Volume 21: The Crazy Train Has Rolled Back Into Town With You-Know-Who

Before you dig in to the rest of Joshua Powell’s testimony, get caught up on the previous 20 volumes of his Education Professional Standards Board hearing transcript:

  • Volume 1: Powell’s Scandalous EPSB Transcript [April 27, 2016]
  • Volume 2: Powell’s EPSB Transcript Gets Crazier [May 2, 2016]
  • Volume 3: The Powell Transcript Gets Real [May 5, 2016]
  • Volume 4: New Perspectives On Powell’s Exploits [May 9, 2016]
  • Volume 5: Board Member Drama Was Unreal [May 12, 2016]
  • Volume 6: Legal You-Know-What Hits The Ethical Fan And Things Finally Get Exciting In The Powell Hearing [May 17, 2016]
  • Volume 7: Jacqui Johnston’s Shady, Corrupt Colors Become Apparent, We Learn Why Catherine Bailey Fled & Get A Glimpse At Anna Powell’s Erratic Behavior [June 1, 2016]
  • Volume 8: Two Former Board Members & A Powell Confidant Go Out Of Their Way To Blame Page One For Powell’s Myriad Troubles [June 13, 2016]
  • Volume 9: A Board Member Reveals Scandalous Details And A Powell Confidant Has Extremely Selective Memory [June 27, 2016]
  • Volume 10: Testimony of Board Chairwoman Sheds Light On Joshua Powell’s Tenure As Superintendent [July 1, 2016]
  • Volume 11: Jacqui Johnston’s Scandalous Testimony Sheds Light On Her Role In The Powell Shenanigans [July 5, 2016]
  • Volume 12: Catherine Bailey’s Testimony Dogged The Powells & Phil Rison Was A Non-Stop Disaster [July 7, 2016]
  • Volume 13: Testimony From Joshua Powell Doesn’t Exactly Help His Case At The EPSB [July 11, 2016]
  • Volume 14: After Months Of Waiting, Anna Powell’s Testimony Finally Goes Public And You Get To Read It [July 13, 2016]
  • Volume 15: Powell’s Own Witnesses Fell Flat For Him When Testifying At His EPSB Hearing. Here’s Testimony From Six Of Them. [July 15, 2016]
  • Volume 16: Entertainment Has Arrived In The Form Of Testimony From An Entitled, Spoiled Teenager & Richard Hughes [July 18, 2016]
  • Volume 17: Phil Rison’s Entire Family Was Apparently Involved In Anything And Everything Related To Powell [July 20, 2016]
  • Volume 18: Three Of Powell’s Key Players Finally Hit The Hot Seat And Boy, Do They Ever Disappoint [July 22, 2016]
  • Volume 19: Union County’s School Board Got Fired By The Community Because Of Joshua Powell’s Shenanigans There [July 25, 2016]
  • Volume 20: Lisa Stone Returns And Joshua Powell Finally Takes The Stand Again [July 26, 2016]

Let’s dig in. Here are the highlights:

  • Page 4 – Owsley tells the Hearing Officer he may need to recall Anna Powell and has subpoenaed her
  • Page 5 – Testimony of Joshua Powell Continues
  • Page 5 – PEE ALERT: “Dr. Powell, turn off the phone, please. Maybe that’s what you were doing. I don’t know, but I want to be sure that you hear my questions, Ms. Sneed’s questions and Ms. Durant’s questions.
  • Page 8 – Five minutes prior he said he didn’t mention one of his goals was to be top 10 during his interview in Montgomery County. Now he’s claiming that was his number one point when interviewing with the board. So… okay.
  • Page 9/10 – He’s definitely psychic. “It talked about a lot of conspiracy, the, I would not likely have my job at the end of my contract. And most likely the board members would not be elected again.” Then he went on to talk about lawsuits.
  • Page 12 – Claims the board voted unanimously for something. And… it didn’t.
  • Page 13 – “I really didn’t trust anybody at the time. Especially the Risons.” And… “I was also warned several times about the Rison brothers. I had never met them before. But before I got here, I pictured both of them to be about 6-foot 8 and –” Owsley cut him off so Powell wasn’t allowed to point out that Rison is a tiny little thing.
  • Page 19 – Claimed Gay Elliott didn’t have the skill set to be a principal. Coming from him, that’s high praise.
  • Page 20 – You’ll see that he thinks the rules don’t apply to him when it comes to corrective action plans
  • Page 22 – Powell gave his impression of Mark Crain being in “Marine Mode”
  • Page 23 – Trashed Shannon Gross. Then he tried to get into Michelle Henry. Claimed the board was pressuring him to get rid of Gay Elliott, which would have been illegal. So that’s fun. Always gotta blame someone else.
  • Page 25 – Discussion of his “voluntary” transfers
  • Page 32 – “But when you would arrive at McNabb, you could see the deficiency in leadership and you could see it in virtually every classroom. Not a lot of wise personnel decisions were made there. A large number of highly ineffective teachers. In fact, there were at least two teachers that I know of that were so bad with the students that no students were assigned to those teachers all day long.” Q. What did the teachers do? He responded, “I don’t really know. But they had to keep the kids away from the teachers. One, because I don’t know if she was very stable mentally. And the other one because she probably ranks number one as the most cantankerous person that I have ever met.” He ALWAYS claims people have psychological problems when he dislikes them. Always. Claims they’re unstable, need to be on their meds, need to be drug tested, whatever he can come up with. It’s clearly projection.
  • Page 34 – Earlier he claimed the high school was a weak link. Now he’s claiming it had the “most talented group of high school teachers” that he had ever witnessed. Insane pivot, to say the least.
  • Page 35 – This guy sure seems to think he knows every teacher in Kentucky. “I would consider Lisa Stone to be the best instructional leader and most knowledgeable in Kentucky.”
  • Page 36 – His testimony is the strangest thing I’ve ever read. Rambling, disconnected, unreal. “There was one lady up there, the most hardheaded, liberal person that I’ve ever met, that we made, we promoted to curriculum specialist…” As if her political bent mattered.
  • Page 40 – He was so deep into rambling that his own attorney couldn’t keep up with which school he was talking about. In part because he didn’t bother to say which school he was talking about.
  • Page 43 – You won’t be able to figure out what he’s talking about. The only thing you’ll walk away with is that he doesn’t like the term “discretionary” for whatever reason.
  • Page 45 – Phil Rison allegedly handled all of Freeman’s corrective action plans, according to Powell
  • Page 46 – For the 100th time, Owsley tried to get Powell to focus on Todd Wilson. He didn’t tell him, he went on a rant about Liz Prater and Lisa Dickerson.
  • Page 47 – Owsley again asks about Todd Wilson, asked him why he didn’t return. Powell claimed it was because “he had some bad things on his evaluation.” Owsley had to prod him again.
  • Page 50 – He put Wilson on a corrective action plan.
  • Page 52 – Claims Wilson wanted to work in buildings and grounds like Phil Rison
  • Page 53 – Finally, page after page after page, Powell says Wilson resigned
  • Page 54 – Sharon Smith Breiner finally comes up.
  • Page 56 – “I talked to Steve Osborne an uncountable numbers of hours on the phone at nights…
  • Page 56/57 – For whatever demented reason, he claimed the person who was principal prior to Sharon had “had what appeared to be obsessive compulsive disorder.” Hello, potential HIPAA violation, meet the guy who claims everybody else has a psychological disorder.
  • Page 60 – Regarding Sharon: “Her behavior was very erratic. And sometimes I would come down there and no one was allowed to use the bathroom. No kid could go to the bathroom, you know.”
  • Page 62 – “And then I thought that maybe that’s just, you know, maybe she just has this horrible reaction to me, you know. Maybe it is just me.” Then he claimed Sharon targeted a kid who had lice (she didn’t, according to others who testified). And he admitted for the second time to discussing personnel matters with Osborne.
  • Page 63 – Here comes the crazy train: “I learned that she had, one more than one occasion, specifically with Mr. Osborne’s child, Mr. Osborne’s child did something to another kid, maybe a kindergartener, 1st grader. And as punishment, she would allow the kid to punch Mr. Osborne’s kid in the face.”
  • Page 64 – Sarah Woodford discussion – claims she went on a tirade against Sharon, started crying, Hearing Officer then shut him down
  • Page 65 – One of the many reasons the guy isn’t on the school board: “I said, that’s the priority, because Lisa — I love Steve Osborne. I do not want to get sideways with him.”
  • Page 66 – “You know, Sharon Smith told me, you know, well, you know, I know that you can read peoples’ minds and know everything they are going to do because you’re a psychologist, you know. And, you know, it was obviously, I sure wouldn’t be here today if I could read peoples’ minds.” WTF?
  • Page 68 – Accused Sharon of shopping on her iPad instead of working
  • Page 69 – Q. At what point did you determine that a leadership change needed to be made at that school? A. I talked to Steve Osborne a lot about it I said, you know, Steve — More ruh ro.
  • Page 70 – Claimed Lisa Stone helped him prepare Sharon’s corrective action plan because he “really was not too involved with Jacqui at that time.”
  • Page 71 – More evidence that Artie White is hardly independent. “I say that affectionately with Artie.” Then he went completely off the rails.
  • Page 75 – Owsley spent probably 30 minutes trying to get him to tell the hearing what Sharon Smith allegedly did. Then he finally said, “She transferred. She selected to transfer.” Which you know isn’t exactly the whole story. Or even half of it.
  • Page 76 – Powell claimed that if a parent wanted their kid in the gifted and talented program, they got into the program. But that’s not based in reality. Not in Union County, not in Montgomery County.
  • Page 77 – Michelle Henry comes back up.
  • Page 79 – When asked if he had a working relationship with Henry, he said she was Lisa Stone’s responsibility. Which, as you know from coverage the past few years, harms his argument(s) regarding Henry.
  • Page 80 – “I didn’t have any contact with Michelle Henry until Lisa –“ Q. How did you become aware of any issues involving Michelle Henry. A. What issues?
  • Page 81 – Claims he first became aware of issues with Henry during her unemployment hearing. You know that’s a load of dookie because he and Cravens Priest went balls-to-the-wall after Henry during her THREE unemployment hearings. You’ve even heard recordings of them.
  • Page 82 – Owsley went round and round with Powell, trying to get him to detail his first interaction with Henry and he could never get him to do so. And despite all the claims to the contrary – that Henry was a terrible employee, that she sucked at her job? Here’s what Powell said: “I don’t recall having a lot of issues with her until it just sprung up one day.” Henry’s case against Powell and the school board is already strong but this just strengthens it.
  • Page 83 – Neglects to mention that the board planned to make “reductions” based on his recommendation
  • Page 84 – Claimed Halsey was trying to become superintendent
  • Page 85 – Sometimes he loves Shannon Gross, sometimes he’s angry at Shannon Gross. Couldn’t keep his story straight and it was bothering Owsley. He also couldn’t stay focused on answering questions about Michelle Henry.
  • Page 86 – “Now, let’s go back to Ms. Henry, because that’s who we are talking about.” Owsley had to repeatedly say this.
  • Page 87 – Claimed Henry was having emotional outbursts in hallways. Which is surprising, since all the people Powell mentions – including Halsey, the guy he accuses of informing him – say that never occurred. Owsley brought up the recording of the Henry meeting with Powell – the one he’s trying to claim under oath was his first big interaction with her.
  • Page 88 – A minute ago, Powell claimed Henry was saying he called her stupid and dumb. Now he’s claiming that the purpose of the meeting – you heard the recording – was to discuss why SHE was calling HIM stupid and dumb. It was such an absurd moment that Owsley had to correct him: Q. Well, she didn’t call you dumb and stupid. She said you called her dumb and stupid? A. Yeah You shouldn’t say that to people. That’s just unprofessional. It got worse from there because he went off on another tangent talking about someone else.
  • Page 89 – Q. So why were you discussing with Ms. Henry this transfer? A. I have no idea actually. That just caught me by surprise. Then he tried to put the “voluntary” transfer blame on Russell Halsey. Again, he can never keep his story straight.
  • Page 90 – Discussion of the recording where Powell forced her to sign a “voluntary” transfer. He claimed his interpretation of the meeting was a lot different than Henry’s but here’s the deal: there’s a fucking recording of the hours-long meeting. There is no alternative interpretation. There are no alternative facts.
  • Page 92 – Powell claimed she was going to remain in her position. You already know that’s not true. And you’ll see him flip-flop in just a moment when he changes his story.
  • Page 93 – Halsey didn’t call Powell to claim Henry had taken an unauthorized trip. Halsey testified to that. And Powell’s own legal team introduced evidence to prove that Halsey had even submitted paperwork for Henry to be paid for her leave. Fun stuff.
  • Page 94 – “Peace and I have had multiple conversations about Ms. Henry.”
  • Page 96 – Moments ago Powell testified that Henry was going to remain as assistant principal. But now he’s testifying that he fired her and was only going to reinstate her as a teacher.
  • Page 97 – Now he’s admitting he was going to place Henry at Hope Hill.
  • Page 98 – Claimed he had no input in Henry’s evaluations. Unfortunately for him, everyone else says otherwise. So that’s fun.
  • Page 101/102 – Check out this farce: “The Hope Hill teaching assignments are positions that are usually fought for because they carry 20 extended days.” Which must be why they had vacancies in the middle of the year all the time? Heh.
  • Page 102 – He testified he didn’t know anything about Henry but all the sudden he’s aware of her punctuality? Fascinating. Claims she showed up at 9:30 or 10:00 multiple times per week. What he fails to mention is that there’s no proof of that. But what there IS proof of? When her kids showed up at school when she dropped them off. You know, in the schools she worked in. So that’s fun.
  • Page 103 – Discussion of illegal hiring of his wife, Anna
  • Page 104 – Claims he didn’t want Anna to apply for the job. Pbbbbbt.
  • Page 105 – Claims he wanted Anna to stay home with their five kids, all under the age of 9. (Meaning they were waaaay too young to be playing sports in Union County, as a previous witness testified.)
  • Page 106 – Powell claims he and his wife had other income that far exceeded Anna’s $90,000+ salary so they didn’t need the extra income. Which must be why she fled to Florida to take a much lower-paying job. Because she didn’t need the money, right? Also must be why he now claims to be financially destitute. Because of all that other income. But here’s the deal – if you read closely? Check out what Owsley brings up: Q. That she wouldn’t be able to draw? A. Yes. Because it is — and the cost of childcare is not exactly, you know, cheap. Plus some other benefits, financial benefits.
  • Page 106 – Claimed he had a need to fill Anna’s position. But it remained open for months and months and months and no interviews were ever conducted.
  • Page 107 – Claims he didn’t know Anna applied for the position. Claims he was considering hiring Leslie Robertson from Owen County, who now (then) works in Oldham County. Someone hew knew through Lisa Stone. “Lisa Stone and I knew of her. So we wined and dined her. We really did. We took her to Malone’s and tried to talk her into, without the wine, coming to work for our district.” But then he admitted she didn’t even apply for the job. Hahaha.
  • Page 108 – Claims Jacqui Johnston is the reason there were concerns about Michelle Cannoy
  • Page 110 – “If you receive, I’m using my hands again, if you receive, let’s just say, a million dollars of federal money in the year before, you spent $2 million with local money/general fund, then you have to show that you are continuing to spend that money to, in order to be eligible to receive the million dollars from the federal government.”
  • Page 112 – “This is how districts lose money a lot.”
  • Page 113 – Claims the only people Michelle Cannoy recommended for jobs attended her church. You know, just like Kenney Gulley, Phil Rison and Sammi Hatfield. Projection much? It certainly wasn’t something Powell did because he only attended church when he first made it to the district and that was in order to network.
  • Page 113/114 – “And, you know, that was pointed out by Jacqui. And I decided, hey, look, you know, maybe 100 percent of the people you attempt to hire should not come from your church.”
  • Page 115 – Dena Amburgey didn’t like Cheryl Cooper
  • Page 118 – Tried to claim he’d changed Anna’s job description long before she was hired.
  • Page 127 – After hours and hours of rambling, they finally got back to the original questions about Anna Powell’s illegal hiring.
  • Page 128 – Here’s another rub. Powell admits that he DID become aware that Anna Powell applied for the job before she was hired. Fun how his story changes with every breath.
  • Page 129 – Owsley claimed Powell got legal advice from Shelly Williams regarding hiring Anna. Reality, though, is that Shelly was providing information that Owsley gave her. Shelly said during the hearing – it’s on-the-record and you’ve already read it – that Owsley misled her. Powell claimed Teresa Combs okayed Anna’s hiring but her own testimony suggests no such thing – she didn’t approve the specifics and there’s no evidence that she was ever given details of the particulars.
  • Page 132/133 – Brings up opinions of the Attorney General, which did not deal with the particulars of Anna’s hiring. You can read them for yourselves to easily determine that.
  • Page 134 – Claimed Lisa Stone was afraid he would interfere in Anna’s hiring to prevent her from getting the super-high-paying job. Pbbbbbt.
  • Page 136 – Wait – here it comes – he admits that he had not sought advice from Shelly Williams prior to hiring Anna. Funny how facts work with him. “I didn’t speak to her until after…”
  • Page 138 – “Jacqui specifically said that it was perfectly legal. There is nothing wrong with it…” Which doesn’t mesh with Jacqui’s own testimony.
  • Page 137 – Admitted that he discussed it with former board chair Kenney Gulley, who told him it was no big deal
  • Page 139 – After previously testifying that he was fine with Alice Anderson and Sharon Smith Breiner, all the sudden he’s claiming his relationship with them was bad from the start.
  • Page 141 – He directed Rison to send that memo to the board. The truth finally comes out. Surprise, surprise.
  • Page 143 – Claims he doesn’t believe Anna’s job description needed to be changed. But he changed it anyway.
  • Page 144 – Owsley reminds the hearing that it was his advice to change the job description. As if anyone could forget that he and the rest of ELPO were butthole deep in everything from day one. In going after people in unemployment hearings, in giving bad advice about illegal hirings, in dealing with government agencies, in attempting to demonize and threaten me, and even in fudging things up at the EPSB hearing.
  • Page 145 – Tried to claim if he really wanted to help Anna, he could have done something else, that the board was too ignorant to know what he was up to
  • Page 148/149 – Apparently there are hundreds upon hundreds, according to Powell, of people in Montgomery County who are mentally disabled
  • Page 152 – Finally back to Anna after countless derails.
  • Page 155 – When he first learned that the Auditor of Public Accounts was investigating Anna’s illegal hiring
  • Page 156 – Gulley’s letter to the auditor, written by Owsley, the one some other board members had never seen
  • Page 157 – Claims he learned of the Auditor’s report on… wait for it… Page One. “It was on Page One. And someone had printed off a copy and dropped it into my office.” What these folks also fail to mention? It was available on the Auditor’s website. It was a public record. They think I worked some special magic to obtain it and I did – I filed an open records request to get my own copy. In addition to it being available on the website in PDF form.
  • Page 160 – Said the Gulley letter drafted by Owsley was circulated to board members. But it wasn’t. And there’s no evidence that it was, no email trail, no paper trail. Claims there was consensus among board members to reject Edelen’s findings regarding Anna’s illegal hiring but here’s the deal: That’s not true. THREE board members at the time told me as much. And one of them was not Donna Wilson. Fun to see these folks continue making false claims about things that were disproved years prior. Embarrassing, really.
  • Page 162 – Powell wasn’t doing what Owsley wanted him to do so he had to beg to take a break. “I really thought Dr. Powell had this specific paragraph down. Could we take a short break and just let him identify them so that he could then come back and handle them more expeditiously?”
  • Page 164 – Powell says the auditor’s report made claims that weren’t true. But they were. Which is why he lost his certification.
  • Page 165 – See him lie about what he claims to have done years prior to hiring Anna.
  • Page 167 – Lots of stuff from Owsley because even he didn’t understand what Powell was rambling on about
  • Page 168/169 – Powell claims supervisory specifics weren’t changed from Anna’s job description. And then, wait for it… Owsley points out that they were changed.
  • Page 171 – Shot himself in the foot again. Regarding the check box about whether Anna is the superintendent’s spouse/relative, “According to the auditor’s report, she should not have been considered if she marked that.”
  • Page 173 – Now Powell is a legal expert who can discern intent of legislation.
  • Page 173/174 – Admits that Anna observed and supervised, even going so far as to report things to the school board
  • Page 175 – Anna used funds to buy iPads for teachers
  • Page 177 – Anna had so much power that she changed special ed policies. “It generated lots of extra funding because more kids qualified…”
  • Page 178 – Powell tried to claim that making supervisory decisions was not actually supervising. The Auditor and the entire EPSB disagreed because, you know, reality.
  • Page 178/179 – Tried to misconstrue what the Auditor’s folks said, threw in SBDM council laws for added confusion, and rambled on a bit more
  • Page 179 – Here’s what this constitutional law genius said, “I don’t think that a state auditor’s office can make a determination, especially when considering Teresa Combs’ testimony, what the duties and responsibilities of a director of special projects is for a district.” But spoiler alert – they can!
  • Page 179/180 – “[S]he has helped the district, and Medicaid reimbursement being able to retrieve it when it was just not completed. Well over a million 5.”
  • Page 181 – Tried to claim Sneed had okayed Anna’s hiring. She didn’t. Then said, “I mean, every attorney, both my life and I, contacted KEA. And they have their legal department. They issued e-mails to both Peace and Tim saying everything is perfectly fine.”
  • Page 182 – Jim Dusso and Kelly Wallace came up again. Admitted that he chaired the council that hired Dusso.
  • Page 184/185 – “I’m kind of an old country boy. And so are Alton and Jeff Arnett. I don’t mind a lot of things. People make mistakes, do all kinds of things. But stealing money, you know, maybe that’s just, I guess anybody in a desperate situation would steal money. I certainly would to feed my kids.
  • Page 186 – Claimed Dusso was unstable
  • Page 188 – Tried to insinuate Dusso wasn’t certified to serve as principal. Spoiler alert: he was.
  • Page 191 – “I don’t have an OCD issue with a tablecloth, but it manifests itself in other ways. I wish I did have that because my vehicle and house would not be able to be condemned by the health department. It is — it’s a burning desire of mine.”
  • Page 191 – Remember when folks testified that Powell wasn’t a smooth talker? Here’s what he had to say: “If you would have probably known me in college or high school, you would have said, well, he could be a politician because, you know, he’s smooth and he can tell anybody what they want to hear.”
  • Page 192/193 – “[S]he sized me up pretty quick and knew that, you know, here’s some guy that’s maybe the coach type person or, you know… She goes, you used to play basketball and stuff? Well, yeah.”
  • Page 194 – “Then I would say, well, I bet they don’t have shoes in Pikeville, not knowing that Pikeville has the most percentage of millionaires –” Sneed shut him down and Owsley said, “You are wandering. You have got to get to the point of why you brought him back.” He never got to that point.
  • Page 195/196 – “I can see what can happen if you just make the changes, which makes me really stupid to the politics sometimes. Kenney Gulley and Kelly Murphy see that side of me. And I think they like me. So they provided me some good advice one day. I talked to them after a board meeting at Mappleton(sic, it’s Mapleton. There’s one P in Maple.) Elementary. I said I have to make a change at the high school. I have to. It is a disaster. You just don’t understand. Kenny and Kelly have never overstepped their boundaries as board members ever. Kenney says, said, he indicated — sorry — you know, you are known as the turn around superintendent. Try being a sustainability superintendent.”
  • Page 200 – Claimed he was just being helpful to Jim Dusso by coming up with a bogus corrective action plan and evaluation
  • Page 201 – Here Powell basically gives Jim Dusso a victory in his lawsuit
  • Page 202 – Claimed student attendance was better than teacher attendance. HAHAHA
  • Page 203 – Here’s some schadenfreude for you: “All individuals are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.”
  • Page 204/205 – How dare Jim Dusso require appointments for meetings in order to keep all the (as Powell claimed) mentally disabled people of Montgomery County from just barging into his office!
  • Page 208 – Claims three people told him to be cautious in meeting with Jim Dusso: Peace Ifeacho, Tim Southern and Dena Amburgey. His circle j… his inner circle of people who are always, for some reason, involved in all of his scandals.
  • Page 209 – “I had a concern that I would be set up.” Projection.
  • Page 211 – “I think most of that stemmed from Shannon Gross, which I’m to blame here, because, I mean, we obviously made up after that. I was on his — I helped him get his doctoral degree. I was on his committee.” He went on to trash Gross, detailing all of his problems. He went after him. Yet they were miraculously able to make up? Must be why Gross concedes to people that having Powell “help him” get his degree was allegedly in exchange for him keeping quiet. These people are terrible at keeping their mouths shut.
  • Page 213 – Tried to blame Dusso for doing all the things he had done or has been accused of doing. Surprise, surprise. Always gotta blame others. Projection.
  • Page 214 – Kelly Wallace again. Dusso wanted to hire her as department head.
  • Page 215 – So, naturally, Powell derails again and starts talking about Wallace’s “issues with her attitude on the bus” – re: coaching. Because he can’t seem to remember that Wallace wasn’t let go because of coaching. Heh.
  • Page 216 – Admitted to using Dusso’s desire to make Wallace a department head (really, he was just trying to get her paid for the work she’d already done) against him
  • Page 217 – “And then Phil would do something called parroting. Oh, so you guys are saying that you want to do this, this and this. Well, you guys have already figured out the problem. That’s pretty much every meeting was like that for us.”
  • Page 217 – “So in this particular meeting he said, I want to hire Kelly Wallace for the PE department chair. I said, well, I’m not going to pay her a penny.”
  • Page 218 – Went off on a tangent about unrelated hiring processes and Owsley had to nudge him, “Back to Kelly Wallace.”
  • Page 218 – “So I said, she is not getting a penny from us. I’m not going to pay her a penny. I’m not going to authorize one dime to her.”
  • Page 219 – Watch him make up a story as he’s going and then correct himself: “You know, I would, whatever he said, it was positive. And I go, well, in looking at her evaluation, I go, I said, I didn’t get to that point, I said, so any other issues that she has with professionalism?”
  • Page 220 – They went after her for sitting “Indian style”
  • Page 220 – Powell said this about Wallace, “She is the best PE teacher that we have, which I would agree, because she is actually, I try not to say anything unless it’s accurate.”
  • Page 221 – Powell a few minutes prior claimed Wallace had professionalism issues. Now he’s talking about how she’s so great he appointed her to the district’s program review.
  • Page 222 – Q. Did the issue of the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, the so-called OCR investigation, come up in the course of the conversation? A. You know, I have had time to reflect on notes and other records recently. I used to move so fast when I was working and doing all of these things. I had assumed that it did. But a couple of witnesses in this proceeding reminded me of something I used to do, right or wrong, that’s what I used to do. Mr. Dusso could not tolerate someone being late. And oftentimes I’m late to things, which is why Phil Rison accompanies me a lot of times so I’m always early.
  • Page 223 – “I would generally go talk to Nora Riddick (sick, it’s Reddix. Nora Reddix.) or, it was usually Nora. Nora has, you know, she can tell you about everything that’s going on in the district at any time.”
  • Page 223 – After spending an entire hearing trying to make it seem as if he was heavily involved in athletics? Here’s what he said, “I’m not one that has ever been involved in athletics. … I’m certainly not the superintendent that is involved in athletics in any form or fashion.”
  • Page 224 – Regarding the OCR complaint, “I don’t think I was in the room when it was even discussed.”
  • Page 224 – More: “Frankly, I didn’t read it or open it. That stuff goes straight to Phil. There is no way that Cindy Kincaid would ever have put anything from KHSAA or anything involving athletics in my mailbox.”
  • Page 225 – Q. That was something Phil negotiated? A. 100 percent.
  • Page 225 – Finally, back to Kelly Wallace. “I said, well, how is her evaluation going? Because, you know, I’m going to non-renew her contract at the end of this year. And when she gets in front of me, I want to review her evaluations and I want to know what to tell her because we have talked about this several times. I want to know what to tell her about her evaluations.”
  • Page 225 – Q. Let me interrupt you. Why were you going to non-renew her contract if she was a good PE teacher? A. I’m trying to make a point here.
  • Page 225/226 – “And I go, well, have you guys talked about these professionalism issues with her? Well, you know, where do you evaluate? How do you evaluate? She’s really good with instruction. And I go, I don’t know, what teacher standard could you possibly link — Q. Professional? A. — professionalism with. And Mr. Dusso would say, I don’t know. You know, I’m looking through it and I can’t find anything. I go, well, just think hard. What portion of this, the teacher evaluation, could you link these behaviors to? No one was able to tell me how they could relate that to a teaching standard. And for everybody, you know, I know you’re aware, the last teaching standard is professionalism.
  • Page 226 – At this point, Powell had a panicked reaction and asked, “What’s that? What is it?” And Sneed responded, “Nothing.” HAHAHA. He was super-paranoid.
  • Page 227 – Owsley asks, “So when you were saying to Mr. Dusso and the others, you know, I intend to non-renew her at the end of the year…”
  • Page 227 – “I was completely flabbergasted that no one could associate her behavior to any teacher standard. … I would have thought somebody would have caught onto something. And I even asked questions like, so I guess everybody has been evaluated?”
  • If you’re not paying attention, this is both Powell and his attorney admitting during the hearing that he targeted Kelly Wallace for non-renewal.
  • Page 229 – Denied instructing Dusso to falsify Wallace’s evaluation
  • Page 230 – Claimed an evaluation form submitted as evidence wasn’t a district form. Which… hahaha. Wow.
  • Page 240 – Apparently Michael Manly (sic – it’s Michael Manley, married to Leah) was up for non-renewal according to Powell.
  • Page 243 – Discussion of Dusso’s vacation
  • Page 246 – Powell tried to introduce some Jacqui Johnston-related gossip and Owsley cut him off
  • Page 248 – Owsley referred to Dusso’s performance as “crappy”
  • Page 249 – Powell was asked if Dusso’s termination went forward to a tribunal or if it was resolved. Probably because he likely didn’t give him the option for due process. Here’s the relevant discussion: A. It was resolved. Q. And in what manner was it resolved? A. The insurance carrier elected to pay the remainder of Mr. Dusso’s contract. Q. For the year in question? A. For the year in question from some kind of other fund that they had. Q. Not district funds? A. Not district funds.
  • Page 251 – Discussion of Kelly Wallace being non-renewed.
  • Page 254 – Despite being in charge of the SBDM council, Powell claimed he had no role in her being non-renewed. Pro-tip: The council acts on HIS recommendations.
  • Page 257 – After Kelly Wallace was told she’d be non-renewed, they kept the position they’d promised her and gave it to Matt Daniels, the basketball coach
  • Page 260 – All the sudden Powell claims it’s up to principals to make hires in their schools. But… only the superintendent has the ability to hire.
  • Page 263 – Powell trash-talked Jesse Bacon, blamed his non-renewal on Shannon White, claimed he and Rison tried to get White to rescind his non-renewal. Pbbbbt.
  • Page 265 – And here’s the rub. Q. But it wasn’t — it really was your call as to whether or not to non-renew him, wasn’t it, ultimately? A. Well, technically, yes. DUN DUN DUN.
  • Page 266 – Discussion of Gene Heffington.
  • Page 269/270 – More on Powell playing Heffington and Rison against each other: “It was always some kind of power struggle between Gene and Phill over things like did you, you know, custodial equipment where it was stored. Just stuff that was excruciating to hear. Then they would talk about with the maintenance supervisor, they would talk about how the budget was off.”
  • Page 270 – Praised Rison, said his word was gold, almost as if he was reminding Phil to keep his mouth shut
  • Page 271 – Heffington went to Powell with a list of concerns and when asked if he listened to them, he said, “No, I didn’t.”
  • Page 272 – Powell, who prided himself on athletics and claimed to be a coach on at least one of his applications in the past, made it clear that he hated talking about athletics or having anything to do with them.
  • Page 273 – “I think that was the year Happy was there and left, which I blamed Gene for a large portion of that.” Then claimed Heffington was mad that Montgomery County had made it to the final four, which you know isn’t based in reality. No one would be upset about that.
  • Page 274/275 – Claimed he threatened to give Melody Claypool responsibility for athletics
  • Page 276 – “Phil knew what I was doing. And I did not plan to really remove Phil from athletics.” You’ll recall that Phil testified that he didn’t know what was up. Huh Imagine that.
  • Page 278 – For the fourth or fifth time claimed he ignored Heffington. Then tried to put blame for the child abuse incident Anna failed to report on Heffington. The incident with special ed teacher Chris Durhurst. Powell said, about Durhurst, “There was something, in my believe, wrong with the guy.” Hello, HIPAA fun, meet Joshua Powell again.
  • Page 279 – Speaking of HIPAA, here’s Powell revealing that the child in question had “30 or 40 surgeries. You know, has cystic-fibrosis. On his IEP he is actually allowed to sleep sometimes in class because of physical deformities, issues with breathing, you know, stuff like that.”
  • Page 280 – “And Gene didn’t do anything about it.” But you already know he did. And Anna Powell admitted that he’d reported it to her.
  • Page 280 – You know how Powell claimed he wasn’t supervising his wife? “And I said, Anna, you better get this done do something. So she e-mailed him.” So there goes his lawsuit against the school board. His own testimony shot himself in the foot for the millionth time. The dumb ass admitted to giving his wife a directive while under oath and said there’s an email trail.
  • Page 281 – Claims Phil went to the police.
  • Page 284 – “When that happened with Happy, Happy is, remains one of the most important people in my life. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back with me for Gene.” Here’s Powell admitting he retaliated against Gene Heffington because he was upset that Gene had embarrassed him with someone he worshipped. Whatever the Happy incident was because, really, no one cares.
  • Page 284 – “Gene in his testimony said that I cost him $700 a month because I didn’t let him stay another year. What he doesn’t understand is I’m responsible for all five of his highest years of retirement because that takes five to get your highest five for your retirement.” Just in case you were wondering how full of himself he was. But there you have it – admitting he was helping people pad their retirements.
  • Page 287 – “And so Jacqui had me write up my curriculum and instruction, little concerns based on conversations that I had with him. And also the failure to investigate and report the child abuse, which he wasn’t the only employee that did that, that failed to address it.”
  • Page 288 – “Jacqui and Shannon got the documentation together and Phil, because Phil knew all of the athletic director stuff.” That’s how they went after Heffington.
  • Page 289 – “I met with him because Cindy made me.”

