Charles R. Drew High School will set the bar high

Charles R. Drew High School will make its Riverdale debut in August, and has residents and students alike excited about its potential.

Drew intends to set the bar high from the start. Among other things, students will be required to wear uniforms, and parents are expected to be active participants in their child’s education and discipline, if necessary.

The school will focus on biotechnical/health occupations, but also offers a culinary arts program, a full service bank for students to learn finance, public safety and engineering programs. A full athletic program will be offered eventually. The new 5,000 seat athletic stadium built next door will be shared with all county high schools. Only freshmen and sophomores will attend initially, and the Class of 2012 will be Drew’s first graduates.

This could be the beginning of good things for the Riverdale area. If this school succeeds, it could be used as a model for others statewide and bring some positive publicity and energy not only to Riverdale but also to Clayton County Public Schools in general.  Drew has the makings to become one of the more sought after high schools by Clayton students once accreditation is restored and residents begin to trust the system again.

Will your child attend Drew and if so, is he/she looking forward to it?  Do you know any students who are trying to get into Drew?

On a different note, the AJC recently reported that former school board member Michael King was ousted from his seat last week for various ethics violations.  Every single District 4 resident I ever spoke with claimed King was the best candidate in a pool of duds when elected.

Strike two for District 4 – is there anyone in that area capable of doing this job?

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Oh please

March 30th, 2009
9:05 am

Sadly, a very good friend of mine who lived in district four ended up moving away because of the lack of selection. Of course, they had talked about moving for a while, but he might have stayed had the circumstances been better. Everyone remember to pray for district four.

John Stewart

March 30th, 2009
10:23 am

The key to this whole thing will be parental involvement!! If that is not achieved then it will have failed. I only say this because I have followed a school in Philly that Microsoft came in setup. All work was done on laptops.
The school was state of the art – solar panels for general and water heating, rain capture and purification system for bathroom water use, smart cards used to open lockers, etc (some great ideas that could be used in future school builds to school taxes down) Unfortunately after talking with some employees in the Philly district where the school is located it has been a bust. Why? Parental involvement was next to none.

If this school can enter into some type of agreement which states if a child is a behavioral problem and the parents aren’t involved to remedy the situation that the child will be returned to their original school in their district and school then this will succeed. These types of programs that this new school is offering are privileges not rights!!!

Kimberly you know this blog is going to bring Trotter and his Cybil type personalities. Cringe, Cringe!!

pam

March 30th, 2009
11:03 am

I hope this school is a roll model for those in Clayton County and attracts the best teachers.

Peggy Sue Davis

March 30th, 2009
12:32 pm

I think this is a waste of money, especially for a school system that is unaccrediated. And why Riverdale?

WTF?

March 30th, 2009
2:09 pm

This school sounds good on paper but hope they are able to maintain standards. If they don’t, it’ll just be another CCPS project gone wrong and unfortuantely I don’t see them keeping the bar as high as they set it. Didn’t Sandra Scott come from district four too and King took over for her? That tells us a little something about the candidates over there. Let’s just hope that whoever gets elected is NOT a Trotter flunkie (District 4 residents had better do their homework to make sure or else we’ll end up with more of the same), wants what is best for the kids and doesn’t come onto the board ready to cause trouble and dissension.

SOS!

March 30th, 2009
6:44 pm

Georgia State Board of Education need to come in and take over CCPS with this new state of the art school before Clayton run it into the ground. Help Please Sonny and Cox!!! Note: WTF No, District#4 old Board member was Ericka Davis, Michael King replaced her.

Courage

March 30th, 2009
6:48 pm

Those courageous foot soldiers at CCPS who are willing to stay on call during Spring Break; such courage hasn’t been seen since Omaha Beach. If a threat to accreditation rears its ugly head, they’ll be there to sacrifice life and limb for Mother ClayCo. It brings tears to the eyes to see such.

Never mind that, even if the BOE spends Spring Break drinking tequila shots and licking whip cream off the bellies of Britney Spears and Lil’ Wayne, Elgart is going to restore accreditation. He has absolutely no choice in the matter; politics dictates that this must be so, regardless of how hard the AJC tries to get you to believe the decision hasn’t been made.

