:40 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    The communists believe "to each according to his need". Apparently either Smith needs an awful lot or he is a hypocrite in his beliefs. I hope his former students see the lesson in this. He may preach the ideals of communism but he knows capitalism really works!

  • kevjlang posted at 7:47 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    kevjlang Posts: 4036

    What if the administration wanted to get rid of alleged bullies of the conservative persuasion, primarily because they're conservative? Would that bother you? Would you hope that non-conservatives would oppose political cleansing? Do you think people should just sit back and take it if they feel they're being treated like dirt and don't like it? Do you think everyone should just quit their job rather than try to fix it?

  • kevjlang posted at 7:54 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    There's plenty of evidence that the troublemaking may have emminated from the other side, too. COM definitely needs to try to resolve its problems. Overall, this is a new administration. However, they seem to be taking sides with the administration they were elected and/or appointed to fix. I'm not sure how well that experiment will work, but I'm not expecting the smell of roses coming out of it.

  • bvresident posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Dry your crocodile tears Kevin. He was trying to fix things he didn't agree with like I'm trying to help Roady get re-elected. He was doing what unions do, they try to run an operation for their benefit with little or no regard for the well-being of the rest of the organization. The other staff members were being used as pawns and doing it on our tax dollars.

  • Paul Hyatt posted at 8:35 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Mr. Smith preaches communism/socialism and yet practices capitalism.... I see that he is a huge hypocrite....

  • kevjlang posted at 8:41 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Being that I'm as much a part of the intimate details of this as you, I have no idea what the truth is. I'm just asking a hypothetical question, since your major beef is with his socialistic views. So, now you've expanded to union membership. So far, your opposition to him is on political idealism, not whether he was acting properly according to the enforced employee policies and his employment contract.

    If you think politics is the only grounds for dismissal, then you have to agree there are no grounds. His position within the college is not one where his political beliefs need to align with his employer's. He wasn't hired to lead a conservative think thank.

    The only things that matter here are whether he did the things the college alleges, and whether those things, based on the actual practices of the college--not just some unenforced fine print buried in an employment manual that hasn't been looked at in 20 years--warranted termination.

    While his politics may be enough for some in the community to vote him out of his job, the fact is that they are immaterial when it comes to legitimate reasons for termination.

  • vic krc posted at 8:57 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    I don't think Smith was interested in fixing anything, least of all COM. I think that all of the lawsuits against COM were encouraged by him because of an outsized ego that would not tolerate any pushback or compromise. If the issues at stake in the lawsuits were caused by such egregious misconduct by COM management then I would have expected the settlements reached, if any, to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits instead settled for an average of $29,000 per lawsuit. They did not have to accept these settlements and could have gone forward with the trial, but chose not to, apparently because their legal counsel advised them this was the best monetary outcome they could hope for. This is not to excuse COM management in these instances, but we need some context and not rhetoric. Apparently Smith has grown weary over such penny - ante shenanigans and upped his game, as a prior post has indicated.

    Which brings us to the costs to the taxpayers. It would be good to know just how much money plaintiffs and/or COM-Unity paid out in attorney's fees over the years. I would venture to say very little, if any. I would bet that most of the attorneys, or at least the one attorney that seems to be involved in many of the COM lawsuits, did this on a contingency fee basis and took a percentage of the settlement as payment of their fees. Eleven of the lawsuits filed were given summary judgments in favor of COM by a judge, which means that the judge looked at the evidence presented by the plaintiffs and determined there was not enough evidence presented by the plaintiffs to even go forward with a trial. A pattern of frivolous lawsuits? You decide. Unfortunately a deep-pocket respondent like COM must spend money to pay its legal counsel for all lawsuits, they do not have the plaintiff option of contingency legal fee arrangements. Also, COM staff time must be utilized to gather and present evidence for COM. There is no better way to undermine a public institution that you cannot bend to your will then the tactics I have described.

  • kevjlang posted at 9:23 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    vic krc, I'm not sure how much of this case will be made public, but I'll bet that whatever is will wind up adding tons of context to the other suits. I'll bet that neither side will come out smelling all too pretty, and, in the end, the jury may be forced to decide whether rotting skunk or rotting opossum is going to be the next premium perfume. One way or the other, this lawsuit could accelerate the settlement of all the others.

    If COM and the Board are fully comfortable that they did the right thing the right way for the right reasons, they should stand by their principles.