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Get ready. The rest comes tomorrow.

Volume 20: Lisa Stone Returns And Joshua Powell Finally Takes The Stand Again

Get caught up on the previous 19 volumes of testimony from Joshua Powell’s Education Professional Standards Board hearing transcript:

  • Volume 1: Powell’s Scandalous EPSB Transcript [April 27, 2016]
  • Volume 2: Powell’s EPSB Transcript Gets Crazier [May 2, 2016]
  • Volume 3: The Powell Transcript Gets Real [May 5, 2016]
  • Volume 4: New Perspectives On Powell’s Exploits [May 9, 2016]
  • Volume 5: Board Member Drama Was Unreal [May 12, 2016]
  • Volume 6: Legal You-Know-What Hits The Ethical Fan And Things Finally Get Exciting In The Powell Hearing [May 17, 2016]
  • Volume 7: Jacqui Johnston’s Shady, Corrupt Colors Become Apparent, We Learn Why Catherine Bailey Fled & Get A Glimpse At Anna Powell’s Erratic Behavior [June 1, 2016]
  • Volume 8: Two Former Board Members & A Powell Confidant Go Out Of Their Way To Blame Page One For Powell’s Myriad Troubles [June 13, 2016]
  • Volume 9: A Board Member Reveals Scandalous Details And A Powell Confidant Has Extremely Selective Memory [June 27, 2016]
  • Volume 10: Testimony of Board Chairwoman Sheds Light On Joshua Powell’s Tenure As Superintendent [July 1, 2016]
  • Volume 11: Jacqui Johnston’s Scandalous Testimony Sheds Light On Her Role In The Powell Shenanigans [July 5, 2016]
  • Volume 12: Catherine Bailey’s Testimony Dogged The Powells & Phil Rison Was A Non-Stop Disaster [July 7, 2016]
  • Volume 13: Testimony From Joshua Powell Doesn’t Exactly Help His Case At The EPSB [July 11, 2016]
  • Volume 14: After Months Of Waiting, Anna Powell’s Testimony Finally Goes Public And You Get To Read It [July 13, 2016]
  • Volume 15: Powell’s Own Witnesses Fell Flat For Him When Testifying At His EPSB Hearing. Here’s Testimony From Six Of Them. [July 15, 2016]
  • Volume 16: Entertainment Has Arrived In The Form Of Testimony From An Entitled, Spoiled Teenager & Richard Hughes [July 18, 2016]
  • Volume 17: Phil Rison’s Entire Family Was Apparently Involved In Anything And Everything Related To Powell [July 20, 2016]
  • Volume 18: Three Of Powell’s Key Players Finally Hit The Hot Seat And Boy, Do They Ever Disappoint [July 22, 2016]
  • Volume 19: Union County’s School Board Got Fired By The Community Because Of Joshua Powell’s Shenanigans There [July 25, 2016]

Because we’re going to dig in to more testimony from Lisa Stone today and then wade into Joshua Powell’s return to the bench to testify.

Here are the highlights:

  • Page 3 – Testimony of Lisa Stone Begins
  • Page 5 – Owsley had Stone dig up some sort of information about Union County, something about Race to the Top, blah blah blah
  • Page 8 – Apparently, the Reader’s Digest – you know, the educational journal (HAHAHAHA or, really, the thing your grandmother reads on the terlit) – wrote about turning schools around.
  • Page 11 – Stone said, “[T]here was great improvement in Union County.” Unfortunately, she wasn’t privy to reality, because former Union County board members testified that test scores had plummeted. RUH RO.
  • Page 12 – Claims Melody Claypool was happy to be ousted from her job by Powell
  • Page 14 – More discussion of school turnaround
  • Page 18 – Turns out Lisa Stone was also involved in Jefferson County Public Schools’ diagnostic review for KDE. Which should terrify the living shit out of anyone paying attention to what’s gone on in Louisville the past several years. This makes two Powell people who have played a role in potentially screwing up JCPS.
  • Page 21 – She claimed Powell was politically astute when making decisions. HAHAHAHAHA. G-d. Hahahahahahahahahaha.
  • Page 21 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 23 – She couldn’t recall a time she’d demanded anyone leave their position without giving them a chance to improve
  • Page 24/25 – Discussion of Race to the Top. Stone didn’t even know Arne Duncan’s title.
  • Page 26 – Stone agreed that school boards and the commissioner could remove superintendents
  • Page 28 – Stone claimed a document she’d brought in was from 2010, claimed it was what Powell used to help him become a turnaround agent. Then Sneed had her read the copyright information, which was 2015. Heh.
  • Page 28 – Read the exchange regarding all the times she has served as a reference for Powell. You’ll note that she never directly confirms that she is, in fact, Powell’s professional reference: Q. Ms. Stone, do you also act as a reference for Mr. Powell? A. A reference, can you clarify? Q. On a resume, a reference for finding employment? A. I don’t know as if I am presently a reference for Dr. Powell. Q. Have you acted as a reference in the past for him? A. I don’t recall if I was a reference for him for Montgomery County. Q. And you worked with him in Union County? A. I was a consultant for Union.
  • Page 30 – Sneed called her out about referring to Powell as a turnaround agent. Because he’d only worked in two school districts. Then Stone had to conceded that she had never seen Powell model lessons for people and had never seen him in a classroom. Then she claimed he taught a high school psychology class… despite not being certified. Whoopsiedaisy. Turns out, he was just a guest speaker.
  • Page 31 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 34 – Trash-talking of Sharon Smith Breiner
  • Page 35 – Sneed Re-Examination
  • Page 35 – Pee Alert – after trashing Sharon Smith Breiner, she was forced to conceded that she never had the opportunity to work with her. She also had to conceded that she hadn’t had the opportunity to work with Gay Elliott, another person Owsley used her to trash. Something tells me her new employer, AdvancEd won’t enjoy reading her testimony.
  • Page 36 – Hearing Officer Questions.
  • Page 36 – She consulted on curriculum in Union County
  • Page 39 – Discussion of test scores and PR efforts
  • Page 40 – Turnaround models.
  • Page 41 – Admitted that when she left Montgomery County, all of the principals were new hires. Powell had gotten rid of everyone in just over a year.
  • Page 41 – Owsley Re-Direct – he tried to suggest that the local newspaper in Mt. Sterling would have focused on test scores prior to Powell. Reality? It didn’t. Not until Kristi Carter was hired with feeding them 24/7 nonsense. And not until Powell himself started “leaking” the nasty letters he’d written to people.
  • Page 42 – Sneed Re-Examination
  • Page 42 – Another pee alert: Stone conceded that there were new accountability modems and new test scoring models.
  • Page 43 – It gets better. Stone volunteered that testing changed in 2011. “I think that was 2011. I think it was 2011 when the assessment system changed.” So all this talk of Powell changing test scores on a miraculous level is horse shit. Owsley got freaked out.
  • Page 44 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 45 – Hearing Officer Questions.
  • Page 45/46 – Hearing Officer forced Lisa Stone to concede that test scores were not a real indicator of child intelligence. Parents could think their kids are brilliant after testing and then get report cards to find out they’re in need of serious tutoring.
  • PAGE 47 – TESTIMONY OF JOSHUA POWEL BEGINS
  • Page 47 – Michelle Henry’s forced resignation.
  • Page 48 – Discussion of Hope Hill, which Powell referred to as a “Psych School”
  • Page 49 – Owsley said that’s where Michelle Henry was assigned to go and the Hearing Officer shut him down.
  • Page 51 – Hearing Officer refused to allow Owsley to admit evidence against Michelle Henry because, legally, Powell could not have her go to training while she was on medical leave. Whoopsiedaisy.
  • Page 54 – Owsley tried to slip records in ab out Henry that were irrelevant to the hearing and the Hearing Officer shut him down again. He tried to play the failing memory card. The Hearing Officer was not having it: “I’m going to deny it. I don’t think it’s sufficiently relevant and it may well just cause confusion as to why in the same(sic) hell it’s in there.”
  • Page 57 – Owsley introduced service reports as evidence that ultimately made Michelle Henry’s entire case. It’s a pee-worthy moment.
  • Page 59 – Owsley and Powell tried to trash the service report once they realize they’d screwed themselves but the Hearing Officer shut them down. Again.
  • Page 61 – Powell claimed he met with Dusso once or twice a month to discuss his corrective action plan and weekly on the components of it. And, of course, Powell kept no record of that because it didn’t happen. He claims Jacqui Johnston kept written notes of all of those meetings. But… they don’t exist. SURPRISE!
  • Page 62/63 – Powell claimed his memory had been refreshed. Then Sneed called him out: “I’m going to object. I mean there’s refreshing your memory and then there’s just entering into the record things that you’re reading from Jackie’s(sic) notes.” The Hearing Officer agreed with Sneed.
  • Page 64 – Claimed Dusso took professional leave to visit other school districts without permission. But fun fact? There’s no proof of that. Powell, this paragon of memory, integrity and record keeping, seems never to be able to produce documentation to back things up.
  • Page 66 – Claimed Dusso repeatedly cornered a special education kid so he could suspend him
  • Page 67 – Powell attacked Dusso for trying to eliminate smoking from the school. OH GOD DUSSO SAID A CUSS KILL HIM WITH FIRE OH GOD
  • Page 69 – The Hearing Officer again called Owsley and Powell out. [H]e can’t refresh his recollection from a document that he didn’t write and he’s never seen before.” These shady-asses had no ethical compass.
  • Page 70 – “Jackie(sic) has probably the worst handwriting of any female that I’ve ever known.” Because that matters.
  • Page 71 – Powell criticized Dusso for pink-slipping someone he claims hadn’t been given a chance to improve. You know, the thing Powell did with dozens of people.
  • Page 75 – Owsley asked Powell repeatedly about Dusso taking a trip to Mexico but he couldn’t get a straight answer from him that wasn’t a rambling mess. “In the interest of time, I’m going to move on past this.”
  • Page 77 – Hearing Officer shot Owsley down for the millionth time for attempting to submit documents as evidence that had absolutely nothing to do with the hearing.
  • Page 88 – 11 pages later and Owsley is still trying to sneak in material that has no relevance
  • Page 89 – Owsley tried to submit emails from people who not only didn’t testify but about topics that didn’t come up during the hearing
  • Page 100 – The Hearing Officer got so tired of Owsley’s circus act that she started responding with, “Denied.”
  • Page 104 – “No, not admissible.” and “Yeah. No, not admissible.” It went on like this for ages.
  • Page 107 – Powell tried to claim, in reference to Kelly Wallace, that employees could have four years of perfect evaluations that are, in his words, “completely unrelated to their actual performance.” Seriously!
  • Page 108 – Hearing Officer accused Joshua Powell of invading Jim Dusso’s privacy
  • Page 113/114 – Powell claimed a document proved Dusso manipulated allocations of money. Then the Hearing Officer called him out. “[I]s this an agenda? It is an agenda. So it’s not — it’s just an agenda. I don’t think it proves that he manipulated it to do it. It indicates he went through the site based decision making council…”
  • Page 117 – Powell claimed something happened and Sneed shut him down by pointing out that something else happened, that it was in the minutes and available via open records
  • Page 120 – Hearing Officer shot Powell down again
  • Page 126 – Powell tried to claim something was policy before it actually was. No one is surprised.
  • Page 134 – Powell claims he received a letter with falsified signatures on it about Kelly Wallace. Moral bankruptcy, indeed.
  • Page 136 – Powell tried to go after Brian Wallace and even Mike Owsley shut him down
  • Page 137 – From the Hearing Officer: “It’s got a pickle bar quiz in it. What does that to do with her evaluations?”
  • Page 146 – Owsley, who claims not to have read Page One, tried to submit a bunch of Page One articles and the hearing officer shut him down.
  • Page 146 – Owsley tried to submit a judicial ethics opinion as evidence. They were grasping. at. straws. like. woah.
  • Page 149 – Owsley tried to claim that a superintendent’s spouse being hired before they become superintendent is the same thing as hiring your spouse after you become superintendent and then changing her job description in an attempt to cover your ass
  • Page 151 – Hearing Officer and Sneed shut Owsley and Powell down. They tried to do something based on Anna’s new job description, not the one for which she was actually hired.
  • Page 155 – Reminder that Anna Powell accused Michelle Cannoy of accessing her (Anna’s) computer and printing things off
  • Page 158 – Looks like Powell tried to introduce articles from the local newspaper about his magical test scores and the Hearing Officer shut it down
  • Page 160/161 – Remember when we proved Powell PAID to get a “100 best places to work” b.s. award? He and Owsley tried to submit it as evidence that the district was perfect under his leadership.
  • Page 165/166 – Owsley tried to submit a list of awards received by the district in the form of a press release Powell put out
  • Page 167/168 – The “culture and civility” surveys that Powell came up with
  • Page 169 – Powell tried to justify his survey by claiming Allison Hubbard picked them (from Dena Amburgey) up and had them verified by a school psychologist. Translation: Someone like Catherine Bailey. Heh.
  • Page 177 – “Research has shown that females tend to do these more passive aggressive behaviors than males and when you’re in a female dominated profession like education, you have to have your principals have ongoing training and also your staff to recognize the kind of behaviors.” Please, tell me again that this guy doesn’t have issues with women. Good grief. It’s bad enough that he – according to EPSB – targeted women. But his obsession with them, much like his obsession with my sexual orientation, is borderline obscene.
  • Page 182 – Here’s a healthy dose of delusional hypocrisy for you: Q. [Owsley speaking] In this proceeding you are accused using people, not treating people well, specific instances and generally. What do these survey results tell you and your administrators about how the district is doing? A. The results indicate that we’ve done extraordinarily well in that area. Now, I understand I’m the boss of making sure a lot of change and transition is happening. Everything that I’ve ever said or done, given the opportunity, I would have done it better each time, but I think everybody could say that.
  • Page 183 – Here’s your ruh ro moment of the day. The Hearing Officer asked: “How do these various surveys on culture and inflating engagement and civility and such, how does this relate to your dissertation research?” He denied that it had anything at all to do with his research and his time at UofL.
  • Page 188 – Here’s the rub: “They changed the graduation rate from 2012 to 2013.”
  • Page 192 – Powell mentions his fancy trip to Milan
  • Page 193 – Powell claims incivility decreased from 48 to 21 from 2011 to 2013 in Montgomery County. Sorry for the lack of a pee alert.
  • Page 195 – After all of those teachers and board members testified about what a disaster they thought testing was, here’s what Powell had to say: “And let me say this about our testing system, that it is probably the best in the United States…”
  • Page 198 – Braggadocio about going from worst to best in no time flat, as if that’s possible. Spoiler alert: It’s not.
  • Page 199 – “I think you heard that from Larry Bailey and his frustration that he thinks they’re testing too long and it’s not an accurate reflection.” Heh.
  • Page 201 – Powell tried to submit an article from Afton Fairchild Spencer and the Hearing Officer shut him down. He then said he framed her article and it was placed in central office. What was that, again, about me being wrong about them having strong ties? Yet another talking point of theirs down the drain.
  • Page 210 – Powell points out that Blake Hazelton(sic – it’s Haselton) was one of his witnesses. Which is not a great thing for UofL right now, to say the least.
  • Page 211 – Powell considers Haselton a friend. Which is eye-opening. This guy is a product of Robert Felner. Joshua Powell is a product of Robert Felner’s College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.
  • Page 213 – Hearing Officer shot down another attempt of Powell’s to claim Gene Heffington was demoted in Oldham County. Sneed said during the discussion that she’d spoken with Oldham County and Powell was wrong.
  • Page 215 – They brought up the child abuse incident that Anna Powell didn’t report to authorities. They were still trying to blame Gene Heffington for that.
  • Page 218 – PEE ALERT! A reminder that Terry Holliday nominated Joshua Powell as superintendent of the year at the American Association of School Administrators. Dahahahaha.

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Take the time to read it all.

We’ll pick back up with Volumes 21 and the rest of Powell’s testimony in the next installment. His testimony will roll into Volume 22, as well.

Stay tuned.

Matt Bevin Is Donald Trump Lite

Be afraid. Be very afraid. That was the main message coming out of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. [Tom Eblen]

Donald Trump now says his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention featured a call to expand his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, after the GOP presidential nominee appeared to temper his language on the subject during his remarks. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin is the kind of guy who has children of color and an African American lieutenant governor and STILL supports the most racist bullshit imaginable: Donald Trump. This is the modern Republican Party of Kentucky. It’s Trump Lite. [C-J/AKN]

Bernie Sanders Sunday called on Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign following email leaks from within the party that showed officials tried to undermine his presidential campaign. [The Hill]

Kentucky high school students and 2016 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled its largest-ever criminal healthcare fraud case against individuals on Friday, charging the owner of Miami-based assisted living facilities and two others in a $1 billion scheme to swindle Medicare. [Reuters]

I’m a lifelong New York Yankee fan, but after watching the Republican National Convention crown a New Yorker as its presidential nominee it was something Jack Buck, the great broadcaster, once said which came to mind. [Ronnie Ellis]

A top staffer at the Democratic National Committee has apologized after suggesting that the organization use Bernie Sanders’ religious beliefs against him in the Democratic primary. [Politico]

The Office of Education Accountability said in a July 8 finding that Rowan County School Supt. Marvin Moore, RCSHS Principal Ray Ginter and RCSHS Athletic Director Jen Williams violated state law regarding the operation of the Viking football program. [The Morehead News]

After Donald Trump presented a dark picture of the country at his convention in Cleveland last week, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats plan to project a more optimistic and inclusive vision of the future when they convene here starting Monday. [WaPo]

In addition to all the 2016 races for which candidates had to file by late January, a few races that never have primaries will be on the ballot in November, and the filing deadline for those is coming up at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The GOP nominee is totally unhinged. But a better, cooler, more polished demagogue could rise in his wake. [Slate]

A state judge said it is “problematic” for Kentucky’s Republican governor to entirely replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, calling into question the new board’s authority on the day it met to discuss the school’s billion-dollar budget and higher student tuition. [H-L]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would consider pulling the United States out of the World Trade Organization should he end up winning the election. [HuffPo]

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Volume 19: Union County’s School Board Got Fired By The Community Because Of Joshua Powell’s Shenanigans There

In the last volume you read testimony from people like Sammi Hatfield and Lindsay Tufono.

Today you get to hear from Larry Bailey, Wayne Young and a couple people from Union County who appear to be… they’ll make your eyes roll back in your head and you won’t want to miss it.