That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised, if SACS asks CCPS something during Spring Break, just so that the AJC, in its role as accreditation spin doctor, can write a glowing story about how CCPS was available.

It’s all part of the charade.

Judy

March 30th, 2009
7:35 pm

Should have named the school Land Deal High School.

WTF?

March 30th, 2009
8:22 pm

Thanks SOS but not much difference between Sandra Scott and Erica Davis except for a few pounds round the midsection. Either way District 4 needs to do their research and make sure whoever they put in there is not connected to Trotter

Stop this before it begins

March 30th, 2009
9:18 pm

Please don’t tell us the master plan behind the BOE getting rid of Michael King is to bring back the master micromanager Ericka Davis, the person who was as responsible as anyone for costing Clayton its accreditation.

What's Next?

March 30th, 2009
9:39 pm

It matters a lot because Sandra Scott was a woman of high moral standards and values unlike the board members that didn’t realize that they were free and all they had to do was stand for what was right and not bowel down to the white man power and the other brought wanna be black/white power.

Be Grateful

March 30th, 2009
9:46 pm

Yal people need to find something else to do with your time. This blog is full of lies and it is catered to the chamber of commerece and the little old white people of this ungrateful and sad county. You all should be tired of destroying and lying about Clayton County. You all have done enough when you destroyed the school system and left the county will businesses and people pulling up and out. Clayton County is hurting in more ways than one and you all still isn’t pleased. But, I guess you all wouldn’t be because all the SCHOOL BOARD money goes into the white flight of the old Clayton County pockets as well as the Commissioners money. Let the real truth be told about why Clayton County is on the verge of BANKRUPTCY… Have a great day and pray for the Children of this Forgotten County.

tc

March 30th, 2009
10:04 pm

(((Sandra Scott was a woman of high moral standards)))
OMG you have got to be kidding! What a worthless board member she was. She couldn’t lead anything! Totally worthless,arrogant, unqualified, uneducated, and a looser.

SD

March 30th, 2009
10:51 pm

I really hope that the new Superintendent that the Board is going to select, and the new Principal and Vice Principal of this high school are all ready to enter into a contract with every student who enters this school to do their best, act their best, respect themselves, their teachers, their peers, etc. because this is an incredible blessing and an incredible opportunity.

Mr Charlie

March 31st, 2009
12:15 am

John Stewart,

It is not money, not teachers, not equipment, or not the students that make great school systems, it is parents. If there is a book, and the parents instill dicipline and make the kids read it, they learn. That is why african american schools are so poor, lack of parent involvement.

Judy

March 31st, 2009
3:31 am

Pawn Shop High? Or, John D. Stephens High? Eldrin, My Baited Breath, High School? Wade Starr of the the New Commission High School? Bishop Newton High School? Mandingo High School? I Streaked at UGA and now am I a Judge High?

Sgt Rock

March 31st, 2009
10:03 am

I agree with John Stewart’s opinion. I would like to see a School -Parent – Student Contract such that standards of expectation are clearly defined by everyone involved and signatures put to paper.

Empty contracts have no room here. Standards need to be defined to the “n’th” degree. Impossible you say? Private schools do it every day across this country with harsh ramifications for breach of contract (Parenting Classes, suspension, expulsion).

Also, drug testing of students, parents, teachers, staff and involuntary “warrant-less and suspicion-less searches” of the above (and others entering Government School Property) needs to be enforced.

The Supreme Court has ruled on numerous occasions these types of searches are indeed constitutional and that there is no expectation of privacy and that these types of searches have a “negliblble intrusion” upon the persons as it is in the interest of all to foster a safe environment and that the State has a “substantial interest” in this type of policy.

The Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas in a Majority Opinion wrote “Even if there’s no problem, there may be a future problem”. He continues, “Indeed, it would make little sense to require a school district to wait for a substantial portion of its students to begin using drugs before it was allowed to institute a drug testing program designed to deter drug use”.

Random drug testing and warrant-less searches are done every day throughout the country. I am not advocating any different behavior than what is already done in all branches or the U.S Military to promote safety, health and overall welfare of those that serve our country. The same policy applies in that on a Government Facility (military base or government building) there is no expectation of privacy as it is not a private facility but indeed a government facility (this is evidenced in our own Clayton County Courthouse).