  • vic krc posted at 9:44 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    We'll see. I have nothing against contingency fee based lawsuits in themselves. It is an effective way of leveling the playing field when it needs to be leveled, just as "innocent until proven guilty" is an effective way of leveling the playing field for the resources of one individual against the overwhelming power of the State. However, any good thing can be abused and it burns me up to see what I believe to be an unnecessary abuse of this privilege in the service of what I believe to be an egotistical power trip. It is and has undermined a valuable public institution and cost the taxpayers way more than necessary.

  • kevjlang posted at 10:16 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Essentially, we have two sides claiming that the other is on an egotistical power trip.

    At this point, the only thing that seems evident is that the two sides refuse to acknowledge that they each need to be partners, not adversaries, in the effort to achieve the college's mission, and must justify the economics. Regardless of which side turns out to be right in this, the college will not be fixed until a partnership--one built on mutual trust and respect, not on decree and bullying--is established and honored.

  • gecroix posted at 10:27 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    "The lawsuit also seeks $750,000 in compensatory damages for “stress, depression, anger, worry (and) emotional loss.”

    Is that the money that the leftover '70's power-to-the-people advocate intends to return to the citizens and taxpayers of the COM tax district for all that HE has put THEM through?
    Don't forget to reimburse us the cost of taking COM vehicles to help illegal aliens protest against the country.
    You should have used Enterprise or Avis. On your own dime.
    The good news for this character, is he can use the rest of his paper tiger payoff to have more pre-printed-spontabneous-protest signs made up.
    One way or another, narcissists can't stand to escape the public eye. Look for a familiar face in the mix with the others anytime there's a protest photo op at COM.
    COM should not forget to get a restraining order against setting foot on their property again.
    Even better.
    Close this whole drama factory for about 2 years and let the smell of discontent and obstinance and incompetence and paper tiger crap dissipate, them find some team players at all levels to re-start a community college, not a stage show.

  • vic krc posted at 10:58 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    I understand your frustration, but we cannot throw out the baby with the bathwater. As far as who is bullying who, COM did not file these lawsuits. many of which were frivolous. As I see it, a way more effective and collaborative way to resolve any issues would be political, not litigation. It would be a slower process but it would throw more light on the issues for the public to determine if there is any "there" there. The way I see it, the process would be way too slow for Smith and his minions and so they sought what they perceived to be a quicker and more sure strategy to try to get their way. The opportunity for unchallenged rhetoric was certainly there and used to maximum effect. However, the results, when evidence was evaluated by an impartial court, were relatively paltry as compared to what the taxpayers had to shell out for defense. The settlement amounts, again which plaintiffs did not have to accept, did not reflect outrageous misconduct by COM management. If so, amounts settled and/or awarded would have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which would not be unreasonable given COM's relatively deep pockets.

  • IHOG posted at 11:04 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Tort reform anyone?

    Looser pays would have eliminated all the Smith instigated law suits.
    Out of court settlements for pennies on the dollar are evidence of frivilous law suits.
    $29,000 average settlements is evidence Smith was using frivelious law suits to bully COM BOT and enhance his income.
    His continguency fee lawyer put a $2 million amount on this law suit hoping for at least $20,000 in the out of court settlement.

  • gecroix posted at 11:19 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Frustrated is what I get when I can't find a quarter for a parking meter.
    PO'd comes about after years of contributing to the operating expenses of an institution that has devolved to a '70s counterculture fest on one end, and flailing at brushfires at the other. With malcontents in the middle looking down their noses at the folks expected to keep them employed. The exceptions here do not prove the rule, imho.
    When a year can pass without another episode of As COM Turns, maybe the re-gruntling process can begin. Be nice to read something positive in the paper and feel like the community's 'investment' is yielding more than a forum for paper tigers to meow, and an OJT site for management
    Of course, that will be after the current dust up settles.

  • vic krc posted at 11:47 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    Yes, you cannot become disgruntled if you have never been gruntled. [beam]
    Well, Smith's lawsuit is in process. We will just have to wait until it plays out. I have to admit what I have been seeing in the News reminds me of the acquaintance I made with a couple of student activist leaders during my undergraduate days in the 1960's. They were very good at whipping up crowds but were supreme egoists and bullies. It was their way or the highway and would not tolerate any dissension from their world view. I was quickly disillusioned and have tried to make up my own mind based on whatever facts I could obtain. I noticed that there were some allegations that Smith bullied some of his colleagues at COM. I would be very interested in hearing about any of these incidents, if true. For me, it would be deja-vu all over again (sorry, Yogi Berra).