Before continuing, get caught up:

  • Volume 1: Powell’s Scandalous EPSB Transcript [April 27, 2016]
  • Volume 2: Powell’s EPSB Transcript Gets Crazier [May 2, 2016]
  • Volume 3: The Powell Transcript Gets Real [May 5, 2016]
  • Volume 4: New Perspectives On Powell’s Exploits [May 9, 2016]
  • Volume 5: Board Member Drama Was Unreal [May 12, 2016]
  • Volume 6: Legal You-Know-What Hits The Ethical Fan And Things Finally Get Exciting In The Powell Hearing [May 17, 2016]
  • Volume 7: Jacqui Johnston’s Shady, Corrupt Colors Become Apparent, We Learn Why Catherine Bailey Fled & Get A Glimpse At Anna Powell’s Erratic Behavior [June 1, 2016]
  • Volume 8: Two Former Board Members & A Powell Confidant Go Out Of Their Way To Blame Page One For Powell’s Myriad Troubles [June 13, 2016]
  • Volume 9: A Board Member Reveals Scandalous Details And A Powell Confidant Has Extremely Selective Memory [June 27, 2016]
  • Volume 10: Testimony of Board Chairwoman Sheds Light On Joshua Powell’s Tenure As Superintendent [July 1, 2016]
  • Volume 11: Jacqui Johnston’s Scandalous Testimony Sheds Light On Her Role In The Powell Shenanigans [July 5, 2016]
  • Volume 12: Catherine Bailey’s Testimony Dogged The Powells & Phil Rison Was A Non-Stop Disaster [July 7, 2016]
  • Volume 13: Testimony From Joshua Powell Doesn’t Exactly Help His Case At The EPSB [July 11, 2016]
  • Volume 14: After Months Of Waiting, Anna Powell’s Testimony Finally Goes Public And You Get To Read It [July 13, 2016]
  • Volume 15: Powell’s Own Witnesses Fell Flat For Him When Testifying At His EPSB Hearing. Here’s Testimony From Six Of Them. [July 15, 2016]
  • Volume 16: Entertainment Has Arrived In The Form Of Testimony From An Entitled, Spoiled Teenager & Richard Hughes [July 18, 2016]
  • Volume 17: Phil Rison’s Entire Family Was Apparently Involved In Anything And Everything Related To Powell [July 20, 2016]
  • Volume 18: Three Of Powell’s Key Players Finally Hit The Hot Seat And Boy, Do They Ever Disappoint [July 22, 2016]

Now let’s dig in to Volume 19.

Highlights:

  • Page 3 – Testimony of Larry Bailey Begins, questioned by Mike Owsley
  • Page 6 – Guess who also uses “you know” as a crutch during testimony
  • Page 7 – Claims getting into West Virginia was his priority
  • Page 8 – Lisa Stone led the “interview process and selection” for hiring him
  • Page 9 – Discussion about how there was “diversity” at his previous school, spoke of the “issues” with those “diverse” people
  • Page 12 – School was in turmoil because it had been through several principals. Which you can thank Powell for.
  • Page 13 – Claimed his reason for abruptly leaving the school district in the middle of the school year was all about family. Reality? It’s all about having to deal with the reality that his wife played a prominent role in the hiring of Anna Powell and they were all the sudden under scrutiny. They left literally days after I publicly started asking questions about Medicaid billing. Yeah, nothing to see here, move along.
  • Page 22 – “There are probably some things that he should have — that he should not have, you know — that he should have handled a little differently. But he is stubborn.” You don’t say.
  • Page 23 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 23 – He mentioned to Lisa Stone after he arrived that his wife needed a job. Bam, she got hired as a school psychologist.
  • Page 24 – Discussion of the illegal hiring of Anna Powell
  • Page 25 – Says he’s aware of Kentucky’s nepotism laws, SBDM councils
  • Page 28 – Admitted (SURPRISE!) he actually hadn’t been looking for jobs in West Virginia for as long as intimated
  • Page 29 – Criticized Kentucky’s ridiculous testing requirements
  • Page 30 – School performance is based on a mere five days of testing each year. That should frighten you, folks. That reality.
  • Page 31 – Claims Powell was innovative because of the Chromebook purchase he made. Despite there being nothing innovative about it – in fact, Chromebooks have outsold Macs and iPads for schools for a while. Doesn’t help that Chromebooks in Montgomery County STILL aren’t being put to use.
  • Page 32 – Turns out he was involved in the Chromebook ordeal. He was part of the testing crew. “My role was just, you know, for a few days I took home a Chromebook and looked at it. But in terms of going out and looking at other schools, I wasn’t a part of any of that.” That’s the extent of the research Powell did. Unreal. Sneed had to point out that the idea wasn’t new, that other school districts were doing it throughout the state, not innovative.
  • Page 33 – Claims Powell’s bookkeeping ideas were innovative. Oh, man. Wow. And Artie White, the self-proclaimed impartial auditor, came up with the idea of centralizing the bookkeepers, eliminating segregation of duties! WHAT THE ACTUAL FARK! Wow wow wow. MIND BLOWN. Reminder: the centralized bookkeeping was controlled by Jacqui Johnston and her staff, which included the mother and sister of Phil Rison’s son-in-law.
  • Page 34 – Says he wasn’t trained on what to do if someone with tenure wasn’t a good fit for his building
  • Page 35 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 36 – Owsley tried to claim that moving bookkeeping all to central office from the schools – eliminating segregation of duties – was okay because it saved an alleged $120,000 per year. Which is nothing for a multimillion dollar budget when financial integrity is at stake. Bailey confessed that principals did not oppose having bookkeeping moved back into individual schools by the board, flummoxing Owsley and throwing a wrench in his gears.
  • Page 37 – Bailey detailed the many ways in which it was important to have a bookkeeper physically in his building. So you know that had to ruffle feathers. Owsley got nervous and abruptly changed the subject, interrupting Bailey with, “Tell me a bit about the Chromebook initiative that you mentioned before.” That they’d already discussed. Heh.
  • Page 40 – Says testing takes up too much time. I repeat, he testified under oath that Powell’s favorite thing took up too much time.
  • Page 43 – Said he’d never had to put someone on a corrective action plan before
  • Page 45 – Owsley, who lies about not reading Page One, brought it up again, blaming us for the turmoil in the district… which has been proved to have been caused by his former client, Joshua Powell. Thanks for the free publicity, though, you assholes. Bonus: Bailey suggested everything that had been published was misinformation. Funny how that didn’t exactly work out for them…
  • Page 46 – Culture & Civility Survey discussion. You know, the tests handled by Sammi Hatfield and Dena Amburgey on Powell’s behalf.
  • Page 47 – Owsley tried to confuse nepotism laws. Then brought up Jim Dusso, portraying him as the devil.
  • Page 48 – Sneed Re-Cross.
  • Page 49 – Conceded that “social media” Is here to stay
  • Page 51 – Owsley Re-Direct. Claims material published on Page One was inaccurate. SPOILER ALERT: The material published was so accurate, in fact, that multiple government agencies acted and held Powell accountable. An entire school district was cleaned out in the process.
  • Page 51 – Hearing Officer Questions. Culture & Civility Surveys brought up by her, Bailey conceded that it was something Powell instituted and orchestrated. “The culture and civility is a survey that Dr. Powell helped develop. And that’s something that he utilizes, has utilized in the districts he has been superintendent, but I’m not sure.”
  • Page 56 – SBDM council discussion, Hearing Officer pointed out that the principal had control
  • Page 59 – Despite all the claims made by Owsley and Priest, Bailey testified that there had been no effects of “social media” on the SBDM council
  • Page 62 – Owsley Re-Direct. He brought up Chromebooks again.
  • Page 63 – TESTIMONY OF VERNON WAYNE YOUNG BEGINS
  • Page 63 – Puke alert. Regarding his name: “I tell everyone the V. is for versatile, but people don’t believe it.”
  • Page 66 – Discussion of how Wayne Young gave his pal, Joshua Powell, some awards. Just like he gave Jacqui Johnston an award for being administrator of the year… while she was busy going after everyone on Powell’s behalf. Yeah, nothing shady there at all. Nothing at all. Reminder: winning faux awards doesn’t mean someone is incapable of being terrible.
  • Page 72 – Young praised Powell for being professional. Reminder: All this is after Young had dealt with people like Michelle Henry who had been targeted by Powell.
  • Page 73 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins.
  • Page 73 – Discussion of audit reports that have damned other corrupt superintendents.
  • Page 75 – When words come out of Young’s mouth, remember that he is a lobbyist
  • Page 78 – Regarding nepotism: “It is not nepotism to hire your relative if your relative is qualified to do the job and capable of doing it.” But… that’s exactly what nepotism is – hiring your relative, regardless of ability.
  • Page 79 – The people who nominated Powell for KASA awards: Gail Hale in 2007 and Patricia Sheffer in 2009. Sheffer was superintendent of Union County after Powell’s departure.
  • Page 80 – Sneed questions him on the silly awards they give out to people like Powell and Johnston.
  • Page 81 – Powell received his awards after serving barely any time at all as superintendent. All information about the alleged good deeds people have done to warrant their awards comes from the nomination forms people submit.
  • Page 82/83 – Young praised Stu Silberman, the dumpster fire formerly of Fayette County Schools.
  • Page 85 – Young serves as an attorney for KASA members. Despite Owsley’s suggestion, Young concedes that no one has ever been brought before the EPSB for being “innovative.”
  • Page 86 – Young agreed that the Code of Ethics was not something that could be used to attack individuals for being “innovative”
  • Page 87 – Owsley Re-Direct.
  • Page 89/90 – Discussion of Powell’s suspension, which Young was severely butthurt over. Losing sucks.
  • Page 92 – Young said he had been inaccurately maligned on “social media.” Unfortunately for him, you can tell that he lied under oath by reading the threatening emails he’s sent me – I’ve published them. You can read all about how he dealt with Michelle Henry – confirmed by her – and turned right around and dealt with Joshua Powell regarding that very situation. Unreal. The nerve of this guy.
  • Page 93 – Sneed Re-Cross.
  • Page 96 – Discussion of other superintendents who have been suspended.
  • Page 96 – Owsley Re-Direct.
  • Page 96 – Hearing Officer Questions.
  • Page 99 – “The second tier is that I will actually represent some of our members if there is not a conflict issue.” Unless you’re talking about Joshua Powell, where Young had previously had direct interaction with the very people he was defending Powell against. Whoops.
  • Page 103 – Wayne Young brought up suing school districts (Montgomery County) for disciplining superintendents. Remember when the judge took the side of the school board? That was fun.
  • Page 104 – Owsley Re-Direct.
  • Page 106 – Sneed Re-Cross.
  • Page 107 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 109 – Testimony of Catherine Joseph Rush Begins.
  • Page 120 – She’d already heard all the rumors of Powell prior to his arrival. So if you think he didn’t bring his problems with him from Union County, you’d be wrong. His own people testified to it under oath.
  • Page 121 – Claims she clashed with Powell because she wasn’t making eye contact with him. You know, the thing he can never do with anyone and his supervisors (the board) called him out about it.
  • Page 128 – Owsley brought up Michelle Henry, the female devil monster who ate children for breakfast.
  • Page 129 – Said Henry always had to leave for unknown reasons. You know, like going to the other buildings she was required to work in. Then there’s this gem, “I know she smoked because you could smell it on her.”
  • Page 130 – Claimed Henry was late in scoring. Spoiler alert: EPSB had records to suggest otherwise.
  • Page 133 – After going on for several minutes about Henry for not being able to do her job? She admitted that she, herself, quit because she… wait for it… felt inept because SHE couldn’t do the job. Huh.
  • Page 139 – She claims her son had been written off by Bourbon County Schools because he was allegedly gifted. Powell came along and was a miracle worker who recognized her kid was a genius.
  • Page 140 – Claims people against Powell were part of the good old boy system. The facts, unfortunately, reveal that Powell is the good old boy system. Powell, Rison, Gulley, the circle of bank folks there who fund everything, the group of rednecks they dole out all the district contracts to. THAT is the very definition of good old boy.
  • Page 140 – Claims she’d never seen Powell treat anyone unprofessionally. But… she testified several minutes prior that he had treated her unprofessionally and called our out in front of her colleagues.
  • Page 147 – Discussion of Anna Powell. Fun fact: her level of “helpfulness” has no bearing on whether her hiring was legal.
  • Page 148 – She brought up the Atlanta testing scandal on her own, no prodding. Ruh ro. Then she praised Powell, said removing his certifications would have a chilling effect across the country. Ha.
  • Page 148 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 148 – Sneed immediately jumped on the Atlanta situation, got the witness to admit she had no clue what the charges at EPSB were.
  • Page 149 – She had to admit that since she didn’t know what the hearing was about, she couldn’t have a solid opinion about whether or not taking his certificate was warranted. Funny how facts work, isn’t it?
  • Page 151 – Testimony of Jeff Perkins Begins.
  • Page 155 – Powell hired him in community education in 2012.
  • Page 159 – Owsley shot himself in the foot when Perkins’ testimony pointed out that Powell was paying to advertise test scores, that other superintendents hadn’t done it
  • Page 161 – Powell was a miracle-working saint who looked after disadvantaged kids. Even if that were true (it’s not), it wouldn’t absolve him of what he’s accused of doing in Union and Montgomery Counties. Just like going to church doesn’t absolve Tim Conley of the crimes for which he’s serving a federal prison sentence.
  • Page 168 – Claims people were only upset with Powell because their relatives had lost jobs under him. And this is a man who considers himself a pastor.
  • Page 169 – Owsley insinuates that “social media” made it impossible for Powell to do his job. Yeah, I caused all of his problems. I fired Michelle Henry, I targeted Kelly Wallace, I retaliated against Jennifer Hall, I sent those emails to Richard Hughes attacking myself. No wonder the school district fought to oust Owsley and ELPO. Jesus.
  • Page 171 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins.
  • Page 171/172 – Discussion of his ministry job, he was disconnected and apparently unaware that kids were as poor as they were and had no adults in their lives
  • Page 175 – Testimony of Eugene Pardue Begins – he’s from Union County
  • Page 180 – Served on Union County’s Board of Education. When he tried to run for re-election, he was defeated “very badly” because… wait for it… he supported Powell.
  • Page 188 – Conceded he lost his re-election bid because he supported Powell. So let’s quit acting like it’s a surprise to Powell that he was extremely disliked.
  • Page 189 – He was upset because his friends and people he had helped in the past refused to vote for him because he supported Powell. And the man STILL couldn’t understand that he was in the wrong.
  • Page 190 – Discussion of a woman they claimed had a substance abuse problem
  • Page 193 – Owsley ignorantly (in my opinion, it’s corrupt and terrible for any other school districts he represents) tried to suggest that an OEA investigation started because Powell didn’t want to accept assistance from KDE. Disgusting. Even for an attorney.
  • Page 195 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 198 – Lost re-election because of Powell. And then this… wait for it… this former school board member testified under oath that test scores fell after Powell left. And that’s not suspicious? PBBBBT!
  • Page 199 – Testimony of Thomas Edward Long Begins
  • Page 201 – Discussion of his time on the Union County Board of Education and the hiring of Powell. He left the school board after Powell was hired – just like Gulley and Murphy – because he realized he could not win re-election.
  • Page 203 – Claimed Powell’s kids played ball. But… they’re still barely old enough to safely use a microwave or non-safety scissors. So… uh… okay.
  • Page 207 – Claims Powell’s troubles started when he turned down assistance from KDE. Which you know isn’t based in reality.
  • Page 208 – Check this claim out: “I’m not trying to be cocky at all, I do think I could have gotten re-elected very easily.” But you’ll note he didn’t even run for re-election. He abandoned the school board when he realized he did not have the support of his voters. And other school board members running for re-election lost handily. You can make up your own mind about whether the guy had support or whether he’s delusional.
  • Page 211 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 212 – After claiming Powell had been the best superintendent in 20 years, he had to concede that the district had had very few superintendents in that time frame. Funny how reality always hits these folks who claim to be holy and moral right in the face.
  • Page 214 – Sneed brought up Powell’s testimony that Union County was racist and poor kids were screwed. This guy shot that argument right in the foot and testified that: “Okay. No.” Whoops. His stories didn’t back up Powell’s position.
  • Page 215 – He used to have a black friend but he died
  • Page 217 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 217 – Test scores fell so badly and so quickly after Powell that the community is upset. “I mean, they are not happy about the scores we have right now. The community is not.” Let’s get real: Test scores don’t just magically plummet into the toilet because a superintendent loses his job. Just like they don’t miraculously shoot up over night because a new superintendent rolls into town. If there weren’t previously red flags regarding test scores, here’s a big one.
  • Page 218 – Hearing Officer Questions. Discussion of OEA investigation.
  • Page 220 – Testimony of Collis Robinson Begins.
  • Page 222 – Was an intern in Montgomery County.
  • Page 223 – Reached out to Powell to try to intern
  • Page 229 – Now he works (at the time) at Mt. Sterling Elementary
  • Page 233 – Owsley insinuated that Powell was the reason the guy went into education. Then Robinson testified that it was the district as a whole (this was in Powell’s first year) made him want to get into education – not specifically Powell. Heh.
  • Page 233 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins.
  • Page 236 – Owsley Re-Direct. Discussion of Black Achievers program.
  • Page 237 – Powell is a racial justice warrior and champion of diversity. Such a champion, in fact, that he used his school email account to send homophobic emails and used school services and equipment to post homophobic messages. Fun stuff.
  • Page 240 – Owsley brought up Jim Dusso, as if this kid would have had any experience with him. Spoiler alert: he had none.
  • Page 241/242 – Owsley brought up Michelle Henry and Gay Elliott but this guy didn’t remember anything about them.
  • Page 242 – Claims that while he was an intern Powell found a missing million dollars in the district. Some really insane allegations you’ll have to check out.
  • Page 244 – Powell gave this kid access to sensitive personnel information, apparently, because he kept saying “[E]verything had to be confidential for me to take part in it.” So… Powell was trying to show off for this kid.
  • Page 245 – Discussion of Chromebooks.
  • Page 246 – Sneed Re-Cross
  • Page 248 – Testimony of Dudley McKenna Napier Begins.
  • Page 259 – Owsley tried to claim that because there was a reading program in the district, it should absolve all Powell had allegedly done wrong.
  • Page 260 – Claimed there had been regression since Powell was suspended. Which is pretty insane, since there’s not much that could have occurred in less than two months. “It feels like it is falling apart.” That was her rationale.
  • Page 265 – Discussion of culture and civility studies. Again, the “studies” or surveys that Powell had Sammi Hatfield and Dena Amburgey conduct.
  • Page 266 – Criticized Sharon Smith Breiner
  • Page 268 – She claimed that holding Powell accountable was a slap in the face for innovation and forward-thinkers in education.
  • Page 270 – Sneed Cross-Examation Begins
  • Page 270 – Surprise, surprise! Turns out Powell was her teacher at Morehead State. Meaning she was also tied to Richard Hughes. Can you believe it?
  • Page 271 – She admitted that she had no idea what the charges against Powell were. Then she got called on the carpet for suggesting that the charges were because Powell was “innovative” (he wasn’t) and she couldn’t recover from that point.
  • Page 272 – This woman, an educator, said that true innovation wouldn’t survive without the person who started it. !!!!! HAHAHAHA
  • Page 273 – Owsley Re-Direct. She was upset that the Chinese program was nixed. Conveniently, she failed to mention that teachers and parents alike wanted it to be nixed. She also complained that bookkeepers were being decentralized and placed back into their respective schools. Can you imagine? Doing something to lessen the chance of corruption – the horror!
  • Page 275 – Blamed Page One for harming the district. Because the messenger is obviously the person who actually commits all the alleged wrongdoing. “I think that it has taken gossip to a whole other level. I think it has not only opened public education up to so many situations to always be criticized.” You’re damn right we’ve opened up public education to scrutiny. Because it’s government. And gossip? These simple-minded folks testifying on Powell’s behalf have to be the dumbest motherfuckers I have encountered. Sorry if that upsets you church ladies reading this but these people are the absolute worst. They’re the kind of people who claim to be moral Christians while cheating on their spouses, stealing, swindling, gossiping, scheming against people they dislike, retaliating. They’re people who refer to thousands of pages of evidence, recordings, video, government investigations and public records as gossip. What I’m trying to say is they are morally bankrupt and they’re trusted to educate children. It’s fucking sick. These people are a cancer on Mt. Sterling. They have no business being anywhere near public education.
  • Page 276 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins.
  • Page 276 – She no longer uses Facebook. Probably because it’s a sex den of filthy gays? (Just an educated guess) “I did not want my son growing up to know that that was part of a lifestyle and it is a lifestyle choice.”
  • Page 277 – She was forced to concede that people don’t usually speak up about good things but they definitely speak up when there’s bad. Which should surprise no one.
  • Page 277 – Hearing Officer Questions.
  • Page 278 – Despite previously testifying that no one was supporting her (Powell’s) reading program, she was forced to admit that her principal and others were supporting it. “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