Policies, guidelines and training must be conducted to ensure all policies are carried out in a fair manner. This can be done.

People at all levels can cooperate once highly defined goals and standards are contractually agreed to and enforced. It’s only matter of the have the backbone to do it.

This requires will, inspiration, and tact. Something that may be lacking. Without a clear expectation of Standards, Charles R. Drew High School, I regret to say will quickly fall into a state of physical and spiritual disrepair as evidenced by the other schools within the County.

Dr. Charles R. Drew held himself and others to the highest of standards. His pioneering research and development of blood transfusions has saved countless lives over the years. Interestingly, he attended segregated Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. Dunbar High School was considered the pre-eminent schools for African American students in the first half of the 20th Century. We should all look to the heritage of this school and it’s Diaspora as an example from which we can learn valuable lessons to emulate in Clayton County!

Peggy Sue Davis

March 31st, 2009
10:55 am

I’m glad the school is named after such a man of excellence as Dr. Charles Drew. He, like B. Bannekar, are some of my historical heros who raised the bar and set examples of excellent! We can all be proud of their accomplishments.

And I bet Dunbar High isn’t so great now, lol. Check out the stats for most DC area schools – worse than Clayton any day! Another poster is right – It’s all about parenting (that makes the difference)!

Rocsi

March 31st, 2009
3:24 pm

Where else but Clayton County can a parapro have the title of site manager for the tutorial/remediation program? Where else but Clayton County can one elementary school have three assistant principals; one of them a parapro? Where else but Clayton County can the principal announce over the intercom that ALL will stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance with your hand over your heart? Has he heard of Civil Rights violations? Where else but Clayton County can you get this kind of ridiculous activity? You have to love it.

Strange Fruit

March 31st, 2009
7:03 pm

The minority that run this county won’t be happy until the new superintendent is one one them. They cry about everything. Only reason their heard is because they own the media!

Strange Fruit

March 31st, 2009
7:06 pm

The minority that run this county won’t be happy until the new superintendent is one of them. They cry about everything. The only reason they’re heard is because they own the media!

What's in a name?

March 31st, 2009
9:35 pm

They could name the school God High, that doesn’t mean it’s going to have high standards. And forget buzzword terms like high standards. If you really want to do something of value in ClayCo, have regular standards, and high enforcement of them. That would really raise the bar, not just talk about the bar from the cesspool below.

tc

March 31st, 2009
10:15 pm

Good to see one of the old race baiters around Strange Fruit! They are a dying breed around here. They are fun to laugh at!

Shannon, M.Div.

April 1st, 2009
12:28 am

Sgt. Rock–I’m deeply troubled by your suggestion here:

“Random drug testing and warrant-less searches are done every day throughout the country. I am not advocating any different behavior than what is already done in all branches or the U.S Military to promote safety, health and overall welfare of those that serve our country. The same policy applies in that on a Government Facility (military base or government building) there is no expectation of privacy as it is not a private facility but indeed a government facility (this is evidenced in our own Clayton County Courthouse).”

There’s a significant difference between the military and the schools, tax dollars notwithstanding. In the military, one gives up the expectation of privacy; in essence, when one joins the armed forces, one is giving up a number of constitutional rights.

Students should not be required to give up constitutional rights–including the right to privacy–in order to get an education. Unfortunately, drug testing isn’t 100 percent perfect. Without cause, no one should be tested.

Conservatives should be all over this. Somebody call Bob Barr!

Oh please

April 1st, 2009
9:00 am

Hi, Shannon. I totally agree with you. Our country is not a military state, and I’m a republican-leaning independent before anyone makes the assumption I am a liberal. I believe in the rights established by our forefathers. Besides, believe it or not, unless you are caught driving there is no law against the consumption of narcotics. Although you can be charged with possession by consumption, it is usually only a charge that is attached to a long list of other charges because on its own it cannot be proven because the amount of time to metabolize various narcotics differs, and therefore, incredibly difficult to prove in a court of law. I guess, what I’m getting at here is, even if we drug test the students it would serve no purpose whatsoever unless they were caught in physical possession of the narcotics at the time. Random drug testing in schools would have little consequence other than maybe suspension or expulsion, and would only put the user on the street that much faster. The idea is a total waste of taxpayer money. The best way to keep kids off of drugs is through education and parental involvement. That is the only solution for that problem!

