First of all, Carol, I was wrongfully terminated by Paul Fanning! How did you get your information - from lawyers or hearsay? Paul Fanning for one? This is how he got his information to wrongfully terminate me. Paul Fanning got layers, layers and layers of hearsay from South Floyd Middle School, which got its information from other hearsay. This is why I beat the superintendent on my unemployment, because of all that hearsay.
Carol, you don't know anything about me. No personal knowledge at all.
The charge was that I had improperly assisted students on state assessment was wrong again, Carol. It was alleged (declared without proof) that I assisted these students on state assessment improperly. But the truth is that I assisted these special education students properly on state assessment, not enough cause to get wrongfully terminated.
It was listed on the agreed order from the professional standards board that I assisted these students in an acceptable manner, what their individual education programs allowed me to do.
I presented a good defense to those charges and it came down to me getting $200,000 compensatory damages if the jury would have voted yes to two questions concerning discrmination, which didn't have anything to do with your assertions on assisting students improperly Your assertions on assisting students improperly was thrown out of U.S. District Court in Pikeville because of hearsay.
Soon thereafter, I appealed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, the reason being two issues. One was that U.S. District Judge David Bunning wasn't fair in that he should have given me summary judgment on the unemployment hearing, where I beat the board in a court setting. Second was that he wasn't fair on 20 objections that had to do with hearsay. By this time, some $1.6 million later, I was going to the U.S. Supreme Court if I was going to pursue further.
So, I was at the U.S. District Court in Pikeville, in which you weren't, Carol. Also, you got your information through hearsay. Hearsay won't stand up in court. Wrong again, Carol.
You say the Floyd County board chose to pursue legal action rather than settling with me, and you ask what's my criticism of the superintendent and the board? Come on, Carol, I've told you! He wastefully spent over $1.6 million to fight me on a lawsuit for four years and forgets all about the children's education. he could have used part of this money to help the children.
Carol, I've heard you say many times that you want what's best for the children, but yet you, Glenna Slone and Jeff Stumbo support this superintendent in fighting people like me and you on lawsuits and costing taxpayers money, money that these children could use toward their education.
The board won't go bankrupt. How many millions of dollars does the board get to litigate, Carol? The superintendent makes sure the board won't go bankrupt, because he'll keep enough money to fight people on lawsuits. This way, Carol and Paul, you won't have to close your candy store.
The board survived lawsuit defeats in the past. How many times did the board lose? It seems like they lost 95 percent of the time. It looks like the board has not learned its lesson. They're still trying to fight people on lawsuits. I understand that Paul Fanning is keeping a big amount of money in the bank so it won't go bankrupt. He also has to keep a little extra on hand to pay his law buddies, Mike and Jonathan. This doesn't make "cents", Paul and Carol.
My question to you, Carol, is that if the board didn't win lawsuits 95 percent of the time in the past and it's a continuation of losing in the future, so then, why continue on fighting a losing battle? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. You like to mismanage the board's money and knock the school kids out of an education, don't you, Paul and Carol?
Your last paragraph is wrong again, Carol. You said I warned the voters. I suggested, Carol, that the voters should go the polls and vote against you, Glenna Slone and Jeff Stumbo because nothing will change.
Four sentences down, you said you "will not vote to pay off people simply to avoid litigation." Well, there you go again, voters. Carol just admitted to not "paying off" people to avoid litigation. In other words, she would rather pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions, to fight the people in lawsuits than settle cheaper and save taxpayers money and use the money where it's supposed to go - toward our children. You even made a dumb joke out of this, "the candy store." The board has enough money to keep the candy store open, but they would rather spend it on lawsuits.
In paragraph six you say, "Our system doesn't exist for adults, to serve individuals. It's primary purpose is not an employment office for adults. It exists for children, and if the board has to spend money to insure that children have good role models, that they are being taught what they need to learn and are learning at high levels, then I, for one, will support legal action to make that happen."
I think you got the three I's in school law mixed up, Carol. I didn't get wrongfully terminated for "incompetence," but I did get wrongfrully terminated for "immoral" conduct on "hearsay."
You said that you support legal action for the board to spend money to i9nsure that good teachers teach children what they need to learn at high levels. Just like I said! You don't know anything about me, Carol, only what you heard through hearsay. I consider myself a good teacher. No complaints from the kids or parents. I've never had a parent tell me that their kid didn't like me as a teacher.
I thought that it was very unethical of you to talk about another teacher. Doctors and lawyers don't do it. Teachers, lawyers and doctors are not perfect, but they can be good at what they do. If you think this way about another teacher, then you're unfit to be board member.
Go to the polls and vote to keep the candy store open, so the children can wander in and get a piece of candy. I don't think the board will go bankrupt. Vote for Jody Mullins, Mike Vanderpool and Mike Harris and focus on children. I'm John Edward Hicks and I approved this article.
John Edward Hicks