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The take-away from today: Powell was so hated in Union County that the school board there – just like in Montgomery County – was ousted. And he is beyond obsessed with blaming Page One for all of his problems.

In Volume 20, you’ll hear more from Lisa Stone and you’ll get to read the first half of Joshua Powell’s final bit of testimony. Get the popcorn ready!

A Scandal Begins To Unfold In Rowan

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has fined a one-time state mine inspector $4,000 for accepting bribes from a former lawmaker. [H-L]

There’s a reason Donald Trump’s be-very-afraid acceptance speech resonated with his supporters. [HuffPo]

Wanna see Scott Jennings fall into an unbearable tirade about “liberal thought police”? It’s your lucky day. Jennings went on for paragraph after paragraph blaming liberals for daring hold Doug Cobb accountable for the heinous, disgusting, homophobic things the man has said. And, of course, Jennings even whitewashed that by ignoring the impact on the LGBT community entirely. If you whitewash and excuse homophobia, you’re a homophobe. Liberal thought police? More like Whiny Ass Titty Baby Republican. [C-J/AKN]

What kind of first gentleman would Bill Clinton be? That’s the question on the minds of many as Hillary Clinton seeks to become the first woman to ever hold the Oval Office. [The Hill]

East Kentucky Power Cooperative has filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to build a 60-acre solar energy facility in Clark County. [Winchester Sun]

David Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, launched his candidacy on Friday for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, saying white people are threatened in America and that he hears echoes of his views in Donald Trump’s rhetoric. [Reuters]

On Monday, a court will hear arguments over the legality of some electronic betting machines that base outcomes on horse races that have already taken place. [WFPL]

The leadership of the religious right once looked like a promising stronghold for the Never Trump movement, a bastion of the GOP deeply at odds with a man who is heretical on many of the political and personal values the country’s most prominent Christian leaders hold dear. [Politico]

A dismembered body was found in a container floating in the Green River in Hart County on Saturday, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Ranchers near the Mexican border see smugglers and sometimes find bodies, but they favor a different approach to illegal immigration from Donald J. Trump’s wall. [NY Times]

An Office of Education Accountability investigation has found Rowan County Schools Supt. Marvin Moore and Rowan County Senior High School Principal Ray Ginter “violated law and policy” by not investigating complaints of hazing and bullying in the Vikings football program, according to its report July 8. [The Morehead News]

DONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. Mr. Trump has nothing positive to offer, only scapegoats and dark conspiracy theories. [WaPo]

Estill County Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor was critical Tuesday of the state’s conduct in regard to the illegal dumping of out-of-state radioactive waste at an Estill landfill. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton made her first appearance with vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), hailing him for being extremely qualified for the job and offering a stark contrast to Donald Trump and his VP choice. [HuffPo]

Volume 18: Three Of Powell’s Key Players Finally Hit The Hot Seat And Boy, Do They Ever Disappoint

In Volume 18 you’ll read testimony from: Stephanie Harris, Sammi Hatfield, Sheri Merrifield, Rebecca Marlowe Steger, Lindsay Tufono and Jason Woodard. Three of them Powell’s key people – Hatfield, Tufono and Woodard.

You won’t be surprised by what Hatfield and Tufono have to say. They piss and moan, talk about how moral and ethical they are, try to bring religion and Christianity up as frequently as possible to make themselves appear superior or whatever it is they try to do.

But Woodard’s testimony will surprise you. Here’s why: Remember when Powell tried to claim a board member was racist toward Woodard? That never came up. If it had actually occurred, you know Owsley and Priest, Powell’s attorneys, would have been all over it.

Before we begin, get caught up on the previous 17 volumes of the transcript:

  • Volume 1: Powell’s Scandalous EPSB Transcript [April 27, 2016]
  • Volume 2: Powell’s EPSB Transcript Gets Crazier [May 2, 2016]
  • Volume 3: The Powell Transcript Gets Real [May 5, 2016]
  • Volume 4: New Perspectives On Powell’s Exploits [May 9, 2016]
  • Volume 5: Board Member Drama Was Unreal [May 12, 2016]
  • Volume 6: Legal You-Know-What Hits The Ethical Fan And Things Finally Get Exciting In The Powell Hearing [May 17, 2016]
  • Volume 7: Jacqui Johnston’s Shady, Corrupt Colors Become Apparent, We Learn Why Catherine Bailey Fled & Get A Glimpse At Anna Powell’s Erratic Behavior [June 1, 2016]
  • Volume 8: Two Former Board Members & A Powell Confidant Go Out Of Their Way To Blame Page One For Powell’s Myriad Troubles [June 13, 2016]
  • Volume 9: A Board Member Reveals Scandalous Details And A Powell Confidant Has Extremely Selective Memory [June 27, 2016]
  • Volume 10: Testimony of Board Chairwoman Sheds Light On Joshua Powell’s Tenure As Superintendent [July 1, 2016]
  • Volume 11: Jacqui Johnston’s Scandalous Testimony Sheds Light On Her Role In The Powell Shenanigans [July 5, 2016]
  • Volume 12: Catherine Bailey’s Testimony Dogged The Powells & Phil Rison Was A Non-Stop Disaster [July 7, 2016]
  • Volume 13: Testimony From Joshua Powell Doesn’t Exactly Help His Case At The EPSB [July 11, 2016]
  • Volume 14: After Months Of Waiting, Anna Powell’s Testimony Finally Goes Public And You Get To Read It [July 13, 2016]
  • Volume 15: Powell’s Own Witnesses Fell Flat For Him When Testifying At His EPSB Hearing. Here’s Testimony From Six Of Them. [July 15, 2016]
  • Volume 16: Entertainment Has Arrived In The Form Of Testimony From An Entitled, Spoiled Teenager & Richard Hughes [July 18, 2016]
  • Volume 17: Phil Rison’s Entire Family Was Apparently Involved In Anything And Everything Related To Powell [July 20, 2016]

Highlights:

  • Page 4 – Testimony of Stephanie Harris Begins
  • Page 10 – Discussion of SAMs
  • Page 15 – Powell is a saint who made her who she is today
  • Page 16 – Talking point that always seems to come up with these folks who definitely-100%-totally-weren’t coached: “[P]rior to Dr. Powell coming, it was a very adult centered environment.”
  • Page 19 – Remember the Chromebook scandal? The devices Powell spent more than a million bucks on that still aren’t being used as promised?
  • Page 25 – Hold on to your wigs: “[H]e was always focused on every kid. That even our students with special needs, this is not acceptable. We need to have the same standard for them as we do for the other students in our building.”
  • Page 27 – She liked Powell because he gave her another personal day
  • Page 28 – Ruh ro, she downplayed test scores a bit
  • Page 32 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 33 – Discussion about treating employees with respect and obeying labor laws
  • Page 34 – Claimed she didn’t understand why the hearing was taking place. But she likely lied under oath because her work computer’s IP address showed up here multiple times per day and it has commented here more than once.
  • Page 35 – Discussion of nepotism. Complaints about Chromebooks.
  • Page 37 – Discussion of smart boards
  • Page 38 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 39 – Test scores
  • Page 40 – Discussion of TELL climate surveys, which Owsley frequently and probably intentionally confused with Powell’s personally-conducted climate surveys
  • Page 43 – Discussion of Anna Powell and working with her. As if that excuses her illegal hiring by her husband. She says she has no legal knowledge or understanding of when a spouse can be hired… only to go on to discuss superintendents’ spouses working for school systems in other counties. It’s like Owsley hit these people with stupid sticks on a daily basis.
  • Page 44 – Larry Bailey had given his notice to leave the district at that point. His wife, Catherine Bailey, who helped justify the hiring Anna, had also given her notice. A far cry from Catherine’s earlier testimony that she was unsure.
  • Page 46 – Pointless Chinese Program discussion. She claimed that parents, teachers and students were in overwhelming favor of keeping the Chinese program. The reality, as you’ll know because you read it here, is that the majority of people wanted it cut. People even spoke about it at school board meetings. We highlighted the results. It was extremely negative. This woman lied under oath about something that’s so easily verified and she’s somehow trusted to educate children and provide for their safety on a daily basis. WTF.
  • Page 47 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins.
  • Page 47 – She was forced to concede that the community disliked the Chinese program so much that even principals were split over it. They cannot keep their lies straight.
  • Page 48 – She was upset that the board voted to decentralize bookkeeping, to take it out of the control of a single office and spread it out amongst each school, thereby lessening the chance of fraud and guaranteeing segregation of duties. This woman was upset about that and she’s somehow supposed to be accepted as a person of integrity. Wow.
  • Page 48/49 – Conceded that the Chinese program wasn’t sustainable. She tried to downplay the importance of the Spanish language in the United States. Really ripe stuff.
  • Page 50 – Owsley Re-Direct. He tried to justify the accounting system that was in place prior to decentralization. Something every audit in the state mentions – segregation of duties is the most important and easiest step an agency of government can take to prevent error, fraud, wrongdoing and the like.
  • Page 53 – Claimed the Chinese math program was magical. Despite a majority of people, you know, using that as their number one most-hated aspect of the program. Fascinating spin.
  • Page 55 – Sneed Re-Cross.
  • Page 55 – Sneed pointed out, despite Owsley’s silly proclamation, that an award the district one was yet another one that Powell paid for/applied for, that it wasn’t some major achievement. She had to concede as much.
  • Page 56 – Oh dang. Go read this posthaste. Sneed points out that Powell was trying to gin up lots of attention and get a bunch of recognition because he wanted to become commissioner of education. He was trying to achieve celebrity status. The witness agreed.
  • Page 56 – Hearing Officer Questions.
  • Page 59 – She testified about and praised teachers using daily objectives with students. Something Owsley had previously tried to demonize with other witnesses!
  • Page 60 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 62 – TESTIMONY OF SAMMI HATFIELD BEGINS
  • Page 66 – Discussion of special education
  • Page 71 – Powell demoted her back to the classroom. Surprise, surprise.
  • Page 71 – Discussion of Michelle Henry.
  • Page 73 – You remember what Sammi Hatfield’s vulgar, nasty, personal attacks on me looked like a year or two ago. So your eyes will roll back in your head when you read what this alleged woman of g-d has to say about herself: “I’m not the type of person who likes to cast judgment on people. So it is uncomfortable.” HAHAHA
  • Page 73 – Claimed Michelle Henry always showed up late. Which doesn’t mesh with what her evaluations said or what countless other colleagues said.
  • Page 74 – She was upset that Michelle Henry wouldn’t text message back-and-forth with her. Not joking. That’s what she got upset about.
  • Page 78 – “I don’t like being mediocre. Mediocrity is not okay with me.” I’ll allow everyone else to address that point.
  • Page 85 – “You cannot use your past to predict your future, you know.” Which… what? That’s the best predictor of future outcomes. And “you know” is her crutch when she’s spinning a yarn.
  • Page 86/87 – A lot of trash talking about Sharon Smith Breiner
  • Page 91 – A school got smart boards, so that means Powell is a miracle worker
  • Page 92 – More trash talking of Sharon Smith Breiner
  • Page 93/94 – She complained that someone had taken her Facebook postings and given them to Powell
  • Page 95 – Powell and Lisa Stone had a meeting with her to explain why he demoted Sharon for some reason. Which is a huge tell that she was butthole deep in his world early on.
  • Page 99 – More discussion of Michelle Henry being a horrible, terrible, no-good, awful monster.
  • Page 100/101 – Accused Henry of using teachers to do her job
  • Page 102 – Discussion of working with Richard Hughes’ former program at MSU, apparently
  • Page 103 – Hatfield, who tried to claim she was above gossip, decided to get in a few digs with Henry: “We tried to counsel her through drama with the kids, drama with the ex-husband.”
  • Page 104 – How to know someone is making it up as they go along: They refer to people with nicknames that they didn’t use
  • Page 105 – For some reason, Hatfield thought she would know what Henry’s working relationship with Russell Halsey was like. Despite not working with the two of them together. Halsey himself testified that he didn’t know much about them. And you’ve heard the recording of Halsey making clear he didn’t know much about Henry. So it’s fascinating that Hatfield would blatantly lie under oath.
  • Page 106 – Discussion of Larry and Catherine Bailey. Hatfield went on a ran about “I hate that. I hate that.” trying to portray herself as somebody of integrity who truly cared. But you’ve seen video of her at board meetings. You’ve seen our coverage of her nasty personal attacks. You know the niceties are feigned.
  • Page 107 – A red flag is when someone volunteers something, out of the blue, completely unrelated to what you’re discussing. Especially under oath. “We didn’t, you know, manipulate test scores.” You know. You know. You know. You know. She probably, even after reading this, won’t realize that “you know” is her crutch, her tell, if you will.
  • Page 107 – And then, bam, Owsley tried to claim Michelle Henry fudged test scores! Seriously! But the hearing officer shut him down. Alicia Sneed didn’t even have to speak up about it – the Hearing Officer just shut it right down. Hatfield, of course, said she “had heard” that Henry fudged some 200 tests.
  • Page 109 – Claims Powell is awkward, has an inappropriate sense of humor. “So there were times, you know, that he would say things and I would be like, he did not just say that, you know.”
  • Page 110 – “And then you have outside people who don’t really know the inner workings of things and they ruin it for everybody.” At that point, she burst out in tears
  • Page 111 – Here it comes… playing the victim instead of accepting responsibility for her own actions, her own words, her own offensive acts: “We are trying to do what is best for kids still, what we’ve been taught to do. But then you are personally attacked. You know, I have been personally attacked on so many occasions.” What she means is she’s been called out for attacking me personally and that backfired on her hardcore.
  • Page 112 – Goes on a rant about the Chinese program, how she has never received any compensation, etc. Turns out, she admitted she helped push for the Chinese program. If you want to read a good melt down, here’s your chance.
  • Page 114 – “And so I started, yes.” DUN DUN DUN
  • Page 115 – She tried to claim the Chinese program was eliminated because “anything, anything that has Josh Powell’s stamp of approval is gone.” But the majority of teachers, students, administrators, parents wanted the program to disappear. Teachers hated it. It wasn’t helping. But keep on with the lies, you corrupt bunch of folks.
  • Page 115 – She went on a rant about diversity. “You know, diversity is the Cambodian that does your nails at, you know, Nail Pro. That’s diversity.”
  • Page 116 – Puppies and rainbows and feel-good stories about the program making her child happy
  • Page 117 – More on the Chinese math mess, which was covered last year. It was not successful. Here’s reality: Powell let her be involved in the Chinese program. In exchange, she went after anybody who was critical of him, she lied under oath for him. And she continues to attack anyone and everyone who has attempted to introduce accountability into that disaster of a district. You can play video of her speaking in front of her and she’ll lie about what she says It’s unreal to watch. And she’s in charge of children.
  • Page 120 – Chromebook discussion. “It is used in their instruction It is used in their homework. You know, it’s a part of their every day, you know, goings on.” That wasn’t true then, in early 2015, and it’s not true now, in 2016.
  • Page 121 – She watched a video clip about an ash beetle in her classroom and her kids are going to go to China to find predators to eat those beetles.
  • Page 123 – Read what she said when asked about Powell possibly losing his certificate. Recall, as you read, that I have interviewed literally more than 70% of teachers in the district personally. Recall that ten thousand plus Montgomery Countians still read Page One on a daily basis. “First of all, I’m appalled. If you ask probably 80 percent of the people that teach in Montgomery County they don’t really know what this is about. Why? Why? What is the problem? So I’m appalled.”
  • Page 124 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 125 – After testifying, moments ago and under oath, that she had no clue why the hearing was going on? She made an about face with Sneed asked her if she knew what the allegations were. Here’s how she responded: “My name has been all over Page One. So I have been on Page One. I’ll just be quite honest with you. I don’t know how that man gets what he gets, but he knows a lot so –“
  • Page 126 – Sneed had to get her attention, as she was melting down. She again asked her what the allegations were. Here’s how Hatfield responded: “There is some, you know, allegations of mistreatment of employees, overstepping boundaries as far as employees are concerned. Financial mismanagement. I’m not sure where that comes in but, you know, –“ Far cry from her claims moments prior. Sneed called her out, though. Hatfield went on and on and on about how she stays in the loop with the latest gossip because it concerns her students.
  • Page 127 – “I’m a moral, ethical person.”
  • Page 127 – Q. So if someone is found to have broken the rules, you think there does need to be consequences? A. Yeah, I mean, if there is proof, you know. But now if you are saying that this is something that Dr. Powell would put up with or that he would tolerate, I would have a hard time believing that because –” And then Sneed called her out for not being a fact finder on the case. Heh.
  • Page 128 – “I do understand that there are consequences to your behaviors.” Then she used a “But” and spent several minutes negating her response.
  • Page 129 – Discussion of Michelle Henry, Russell Halsey. Hatfield’s demeanor (surprise!) certainly changed when actual facts were brought into the discussion
  • Page 130 – Despite being ordered by the board not to communicate with Powell, Hatfield admitted that she had. When asked when she last communicated with him, here’s what she said: “Probably a couple of weeks. I’m a Christian. And, like I said, I understand the difference between professional and personal. And Dr. Powell and I have had a personal relationship in that I send a lot of things to him or to his wife just as encouragement.” Fascinating how people like this always try to use religion as their excuse for everything. They always try to use it to make them sound as if they’re superior. Guess it’s now time to review Powell’s deposition to see how many people he denied having communication with…
  • Page 131 – The Facebook thing came up again
  • Page 133 – “I think everyone’s very scared about what is going to happen because changes are already taking place that unravel everything that we had built.”
  • Page 133 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 134 – “Michelle is a very joking person. She likes to joke a lot. So most of the interaction that I witnessed between Dr. Powell and Michelle was joking, just that cordial, you know, poking at each other. And, you know, like, we all do, you know, when you are — when you work together in that capacity you become very close knit. And, you know, so just the typical.” Unfortunately for Hatfield’s testimony? Henry is not the joking type. I’ve been digging into her life for about three-and-a-half years and have absolutely learned that. Additionally, you can listen to the recordings involving both Powell and Henry and you’ll be able to tell right away that there was no jovial banter going on. Ever.
  • Page 134 – Oh, here’s the rub. She’s vice-president of the union. Dena Amburgey is (was?) the president. And they – those two – conducted the culture survey Powell tried to promote at every opportunity. Imagine that.
  • Page 136 – “We didn’t get caught up in titles, per se. You know, it’s just whatever you had to put down to, you know, to have your job description listed under.”
  • Page 137 – Discussion of Anna Powell’s illegal hiring.
  • Page 138 – Claims Sharon Smith attacked her child for being of Chinese descent, so that’s why she went to a board meeting to yell about how great Powell is
  • “So I took it upon myself, no one asked me to do so, no one knew that I was doing so, but I knew that I had attended way too meetings, board meetings, where one person after another, after another, after another would stand up and personally and professionally attack everything that was going on in Montgomery County, especially Dr. Powell. And I was done. I was done.” Reality? Video of the board meetings suggest she rarely attended meetings.
  • Page 139 – “And I said exactly what I needed to say to clear the air because I was tired of people talking about me when it was all malicious lies.” You know, sharing her own words, written by her own hand, is malicious, obviously. This mess came for me and it’s apparently been eating her up that I had the audacity to snap back with documentation. I’ve bitten my lip quite a bit the last few years but this lady needs to back up a taste, hawking herself as some moral Christian. As if that makes the heinous crap she’s said and done excusable. It’s a sick trend with these folks – always parading themselves around as holy people in an attempt to garner favor with other small-minded people. Shameful.
  • Page 140 – Hearing Officer Questions. “And it has become a witch hunt. It has become a very generally vindictive, ugly situation.” Witch hunt = video of board meetings, recordings, open records, emails, government documents, federal investigations, state investigations. You know, the usual kind of witch hunt.
  • Page 141 – Regarding Donald Pace, who was interim superintendent, someone she had not even interacted with: “Personally he’s a waste of money. But I know that’s probably not what you are looking for. He is, I guess, acting superintendent.” Yeah, she’s totally not a nasty, vindictive person. Total Christian.
  • Page 142 – Owsley Re-Direct.
  • Page 143 – Discussion of two of Powell’s children attending her school. Owsley asked her what affect the hearing had had on Powell’s children So the Hearing Officer shut him down: “I think that I would ask you to withdraw that question. I don’t think it is relative to this and I think it’s very difficult.”
  • Page 144 – Testimony of Sheri Merrifield Begins.
  • Page 149 – She works in Cloverport, one of Powell’s previous districts. You’ve read his personnel file from there so you’re aware that many of his problems with management began to materialize there and that’s why he was asked to move on. Fun fact: some of the board members there have been adamantly against him and continue to be. They feel like they dodged a bullet, based on what I’ve learned from my dealings with them.
  • Page 154 – Discussion of finances, academics. Powell was apparently a miracle worker. A full-on genius.
  • Page 157 – They got recognition from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. You know, the group run by Powell’s friend, Wayne Young, the shitsack who attempted to intimidate me by threatening me via an attorney I had used previously. (HEY WAYNE! Hope those Bar complaints were fun.)
  • Page 158/159 – There was a management audit and the district had to pay a large fine.
  • Page 162 – Owsley tried to suggest Powell had a special focus, a choice he made, on disadvantaged students in Cloverport. Unfortunately, Merrifield nudged his talking point off a cliff when she revealed: “About 80 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged there. So that was almost everybody.” Ouch.
  • Page 167 – Sneed Cross-Examination Begins
  • Page 167 – Sneed pointed out that some of the “innovative” things Powell instituted weren’t innovative at all because they were going on in many other school districts, not just there.
  • Page 168 – Owsley previously suggested to the witness that innovation could be harmed if Powell lost his certification. Sneed brought her back to reality.
  • Page 169 – Powell doesn’t have a teaching certificate, she never really saw him teach anything, she only worked with him for two years
  • Page 171 – She had to concede that ACT scores didn’t skyrocket under Powell, as claimed. The district is still below the state average, in fact.
  • Page 172 – Owsley Re-Direct. Powell didn’t try to enrich himself by hiring his wife into a $100K job while he was in Cloverport because that wasn’t possible. He was still learning the ropes and determining how things worked.
  • Page 173 – Sneed Re-Cross – Agreed that people should be given an opportunity to improve.
  • Page 174 – Hearing Officer Questions
  • Page 176 – Testimony of Rebecca Marlowe Steger Begins
  • Page 189 – Powell “seemed to” show concern for disadvantaged children but Steger didn’t explain anything. Owsley led her down a rabbit hole of praising him for not doing anything for personal gain. You know, like giving his wife a $100K job.
  • Page 191 – Sneed Cross-Examination
  • Page 192 – She has no idea why she was subpoenaed by Powell to appear at the hearing
  • Page 194 – Discussion of verifying certification and following the rules
  • Page 194 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 195 – Culture and civility surveys – She wasn’t sure that the culture and civility in the district had improved under Powell! OUCH
  • Page 197 – TESTIMONY OF LINDSAY TUFONO BEGINS
  • Page 200 – Discussion of her degree from Morehead. From Richard Hughes’ program, of course, where she also had Powell as a teacher. Cough, cough.
  • Page 202 – Claims she “requested” a transfer to the Sterling School – the school Powell sent everybody to for punishment. She totally chose to take that demotion.
  • Page 205 – Discussion of Larry Bailey, for whatever reason.
  • Page 207 – Discussion of Michelle Henry
  • Page 209/210 – Claimed that Henry never gave her standards to teach from
  • Page 213 – She wasn’t happy because Henry caused her to have to do paperwork
  • Page 215 – Claims Michelle Henry only observed her for a few minutes
  • Page 216 – She tried to insinuate that Henry didn’t discuss her evaluation with her but ultimately had to admit that she did. She claimed Henry trash-talked Powell before he ever arrived.
  • Page 217 – Claimed Henry wanted her to sign a blank evaluation form
  • Page 218 – Then she tried to claim Gay Elliott also tried to make her sign a blank evaluation
  • Page 221 – Claims Henry told everyone to “pray” that Phil Rison was selected as superintendent instead of Powell. Having interviewed Henry for more than three years, dug through her life, dealt with attorneys and countless colleagues, I’ve never heard “pray” come up. Not once.
  • Page 222 – Claims Michelle Henry was crying, sobbing uncontrollably when Powell was hired by the board. Which is a fascinating claim to make, as it could never be proved with security cameras, wasn’t proved with footage of the meeting and no one I’ve ever spoken with – not any of the countless Powell supporters I’ve had to deal with – could ever tell me that was based in reality. Everyone who was present said she wasn’t crying.
  • Tufono continued with her tale about what she claims Henry said: “And she said, this man is a monster. All of our careers are over. Our heads are on the chopping block.” HAHAHAHA! They’re trying to paint Henry as a psychic, apparently.
  • Page 223 – “I don’t like to have preconceived notions about people. It is not that I’m a holier than thou.” So you know what that means. If someone has to tell you that they’re a great person? They’re probably a monster. It’s some Tim Conley-style B.S.
  • Page 224 – “You know, it’s not like he’s a smooth talker.” I bet he’d disagree with that characterization.
  • Page 226 – Gossip about Shannon Gross
  • Page 229 – OOOOH this is ripe, regarding Russell Halsey: “I mean, once he came and told me that he wanted me to know he was concerned about me so he should tell me that people in central office didn’t like me, especially Dr. Powell and Jacqui Johnston, because I am religious and they don’t like religious people.”
  • Page 230 – Then she went on a rant about how she abstains from alcohol
  • Page 233 – Powell’s crew instituted daily learning targets. You know, the very thing Owsley & crew criticized Dusso for pushing. Surprising hypocrisy, I know.
  • Page 236 – Discussion of the Chinese program, the thing her BFF Sammi was behind. Her daughter knows some Chinese words, so she thought it was terrific.
  • Page 237 – Powell even had flipping kindergarteners talking about being “top 10”
  • Page 239 – The board, according to her, as undone everything Powell tried to accomplish. Then she went on another rant about Chinese.
  • Page 240 – We have her name spelled different in different locations because her own school district spells her name incorrectly.
  • Page 241 PEE ALERT – She claims the board made its decisions based on social media. By “social media”, she meant Page One. Specifically because she, and a few of the other people there who enjoy sounding like uneducated bumpkins, don’t realize that social media is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat. Owsley and Priest continued referring to this website as “social media” because they want to try everything on earth to demonize and attack. Translation of the rest of her remarks: She couldn’t believe I was able to predict what was going to happen in school board meetings. Apparently because she never read any of the accompanying documentation that allowed me to break down what would occur. Heh.
  • Page 242 – “[I]f you didn’t have social media, you would have no idea what as(sic) going on. So that’s disheartening to me.” Yeah, never would have figured it out by, you know, reading the newspaper that covered it extensively.
  • Page 245 – She had some long, drawn out story about how Michelle Henry hadn’t given her test scores, claimed it was chaotic
  • Page 248 – Says Henry didn’t appear organized, claims she didn’t score tests, she left 200 tests blank. But she couldn’t back that up with anything but hearsay. Can you imagine? KDE would have been all over her and she would have gone to prison like the folks in Atlanta. HAHAHAHAHA. These people. They claim to be Christians! And they’re in charge of your CHILDREN, Montgomery County!
  • Page 251 – Powell helped Shannon Gross get a job in Kenton County. And what’s not mentioned, again, is that he sat on his dissertation committee and once that occurred, Gross went radio silence with proceedings against Powell. He recently owned up to it with some of folks suing Powell. Which probably sucks for him.
  • Page 253 – For the millionth time, the Hearing Officer had to shut her – a self-professed Christian of high moral standard – down for gossiping and spreading hearsay
  • Page 255 – Claims the Sterling School has been important to Powell. Which must be why he consistently used it as punishment for people he didn’t like.
  • Page 257 – Discussion of Michelle Henry allegedly not being punctual. Because that’s the best they could come up with. She claimed Henry would show up in sweatpants and do her hair and makeup at work. “So she came in late a lot.”
  • Page 258 – She claimed Henry would come and go a lot. Without mentioning that she had to come and go a lot because she was required to work in several different buildings each day.
  • Page 259 – Discussion of Powell being her teacher at MSU. He “taught” her classes in Montgomery County and she spent several hours per week with him.
  • Page 262 – She wants to be an administrator. But after school boards and superintendents read through this 22-volume transcript and review her interaction that’s well-documented, I’m guessing that won’t be so easy.
  • Page 264 – Powell once helped a custodian take trash outside. That’s the measure of how great he was, according to her.
  • Page 267 – Sneed Cross-Examination
  • Page 268 – Discussion of Powell being her teacher.
  • Page 269 – Conceded she went to a board meeting to speak on Powell’s behalf… while he was her teacher. In other words, he had two types of power over her as her boss and her teacher. On top of that, Richard Hughes had additional power over her. Some really twisted stuff.
  • Page 270 – Despite being ordered by the school board not to communicate with Powell, she admitted under oath that she had done so. ” I occasionally send him, like, inspirational bible versus or stories. I’m not sure if he reads them or not. But I think I sent him one a few days ago.”
  • Page 271 – Discussion of basic test score concepts that she didn’t understand. Whoops?
  • Page 272 – Sneed pointed out that Powell’s claimed miraculous test score increases were anything but
  • Page 273 – Despite claims to the contrary, she admitted under oath that she reads Page One and learned of Powell’s EPSB hearing here on the site. Which makes you wonder whether she was lying when she said she didn’t know a hearing was going on until she was subpoenaed… which was looong after I reported it was happening.
  • Page 275 – Testimony of Jason Woodard Begins
  • Page 279 – Discussion of SAMs
  • Page 281 – He reported Kelly Wallace to Phil Rison because she wasn’t riding a school bus during an athletics trip. In part because she didn’t live in the county, which I think we’ve covered in the past few years. She also had permission not to ride the bus.
  • Page 283 – He claims he banged on Gene Heffington’s door for several minutes but he wouldn’t answer. So he had a secretary use her key to open his office and he was allegedly just sitting at his desk, refusing to answer. Claimed he was intimidated by Happy Osborne.
  • Page 284 – “I personally think that Gene — Mr. Heffington, was very rude to Happy on several occasions.”
  • Page 285 – “He is just not very friendly.” They literally went after the guy, ousting him, by claiming he was unfriendly.
  • Page 285 – Powell hired Osborne’s wife as a teacher and then hired him as a coach. Then he claimed Gene Heffington wasn’t a hard worker, at Owsley’s nudging.
  • Page 286 – “You know” is his crutch word, apparently. You’ll pick up on it quickly. “And, you know, I knew that I had a challenge in front of me. And, you know, from my knowledge, Dr. Powell put leaders in places to where they can lead children and children can be successful.” And, you know. And, you know. And, you know. And, you know.
  • Page 289 – Larry Bailey made puppies and rainbows
  • Page 289/290 – “Powell, he wanted each kid to be treated fairly. He wanted each kid to be treated fairly. He wanted to give kids a fair shot; black, white, purple. But he wanted, you know, he, you know, he had a great interest in, you know, minority children.”
  • Page 290 – Sneed Cross-Examination
  • Page 291 – Claims he’s thinking about becoming a special ed teacher
  • Page 293 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 293 – Owsley insinuated that Gene Heffington was to blame for Happy Osborne’s departure
  • Page 295 – Hearing Officer Questions. “Who in the Sam Hill is Happy Osborne?”
  • Page 296 – “And, I mean, you know, like, you know, and everybody wanted a piece of him.”
  • Page 299 – Owsley Re-Direct
  • Page 300 – Sneed Re-Cross

