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Walton County Board of Ed. approves Brock transfer

Members say claims against Loganville Middle School principal unsubstantiated

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:03 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

The Walton County Board of Education voted 6-1 to approve the transfer of former Loganville Middle School principal Russell Brock to director of the maintenance department at the system’s central office.

Only Board Member Christine Lusk, District 3, voted against the move at Tuesday’s called work session.

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  • '77 Hurricane posted at 2:22 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    '77 Hurricane Posts: 589

    @ Odaat363:

    Bridget Lynch did NOT "make a mistake". She committed CRIMINAL; ACTS, threw Charlie Wilson under the bus in an attempt to deflect negative attention away from her, and had her certification SUSPENDED.

    In any other system both he and Brock would have been fired. Nut nooooooo, not under the watchful eye of the Despotic Little Bridge Trool Gary Hobbs. Lynch was his protege from LHS and it was common knowledge that she and Hobbs were regular breakfast companions. She should have been fired and prosecuted, but instead, she was allowed to transfer to a teaching position at Carver, where she is still teaching.

    Now we have Brock, just another ought-to-be-dispgraced link in the Loganville Cluster chain. But since he is from the hallowed halls of a loganville school, Hobbs MANUFACTURES a board-level position for him. No suspension. No punishment of any kind. No report to the Professional Standards Commission.


  • WaltonMOM posted at 1:47 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    WaltonMOM Posts: 3

    As a Walton County Mother I am ashamed to tell my friends that my children attend Walton County Schools. I think it's terrible that the elected officals that we the people in Walton County elected sugarcoat all the bad decisions that Gary Hobbs makes. Why have a schoolboard if your not going to stand up for the people who put you in those postions, to watch out for the parents,children and the good employees of Walton County Schools.

    I think we owe CHRISTINE LUSK of District 3 a big thank you for standing up to HOBBS and showing the citizens of Walton County that she has the best intrest for the citizens and children of Walton County. I noticed that the Walton Tribune stated that she was the only one who voted against the transfer for Mr. Brock. Mr. Brock should have been a real man and resigned from his postion as principle of LMH and saved the taxes payer all the extra money it is going to cost them for replacing his postion at LMH and what ever Asst. Principle we end up having to replace THANKS to HOBBS.

  • Odaat363 posted at 10:16 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Odaat363 Posts: 10

    Yes, I am saying that Hobbs has used clearly racist and sexist hiring practices. There are quite a few women and persons of color who were more qualified to become Asst Supt. None of these people even got the chance to apply because neither of the two assistant superintendent positions were posted or interviewed for. Hobbs simply appointed his buddies into those positions. Don't like people calling your practices racist or sexist? Then don't try and avoid having to hire people by circumventing the proper procedures for posting and filling positions.
    I don't know for sure that the teacher involved in this story was forced to resign. I sure hope not since Brock was simply transferred. That really would open our county up to a lawsuit.

  • eagleflyer posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    eagleflyer Posts: 17

    Substantiated enough to force the teacher to resign, yet not enough to force Brock to resign? If I were the teacher I would be lawyering up. And now in the midst of the budget crunch we will be paying for one more position that we weren't before. Thank you Mrs. Lusk for being to only one to stand up for whats right.

  • ksbb10 posted at 9:25 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    ksbb10 Posts: 1

    Mr. Hobbs has been allowed by the BOE to cover up another mishap of a Walton County administrator. As far as the claims against Brock being unsubstantiated is so not true. Brock had an "affair" with a teacher that worked under his supervison. This is a known fact and it is not the first time he has done this. Brock should not be allowed any transfer...he should lose his job...period!

  • truthbetold1977 posted at 6:15 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    truthbetold1977 Posts: 78

    First off let me say I don't support Gary Hobbs one bit. But this all pooh trying to bring race in to the picture is just that pooh. Some people in life blame it all on race. Get cut off in traffic oh its because I'm Black. Don't get the promotion at work oh its because I'm white. Once you people stop with it the sooner the wounds will heal. I've never blamed any thing in my life on the color of my skin. I've also been apart of the lives of people with a different color skin than mine and they never blamed any thing either.Racism does happen and it is a two way street but that street does not go everywhere. It certainly does not come through my house.

