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Showing posts with label Clark County School Board. Show all posts
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Controversial Hiring of Pat Skorkowsky by
the Clark County School Board

Controversial Hiring of Pat Skorkowsky by
the Clark County School Board

As we know, on March 5th, 2013, Clark County Superintendent Dwight Jones announced that he was "stepping down (i.e., quitting) his position as Clark County Superintendent. Dwight Jones reneged on his four-year contract to continue beyond April 2013 as the Clark County School District Superintendent. Lazy or not, Dwight Jones quit his contract early. Dwight Jones claimed he wanted to spend more time to care for his alleged ailing mother in Colorado, but his exit flight from Nevada was bound for Texas. Apparently, either the mom of Dwight Jones is not that important as we were led to believe, or her medical condition is not as severe as implied by Dwight Jones.

In addition, we have no evidence that Dwight Jones supplied any medical records of his mother, or sworn statements by her doctors validating her alleged ailment(s). Regardless of the true condition of the mother of Dwight Jones, Dwight Jones made it crystal clear that he was leaving his gig in Clark County in as little as two weeks. Dwight Jones also affirmed that he was not about to forfeit any of the big bonuses that he was paid despite the fact that he reneged on his contract. NFL contracts are structured in a such a way that if a player engages in certain acts, or reneges on his promises, then he has to automatically forfeit his bonuses. Obviously, big belly Dwight Jones of the Clark County School District is no NFL player, and neither does the Clark County School District have the standards, professionals, or ethics of the NFL.

Nevada Scholarships

Pat Skorkowsky praises Two Nevada Quitters
Quitter Jim Guthrie and Quitter Dwight Jones

On March 29th, 2013, the Nevada State Superintendent Jim Guthrie took wind of the example set by quitter Dwight Jones, and announced that he too would thumb his nose at Nevada students, and Nevada parents. In just weeks after the abrupt departure of quitter Dwight Jones, Jim Guthrie announced that he too would become a Nevada Quitter. Although his job was simply a ceremonial, easy, and no-brains required job that did not even require an official work schedule, and he never submitted an official job application or job interview, Nevada Quitter Jim Guthrie felt that this simple job was apparently worth less to him. Pat Skorkowsky has never publicly denounced the actions of either Jim Guthrie or Dwight Jones, and even has praised these two men.

Both Quitter Jim Guthrie and Quitter Dwight Jones are the two most influential Nevada quitters in the history of Nevada. Nevada parents and Nevada moms, women, and voting-age adults are disappointed with both of these donut-eating, out-of-shape, quitters. To remedy the situation, the Clark County School Board decided to perform a Quickie in the hiring of Pat Skorkowsky.

Why the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky stinks and is unfair
Pat Skorkowsky sidesteps traditional interview process

Without full public participation, and despite a legal requirement that the public be allowed to weigh in on such important matters such as selecting a new Superintendent, the seven-member Clark County School Board voted unanimously to appoint this relative nobody as the leader of the fifth-largest school system in America on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The selection of Patrick Skorkowsky to become Superintendent of the Clark County School District stinks something aweful. No, I have never met Mr. Pat Skorkowsky. No, I have no personal ax to grind against Pat Skorkowsky. For all I know Pat, Patrick, or Patricia Skorkowsky may be a fine gentleman or fine woman. We all know that the same Clark County School Board approved the controversial selection of Triggs Elementary School Principal Dr. Salwa Zaki , an acknowledged lesbian who enjoys flaunting her lesbian life-style (ref: Gay Wedding Expo).

However, being a fine gentleman or a fine woman is not a sufficient criteria by itself to become a leader of a school district that is one of the largest in the U.S.A., and has such ongoing problems as a high teacher/student molestation rate,Nevada teacher cross-dressers, low teacher morale, over-paid teachers who mistakenly believe they deserve more pay, incompetent teachers, high student poverty, high adultery rate amongst teachers (students report that at least 10% of married Clark County teachers are having affairs with other teachers, or have had such affairs in the past year), low test scores, and a school district with a horribly low graduation rates compared to its peer school districts.

When asked about his selection as the new Clark County School Superintendent, and how he would combat these ongoing problems, the scheming Clark County School District offered the local Las Vegas Sun newspaper a mere 10-minute interview with Pat Skorkowsky when the interview should have been at least a full-hour. Really? In just 10 minutes, a local reporter is supposed to summarize why, how, and what Patrick Skorkowsky will be doing as he heads a multi-million dollar budget, and questions remain about his competency. The new Superintendent (Pat) Patrick Skorkowsky did not offer to extend the interview any longer. As I said, the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky stinks, and time will prove that the selection stinks.

Spear-headed by Carolyn Edwards, the President of the Clark County School Board, Patrick Skorkowsky was selected by a majority vote to become the replacement of quitter Dwight Jones. He was selected to become the leader of the nation's fifth-largest school district much the same way a disadvantaged youth would remark that a token blue-eyed, blond little boy may be selected the team captain ahead of his more talented, more hard-working minority youth peers. By any measure, Patrick Skorkowskyr was selected by using less stringent standards that were applied in the selection of Mr. Dwight Jones.

