Martin County School District spends $61K in legal fees, poised to allocate more

STUART — Since July 1, the Martin County School District has spent $61,715 in legal fees, $50,799 of it related to the former head of exceptional student education's charges of harassment.

In the same time period a year ago, the district spent $40,673 in legal fees, which was just above the amount spent for the entire budget year in 2008-09.

And the district is poised to possibly pay attorneys much more.

At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Martin County School Board will consider three purchase orders allowing the district to pay up to $50,000 each to law firms representing the school officials in three pending cases. The $50,000 represents the maximum the district would have to pay in each case. If the $50,000 threshold is crossed, the district's insurance kicks in to pay any fees above that amount.

One of the purchase orders would pay the Boca Raton law firm of Carman Beauchamp & Sang to represent the district in the case of Maryellen Quinn-Lunny, who has claimed she was forced out of her job as head of exceptional student education after she voiced concerns about proposed budget cuts.

The bulk of the legal fees already paid by the district, $45,082, went to the Jacksonville-based law firm of Allen Norton and Blue for an investigation into Quinn-Lunny's allegations. That report found Schools Superintendent Nancy Kline violated school district policy by creating a hostile work environment for Quinn-Lunny.

Kline disagreed with findings in the report, saying it was "incomplete and (did) not encompass all of the issues." She also noted a Nov. 17 report by state Auditor General David W. Martin found "noncompliance and significant deficiency" in Quinn-Lunny's programs because of inadequate record-keeping and overpayments to independent contractors.

Another purchase order being considered Tuesday would pay for Carman Beauchamp & Sang to represent the district in the case of Dorothy Mershon. She filed a lawsuit in October claiming her late husband, Gordon Kent Mershon, a former energy manager for the district, did not have his contract renewed for the 2009-10 school year because he was 64 years old. Kent Mershon died of a heart attack Sept. 23, 2010, at age 65; and the lawsuit claims the death was "a direct and proximate result of the defendant's wrongful conduct."

The third purchase order would pay the West Palm Beach law firm of Williams Leininger & Crosby to represent the district in the case of Linda Martin, who filed a federal lawsuit in August claiming the district illegally sought $184,000 for damages incurred at Jensen Beach High School from Hurricane Frances.

Martin alleges the district added a request for money to repair landscaping, which was not eligible for compensation, to a request for $157,781 for roof repairs at the high school, which was eligible. Martin, who had been hired as public assistance coordinator by the Emergency Management Division of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, claims she was fired after she pointed out the improper request to supervisors.

School Board Chairwoman Sue Hershey called the district's legal fees "exorbitant because they're unprecedented. ... Unfortunately, we have these expenses. Can we avoid them at this point? No."

Hershey said she would "rather see the (purchase orders) come to the board in smaller increments so that we can keep a handle on the expenses."

Kline noted the purchase orders pertain to annual contracts with Carman Beauchamp & Sang and Williams Leininger & Crosby approved by the school board Jan. 17.

"The majority (of the) board hires its own in-house counsel and chooses to contract with outside representation for additional services," Kline said. "My recommendation to reduce legal costs would be to more fully utilize the board's in-house counsel and staff for required legal matters, and when subcontracted services are required, follow standard procurement practices."

COST OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION

Legal fees accrued by the Martin County School District since July 1 include:

$45,082, to the Jacksonville-based law firm of Allen Norton and Blue for an investigation into Quinn-Lunny's allegations.

$3,188 to the Stuart firm of Ross Earle and Bonan to act as a special counsel to school board members Sue Hershey and Laurie Gaylord during the Quinn-Lunny equity investigation.

$1,253 to the West Palm Beach/Stuart law firm of Williams Lenninger and Crosby to represent school board members Maura Barry-Sorenson and Michael Bushas in the Quinn-Lunny equity investigation.

$1,276 to the West Palm Beach law firm of Roberts Reynolds Bedard and Tuzzio for legal services related to the Quinn-Lunny equity investigation.

$4,232 to Roberts Reynolds Bedard and Tuzzio for representing Kline in a lawsuit filed by Gary Sparks, a former middle school assistant principal and school board candidate. Sparks claimed his contract wasn't renewed after he and other Anderson Middle School administrators filed a complaint against Tyrone Kline, the superintendent's husband who at the time was an instructor for academic intervention at Anderson Middle. In August, both sides agreed to dismiss the case, with each paying its own court and attorneys' fees.