Butts, ThD

April 1st, 2009
9:55 am

My wife and I strongly feel that the new high school should be named Millions Made High School. The nickname: The Swindlers! Go, Swindlers, go go go go go!

party pooper

April 1st, 2009
11:51 am

a dying breed? race baiters? your fun to laugh at

Dat right

April 1st, 2009
12:08 pm

Deez thug students will set the bar low.

Peggy Sue Davis

April 1st, 2009
4:50 pm

Bye Julie….

WIDE EYED

April 1st, 2009
6:44 pm

Overwhelming proof that the accreditation heist was a hoax! New CCBOE held illegal meeting, unethical behavior, No-Bid contracts, all members of CCBOE went San Diego costing an untold amount, run Thompson with two months left costing over $100,000, run Julie off costing over $90,000. After all that, we will magically get accreditation back. The only losers were the 3500 children and parents who left the district and the 23 million it cost the district. This was a costly political whitewash move.

Dat right

April 1st, 2009
6:54 pm

Wide Eyed, you forgot those 300-400 teachers and parapros whom lost their jobs because 3500 children left costing the district $23 million. Hard Luck all the way around.

Yahaw

April 1st, 2009
9:47 pm

This SACS Debacle + Sonny’s 1.5 Billion Deficit + Bush Multi-Trillion Dollar = Clayton Republican Disaster

Future Shock

April 1st, 2009
10:00 pm

Assimilation 1970 vs. Assimilation 2009. This is the title of my new book. In my book I illustrate the difficult or even the impossibility to amalgamate culture and regional ethnic differences in 2009. These differences are practically impossible to overcome in Clayton County more so than almost anywhere is America. Please listen to me people; especially those in power! This is the point: Atlanta is seen as the “Black Mecca of The South”. In that I’m saying, even though we have our MLK, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s fighting the power; there is a new power, and that is the power of the new wave “Hip-Hop Era”. Listen, old guys we have been overwhelmed, pretty much like “Hippie Hair, Afros and Belt Bottoms”. Old guys, if you 50 or over, our time have come and gone. Clayton County is the closest county to the “CITY” of “Atlanta” known as the “Capital of “the New Hip-Hop Capital of the South or the World.” Make Sure You get This: Trying to change these kids style and actions are a LOST CAUSE! Get over it! You’ll be DEAD&GONE and pants will be still sagging! Your only option is to Assimilate!

Jimmy Loose Shoes, MDiv

April 1st, 2009
11:04 pm

I agree with the previous posters…Nothing, not even Hulk Hogan, could keep that fakey Mark Elgart from forcing regional accreditation onto the Clayco School System. “Here, please take it,” Mark implores. It’s a fire sale on SACS Accreditation now. Hey, I think that I’ll start one of those private, money-making accreditations ventures myself (hey, Bob Hartley, want to join me; there’s money in this racket) and pick on a little urban (minority-run, I might add) school system every forty years to make it seem like we have standards which are enforced which is a joke. What a hoax played on the Clayton Taxpayers and Citizens. Reminds me of the Piltdown Man of China. What a hoax! Mark Elgart is a hoax himself. SACS is a sham and a farce! Yeehoooooooooo!
SACS is a fake. But, it sho’ did get the Clayco Board members acting like trained circus monkeys, though! Hey, Lieka, do you feel like a trained circus monkey? Jumping through hoops and standing on your head for a rotten banana peel! Ho ho ho! This is funny sight to watch! What drama! Superintendent Ed Edmonds would have told Mark Elgart and SACS to kiss his short, flat white behind!

SAR

April 2nd, 2009
12:06 pm

After reading some of the post here it’s no wonder we have such a mess in Clayton County. White flight? Anyone with a half of a pea sized brain and a few bucks in the bank would run from that burning building. The ones stuck there are there because their credit scores, IQ and number of kids are all the same digits.

