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Kacee Hargrove Kirschvink Sticks It to Education PAC; Black CPSB Members Stick it to District 11


John Settle-Opinion-May 2015As if the Caddo Parish School Board (CPSB) did not have enough PR problems, the 6 black board members have further dug their popularity grave deeper with the voters of District 11 which encompasses most of Southern Hills. In what can only be classified as a major surprise, if not shock, the CPSB selected Shalanda Swift-Watkins to the District 11 seat until the fall elections. The back story on this board selection is just as interesting as the politic dynamics that resulted in the selection of a black lady to represent an overwhelmingly white district. (Voter registration is District 11 is 73% white, 24% black and 3% other.)

Kacee Hargrove Kirschvink

Kacee Hargrove Kirschvink

Kirschvinck, known to most as Kaycee Hargrove, unseated 2 term incumbent Ginger Armstrong in last fall’s primary election; Parker Ward was a distance third. Kaycee received substantial campaign funds from a then new formed education PAC that successfully supported 4 other challengers to incumbent board members. The motivation of the education PAC became quite obvious at the first meeting of the newly elected Board in (more…)

June 19, 2015 12:30 am

CPSB “Special Selection” Deadline Danger!

by Marion Marks

Quicksand sign-Board MembersSadly, a recently elected school board member, Kacee Hargrave Kirschvink, who had good experience in handling difficult matters has resigned. However, the CPSB is using strings and poor judgement in an attempt to fill the seat in haste and without necessary time for many potential good candidates to consider running for the open seat. The deadline of seven (7) days to file for the open seat selection is unnecessarily short, even when the board has twenty (20) days to fill the temporary seat as suggested.

It appears the haste will force citizens to make a knee-jerk decision because the timeline is dictated by forces the CPSB can claim as exigent conditions. Sadly for District Eleven, the vacancy leaves a hole in the board’s ability to ram through (more…)

May 20, 2015 3:38 pm

Predicting the CPSB Mentality in Loss

by Marion Marks

i_votedBelieving there are abundant factual reasons to believe that Elliott Stonecipher was accurate in his assessment of the CPSB Bond election results, “… the boss-people’s secrecy that killed the plan. We have a mature population here, and we have seen every political trick in the book from local elected and other officials.”

I still believe that Superintendent Goree had raised the morale and the stakes for many of the failing schools he was saddled with, but the path he and the board must navigate are littered with bodies and remnants of mines from those whose agenda is marked by personal territories and profits for (more…)

May 4, 2015 11:25 am

The CPSB Victory Party That Wasn’t

Elliott_Stonecipherby Elliott Stonecipher

When the Caddo Parish School Board’s error-plagued tax plan failed at the polls yesterday, it was a much bigger deal than most will conclude.  The outcome beat the conventional wisdom and broad expectation well established in our electoral behavior:  “These things always pass.”

“These things” are the poison which has brought Caddo to its economic and population-stagnation knees.

Vote Smart“These things” is code for gatherings of powerful for-profit interests whenever they decide business is slow enough here to need a public bond issue … run through some local governmental body.  “Hey, guys, let’s get those school board people to slap together a list of new schools and stuff in one of those bond deals and get (more…)

May 3, 2015 11:52 am

Why Caddo Voted the Way They Did

sheep-Vote-NO-CPSBlby Marion Marks

Monday morning quarterbacks always have 20-20 vision interpreting election results, and the two bond issues Saturday, that had different results, are no exception. Here is my simplistic interpretation of why one passed and another failed.

The Biomed Bond which cost taxpayers the least of the two passed by a handy margin for the following reasons:

  1. Well-targeted print, air-wave advertising messages that were easy for general public to translate into a “Yes” vote. (more…)

May 3, 2015 9:41 am

Vote “NO” Like You Mean It!

by Marion Marks



There are so many people telling voters so much about the two bond issues on the ballot tomorrow that many people tell me the noise is deafening. What I do know is that there are lots of people worried about the results of the election who won’t take the time to vote, and worse yet they will be the loudest after the election complaining about the results.

All I am certain of is that the majority of voters –those who cast a ballot– will have doubt about their vote after they cast it, and it will cause many heart burn long after the vote is cast. I also believe that my all-time contention of “following the money” holds true here as much as it ever will. Those with a vested interest in construction and the business world around schools and the medical community -NOT THE TEACHERS & MEDICAL STAFF- are the loudest in generating business for themselves.CPSB shakedown-taxes Also, the community of election workers, the political machinery and the parasites living off the real workers are less likely to give best guidance on the issues behind the bond money that will be raised by taxes.

