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Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, United States

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

You get what you ask for

The Troika has been in office for just over three months, and in that time four administrators have left the Beaver Dam School District.

Superintendent Brian Busler
High School Principal Chris Ligocki
Activities Director Todd Sobrilisky
Director of Business Services Scott Ecker

Is this what the residents of Beaver Dam had hoped for back in April? Apparently.

From the Feb 16, 2006 Daily Citizen:

He (Kirst) and fellow challengers, Jorgenson and Berkvam, repeatedly
stressed the need to cut administration first.
Voters knew what they were getting with the Troika. Or should have.

If you want further evidence that the Troika is a teacher's union puppet, just survey current faculty members. You'll find that the vast majority are ecstatic to see these four administrators go, but why? It's a classic case of the inmates running the asylum. When it's labor versus management, us against them, us always wants to see them suffer.

The irony is these four aren't suffering. They are moving on to better situations. Places where the community didn't just elect board members like the Troika.

During the next couple of months, watch closely as the board struggles to find replacements for these district and school leaders. Many who would otherwise apply will undoubtedly be scared off by the board's current composition. So, the district will have to waive a carrot to attract candidates and Beaver Dam will end up getting what it asked for: subpar administrators costing more than they are worth.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it convenient the the Damn Insider has the "Troika" (what a dumb name, by the way) on which to blame the school district's woes? Perhaps the root of the trouble may indeed have been the result of a vote, but not last April, last November: perhaps it was the failed referendum. Who wants to work in an atmosphere where the constant concern is where to cut programs and staff? How to do more with less? Remember, two members of the "Troika" (did I mention that that is a dumb name?) were also "fiscal conservatives" who oppposed the referendum. Don't blame Kirst, Berkvam, and Jorgensen for the loss of administrators. Blame the community for not investing in our schools. I'm sure that a subpar administration is in our future, and subpar teachers are not far off as well. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Thu Jul 20, 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't agree with you. We do not have sub-par teachers. We have some excellent teachers in our school district, but don't you think that they feel as if they are being treated like second class citizens as a result of all of these cuts....not only are you attacking them, but our students as well. We did have high priced administrators....let's get down to brass tacks. We can find equally good administrators and not have to pay the highest dollars for them. Give these teachers a break. You think that having approved the referendum would make their work load any easier or the students easier to deal with. Man, you need a reality check!!!! It isn't always about money!

Thu Jul 20, 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These folks are "fiscal conservatives"!?!?!?? All 3 are about as liberal of people as you're going to find in Dodge County. They may have opposed the referendum, but they are not fiscal conservatives. As for what the new adminstrators get paid compared to the old administrators, I'll bet there is not much difference. The market will dictate the pay. If BDUSD doesn't pay the market rate, we'll get a lesser candidate for each position. Dr. Busler, Mr. Ecker and Mr. Sobrilsky did a good job. Those in the community who continue to criticize them are wrong.

Fri Jul 21, 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Laughing At Insider's Ignorance said...

It's very interesting that you've talked to 'teachers' who are happy these administrators are gone. You'd be hard pressed to find a remaining administrator who isn't relieved they are gone as well....they just can't say that to you! Anyone in the inner circle of the district knows the high school has been in chaos and Ligocki is an incredibly poor administrator. The fact that Busler 'took' Ligocki with him is proof that Busler was out in left field...building sandcastles and chasing butterflies during the baseball game! Being a nice man, which is what he is, doesn't necessarily make a good leader. And Sobrilski...no comment. There are only three to go: Barb Link, Bob McDonald, and the lady lover - Jim Orlenko. The house will then be clean and ready for a fresh start. If the district could get some leadership the same level of quality as you'll find at the middle school, it'd be in great shape. Question is, will the "troika" and community recognize Mr. Vessey and Mr. Brouillard and the fine job they've done...or will they wash them down with the rest of the dirty laundry? Good leaders and good teachers work hard, are few and far between, but are seldom recognized or respected. A majority of the 'select few' excellent teachers and administrators in this district are already looking for new opportunities. It isn't the 'troika' driving them away, it's the lack of support and respect across the entire district and community. When you go to register your child for school, request the teacher you know is fabulous, and find out (s)he is gone...don't be surprised. You did it yourself.

Fri Jul 21, 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a HUGE difference between being a "conservative" and a "fiscal conservative." In no way does being one equate to being another. You can find many people who are liberal in politics but fiscally conservative. Marge Jorgensen, I believe, fits this description. Ms, Berkvam, by her actions since being elected, is also a good fit for the title.

Fri Jul 21, 04:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Laughing" has hit the nail right on the head. The administration at the Middle School is outstanding! Anyone that even attempts to wash them away with the rest of the administrators is not dealing with a full deck. Vessey and Brouillard are quality leaders. Perhaps they should be considered for top leadership jobs within the school district. That certainly would be a positive beginning for straightening the mess we have right now!!!

