On What TV show would you bring back from the dead?
The 1990s-style story telling of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That show has been undead since the end of the In Space arc (what a great way to end the series, tho). The only storytelling they do these days is of how to screw and vastly underpay your actors. Oh, oh, and even more absurd Frankensteining of three popular Japanese shows. They still do that quite well.
On Rock County sheriff warns of phone scam
We received a call from phone number "2000" (you'd think they would at least spoof their caller ID with a legit looking phone number, right?) over the weekend. The automated message claimed to be from 1st National Bank, which we've never heard of before.
Scammer no scamming! Scammer no scamming!
If only that worked on anything other than Swiper...
On Relatively quiet night in Clintonville
Sloth clearly is slacking off because it is such a pain to dig tunnels. My bet is he's sleeping.
On Booming continues in Clintonville
My vote is Sloth is digging a tunnel.
On UPDATED: Wilson School evacuated for sewage problem
Hehe funny stuff. This happened when I was in the 1st grade at Roosevelt (in my homeroom even!!!). We went to St. Paul across the street and returned to Roosevelt the following day. It was a particularly fun day of the first grade :)
On Shoveling policy being studied again
"The minimum bill to the property owner is $127." Is that to pay the workers to do it or does it include a fine? I can get Nelly's to take care of it for $20...
On Candidates face school budget crisis
rocksolid, fair enough. Then why when I explained my concerns to you did you not correct me on the course you were thinking about? When I approached you I made it clear I was talking about Accelerated Orchestra and it being on the list of cuts. Why was the response given to me related to the teacher going to the elementary classes and not anything about these two classes? Thanks for the speedy reply.
Yes, the other side is always good to hear. Mine is but one opinion. I would also like to see a response to the discussion too, even if sent in a message.
theone, Okay. I felt going into detail about my discussion with him might be a bit too lengthy to post without being asked to, and since you asked so politely I'll gladly tell you.--During the "Conversations for Excellence" meeting at Jefferson Elementary on February 15, Sodemann offered up a story to everyone about how his daughter is in the "advanced violin" class at Craig High School. He was mistaken in the name of the class as it is actually called "Accelerated Orchestra." He stated that the class was being cut because it cost too much to offer with such a low number of students, typically 4-5 a year. --After the session ended I came up to him and introduced myself. Then I posed to him my confusion about why Accelerated Orchestra was to be cut. You see, the program takes place with the Senior Orchestra class at both schools. The program is nothing more than a set of requirements for students already taking Senior Orchestra. As I told him, it requires that you lead and assist every member of your section, seek professional private instruction, and perform social services for the performance arts in Janesville.--He responded to my face that the reason they chose to cut it was because it caused the teacher to have to travel between the other schools in Janesville, notably the elementary schools, on a daily basis and caused an increase cost to the school district.--That is an incredible fallacy. The reason the two orchestra teachers from Craig and Parker travel to the elementary schools is because they are also employed to teach the children in the 4th and 5th grades! Accelerated Orchestra has absolutely -nothing- to do with this. These classes are vital to the students who wish to learn.--This shows me a few things about this man. If he actually believes what he told me and wasn't pulling a canned answer out of the "almost the right topic" category, then he has shown me that for at least this one class he is COMPLETELY ignorant as to how the class works. That leads me to ask what other classes hit the chopping block because of his naive view on the education system in Janesville.--His actions are reckless and will not serve us well in the future. I speak out because I am a concerned citizen who hopes to one day in the near future become a father. I want my children to experience the quality of education that I received growing up here. You can twist my words and make me out to be someone with an ulterior motive, but I have nothing to hide. I am only speaking my mind.--For the record, I was an Accelerated Orchestra student at Craig High School under the instruction of Paul Jenkin. Class of 2005. Eighth year of orchestra classes in the Janesville School District.
theone, I didn't say I spoke with him at a council meeting. And I said my one-on-one *discussion*. Singular. I have only spoken with him one-on-one once. He was part of a panel of other school board council members at Jefferson Elementary two weeks ago. I would estimate some 30-40 people showed up to discuss the list of classes proposed to be cut for next year. When the meeting ended I got up and approached Bill Sodemann and was able to have a short discussion with him. In this discussion he showed me a complete failure to understand what he was talking about. Given the format of the discussion I could have easily spoken up and asked him directly what I asked after the meeting. Had I done so I would have been forced to question him for his complete and total ignorance on the subject when he claimed to be authoritative on it. --Please reconsider your view on my original post, theone.
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