  • raifm posted at 11:48 am on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    The article says that Pres. Lewis will get a 10% raise in salary. IF she gets a good first year revue..States $18,000 plus. Must mean a salary of $180,000 plus. Bot to give her abouit $200,000 annual to get rid of union, replace full time with part time. Cut dependent health care 50%. And give the tax payers a penny cut on their bill.

    Screw the little guy. Reward the boss. Cut the tax rate a penney

    A good picture of how the Conservatives would make the USA a third world country!!

  • vic krc posted at 12:35 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    In regard to the $500,000 cost savings the Board is trying to implement, you have made my point. What can you expect after spending two million dollars to defend against 11 frivolous law suits and only $129,000 in settlements over five lawsuits?

  • vic krc posted at 12:58 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    I do not know if you are raising a valid issue or not. I am still open on this.

    I would need to know whether Lewis's contract and salary are out of line with the contracts of other junior college presidents in institutions of similar size in Texas. Are other junior colleges making the same cost-cutting moves? Why or why not? As far as the union is concerned, if the issues that led to the formation of the union are still pressing enough, it can survive the loss of one man and carry on. Unfortunately, the health care issue is not a liberal or conservative issue but an economic one. When I was working for the private sector, the cost to me of my health insurance was steep. I retired three years ago and it is even much worse now. There is no doubt that health care costs are increasing rapidly year after year regardless of the political party in power. Public sector employees should not be immune to what private sector employees are going through. I am not being smug, that is just a fact of life. New Board members can be elected to reverse these policies if there is a political will to do so. What, if any, effect Obamacare will have on controlling the incentives that are leading to these medical cost increases remains to be seen.

  • Jbgood posted at 1:03 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Good comments,... but there is no sense in worrying now,..because when the BOT made that vote, the fat was thrown into the fire. Like one poster seem to say, and I paraphrase, "lets see what the end results are going to be with the lawsuit and with the stripes." What stripes you say? ( I threw that in there.)
    Well, they say a tiger can't change it's stripes overnight! Well we are going to find out. Maybe in this case it will,...but maybe it won't. I'm willing to wait, now that the FAT is in the fire,...and see. If they can do it,....I say good for them,lets move on. If they can't,...then the MARXIST was not the root of the problem,..like many might think.

  • drumb47 posted at 3:06 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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  • drumb47 posted at 3:16 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    College of the Mainland has challenged the very idea of tenure. If Smith's firing stands, tenured Professors in all Colleges and Universities will be at risk. Based on this (fact) alone, that dog ain't hunting.

  • vic krc posted at 3:32 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Is that an existential cry of despair at the meaninglessness of life, or is there an issue that you do not agree with?

  • bvresident posted at 3:37 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    Good. Tenure is the education field's equivalent of a federal employee who can't be fired no matter what. That nonsense needs to stop and let performance and accountability reign. If Smith wants to be able to teach and act without constraints then he should go start his own college system.

  • vic krc posted at 4:10 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    I did not know that junior college instructors were given tenure until a couple of months ago. The purpose of tenure is to protect academic freedom, and I have seen no evidence of Smith's academic freedom being curtailed because he claims to be a Marxist. Apparently he was given tenure even though his political philosophy was known at that time. My understanding is that tenure, even at major universities, is not absolute and can be terminated for various reasons depending on the contract. Apparently COM thinks he violated the terms of his contract.

    As an aside, I suppose I should admire Smith's intellectual integrity; or perhaps it is just naivete on his part. Marx said that capitalism would be relegated to the "dustbin of history" but as we have seen over the past 20+ years it is Marxist communism that has been relegated to the dustbin of history. During the 20th century and into this century some of the worst atrocities on mankind have been perpetrated by individuals attempting to put the Marxist philosophy in practice. That is the result of a philosophy were ideas are more important than people. As Uncle Joe Stalin once said: "If you want to make borscht, first you have to skin a few beets".

  • gecroix posted at 5:24 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    They could have made dependent victims of all the little guys, rewarded the boss, and raised the tax rate a dime, and we'd have a good picture of how 'progressives' have led us to a second rate economy and massive debt.
    But, who's counting...[wink]

  • Jose Boix posted at 9:02 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    Jose Boix Posts: 399

    Regarding COM's Policies; check the link below - have added short excerpts of the related areas regarding Tenure and Non-Renewal.