$5,822 to the Division of Administrative Hearings for a lawsuit filed by Urban Building Systems of Palm City, which alleged it was improperly passed over for construction projects at Pinewood and Crystal Lakes elementary schools. On Jan. 26, Circuit Judge James W. McCann dismissed the lawsuit but allowed Urban to refile the suit with more specific allegations.

IF YOU GO

What: Martin County School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The school board offices, 500 E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart

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stayathomedad writes:

It seems that the school board didn't do the right thing in a couple cases and now it is up against the wall. Now remember, these are only the legal fees. If they loose then the damages will be a lot more.

ObiWanKenobi writes:

A fiscally responsible steward of taxpayer dollars would have never allowed any of this to happen. The Martin County School District cannot afford Nancy Kline for another 4 years. Make your vote count in November !

ObiWanKenobi writes:

in response to stayathomedad:

It seems that the school board didn't do the right thing in a couple cases and now it is up against the wall. Now remember, these are only the legal fees. If they loose then the damages will be a lot more.

stayathome the Board is not responsible for any of these lawsuits. They have all been brought on by the Superintendent. You are correct about the damages. The payouts for Quinn-Lunney and Mershon are going to be astronomical. A good leader would put aside ego and attempt to settle immediately to mitigate the damages.

50sbaby writes:

Tyler, can you get us a TOTAL cost of legal fees during Mrs. Kline's administration. I would LOVE to see that total.

3rdGenNative writes:

OK, some FACTS:

JBHS Landscaping lawsuit: Not under Kline--this was Wilcox--and some of the sitting Board.

Urban lawsuit: Not Kline's fault, basically at odds with the Board, and it was dropped.

Gary Sparks lawsuit--dropped.

PENDING Quinn-Lunny lawsuit: Well, at least The News gives BOTH sides of the story--they both have a story to tell. Innocent until proven otherwise.

PENDING Mershon lawsuit: Innocent until proven otherwise. I do have sympathy for the family and their loss, however, there is always that doubt about anyone that age and their general health to begin with. We will have to wait and see.

kidzcount writes:

"Kline disagreed with findings in the report, saying it was "incomplete and (did) not encompass all of the issues." She also noted a Nov. 17 report by state Auditor General David W. Martin found "noncompliance and significant deficiency" in Quinn-Lunny's programs because of inadequate record-keeping and overpayments to independent contractors."

Does anyone realize this was done after the fact. Kline had no documentation for the investigation team that found against her. If you look at the file there was full documentation from MEQL that are against all of these claims of Kline. The auditors report reflects a letter that Kline had Thabit write blaming MEQL - what a joke. I want to see what the auditor general thinks once they see "the rest of the story". She is still attempting her hostile behavior even though MEQL left. She had Thabit end his letter in writing that she resigned over this finding... What a joke - All of Martin County heard her with whistle blower and hostile work environment. It is a scary thought that Kline believes the lies she weaves and thinks we should too.

kidzcount writes:

Kline said. "My recommendation to reduce legal costs would be to more fully utilize the board's in-house counsel and staff for required legal matters, and when subcontracted services are required, follow standard procurement practices."

How about if we don't suggest ways to limit legal expenses. How about if we eliminate the reason's for the lawsuits. Kline has brought all of these on our district. Prior to her arrival we averaged $15 - $16 thousand per year. Once she arrived we have spent over $430,000 in 3 and a half!

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/oct/2...

3G can try to say this is all a big mistake and someone else's fault... the only common thread here is Kline.

2011 $150,000 PO'd $109,500 actual
2010 $296,600 PO'd $220,400 actual - majority FL Mechanical created by Kline - not only did her ego make this go into the lawsuit - we were found at fault and forced to pay them as well as all of their legal fees.
2009 $ 79,000 PO'd $ 39,300 actual
Add to that this year's $60,000 and request for an addition amount. Wake up Martin County - Kline needs to go. She is wasting valuable dollars that need to go into the classrooms!

drvaughn1#250893 writes:

We need a broader "anti-bullying" policy in the school system. Seems Kline is the biggest bully of them all.

Jamess writes:

These lawsuits are the product of a poor economy and greedy plaintiff lawyers. The School District has to defend itself against lawsuits. Some of you people act as if these costs were created by the Board or Superintendent.