  • truthbetold1977 posted at 6:05 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    truthbetold1977 Posts: 78

    ok odaat363 in one column you claim he is helping his "white Boy buddies" and in this column you say its sexism. Which is it? Still waiting on your reply from the last column.

  • What a Crock posted at 4:07 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    What a Crock Posts: 1

    Gotta love business as usual with Hobbs and company.

    A LMS teacher was forced to resign.

    Brock (who is under suspicion for whatever) is transferred to a job that doesn't need filling at the moment. One of the board members even mentioned that "he is under contract."

    Guess what? The teacher was as well. Is there some reason why the buillding supervisor (Brock) was allowed to transfer and the teacher wasn't?

    Oh wait....there was. The teacher is ONLY a teacher and Brock is a member of the good ol white boy's club.

  • Odaat363 posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Odaat363 Posts: 10

    By the way, wasn't Bob Allen in line to be director of maintenance?
    Hasn't he been running maintenance for the school district for years? I guess he got stepped on/over to solve this problem.

  • Odaat363 posted at 3:59 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Odaat363 Posts: 10

    "the appointment to director of maintenance department, not a new position but one which was folded into several others after previous director Randy Bradberry retired."

    When Randy Bradberry retired he was title Director of Facilties, I believe. Hobbs created a new position to replace him titled Asst Superintendent of Facilities and filled it with Nathan Franklin. This was was a brand new Asst Supt that we had not had previously. This position was never advertised or posted. No one else was even allowed to apply for this position and I know there were people in the county who were qualified and waiting to apply for Bradberry's position. Hobbs simply went to the Board and recommended Franklin as the new Asst Supt. and Poof! we have a new 100K plus position filled with Hobbs' buddy from Loganville. Now are we suddenly saying that this new Asst Supt cannot handle all the responsibilities previously handled by Bradberry with a lower title and salary? Suddenly we need a Director of Maintenance?
    And let's examine a similar situation, the Bridget Lynch case. When she made a mistake she was moved into a lower paying teaching position. Why has Brock not been moved into a lower paying teaching position? Seems like a very similar situation. Both were principals, both have been charged with making mistakes. Why did he get an equal paying director position? I smell sexism.
    I have absolutely nothing against Brock. I have met him and seems like a fine person. I don't know anything about whether this story is true. I just have a real problem with what appears to be the blatant sexism and racism in hiring practices when it comes to our administrators and higher ups. It is just a matter of time before someone files a class action law suit and we tax payers have to pay out big bucks to answer to these mistakes. In addition, I think that lower level administrators have gotten the message loud and clear that if you are a woman or person of color, you can forget about moving up into higher level administration under Hobbs.

  • Confused posted at 12:59 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Confused Posts: 31

    You have one principal who gets busted by the state for lying and you take care of her. You have another who gets busted for "personal reasons" and you take care of them. I think Mr. Breedlove needs to listen to his own statement, If leadership is not respected then things don't go well". With actions like this, how much respect does he think the board has in the community?

  • dalene11 posted at 11:47 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    dalene11 Posts: 1

    I agree with Pope.

    Also could someone explain why anyone with a Doctrine would all of the sudden want to take a maintenance department director position. It seems that our tax dollars are just going to keeping people employed that really don't need to be. PLEASE get the story out there as to what his "personal" reasons were for just stepping down from such a superior position!!! And while digging into the story could we disclose his salary as maintenance director vs if we wish to have hired one of GA's 9% of the unemployed? (Not someone that had a job and wanted a different one for "personal" reasons)

    As for Christine Lusk, thank you for taking a stand against this BS of a school system we have around here in Walton County... It is ashamed that you didn't win your district and that they are about to have another "teacher" on the board to help push decisions like this one.

  • Pope posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Pope Posts: 33

    I'll ask the same question that I did in the older story.

    I'm curious as to what qualifies Mr. Brock to be the maintenance department director? He knows where they keep the duct tape?

    I'm also curious as to why so many positions of authority in WCPS seems to have came thru the Loganville distract? Is that a prerequisite?