Love Joy

April 2nd, 2009
12:32 pm

Elite Middle school..Drew High School, thats two top notch schools coming to the county….I’m happy!!!

My question is this: If you have such a great school built behind Southern Regional hospital, what are they going to do about the surrounding area….i.e the Chuck E Cheese plaza, The trailer park, Upper Riverdale Rd as a whole?

I think there is more reason now than ever to REDEVELOP that area of CC..it’s 2 minutes fromthe interstate…thats prime real estate if the right types of property get built.

Love Joy

April 2nd, 2009
12:34 pm

@ SAR why do the peopel livign in Lake Spivey, in 2 million dollar homes stay in CC? Why don’t they move to another county? their homes are paid for

Love Joy

April 2nd, 2009
12:38 pm

We need zero tolerance on rif rafs…don’t let them into that school at all. Clayton county is good for screwing up a good thing so lets not do that.

Parental contracts, zero tolerance, high standards, uniforms..Wonderful!!! I can’t wait.

Now get rid of Eldrin, get some new businesses ex…HOUSTON’s restaraunt

REDEVELOPMENT and landscaping and CC will be good.

Gomer Pyle vs. Sgt. Carter

April 2nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Talk about the redistribution of wealth! The banks get taxpayer money to stay afloat. Then they lend us our money back with interest. Where is the Republican outcry?

What money can't buy

April 2nd, 2009
9:30 pm

The BOE can spend ten thousand in San Diego; for that matter, they can spend ten million, and they still won’t be able to purchase the thing they are lacking most. A backbone. Even the students who can’t tell the difference between a minute hand and an hour hand know what time it is when it comes to the lack of spine in CCPS. That’s why students routinely disobey, disrespect, curse and threaten, and even physically assault teachers.

And what has the BOE done to address this? Nothing. But y’all keep on heaping praise on the BOE, just like Elgart is doing. As long as it looks good on paper, and the proper sycophants are in place, what does he care? Not like his children actually have to attend CCPS now is it?

Bishop Earnest T. Bass

April 3rd, 2009
10:21 am

I want to thank my fellow men and women of the cloth (including fellow blogger Shannon) for elected me as the new President of the Clayco Ministerial Alliance (CMA). Reverends Butts and Bourbon led this august body through tumultuous times and did an laudable but unheralded work. Men of mettle. Clayco has been put through the ringer, but what does not kill us only makes us stronger. I like some of the moves being made by Valya Lee. She’s ain’t afraid to shoot dat ball — this we can readily see. I just hope the school board does not follow board of the past and seek to bring in a messiah (they are ALWAYS false messiahs who just get our money and leave us high and dry). We certainly do not need that Cobb County law firm…Brock and Clay. If you get them, then you will continue having Glenn and his boys (if you know what I mean) manipulating the Clayco School System. I don’t want any Cobb County lawyer running our school system. This will be a major mistake and will come back to haunt not just the school board but the whole Clayco Community. Hey, Bob, if what the blogger says is remotely true, give Rev. Bourbon a call. You know him and now he tries to help. Heck, I hear that his church’s accountants found out that one of his secretaries at the church apparently embezzled thousands from the church, and Rev. B. just wants to pray for her.

oldtimer

April 3rd, 2009
1:19 pm

Lake Spivey is a great place to live. the kids are well-behaved, neighbors keep up their yards, and people respect each other. it is like a little middle class island in among muck.

Board of Entitlement

April 3rd, 2009
11:31 pm

TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY DOLLARS A NIGHT for a hotel for each BOE member in San Diego? And SACS says NOTHING? Might as well name the new BOE Board of Entitlement.

I guess if you’re a SACS sycophant, taking a taxpayer paid vacation to sunny San Diego is a perfectly acceptable use of taxpayer money. What does Elgart care? It’s not like it’s coming out of his pockets.

External Investigation Needed

April 4th, 2009
3:25 pm

Overwhelming evidence that the accreditation heist was a hoax! New CCBOE holds illegal meetings, unethical behaviors, No-Bid Contracts, all members of CCBOE went San Diego costing an 18,500, run Thompson out with two months left costing over $100,000, run Julie off costing over $90,000. After all that, we will magically get accreditation back. The only losers were the 3500 children and parents who left the district and 300-400 teachers lost jobs and the 23 million it cost the district. This was a costly political power move.