If the District broke the law, then there will be time to blame people in charge of those matters, but lawyers cost money, unless you just want to roll over and get out the checkbook and write a check to anyone who files a claim against the school district.

rj_ferraro#414117 writes:

People will always bring lawsuits, you have to budget for that. But, why are the taxpayers of Martin County paying lawyers from Palm Beach, Boca and Jacksonville? We have a ton of great civil lawyers in Martin County and on the treasure coast. How much of these legal fees are travel costs?

Hopefully the board will consider some local alternatives.

kidzcount writes:

Prior to Kline the district's avg year was 15-16 thousand in fees. In 3 years they have spent $430,000 under Kline. We didn't have these types of suits nor to this magnitude prior to her taking over! Yes I agree - there could be an occasional suit here or there but certainly not the onslaught that has transpired since her arrival.

kidzcount writes:

I completely understand what caused these suits... Hurricane KLINE

curiousobserver10 writes:

in response to 50sbaby:

Tyler, can you get us a TOTAL cost of legal fees during Mrs. Kline's administration. I would LOVE to see that total.

Good idea. Congrats to Mr Treadwell for keeping the pubic informed. Difficulty in getting public records from the admin office is common knowledge
In the case of Gary Sparks.. it should be known that although Mr. Sparks agreed to dismiss his suit (so to speak), he was forced to drop it due to lack of personal funds to go forward..while the superintendent of course had the benefit of tax payer dollars. Her method of draining the opposition's pockets worked, but she is in no way exonerated from her actions to fire Sparks in the first place. Why else would Mr Sparks, with stellar evaluations, be non-renewed? The confrontation with the superintendent's husband resulted from Mr Spark's mistake of standing up to Mr. Kline, on behalf of two school employees. The whole story of why those employees suddenly refused to back Sparks, needs to be told...
The firings of Sparks and 16 others (six months after Kline took office) paved the way for crony appointments, but worse, brought down the curtain of fear. The few employees who dared to open the curtain in the past two years, have either been fired or left for better working conditions.

Obiwancanobi writes:

Why are the attorneys, Doug Griffin and Kim Sable, who work in the district handling these cases? Or are they part of the problem?

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to Obiwancanobi:

Why are the attorneys, Doug Griffin and Kim Sable, who work in the district handling these cases? Or are they part of the problem?

I posted too fast. I meant why AREN'T Griffin and Sable handling these cases. This would be a big savings to the district.

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to Muckshovel:

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Then they can defend the Trio you talk about and not farm out this expense to other firms.

Obiwancanobi writes:

Been there done that for this issue. Hasn't enough money been wasted putting this up for a vote over and over again? I recall that most voters didn’t want an appointed superintendent unless the three negative and unproductive board members were gone.

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to MrMHimself:

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I can't tell if you're quoting from a comic book or a bad super hero movie "I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine". Will you be using kryptonite or a magic potion? Too funny.

3rdGenNative writes:

in response to MrMHimself:

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QUOTE: "if you attempt to strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

Line stolen from Darth Vader. LOL

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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MrMHimself is full of himself.

3rdGenNative writes:

in response to MrMHimself:

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QUOTE: "if you attempt to strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

OOOPS--or was this line stolen from the evil Emperor on Star Wars?

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to 3rdGenNative:

QUOTE: "if you attempt to strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

Line stolen from Darth Vader. LOL

It's my/Obiwan's quote.

"You can't win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

The Force has a strong influence on the weak minded. Such as MrMHimself.

3rdGenNative writes:

in response to Obiwancanobi:

It's my/Obiwan's quote.

"You can't win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

The Force has a strong influence on the weak minded. Such as MrMHimself.

Ah, some levity in all this brevity. Thanks for helping me get it straight! It was just too funny to ignore.

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to cleanupmcsd2012:

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And you're always on topic and treat people respectfully in your blogs? Ahh, no!

Shut up!

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to cleanupmcsd2012:

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I don't know Kline. I've just gotten sick and tired of seeing a great school district trashed by hateful bloggers and three lousy board members because they don't like Kline. Any and every issue that surfaces the haters pin on Kline.

Get over your own damn selves. The Martin County School district is thriving.

3rdGenNative writes:

in response to cleanupmcsd2012:

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You can call me all the names you want--but what you are doing is still WRONG. It is stalking plain and simple. By TRYING to identify people, you put them at risk. Just look at the stuff MrM is saying...........

Whether someone is pro-Kline or anti-Kline--there is no excuse for putting someone/anyone at risk of stalking.

