• Petitioned Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disc. Board, Johnston School Board & IASB

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Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disc. Board, Johnston School Board & IASB

Remove Mr. Dutcher from JHS School Board

    1. Petition by

      J Smaha

      Johnston, IA

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August 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator: All, I was informed last evening that Mr. Dutcher didn't submit his name for School board re-election. While this isn't confirmed, I'm also aware of some very fine candidates that are running and it is a victory for our school district. I want to thank you all for your assistance in raising awareness to our school board that our voices are critical and need to be heard. Best to all.

Please sign this petition if you feel that Mr. Dutcher has violated Johnston School Board Code of Ethics, No. 202.1 and the following points:

3. Accept office as a board member as a means of unselfish service.
4. Take official actions only in public sessions.
8. Recognize that the strength of the school board is as a board, not as individuals.
9. Delegate authority to the chief school administrator as the board executive and confine board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal.
11. Preserve the obligation of having controversial issues presented fairly and without bias.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Video link of Monday Nights board meeting. Please share.

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      Mr. Dutcher may not be able to handle the very criticism that he likes to hand out. Please continue to share our Petition to remove Mr. Dutcher.

      http://www.johnston.k12.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/8.-Board-View-New-Bus2.avi

    2. JHS Board Meeting - 1/28/13

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      I have re-opened our petition as the JHS Board has added an agenda item to the board agenda for this coming Monday, January 28, 2013 meeting. This board item is reflective of our petition and I would ask you to attend the meeting if your able. I don't have more details of this board item, but would ask any/all signers of this petition to reach out to the board to encourage a review of our petition and address it once and for all as voters in our community.

      XI. G. Discussion of Board of Directors' Conduct

    3. Update on Johnston School Board Action - Please Attend 10/22 Meeting

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      To all those who signed the petition. I felt it important to have a next step from those we sent the petition to. Here is a response from the President of the Johnston School Board. Please attend next weeks meeting if you are able.

      Thank you,

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      Mr. Smaha and Mr. Keech,,

      I'm following up to your correspondence sent earlier last week regarding the petition that you presented to the Board last month. Please note that the board will be discussing the alleged complaints against Mr. Dutcher at it's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday October 22nd beginning at 6pm. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Thank you.

      Mike Farrell
      Board President

    4. Part 3 to Mr. Dutcher's Response to Petitioners

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      They improperly used district technology. They condoned truancy among students who served in their absentee ballot running operation. All in the name of securing a five-vote majority the union holds on the board of directors. (Which has largely been used to give the union and administrators fat raises, bury the State Auditor's report and to look the other way when our district met none of its objectives for increasing student achievement this past year.) Only three of our buildings at this time are NCLB compliant.

      I'm affraid this story, and the community members signing the petition are upside down. One's real ethics and character are revealed by the manner with which one discharges their responsibilities and the people with whom one associates themself. Given that, I'm proud not to have these people among my supporters. Taken as a group, they are the people whose actions are running Johnston into the ground.

    5. Part 2 to Mr. Dutcher's Response

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      The petitioners -- largely the spouses of district employees involved in the crime, friends of the four board members who broke the law and should really be the focus of
      public scrutiny, or other beneficiaries of the districts' financial largess -- seem to want to turn the attention -- and public ire -- to someone who took an action their oath of office requires (to among other things protect district resources from improper use).

      This they assume will turn attention away from the fact -- illustrsated in 415 pages of printed and published e-mails -- that Board Members Morrill, Farrell, Dockum and Henry, the 315-member Johnston teachers' union (JEA) and about 40 Johnston Administrators and staff broke state election laws by improperly using district resources in the campaign. They monopolized staff time -- taking school nurses, secretaries, teachers and administtrators away from the important work of caring for and educationg our students to work on their campaigns. (Continued Part 3)

    6. Mr. Dutcher's Response to the Petitioner's : Part 1

      J Smaha
      by J Smaha
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120830/COMM/308300024/Petition-seeks-Dutcher-s-removal?Johnston&community=Johnston&nclick_check=1

      Dutcher's Article Response on Facebook: 8/30/12 : 3:25 PM
      "The mere fact that the petitioners are petitioning for something impossible with unsubstantiated ethical charges helps a great deal to explain that they do not understand the rule of law. Good Lord, I hope they are not Johnston Graduates! If so, our government curriculum really needs some work. By all means, bypass discussing the lawbreakers and hunt down the whistleblower. This is Johnston, continue to polish the facade of a "community of character" at all costs. Even if it means keeping the people who are cheating our students out of a quality education out of the story and away from the headlines, as Ms. De Masters so artfuly has done in the above article."

      Continued in Part 2

    7. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sarah Engstrom JOHNSTON, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am tired of the negativity in Johnston. Why do you think that when he ran for school board the first time that Johnston students voted him out. I am tired of him trying to bring the school district down.

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    • VALINDA Bilbrey DES MOINEA, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      My gransons' education is at stake.

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    • Rachel Chapman AMES, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a Johnston alumni I have watched Mr. Dutcher make comments and suggest things that are completely false. As a school board member, he should want the best for Johnston and support all the wonderful attributes of our community, not tear them down. I have lost all respect for this man and believe his spot should be replaced with someone who cares about the good of our school district.

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    • Whitney Simmons GRIMES, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      My kids will attend Johnston schools and I'm concerned about the current direction and leadership.

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    • Cory Gagne MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      As an alumni of the Johnston schools, I'm ashamed of all of the negative attention that Mr. Dutcher has worked so hard to bring to the Johnston School District.

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