    DDB(LOCAL) CONTRACT AND AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT - TENURE A faculty member shall become eligible for tenure after teaching for three consecutive years. A faculty member must receive tenure by May 31 of the fifth year of his or ...
    DMAB(LOCAL) TERM CONTRACTS - NONRENEWAL Upon recommendation by the College President, the Board may decide, by vote or inaction, not to member shall be subject to revocation of tenure and/or dismissal for cause under applicable College ...

  • kevjlang posted at 9:54 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

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    I have to admit rolling my eyes at that, too. We know it's typical lawyer-speak for trying to pad things for whatever else they can convince the jury to give, but I can't imagine him being able to really lay claim to that full set of damages. Maybe stress and anger and perhaps emotional loss, but if you can collect money for getting angry, I need to make an appointment with a lawyer. I always thought that anger was something you just got over.

  • vic krc posted at 10:23 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    I suppose that COM is maintaining that since he was dismissed for cause then whatever protection that tenure gave him was nullified. Termination for cause means that you were fired for some pretty bad behavior. In this case I believe COM is maintaining insubordination, bullying colleagues, etc. We will see if COM can prove their case. At least in public they seem confident. After forcing this issue, the downside for them could be pretty bad, and expensive for us if they do not have a good case. Speaking for myself, I will be upset if this is settled before trial. I want a definitive answer to the whole mess in the form of a trial judgment.

  • Robert Buckner posted at 4:21 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    Due to the timing of this event, immediately after a COM BOT election, has the whole thing reeking of retaliation and union busting. This is just how I see it.

  • kevjlang posted at 5:59 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    I'm not sure that even in a trial, we'll get that definitive answer. I don't think that the two sides will be doing any extensive soul-baring.

    What will be interesting is how much of a pattern of behavior the college will try to display. From my point of view, if they use a pattern over a number of years, it really brings in questions surrounding what they tried to do about it, and why now. Even if they focus on recent events, they need to show the acts were egregious enough to where there was only one remedy.

    Another factor is that this drama has been played out for so long now, I wonder justhow tired of a performance this next act will be. I wonder whether this is going to turn into a show of power, or will it be a battle of principles. I think we'll be refilling the popcorn buckets a few times before this freak show closes the final curtain. Don't expect the next "The End" we see to be the last one.

  • bvresident posted at 7:35 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    bvresident Posts: 1763

    There is a constant in all this and it's Komrade Smith. He's been (was) employed at COM for fifteen years and despite the plaintive cries from one of his supporters on this story, he isn't a probationary employee trying to learn the ropes. If he didn't or wouldn't understand what was acceptable conduct in the junior college setting then he should be gone-and he is. Only the union mentality says there should be endless counseling and re-training and second chances before an employee can be terminated.

    Mr. Smith has filed legal action against COM through different President's and different Boards of Trustees and yet he just couldn't get any of them to behave in the manner he wanted them to. That's the union part of it. Unions want the rank-and-file to tell management how to run the business (and COM is a business) or they attempt to force them to through strikes, lawsuits, etc.

    I'll offer my opinion that Mr. Smith's primary goal wasn't to educate students but to run the college from his own personal viewpoint and according to his own standards of conduct. He finally ran into a brick wall with President Lewis and this current BOT's. I don't see retaliation or union busting unless Mr. Smith was the sole union employee. He just pushed things to the edge of the envelope and the inevitable happened. If you poke your finger in someone's eye often enough, sooner or later you're going to get poked back-or maybe worse. As I said earlier, when someone is as fantastic a teacher as Mr. Smith believes himself to be, then he should have job offers pouring in.

  • kevjlang posted at 9:50 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    Yes, bvresident, I'm sure that Smith has as much right challenging the charges against him as you had in fighting the charges against you. I guess if you were a Marxist college professor, you would have just sat back and took it?

    Despite your belief to the contrary, I have not picked a side in this fight. I feel that both sides have a lot to prove.

  • bvresident posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    bvresident Posts: 1763

    Stop spinning Kevin. I didn't state anywhere that Smith doesn't or shouldn't have the right to litigate. To your statement that you haven't picked a side in this fight-that's a little incredulous based on what you've said here. It's obvious you believe the BOT and COM President didn't give Smith enough chances to conform to standards of conduct. It's going through the system and there will be a resolution. The facts are sticky though. Smith has filed grievances and suits under different COM Presidents and different BOT's. If I was on the jury I'd certainly wonder how there could be a systemic effort against him if the actors keep changing every few years. For one, I'm glad he's gone so now if COM can't get it together they won't have anyone else to blame.