HNottingham (Inactive) writes:

Whether you want to admit it or not, you are bullying and taunting each other on here. I will answer your question about the "trio" Do I think the board has acted badly, yes at times I certainly have. Do I think Nancy Kline has acted badly, yes at times I certainly have. Here's my question to all of you on one lawsuit that's on here for those supporting Mrs. Kline. Did Mrs. Kline non-renew Mr. Mershon, who was very experienced and saved the district a significant amount of money to hire a family friend with very little experience who is no longer even in that job? Here's a question to all of you who are against her. What is the big deal that her husband is working for the district? He does not work directly for her first of all and secondly can anyone count how many people have spouses and or children who work together at the district? As someone who is undecided on their vote, I will tell you none of you are helping either side.

3rdGenNative writes:

in response to cleanupmcsd2012:

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HN--I respect your voice of reason.

Here's some clarification. N Kline's husband works in drop-out prevention and runs a special class (not sure of the exact classification or title.) If you will please note, Martin County Schools has increased its graduation rate to one of the highest in the state. We must be doing something right--and so are the teachers that man this program.

1Will writes:

in response to cleanupmcsd2012:

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I'm pretty sure that Ms Quinn-Lunny resigned as Equity Officer.She would not put herself in a position to do anything unethical. So...she resigned. Just like her position...she resigned.
Not abandonded it like Kline likes to believe. She resigned due to a hostile work environment.
Don't you like how Kline keeps digging herseld deeper and deeper?

1Will writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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Why don't you ask some ESE people in the ESE office what happened on the day she "resigned"?
I'm sure she spoke to someone the day she left and there was a "straw that broke the camel's back".
Oh - I know why, because there is a gag order on all of them and they would not DARE speak out against Kline. In this economy, people want to keep their jobs. Not everyone has the integrity, ethics, and moral compass to do what Ms Quinn-Lunny did.
Wait and see. It will all come out!!!
All those employees that were too afraid to talk...they will all be talking!

1Will writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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Lies, Lies and more Lies.
How would you know she had not done one thing? Another lie.
Anger???? I guess you NEVER knew Ms Quinn-Lunny. On of the most professional educators/leaders I have ever met in my 24 years of public education.
I won't even begin to start writing the names of Angry Administrators in MCSD...

1Will writes:

in response to Muckshovel:

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And where is Kline's?
Oh, I forgot, she doesn't use Time and Attendance.
She must be above that...

curiousobserver10 writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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Ask Mrs Kline why she fired Merschon? Are you kidding? Since when has she exhibited that she owes anyone an answer to anything?
If she had a legit reason to fire Merschon, why didn't she say so then?
Not allowing him to reapply (as the most qualified person) says a lot. It's one thing that you cannot see the power game she played in all of the 17 non-renewals, but in the Merschon case, it's beyond comprehension that you cannot see the truth here. Since when does any employer replace a pro, in such an important position, with a completely unqualified person?
You imply that she's shared this info with you. If not, why don't YOU ask Mrs Kline and report the answer back to us. Better yet, tell journalist Tyler Treadway and he'll get things confirmed with Mrs. Kline. Then, we can read all about it. Oops, I forgot. She won't be able to comment on a case under litigation. We'll have to wait for the courts to rule. In the meantime, I don't recall the budget planning sessions having a rainy day fund for this and other forthcoming law suits. No doubt we'll have a tax increase for the next budget year.

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to HNottingham:

Whether you want to admit it or not, you are bullying and taunting each other on here. I will answer your question about the "trio" Do I think the board has acted badly, yes at times I certainly have. Do I think Nancy Kline has acted badly, yes at times I certainly have. Here's my question to all of you on one lawsuit that's on here for those supporting Mrs. Kline. Did Mrs. Kline non-renew Mr. Mershon, who was very experienced and saved the district a significant amount of money to hire a family friend with very little experience who is no longer even in that job? Here's a question to all of you who are against her. What is the big deal that her husband is working for the district? He does not work directly for her first of all and secondly can anyone count how many people have spouses and or children who work together at the district? As someone who is undecided on their vote, I will tell you none of you are helping either side.

I have watched the school board meetings and talked to other parents and school district employees. My opinions were formed by listening and then drawing my own conclusions.

My observations –

As Superintendent, Mrs. Kline manages the second largest employer in Martin County (approximately 2,200 employees). School district administrative employees are on a year-to-year contract, so there is no guarantee of employment. Three years ago, 17 (I think) of those administrative employees were non-renewed. Since then most of the 17 have been up in arms about their non-renewal. Some have initiated lawsuits, some have complained at school board meetings and some have done both.