The local newspaper reports that some in the local Nevada community were disappointed that the Clark County School Board did not conduct a national superintendent search like that used in the selection of Dwight Jones. Instead, the Clark County School Board abandoned rigourous standards and criteria, abandoned strict protocols, ignored national hiring standards, rebuffed professionals trained in hiring national candidates, and simply handed the position to Patrick Skorkowsky after a one-hour, impromptu, speaking session that labeled as an interview. Even a fast-food restaurant has more stringent standards than the buffoons who make up the Clark County School Board. Michael Bluestein, a private citizen, filed a complaint against the board, arguing that Patrick (Pat) Skorkowsky's appointment was illegitimate because it lacked clear public notice. "The process was really shameful and violated the open-meeting law," Bluestein said.

The fact of the matter is that the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky without competition is unfair, undemocratic, un-American, and smacks of favoritism, or even socialism. A legitimate job demands a legitimate interview process. Period! The selection of Patrick Skorkowsky without public notice, and without even an official interview, and without even legitimate competing candidates, or a national search, is certainly either illegal, or extremely close to being illegal. However, in Nevada, the law is always a matter of personal opinion rather than an objective fact. The process of kingly appointing the privileged, suburban, blue-eyed, male Patrick Skorkowsky to a high-paid position of enormous influence absent a traditional interview process is simply a clarification that the Clark County School Board and its members are corrupt.

The state of Nevada will never rise above its dust unless super privileged persons like Patrick Skorkowsky stop accepting the privileged benefits and privileged favors they receive as a result of their social position. If Patrick Skorkowsky were an ethical man, he would in fact resign his position and demand that he receive no special favors, and that his selection be concluded ONLY after he has competed with qualified men and women. And, by the way, don't even bother to disagree with me unless and until Patrick Skorkowsky is put through the same interview ringer that 300, 000 unemployed Nevadans , and over 50 million unemployed Americans are put through. However, I have doubts about the quality of the integrity, or lack thereof, of Patrick Skorkowsky, and therefore I anticipate that Patrick Skorkowsky will follow in the same footsteps of Dwight Jones: collect as much money as possible, and then renege on his contract, and quickly get the hell out of town!!

Why Patrick Skorkowsky will Fail as the new Clark County School Superintendent

Patrick Skorkowsky will absolutely fail for many reasons. The failure of Patrick Skorkowsky will be because of the simple reasons that he IS NOT the best possible candidate, and neither can he legally claim to be the best possible candidate. Patrick Skorkowsky cannot claim to be the best possible candidate because of the legal fact that he did NOT compete against the best possible candidates in a national selection process. The reason for his smirking demeanor is the fact that he knows he is not the best, and he was still given a high-paid position with less work than a welfare mother is required to get a welfare card. If Nevadans who supported Patrick Skorkowsky cannot understand this logic then understand this comparison; he only competed against himself! His selection by his fellow peers was assured BEFORE the interview even began. For example, Olympic Champion Usain Bolt was forced to compete against a field of top candidates in his native Jamaica. Next, Usain Bolt complied with Olympic requirements that he compete against a field of fellow national champions in subsequent semi-finalist, and finalist sprints. Finally, he had to compete again in a Finalist event before emerging victorious for the Gold medal. As a direct result of this pure competition, the entire world benefitted from the fact of witnessing the awesome spectacle of Usain Bolt demonstrating his athletic supremacy. The same goes for Michael Phelps, and the rest of the champions.

Who has Patrick Skorkowsky competed against? No one! To the French, Russians, Europeans, and other non-Americans who read this Scholarship Blog, the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky as head of America's fifth-most populous school district without legitimate competition would qualify as fraud in some countries. The illicit selection of Patrick Skorkowsky is accepted in a slot-machine state like Nevada because education in Nevada is a gamble, and typically the children always lose. The illicit selection of Patrick Skorkowsky by the Clark County School Board without the formality of competition DID NOT produce the best possible candidate, and is an embarrassment to the country.

Although he has received support from many uneducated Nevada parents, and local Nevada teachers who graduated from trade schools, some of these same persons are so desperate that that they will hire virtually any man or woamn in a business suit that merely looks authoritative. Assuming that the story from the local Nevada newspaper is accurate, the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky simply means that neither students nor parents will receive the benefit of a process that ferrets out the best possible candidates. I believe that local parents are intelligent enought to figure out that competition typically produces the best possible choices.