Seldom have I spoken against a bond election, because bond monies in the past were generators of jobs, education improvements and a better future (more…)

May 1, 2015 12:39 pm

Dear Barry Rachal …

YOU MUST VOTE-Elliottby Elliott Stonecipher

My Caddo Parish School Board member, Barry Rachal, has carefully timed an attack manifesto so I will not be able to respond in kind before tomorrow’s election.  I will respond here, instead, with posts then on and Facebook.  

Dear Mr. Rachal,

You might well have debated me over the past few months if you cared to attack me and give me a chance to defend myself.  After all, every word I have offered in this debate was either while standing in front of a crowd of questioners, or in writing, signed by me.  

Bushwhacker-BarryYou and the rest of the CPSB refused to be questioned or challenged.  Blatantly dishonorable.

 Rather than a fair and decent and honorable exchange between us, you officially resort to bushwhacking.  

Bushwhacking, Mr. Rachal, is recognized as an abject absence of courage.  I know you know that.  What motivates you, regardless of that fact, to dishonor yourself?

…  You contend you did not flip-flop on the Southeast Shreveport (more…)

May 1, 2015 11:11 am

CPSB Tactics Cross Well Into Constitutional Prohibition

No-surprise$by Elliott Stonecipher

This stunning development is no surprise, I suppose, given how far government has wandered from what most believe is right and true and proper.  

It now seems more than merely possible that the Yogism from 1973 applies to the Caddo Parish School Board’s pro-tax plan campaign:  “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”  The election on Saturday may prove to be something less than the end of the CPSB’s hyper-aggressive political op to borrow yet another $108,000,000 for a bunch of new buildings.

Corrupt-briberyI am no attorney, but I know some here who are outstanding.  The Pesnell Law Firm, some readers may remember, is working pro bono, as am I, in challenging the Caddo Parish Commission’s apparently unconstitutional retirement system, CPERS, as it is called.

Without any mention of the CPSB tax campaign from me, Whitney Pesnell telephoned today to share his concern about the school board’s campaign, and its admitted (more…)

April 30, 2015 3:21 pm

Caddo: “Remember the Bell South Cell Phones!!!!”

Tammy Tales

Larry Ramsey-Dottie_Bell_PhonesIf the Anti-School Bond Movement ever needed a battle cry it would be“Remember the Bell South Cell Phones!”  Those were purchased from the 2004 bond election pushed by the same crowd; The Alliance for Education, Philip Rozeman, The Chamber of Commerce and school board member, Larry Ramsey (at the time a Bell South employee.)  All the schools were excited to get “phones” for each classroom. They promised that the phones could even work out on the playground if an emergency happened out there. NOT!

Past bond money expense!

Past bond money expense!

These phones were obsolete upon arrival. Some trash Bell South had not been able to sell. So Caddo Parish took them off Bell South’s hands for $795 each plus the cost of the charging stations. That’s for each classroom in 72 schools.  I can’t do that high math.  They sat around collecting dust for years. Some schools put them in boxes and hid them in closets. Most were never turned on.  Some loyal frustrated principals tried to play the game and had a recharging (more…)

April 30, 2015 9:37 am

Top 2 Reasons to Vote NO on Saturday

Elliott_Stonecipherby Elliott Stonecipher

This article is the eighteenth in this series on the Caddo Parish School Board’s tax-and-spend-and-debt plan.  Here are the Top 2 Reasons to vote “NO” on Saturday.  For those who missed Reasons #10 and #9, click here, and for Reasons #8, #7, and #6, here.  For Reasons #5, #4, and #3, click here.

My Top 10[2]Reason #2.  We Must Never Reward Misconduct, Much Less Lawbreaking, by Public Officials

Outrageously, there are times when public officials knowingly ditch the truth, intimidate employees, purposely ignore or defeat the public’s “right to know,” and even sometimes break the law, to grab (even more) taxpayer money.  When they do, the public must directly act against those officials, or it’s on us. 

The CPSB is guilty of all of these, and the appropriate, initial response is to vote “NO” on Saturday.  Any other outcome effectively rewards our school system for its violations (more…)

April 29, 2015 11:10 am

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