As an example, Gary Sparks, an assistant principal, who had only worked in the school district for about a year was one of the 17 non-renewed. He not only filed a lawsuit, which went nowhere, he and/or his partner, have trashed Kline at most school board meetings over the years. Watch some of the old school board meetings and judge for yourself how they have conducted themselves.

I might be off on my timing, but I think Mr. Mershon had another job after leaving the school district and died over a year and a half after he left the district. I understand that Mr. Mershon was originally brought into the school district by Dr. Wilcox and she knew him as he was her parents’ minister. Mr. Mershon’s replacement had an engineering degree.

Quite frankly, most businesses don’t even guarantee employment for a year, but in the school district, employees, whether because of the influence of union contracts or tenure, have lost touch with the fact that circumstances change and many times management decides to make personnel changes to gain more skills and needed experience in a position.

Over the last three years there’s been a lot of ranting about Kline bringing in people from the outside (Isn’t that what most executives do when they become CEO?). I’ve only been able to find one relative that's been hired, her husband, and he’s in the equivalent of a teaching position. He had previously worked both in Palm Beach County and Martin County as a teacher. Again, this is a school district made up of 2,200 employees. If you want to look at nepotism, you might want to check out how many of Dr. Anderson’s relatives work in the school district. I’ve heard that at one point there may have been as many as 75+.

I have come to the conclusion that the school district is well run under the leadership of Superintendent Kline. She has not accepted the status quo of what she inherited or the pressure from some school board members to do it “their” way. She has also managed through the budgetary issues and the decline of funding. She will have my vote.

50sbaby writes:

Goodbyesue/Obiwancanobi,

You are cold to the core. No one is responding to you because the tone of your comment is VERY OFFENSIVE!

It is strange how you talk to yourself though. It just gets old.

curiousobserver10 writes:

in response to Obiwancanobi:

I have watched the school board meetings and talked to other parents and school district employees. My opinions were formed by listening and then drawing my own conclusions.

My observations –

As Superintendent, Mrs. Kline manages the second largest employer in Martin County (approximately 2,200 employees). School district administrative employees are on a year-to-year contract, so there is no guarantee of employment. Three years ago, 17 (I think) of those administrative employees were non-renewed. Since then most of the 17 have been up in arms about their non-renewal. Some have initiated lawsuits, some have complained at school board meetings and some have done both.

As an example, Gary Sparks, an assistant principal, who had only worked in the school district for about a year was one of the 17 non-renewed. He not only filed a lawsuit, which went nowhere, he and/or his partner, have trashed Kline at most school board meetings over the years. Watch some of the old school board meetings and judge for yourself how they have conducted themselves.

I might be off on my timing, but I think Mr. Mershon had another job after leaving the school district and died over a year and a half after he left the district. I understand that Mr. Mershon was originally brought into the school district by Dr. Wilcox and she knew him as he was her parents’ minister. Mr. Mershon’s replacement had an engineering degree.

Quite frankly, most businesses don’t even guarantee employment for a year, but in the school district, employees, whether because of the influence of union contracts or tenure, have lost touch with the fact that circumstances change and many times management decides to make personnel changes to gain more skills and needed experience in a position.

Over the last three years there’s been a lot of ranting about Kline bringing in people from the outside (Isn’t that what most executives do when they become CEO?). I’ve only been able to find one relative that's been hired, her husband, and he’s in the equivalent of a teaching position. He had previously worked both in Palm Beach County and Martin County as a teacher. Again, this is a school district made up of 2,200 employees. If you want to look at nepotism, you might want to check out how many of Dr. Anderson’s relatives work in the school district. I’ve heard that at one point there may have been as many as 75+.

I have come to the conclusion that the school district is well run under the leadership of Superintendent Kline. She has not accepted the status quo of what she inherited or the pressure from some school board members to do it “their” way. She has also managed through the budgetary issues and the decline of funding. She will have my vote.

Obiwan, you are misinformed about Mr Merschon having employment after dismissal by Kline. Also, his replacement, age 26 and son of an attorney who had contributed greatly to Kline's campaign, had no degree, let alone engineering knowledge. Coincidentally, contributor atty was later hired by dist admin to handle a legal matter. Kline was able to use tax payer dollars to drag out Spark's case in order to drain his bank account, forcing him to drop the case.
While a list of nice sounding things such as A rated schools, balanced budgets, etc will entice the uniformed to reelect Kline, be warned now that the fallout of her tactics will cost the taxpayers dearly in years to come. The big payouts from forthcoming lawsuits loom. It'll all catch up and the district will be in the biggest hole imaginable. Surely, she hopes to drag these out too, in order for the aftermath to be felt after she's gone.

