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Write-In Superintendent Candidate Stops By School Board Meeting

“The enemy is not Republican or Democrat, it is Progress Energy," Lambert says.

The democratic write-in candidate for superintendent dropped by Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The meeting was close to wrapping up when Kathy Lambert tried to come in through a door blocked by board members and staff. After being redirected to the correct entrance on the other side of the building, Lambert approached the podium with a large plastic bag of various note cards, noting that she’d dropped one somewhere.

"My name is Kathy Lambert, but I go by 'Kat' because it's easier to write K-A-T than K-A-T-H-Y, and there are a lot of amendments on the ballot," she said.

She wanted to address the board, "not because I think I'm going to win in a landslide against Kurt Browning.”

Lambert said her purpose for attending the meeting was to express her support for the district's employees.

“The reason I’m here is because of regardless of who hired” the people who work for various district departments, Lambert said. If someone thinks that because they are elected they are going to come in and turn that upside down, they’re not going to be allowed to do that, Lambert said.

She has never met most of them, only communicating with them through “electronic technology,” because she doesn’t have a vehicle, she said.

But they are all “excellent people,” she said.

“I know a lot of principals,” Lambert said, noting that she started substitute teaching in the 1970s.

She also told the board that she wants solar power to replace Progress Energy at all Pasco schools.

A switch to solar power would give the district the money it needs to give teachers raises, she said.

“The enemy is not Republican or Democrat, it is Progress Energy," Lambert said.

Republican superintendent candidate Kurt Browning also was in attendance Tuesday. He did not address the board.

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steve nellis August 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The enemy to education are the teacher unions
Laker August 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
No Steve, the enemy to education is NOT the Teachers union, but the politicians, regardless of which side of the aisle they are on, who are willing to sell their souls and our kids down the river to the For Profit Corporations looking to make BILLONS of $$$$$$$ at the public trough!
Auntie SueSue August 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Unions would never exit or have membership if teachers felt that they would be treated fairly and with respect, honestly and above board. If differences of opinion or even minor transgressions would be addressed professionally and with an attitude of mentorship and collegial assistance. Instead we have adult bullying, manipulation, lies, and contempt being radiated from the superintendent, and many administrators.
Kathy "Kat" Lambert September 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Dear Sandy, Hi, this is "Kat," also known as Kathy Lambert. If you "google" just Kathy Lambert, you will most likely find the famous Kathy Lambert, a big wig politician in Washington State. But if you "google" Kathy Lambert Dade City, and go to the major newspapers and use their search engines, type in Kathy Lambert Dade City and on their newspaper sites you will find any letters they published from me. No, voting for Mickey Mouse is not voting for "a candidate." The only write-in candidate whose written in votes on the empty line will count for, only me, just Kathy Lambert. Only because I am the only qualified write in candidate for the office of Supt. of Schools, Pasco. As to using the word "allowed," dear readers, that is not to my recollection. I know I said it would be shameless to remove employees simply because they were hired by previous administrations. What I said was all that mattered to me was that they were doing their job. I then named the depts I referred to: Planning, Finance, Energy Conservation, etc. I did not name any admins. of Secondary or Elem Education, nor did I name the Human Resources admins who go about raking teachers over the coals on whatever basis they can come up with. No, I was referring to the people who were "excellent" who could answer my questions over the phone regarding the school board budget and their interpretation of their role in it. I forgot to mention here, the Secretary in the Charter Schools Dept. named Kristin.

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