Fri Jul 21, 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had children go through the Middle School under Link and McDonald and now Brouillard and Vessey. Never! Did I think two people would have the ability to change the atmosphere and learning in a building like Brouillard and Vessey did. Ask around town, these two created a new school in a matter of months. It is no secret these two are far and away the best leaders in the district. Just look what they have done. Better yet, call them and talk with them. Bring a problem to them and see for yourself how it is handled. These are quality people. The only question is when is the Board and new Sup. going to have enough sense to tap them for broader positions so they can have a greater effect on more students. Don't go looking for something that isn't there. The answer isn't always "somewhere else in the state." The two guys to fix the district are in your own backyard, Brouillard and Vessey. Brouillard is the Sage with the experience and Vessey is the young gun with the energy and connections in the community. Do what you need to do to make sure Brouillard doesn't head back to Columbus and Vessey doesn't look for greener pastures. Turn'm loose and let them fix the place!!!

Fri Jul 21, 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous above is absolutely right! Broulliard and Vessey are quality administrators. I think we have a large number of quality teachers as well. And anonymous is also right in that we have to do our best to make sure these quality people don't "look for greener pastures." But unless something changes, that will be impossible. Our pastures are far from green, they're brown and dying. Who could blame anyone (including the administrators and teachers who have already left) for getting out? And what is the impetus for our remaining administrators to take on more responsibilities? They surely can't expect more compensation! Just what, then, do we offer them?

Sun Jul 23, 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous A Curious Observer said...

I feel that the last anonymous poster has hit many of the problems, not only in the school district but in the City of Beaver Dam as well as Dodge County, right on the head.

None of these public employees, based on what we are seeing in the political agendas of our current leaders, can expext any more compensation. So what is there to look forward to and live on, at the end of a career which through their work and self sacrifice has provided so much for so many.

What is the motivation to perform, excell or just plain come to work everyday for these highly skilled educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, DPW or Highway department employees, or any other staff member in public service who have had or feels they are about to have the rug, for which they have put in many years to attain, jerked out from under them.

I would like to hear some comments back from members of the school board, the Mayor and Alderpersons from the City of Beaver Dam, members of the Dodge County Board or any other persons holding public office in this area having control over another persons job, benefits and retirement.

I throw the gauntlet down to you to participate in this discussion. As political leaders, elected by your constituents, you have an obligation to come forth with answers.

Sun Jul 23, 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous reality said...

Anonymous #1 I would like to shake your hand!!! It's great, finally there is hope that someone in Beaver Dam gets it. Yes, Yes when the BDUSD goes down the tank, that's when the rest of Beaver Dam will wonder what happened. Wake up people. The Mayor is doing the same for the city, running it in the ground. How many good qualified employees have left? Another very qualified department head will be leaving. It has been said the Mayor knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. How true it is.
Just a thought from a taxpayer.

Tue Jul 25, 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Another Observer said...

Amen Reality!! If you are a regular wathcher of this blog you will notice that no one other than Judge Judy had the fortitude to answer the challenge of "The Gaunlet" thrown down by the "Curious Observer". And I don't believe his intention was to provoke her response.

You seem to be on board with the correct train of thought about why will our political leaders will not answer this call.

In the year 2007 will we just put a "For Sale" sign, to the highest bidder, in front of City Hall?

Tue Jul 25, 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mayor knows that the majority of tax payers want MORE value for their tax dollars. If a private firm can replace concrete curb and gutter for less than city union employees, why not investigate doing it that way? Ditto mowing the acres and acres of city parks. Think back to all the years where city employees picked up the garbage. Now, we think nothing of contracting with a private firm to do it. Does anybody out there think city workers could do it for less? I don't. You can't mix apples and oranges comparing school teachers with bachelors or masters degress and semi-skilled or skilled city workers. It's a totally different thing. Mayor Hankes is doing exactly the right thing by trying to privatize to save money. There is no question the majority of taxpayers in BD want him to do these things. Remember, Wisconsin is a tax hell by any measurement. Long live Jack Hankes!!

Wed Jul 26, 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Looking Out From Lampe said...

Generally, when an individual of such a position as your esteemed Mayor, pushes so hard to privatize, he/she may have something deep in the closet which will yield personal gain. (IMRON!!??) Be careful Beaver Dam!! Jacke Hankes may or may not be the wolf in sheeps clothing. Search for the truth, it sometimes layes deep in the quagmire of politics. You just have to dig deep enough.

The original title of this post was, "You Get What You Ask For", my advice to you, Citizens of Beaver Dam, is be careful what you wish for you might get it and then some.

Wed Jul 26, 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Reality said...

Hey looking out for Lampe, come on its not fair to tease the students.By George I think your on to something.....

Thu Jul 27, 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article, this group may get it!


Mon Jul 31, 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Looking Out From Lampe said...

I encourage every taxpayer in the BDUSD to ask the BDUSD Board why they are not looking at the plan which was put together by the folks in Vilas County.

Reference the last anonymous post for the web address. Mayor Jack maybe should head there to pick up a few tips from "Backwoods Folks" from the north country, such as these creative people who actually do know the cost of things and are doing something positive to play the budgetting hand which they have been dealt. And oh yeah, by the way, take care of the staff which has taken care of them.

All it takes is a little creativity and a thought process which is outside of the "Box"!!

Wed Aug 02, 11:53:00 PM  

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