Article from: Florence Carlton Advocates for Better Education
“Florence-Carlton Superintendent, John C. McGee, Leaves Mess in Montana City”
Posted Sunday September 18, 2011
Florence, Montana – Superintendent, John C. Mcgee, left behind a mess in Montana City to take the helm at Florence-Carlton.
ALL THESE ARTICLES WERE FOUND AT: www. helenair.com|The Helena Independent Record
Search for them by following these instructions:
- Got to www.helenair.com
- Click on News.
- Go to arrow and click all the way over to archives
- Enter January 01, 1999 (click on Calendar and go back)
- Do the same with last date of 12/31/2005
You won’t believe your eyes! You will find numerous articles regarding current Florence-Carlton Superintendent John C. McGee and the tremendous financial burden he left his previous Community with in Montana City and the damage inflicted to the Teaching Staff there.
Article 1: Road, Grants latest obstacles for Sports Center
- Read the 5th paragraph beginning with the word “And”
- McGee resigns to take Florence-Carlton job
Article 2: Montana City mulls abandoning sports complex
Some notible quotes from this article:
- “Whatever decision the district makes, the math is bleak.”
- “However, no group in Montana has abandoned a grant, so it’s unclear if this reimbursement will be granted.”
- “After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that the Montana City School District can no longer afford to stumble through the what ifs and he said/she said process that has engulfed this project”
- McGee said, reading from a written statement.“Although we started off well intentioned, it is now clear that I made some poor assumptions as we worked through the LWCF grant process.”
- “The additional match monies and the costs for either improving Antler Avenue or building a loop road are ‘cost prohibitive’, McGee said. While some money for the complex is already in the budget, an additional $63,536 or $96,806 would be required, depending on which road access the district chooses. Attempts to find outside funding have been exhausted.”
Article 3: Firings unleash teachers’ furor
- Montana City staff submits letter of no confidence in leadership due to ‘no-cause’ dismissals. More than 35 teachers and concerned parents packed the Montana City School Library at a special meeting of the Montana City School Board Monday night. The turnout was to show support for eight staff members dismissed without cause by a vote of the trustees at the last regular board meeting. The trustees made their decision based on the recommendation of Superintendent John McGee.
Article 4: Montana City School voters grapple with mixed feelings
- The full cost of the complex is estimated at $300,000, according to McGee. However, the total listed on grant applications is $444,551, which he said is an inflated figure. Why is it inflated?
Article 5: School board, McGee suprised by teachers’ reactions 6/5/2001
Article 6: Loophole saves 7 Montana City teachers
Article 7: Title: School levies, layoffs or program cuts?
Article 8: School board kills Aug. levy vote
Article 9: Mill levy failure a suprise to many
Article 10: Road dispute threatens sports complex
Article 11: Montana City Schools to ask for building levy
Article 12: Montana City hires principal
Article 13: Montana City sets mill levy request
Article 14: Montana City school levy set June 11
Article 15: Montana City principal paid $22K to resign
Article 16: Montana City awards contract
- Why wasn’t the Football Field sprinkler in Florence done in the same way? Local bid was less expensive, better equipment and more coverage? Mr. McGee’s home sprinkler system also done by the same company that did the Football Field? Mr. McGee never addressed this issue and refuses to talk about it? Why?
Article 17: Road, grants latests obstacles for sports center
Article 18: A win for public’s right to know
- Thumbs down to whatever is going on in the Montana City School District. This week, some portion of the school’s staff responded with a vote of no confidence after Superintendent John McGee advised the school board to dismiss the school’s seven non-tenured teachers. We understand that non-tenured teachers often are given notice to afford trustees options as they deal with a tight budget, but the response in Montana City suggests what appears at least to be a big communications problem.
Reader’s THOUGHTS ON Article:
“FLORENCE-CARLTON SUPERINTENDENT, JOHN C. MCGEE, LEAVES MESS IN MONTANA CITY”
October 28, 2011
Thank you for this web site. I have had my own run in with Mr. McGee and do not feel we know the “whole story” about his past and current dealings. I have heard many rumors and I am glad to find someone who has done research on his prior employment.
October 28, 2011
Where has the civility gone in this community. I live by treat others the way you want to be treated. There is nothing good that can come from this hatred. Imagine how great this community could be if each of us stopped hiding behind our computers, agreed to stop the adult bullying, stopped the name calling and actually worked together. Don’t our children deserve this? If you are interested in joining me to try to bring our community together, please contact me at email@example.com.
October 28, 2011
I think civility left the equation when Citizens and Trustees become ostracized for asking questions and expecting answers and accountability. This IS for our kids. Our Students are being short-changed, overcharged and under-educated given the resources available to this District. Rally your troops… you are going to need them.