Patrick Skorkowsky will fail because of the simple reasons that he lacks the complete skills, complete care, total intellect, passion, and the ability to achieve the goals that eluded Dwight Jones. Morevover, Patrick Skorkowsky has no proof whatsoever that his selection yielded the best possible candidate. Also, if the Clark County School Board members really had a high opinion of Patrick Skorkowsky then why didn't they choose him first BEFORE settling on Dwight Jones? The Clark County School Board members have consistently chosen to cut corners when it comes to the safety, health, and education of Clark County youth. Despite numerous episodes of child molesters, predatory educators, school shootings, etc., and the fact that over 80% of child molesters fit a certain profile, these facts and statistics mean nothing to the corrupt persons who make up the Clark County Board. At least 99.9% of school personnel problems can be prevented when 100% of the applicants are exempted from favoritism rules.

Patrick Skorkowsky Faced No Competition
Corrupt Clark County School Board

What does Mcdonald's Corporation have in common with the local mom n' pop grocer? Both companies interview the best possible candidates for the job, and do not attempt to make excuses after the fact as to why an interview process should not take place. Patrick Skorkowsky Faced No Competition! When you place a favored student on the varsity basketball team only because he is the son of the coach, the results are typically disastrous. Aside from his lack of qualification, and experience, Patrick Skorkowsky does not come across as a person with high standards of integrity nor intellect. For example, when asked by a local newspaper why he remained silent on the issue of his employer not using a national selection process of competing local and national choices, the response of the super-privileged Patrick Skorkowsky was not too dissimilar from a used car salesman. "I'm not going to go back and second-guess anything that happened in the past. It's time to work.", is what Patrick Skorkowsky said. What this dunce should have said was: "I would have preferred that the Clark County School Board use a national selection process because I would have demonstrated my ability to succeed amongst a field of the best possible candidates. I believe the results would have been the same." The actual words of Patrick Skorkowsky illustrate his lack of confidence in himself.

Table of
Clark County School Board Members
Grade Reports on
No-Competition selection of Patrick Skorkowsky
Carolyn Edwards
District F
Grade F
Vice President
Lorraine Alderman
District D
Grade F
Deanna L. Wright
District A
Grade F
Erin E. Cranor
District G
Grade F
Chris Garvey
District B
Grade F
Patrice Tew
District E
Grade F
Dr. Linda E. Young
District C
Grade F

Hiring Standards of Fortune 500 companies vs. Clark County School Board.

If the typical Fortune 500 company used the same hiring standards that were implemented by the Clark County School Board members in hiring Patrick Skorkowsky then the companies would certainly fail. The no-competition selection of the super-privileged Patrick Skorkowsky is not only disgraceful, but is an insult to the intellect of Nevada students, youth, and parents. The no-competition selection of Patrick Skorkowsky is unfair to Nevada moms, unfair to Nevada women, and even unfair to Patrick Skorkowsky himself. Everyone in the process deserves a candidate that is the best of the best, and not simply a status quo favorite who is presumed to be nothing more than a bureaucratic puppet.

Furthermore, the no-competition selection of Patrick Skorkowsky sends an inappropriate signal to others that hard-work, education, and talent in Nevada is simply unimportant because if you merely look like Patrick Skorkowsky and you simply worked around other educated persons then you will be provided a lucrative job regardless of your lack of skills and lack of experience.

The fact that Patrick Skorkowsky did not demand and insist that the Clark County School Board ensure that others would be allowed to compete for the Clark County Nevada Superintendent position and that the process would be identical to the same process used to select his immediate predecessor, Dwight Jones, sends a powerful message that the personal interests of Patrick Skorkowsky are more important than the interests of Nevada students, Nevada moms, and Nevada parents. What legitimate track athlete or superior student wants to win a competition only when no persons are competing? Check mate Patrick Skorkowsky! If you (Patrick Skorkowsky) are the superior candidate then compete against the best local and national candidates, and may the best person win. If you (Patrick Skorkowsky) are afraid to compete then you will eventually fail any way, and your inferiority will surface.

Summary: The Hiring of Patrick Skorkowsky

As in life, when something valuable is simply handed to a person on a silver platter without any competition, or work, the results usually take a harsh turn for the worse. I suspect that the no-competition selection of Patrick Skorkowsky will prove itself to be another embarasment for a school district with one of the lowest graduation rates in the U.S.A., and whose hiring standards apparently shift dependent upon the characteristics of the job candidate. As an African-American, Dwight Jones was put through the wringer and subjected to countless interviews, re-interviews, national and local background checks, pat-downs, FBI checks, and probably even had his penis measured. On the other hand, the selection of Patrick Skorkowsky was a breeze in the park; no background check; no FBI check; only a single interview; and, he certainly was not subjected to any personal indignities.

Apparently, the Clark County School Board has already forgotten the facts of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, or has decided the personal pleasure of his (Patrick Skorkowsky) employment is more important than the health and safety of Nevada children. Although the process worked great for Patrick Skorkowsky, the State of Nevada should rise above the ignorance of the Clark County School Board, and stop treating children like poker chips. Offer the residents of Nevada a superior Clark County School District Superintendent that is envied around the world. The inarticulate Patrick Skorkowsky has already demonstrated that his failure is imminent. After he has has received a few $300,000 checks, I would guess that the process will begin again and a new dunce will be approved by the Clark County School Board.