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Throwing Water On The Comer Gremlin

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

Nice to see media finally start covering what we’ve been reporting about Jamie Comer’s hemp mess for a year. Also nice to see Ryan Quarles squirm because he and his partner in Republican spin, Tres Watson, are in the hot seat and can’t find their way out of it. But it’s not as fun as knowing they’re in bed with Jonathan Miller, who has his hand YET AGAIN in something you’ll roll your eyes at. If he’s not taking advantage of West Liberty, he’s grifting on something else. [BG Daily News]

Watching the Republican Party of Kentucky stand behind racist bigot Donald Trump is entertaining and terrifying at the same time. Of course Kelly Knight supports a bigot and it’s hilarious to watch Nate Haney hitch his wagon to racism and xenophobia. His backward, true colors are shining through. [C-J/AKN]

Earlier this year, scientists were puzzled by a widespread die-off that seemed to plague over 17,000 acres of mangroves along Australia’s northeastern and northern coastlines. Now, a scientist from James Cook University has confirmed that the die-off is likely a product of unusually dry weather and climate change. [ThinkProgress]

The city of Edmonton will be adopting ordinances regarding the regulation of packaged alcohol sales, the setting of alcohol license fees, as well as permit fees. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

After more than a year-long investigation and an indictment by a Rowan County Grand Jury, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department says they have shut down a potentially statewide pill operation. [The Morehead News]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

The panel to screen police chief candidates has two finalists from a field of nine, and city commissioners will shortly receive information about them, Richmond City Manager Richard Thomas said Tuesday. [Richmond Register]

As he has prepared to be named the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump has not read any biographies of presidents. Trump has no shortage of strong opinions even about books he has not read. [WaPo]

Four of the eight candidates vying for seats on the Ashland Board of City Commissioners spoke to potential voters Tuesday at Boyd County Republican Party headquarters. [Ashland Independent]

Remember Republican Brandon DUI Smith? Looks like the appeals court just choked one of his latest schemes with a biomass plant in Eastern Kentucky. Smith is another one who relies on Tres Watson’s spin but isn’t getting much of it this week due to the RNC Racist Circle You-Know-What. [WFPL]

A week after a secularist foundation warned public school officials against taking kids to the newly opened Noah’s Ark, the attraction’s creator offered a new incentive: $1 admission for every public school student on a school-sponsored field trip and free admission for their teachers. [H-L]

Valarie Honeycutt Spears spent more time on this story about Rowan County being a hot mess of awful than she did on the entire three years of the Montgomery County nightmare. Bonus points: She relied heavily on commentary from Ed Massey, the guy who ditched Joshua Powell. And I told you Marvin Moore was a disaster. [More H-L]

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