1Will writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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She resigned as Equity Officer.
FYI-there comes a point when enough is enough. You can go ahead and call it "abandon" if you'd like. The resignation was written and on it's way...it just happened a bit sooner than later. That's what happens when your "boss" is a "bully".
Disinformed? Do you mean uninformed?
And yes...hostile work environment.
Remember the findings?

1Will writes:

in response to Goodbysue:

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No---it's because they want to keep their jobs and not face the wrath of Kline.
And do you think I literally meant a "gag order"?
You have spoken to someone and I have spoken to more than someone.
I promote the truth-regardless of what you want to believe.

Obiwancanobi writes:

in response to Obiwancanobi:

I have watched the school board meetings and talked to other parents and school district employees. My opinions were formed by listening and then drawing my own conclusions.

My observations –

As Superintendent, Mrs. Kline manages the second largest employer in Martin County (approximately 2,200 employees). School district administrative employees are on a year-to-year contract, so there is no guarantee of employment. Three years ago, 17 (I think) of those administrative employees were non-renewed. Since then most of the 17 have been up in arms about their non-renewal. Some have initiated lawsuits, some have complained at school board meetings and some have done both.

As an example, Gary Sparks, an assistant principal, who had only worked in the school district for about a year was one of the 17 non-renewed. He not only filed a lawsuit, which went nowhere, he and/or his partner, have trashed Kline at most school board meetings over the years. Watch some of the old school board meetings and judge for yourself how they have conducted themselves.

I might be off on my timing, but I think Mr. Mershon had another job after leaving the school district and died over a year and a half after he left the district. I understand that Mr. Mershon was originally brought into the school district by Dr. Wilcox and she knew him as he was her parents’ minister. Mr. Mershon’s replacement had an engineering degree.

Quite frankly, most businesses don’t even guarantee employment for a year, but in the school district, employees, whether because of the influence of union contracts or tenure, have lost touch with the fact that circumstances change and many times management decides to make personnel changes to gain more skills and needed experience in a position.

Over the last three years there’s been a lot of ranting about Kline bringing in people from the outside (Isn’t that what most executives do when they become CEO?). I’ve only been able to find one relative that's been hired, her husband, and he’s in the equivalent of a teaching position. He had previously worked both in Palm Beach County and Martin County as a teacher. Again, this is a school district made up of 2,200 employees. If you want to look at nepotism, you might want to check out how many of Dr. Anderson’s relatives work in the school district. I’ve heard that at one point there may have been as many as 75+.

I have come to the conclusion that the school district is well run under the leadership of Superintendent Kline. She has not accepted the status quo of what she inherited or the pressure from some school board members to do it “their” way. She has also managed through the budgetary issues and the decline of funding. She will have my vote.

I stand by my comments.

1Will writes:

in response to Muckshovel:

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"...as a retired ESE employee things are better."
That's interesting, you are RETIRED but know that things are BETTER. How would you know that thing are better?
You obviously do not have, ever had (you or a family member) in the past or currently a child with special needs in MCSD.
There is a difference and it is NOT better.
Yes. I agree change is good for some and not others but when change has a negative effect on children (both General Ed and ESE) CHANGE is NOT GOOD.
We are not discussing what happens "in the world outside of education"...
I rather be left behind than be a part of change that is NOT in the best interest of children. Thanks anyway!

1Will writes:

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So as an elected official she does not have to abide by the same procedures that she requires of her staff?
She needs to be accountable for where she is as well as Mr Griffin and everyone else that is paid by MCSD.

1Will writes:

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3825968 writes:

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You are such a loser and whiner. Waaah, waaah, I want my time off money the mean lady owes me. The mean lady fired me.

Then you try to act tough. Meet me I'll be at the gym. You sound like you're using the blogs to cruise for dates.

3825968 writes:

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A boat analogy. How stupid.

3825968 writes:

in response to MrMHimself:

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Yes you are a child.

1Will writes:

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So why are you responding???
What is so arrogant about speaking out for the students of MCSD, especially the ESE students that need ADVOCATES?!
Again...if you read what I wrote it is 'student focused" and all you are concerned about is how do I know this or that...
You really should just respond to bloggers who address you...unless you are both the same blogger?

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