Accountability, Admin, Teacher Shortage

Toxic and Dysfunctional Climate at J-Town Elementary

Dear JCPS, I would like to address issues at Jeffersontown Elementary. The culture there is toxic and dysfunctional. The "adults" don't trust each other or the administration, unless you are in the it club. The principal literally screams at parents who take questions to the board instead of asking her. Well, when you attempt to… Continue reading Toxic and Dysfunctional Climate at J-Town Elementary

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Two quick points about the Manual investigation

Dear JCPS, - Sadly, today I found out that the investigator cannot grant anonymity to current parents who want to speak out. All names will be in the official record for Mayes to see. So, with that requirement I can't imagine any current parents willing to share their stories, and that is a real shame.… Continue reading Two quick points about the Manual investigation

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Gerald Mayes troubling attitude toward minorities

Dear JCPS, I am deeply troubled by Sunday’s article concerning Principal Mayes at Manual HS and his interactions with minority students. His comments reported by these former students because of fear of retaliation should be taken very seriously by the board and executives of JCPS. Anyone who makes these comments does not belong in a… Continue reading Gerald Mayes troubling attitude toward minorities

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Implicated Manual Teacher Issues Brief Statement

The following statement, which was released to Manual's PTSA Facebook group, is being published on Dear JCPS with permission from the author. Yesterday I learned that two local news stations ran stories suggesting that, as the sponsor of the BSU, I may have conspired with another teacher at Manual to entrap the principal into making… Continue reading Implicated Manual Teacher Issues Brief Statement

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Blue Ribbon Principal at Norton Elementary

Dear JCPS, I am writing in regards to a situation which occurred over the summer and still isn’t resolved at Norton Elementary School. I am sure we all remember the hasty firing of Principal Ken Stites this past May. The district blamed it on him living out of district and sending his kids to JCPS… Continue reading Blue Ribbon Principal at Norton Elementary

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Manual Graduate: Mayes’ Leadership Was “Reign of Bigotry”

The following letter was sent to Dear JCPS by a former Manual student. We are publishing it with permission from the author, amid what appears to be emerging as a systemic and pervasive pattern of discrimination that has been allowed to fester in a number of our schools under the previous administration. By sharing this… Continue reading Manual Graduate: Mayes’ Leadership Was “Reign of Bigotry”

Accountability, Admin, Vision: 2020

Current Manual Parent: “He Will Not Manipulate Me”

Dear JCPS, I am a duPont Manual High School parent who has had several situations within the past two years  in which I felt that  Mr. Mayes has been racially insensitive, intimidating, very inappropriate, and offensive with his comments.  Upon hearing the recent audio recording between Mr. Mayes and two students who were a part… Continue reading Current Manual Parent: “He Will Not Manipulate Me”