MDJOnline readers sound off on Rivera; Porsche
May 26, 2011 12:00 AM | 4537 views | 8 8 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of MDJOnline.com in reaction to recent MDJ stories.

Around Town: Smyrna official blames Gaddis for Rivera departure from Campbell ...

Dale's Closest wrote - You can bet what is alleged about area Superintendent Dale Gaddis is 100 percent true. When the contracts arrived at Campbell High, all were there except (principal) Grant Rivera's contract. By Thursday when Mr. Rivera still did not have his contract or any word as to why, he went and applied with Fulton County. As teachers have been saying for years, "It's not about the children. It never has been about the children."

Mmmmmm wrote - Rivera fired great teachers last year just to bring in his incompetent pets from South Cobb. The parents stood up to him on two of the best math teachers last year and got them back. The ones he brought from South Cobb were jokes, didn't even give homework or tests. Grant got rid of the head of IB department, who we loved. Grant got rid of the school spirit. This wasn't like going to school but like a prison. The Smyrna City folks need to stop listening to Grant and his supporters because we top earners were pulling our kids and selling our houses to get away from Campbell. The IB students were pulling out and going back to east and north Cobb.

The Knower wrote - Rumor has it that Gaddis had it in for Rivera ever since Rivera took it on himself to dispel false rumors about the MHS rape case to nervous parents, rather than towing Gaddis's "party line" of "no comment" and letting Campbell get dragged through the mud.

Shocking wrote - A man like Rivera is worth more to the children of this county than Gaddis. Everything should have been done to keep Rivera here, in Cobb County. I think there are some very serious problems within the Cobb County school system, that if not corrected, are going to cause lasting damage.

ACTION ASAP wrote - Fire Gaddis ASAP, REHIRE Rivera ASAP

What? wrote - If what is reported here regarding Gaddis is true, I want him removed for his conduct. He has no business overseeing the schools in our area. And, if he allowed (former school board member) Holli Cash to have anything to do with this, our present board member should not stand for it as it would represent a level of disrespect and misconduct that cannot be tolerated.

Mad as hell wrote - I want Gaddis called before the Board of Education to address the charges leveled against him in this article. And, if there is any truth to these allegations, he needs to be replaced. If he and Miss Cash had anything to do with us losing Rivera, then he should at the very least be demoted. Gaddis is not well respected as a professional administrator and Rivera was held in the highest esteem. The board must act.

Rjsnh wrote - If what is reported is true, that Gaddis held up Rivera's contract out of spite and that then forced Rivera to leave, the new Super should fire Gaddis and get Rivera back. Rivera is no doubt in the top 1 percent of professional educators and it is unacceptable that Gaddis, who is not held in high regard by those in his area, should have mistreated Rivera in this shoddy fashion. Gaddis needs to be removed ASAP. I am outraged by his unprofessional conduct that has hurt the Smyrna schools. This is a setback big time. I expect the board to investigate this matter and address it and take appropriate action. Nothing less will do and it should be done now.

MDJ slobber wrote - The Mdj is slobbering over this guy. Personality rulz! They are such puppets.

Editorial: Carmaker Porsche rates praise for ignoring boycott pleas ...

El Paso wrote - The tired argument that illegals are an economic drain is a lie. The illegals are an economic positive. Those who would support sending someone back to Mexico who has been here since early childhood or would force an illegal who is married to a citizen and has children who are legal to be deported shows what a vile heart they have. The Republicans passed this bill, which will in large part be declared unconstitutional, in order to appeal to their racist base.

Dustoff wrote - If the feds were doing their job regarding legal immigration and dealing with illegals correctly, then states would not need to pass these types of laws. The illegal Kennesaw State University student is a prime example of the failure of our feds. They give her a year to finish school which she has and now they give her another year and she plans to work. Yeh the feds are doing a good job!

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For Christ Sake
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June 17, 2011
Rivera is brilliant, innovative and thinks out of the box. Others who want regular wanted to put the lid on. No problem though, one man's trash becomes another man's treasure and that's exactly what Westlake High received, a treasure. Btythe way, all leaders are criticised... Jesus for example. Oh well, got to go. I am on my way to see if Rivera has any openings at Westlake High.
Going Forward
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June 09, 2011
Rivera is a faint memory.
Campbell One
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June 08, 2011
No one wants the truth, and I don't see anyone investigating the truth. The halls of Campbell High School were rampant with delinquents, gang members, and chaos. Grant Rivera did nothing but worry about AYP. He left the teachers alone to barely survive the disrespect of out of control students. Do I feel safe there? NO! Enough of the political rhetoric and the glorification of Grant Rivera. The kids started ruling the school and if things continue in the same pattern, they will continue to rule. Examine the students that arrived from Campbell MIddle (our new principal is from there): they were the most out of control. Help us community!
Mary Martin
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May 30, 2011
This letter in not intended to demean Principal Grant Rivera as I know nothing regarding recent problems with Campbell High School. However, I feel I must defend Superintendent Dale Gaddis. He is a caring Christian man with integrity and honesty. He has been an educator for many years. He was principal at North Cobb High School with an impeccable record. His thoughts and aims have always been for his students. Two words describe Mr. Gaddis: HE CARES! Thank you very much, Mary B. Martin.
Get Real
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May 28, 2011
The success or failure of any school is a result of an entire community of staff, students, and parents working toward a shared vision. Whereas a great principal can expedite or hinder achievement, I am tired of this "Superman" theory that one man (or woman) can come in and save a school, and without that person, the school is doomed. Get over Dr. Rivera leaving, move on, and work together to get the job done.
Cobb Taxpayer
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May 26, 2011
For years South Cobb and Campbell were both on the academic "failure" list - Now they are both off the the list and Dr. Rivera was the principal that lead both schools off of the "failure" list - Case closed !
Cliff Biggers
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May 26, 2011
I was fortunate enough to work alongside Dale Gaddis from his earliest years as a student teacher through his professional development as an instructor, an assistant principal, a principal, and ultimately an area Superintendent. I can assure you, from first-hand knowledge, that there is no person in Cobb County more dedicated than Dale Gaddis as education and student improvement. I was lucky enough to work with several first-class principals at North Cobb, but will always rank Dale at the top. Those who dismiss him as a bureaucrat don't know the man.
WTH!!!!
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May 26, 2011
Are you serious, both need to go. There is no place for political jerks in the field of education. Destoying someones career becuase of personal reasons is just foolish. New blood is needed througout this county. Get rid of the "Good Ole Boy Network" please. Forget the business people in the Smyrma community talk to the people on the front line at Campbell the teacher and administrators if they are honest they will tell the true story of what is happening at CHS.
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