October 29, 2011
I have no intention to choose a side in this “war” some adults in this community are waging. As I stated earlier if you are interested in working to improve our school and community together then let me take to coffee. I would love to work with you. I have no interest however in participating in what looks to me to be a witch hunt. It is so easy to hold on to hate and frustration. True strength is demonstrated when we check our negativity at the door and work with even our most undesirable neighbor. Respectfully submitted, Kristin
October 29, 2011
Well Kristin, that is quite neighborly of you. I would rather speak in the open instead of private. Too many “private” conversations go on in this Community as it is. But thanks again for the offer. However, NO CUP OF COFFEE can change the facts. Look at the FACTS. As far as choosing sides is concerned, there is only one side to be on in regard to wasteful, irresponsible spending with NO ACCOUNTABILITY by our Publicly Elected Trustees and Administration….. we should all be on the side of our Students. We are allowing Administrators to waste Taxpayers’ resources and our Students are paying for it. How? In the form of a mediocre education and limited opportunities. All to protect the “Teachers Paradise” that has been allowed to be created in our District. A Student-to-Teacher Ratio of 10-11:1. This is extremely wasteful considering our mediocre Academic standing. Yes, we do well in certain areas, but not as a whole. The bottom line is, Excellence will NEVER be achieved for our Students until we have HONEST, TRUSTWORTHY leadership. Please tell me how a cup of coffee with you will change these FACTS. Aside from your sentimental and emotional “can’t we all just get along philosophy”, I would love for you to share with us your explanations and solutions based on the FACTS.
October 29, 2011
What is your opinion on our last 5 audits? Have you read them? How about Title 9 ? Are you up to date on that ?
Past Trustee with No Trust
November 1, 2011
Civility cannot be obtained due to the actions of our current Administrator and his three “down comforters”. Mrs. Nei, if you look in to the history of your neighbor, John C. McGee, or are even willing to learn about his historical methods you may find the word Civility adds up to repulsive with John’s history. Unfortunately our children (mine included) and I’m not sure if you have any, are the ones who continue to have opportunities stolen by unqualified personnel..
November 1, 2011
Article # 15 in the list of the Helena Independent Record articles reports a key piece of McGee’s historical character. Superintendent John C. McGee intimidated Mrs. Delaney out of her position. She was an eleven-year employee (Principal) at Montana City. Has anyone ever heard of a settlement reached by Trustees offering to pay over $22,000 to a terminated employee without legal council? Yet another “1st”, to go along with the paying back of two Federal Grants, in the history of Montana Public Schools! Dianne Delaney was trusted and respected by ALL staff at Montana City. Superintendent McGee, I’m told, had to split her connection with the staff to gain control over the entire staff. This might sound similar to the situation Mrs. Rebecca Stapert and Mr. Ed Norman were faced with here at Florence-Carlton. The major difference is that Mr. McGee (“the best thing that has ever happened to Florence” according to Chairperson/”Trustee” Vicki Cornish and “Trustee” Dorothy Rhodes) had the backing of a few staff, including Chairperson Cornish’s husband, and took the gamble on ousting Stapert and Norman. Stapert and Norman opted to resign. These two excellent Administrators were lost due to disagreements on internal (family/staff) decisions. As for Mrs.Delaney, she was offered $22,500 to walk away without entering into litigation against the worst Administrator in Montana City history. I still get calls from teachers and residents of Montana City thanking me for the actions of our 2004-2005 school board’s decision to hire John C. McGee. His contract was in question (non-renewal) for several blunders, if you wish to keep reading the links.
To all the sleeping parents in Florence, we have received exactly what we have trusted our elected (now 5 appointed) Trustee’s to accomplish! Lonnie, Vickie, Tim, Dorothy, and Renee, what medication were you folks prescribed when you decided to hire our current Superintendent, John C. McGee? I am not willing to discuss much of the business done during my term as Trustee due to the fact that it may cloud future litigation upon the District.
Fed Up Staff Member
November 1, 2011
Has anyone read the current Falcon View? In the front page article written by Mr. McGee, you will find that Mr. McGee listed as many accounts in the Student Activity Fund as there were Government Students in attendance at the October 11 School Board Meeting, which was postponed due to the request of Chairperson Cornish. Mr. McGee is quoted in the Ravalli Republic article about that meeting, saying, “The room was full of Florence-Carlton High School Students who were attending as part of their Government Class”, and “It set a good example for those Students to see”, “God knows what kind of example that would have set for the kids if nobody respected the school’s authority. I feel (Cornish) was put in a very difficult decision, and I was proud of the fact that she kept her cool and was very respectful of the situation and didn’t let it get out of control.”
In case you missed that meeting, you will find the number of accounts listed in the Falcon View to be equal to the number of Government Students that actually attended that meeting. I hope this does not confuse anyone, due to the fact that there were ZERO Government Students at the meeting and there are ZERO accounts listed in the Falcon View article.
Unfortunately, our Superintendent manages the Budget, and our Staff, with the same techniques recently displayed in the Ravalli Republic and Falcon View articles.
God help our Staff to receive the financial promises made by Mr. McGee to educate our under-achieving Staff and Students.
The local MEA Members have had enough. Mr. McGee please take notice of our “invisible students” and stop using them as a crutch to promote your sorry ability to administrate.
By the way, Title IX violations are ongoing. Will you be taking the blame for these again???