  • vic krc posted at 11:41 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    One thing about civil litigation is that only the hard facts are considered in evidence. Both sides argue their case and then there is a judgment, either by a judge or jury. It doesn't have anything at all to do with a "show of power" or "battle of principles"; that is all mush. If anything, the fact that this farce has played out over so many years shows that COM management has more than bent over backwards in trying to accommodate Smith. In my opinion this is reflective of that peculiar weakness of the academic mind that is popularly called political correctness. Smith would not have lasted two seconds in the private sector. I would love to be present for jury selection for his case, that will be very important.

  • kevjlang posted at 12:59 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    Don't know if you've read the supposedly fatal e-mail exchange. If you have, I'd like some help in understanding what was adversarial or expecting special treatment.

    Anyway, with civil litigation, the rules on evidence are much less stringent than in criminal justice. Also, reasonable doubt is not a hurdle, but just a preponderence of evidence. The sympaty and empathy votes mean a lot. Rationale is not necessarily your friend, but a well timed emotional outburst can be.

    As for his survivability in public enterprise, we'd have to see. Believe it or not, there are some companies that don't mind having employees bring concerns forward. They evaluate the concerns, and are forthcoming with rationale for or against the concern or request. Believe it or not, not all organizations run with the brown stuff flowing only one direction. If he does have a knack of driving from the rear, sure, he's going to have trouble just about anywhere. However, if he just has a knack of letting the boss know when he thinks the boss is abusing power, many organizations are quite capable of respectfully disagreeing and then moving on. Your best leaders are usually the ones that can learn something from their subordinates. Good leaders don't mind receiving constructive feedback from their team. Limits? Sure. Closed minds? Not for long.

    With Smith and COM, there's a lot of he said/she said. As you say, hopefully we'll see everything in front of us in clear detail, and we'll see how much of the disrespect is one-sided and how much goes both ways. I don't see the marriage reconciling, but stranger things have happened.

  • kevjlang posted at 1:23 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    I'm looking for more details on the harassment charges. Personally, from what I've read on the supposed insubordination charges, I don't think they hold much water. However, if there were clear acts of harassment and abuse against fellow employees, there's certainly cause for zero-tolerance. If they prove that, then he should not collect anything.

    I certainly agree with your last statement. I think they're going to buy themselves a bit more stall-time, though. After Smith is gone, I think they plan on putting some more "trash" out to the curb. Then, they'll have to endure the turmoil of turnover before they can put their plan into action. I figure it'll be at least another election cycle before we they'd advise us to start looking for positive results. If the turnaround starts quicker, chalk my missed prediction to excessive cynicism.

  • vic krc posted at 4:35 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    vic krc Posts: 297

    kevjlang, my post this morning was a little more vitriolic than usual since I hadn't had my second cup of coffee yet. I am an old guy who has become crabby over the years and I have been mugged by reality one too many times. You seem to me to be young and idealistic, but I don't know for sure. I was in the work force for 50+ years plus a stint in the Army. What you said about organizations not minding bringing concerns forward, believe me the concerns should be substantive and not nit-picky. HR may be nice to your face, but your career may be affected without you knowing it. Their main concern is CYA over possible damaging lawsuits.

    As far as playing to the jury is concerned, no doubt that will be a factor, especially if COM employees who were allegedly bullied or intimidated by Smith testify. How much sympathy Smith gets will no doubt be determined by the political persuasions of the jury members. I expect jury selection will be a contentious process

    No. I haven't read any email exchanges. Emails are just dead letters on "paper" until the legal counsels build a story and context around them.

  • cougargator posted at 8:30 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

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    If he's such a 'great teacher' then I'm sure LaMarque ISD could hire him. I'd like to see him in a high school classroom teaching STAARS!

  • sverige1 posted at 7:30 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

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    Cougargator -
    That is hilarious. I doubt if this dude would last 10 minutes in a classroom full of middle schoolers. That would be an even worse fate than high school.

    He'd go back to his old job, pray for forgiveness for all his smarting off, and agree to do ANYTHING - as long as he didn't have to go back to a LaMarque ISD school!

  • raifm posted at 11:56 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    raifm Posts: 87

    eer. What is a dependent victim?[wink]