Rocsi

April 5th, 2009
9:53 am

Clayton Public Schools’ problems go far beyond the lack of accreditation. Some of the children lack total self-discipline. They disrespect the teachers because they know that there will be no repercussions. As a matter of fact, some students ENJOY going to the office. The principals harass teachers instead of requiring students to obey the rules. There is an interim assistant principal at an elementary school in Riverdale who spends her day wielding her false power. She has caused the morale of the teachers in the school to fall like dominoes. What SACS needs to do is interview teachers so that they will find out the real truth about the schools. Noone is addressing discipline. Teachers are tired of being disrespected by students and parents. I don’t blame anyone who has the resources for leaving Clayton County. Just because accreditation is restored does not mean that the problems have been resolved.

There are senile administrators trying to run schools. What is disheartening is this particular administrator was a band director. He has never taught in an elementary school, yet he has the authority to evaluate a teacher who has been trained. This principal also thinks that his way is the only and the right way. He expects for teachers to walk down the hallway with clip boards to document disciplinary infractions because he has instructed teachers not to discipline children verbally in the presence of others. This same principal talks condescendingly to teachers over the intercom. The children hear him berate the teachers, but that is not a problem to the overpaid people sitting on their thrones on Main Street. As a matter of fact, the principals and the top administrators are like AIG executives. They all need to be fired and a new regime needs to take office. Don’t get excited when Clayton County suddenly regains its accreditation. It is a matter of politics, economics, and requests from realtors and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. The same poor discipline and administration continues to be rampant in the county.

Practical

April 6th, 2009
1:47 pm

Rocsi,

In what other school districts have you taught?

amber clark

May 7th, 2009
4:19 pm

i think will be a good school cause some people don’t appreciate things. Long as us students have the education we need then we will be alright.

CCPS

May 25th, 2009
1:56 am

Career & Technical Education in Clayton County Public Schools ROCK!

concern parent

June 14th, 2009
10:59 pm

every body wants to put clayton county down we do have good students here in the clayton county public schools. but what ever happens in other county u all dont put out or even talk about them leave clayton county alone if u all can’t say any thing good about us

Toyosi Pius

June 21st, 2009
10:41 pm

Hi, i’m going to be a student at charles drew, so i want to ask when we are going to have our open house??? thanks.

Ms.Bridges

June 30th, 2009
6:37 pm

I am proud that my son will be in the very first graduating class here at Charles R. Drew High School. I LIKE uniforms. People might argue my point, but times today are quite different than when I was a student, back in the Class of 1977…
I had a conversation by phone with the principal of the school and have every reason to believe that the school is in good hands, just by his experience.
My son and I have driven past the new school to view the progress and this facility is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. Thank God something good is finally happening in the Clayton County School system…
Toyosi Pius: The principal said the open house should be sometime in July, but also that we would receive notification by mail of the exact date. You may call the Clayton County Board of Education for a date or get on the Clayton County School website for that and other information. The best of luck to you in your beautiful new school! Make these years count…you will draw memories from your high school experience for the rest of your life! I hope to meet you sometime during the school year!

Ms.Bridges

June 30th, 2009
7:03 pm

I am very proud that my son will be among the first graduating class of Charles R. Drew High School.
I had a look at the facility and it is absolutely beautiful!
My brief conversation with the principal lead me to believe that the school is in very capable hands due to his experience, his latest as the principal of Mt Zion HS.
I personally am in favor of the use of uniforms, which sets the stage for a learning attitude.
I thank God that something positive like this is finally happening in Clayton County.
Toyosi Pius: The principal said that we would be notified by mail of the open house, sometime in July. You may get on the website for Clayton County Schools or call the main offices over in Jonesboro for the date. Good luck in your new school. I am very excited for you and hope to meet you sometime during the school year!

Unspoken Requests

July 17th, 2009
12:03 pm

I agree about “What’s in a name?” and alot of the comments..

Almost every road, highway, alley, whatever that’s named after Martin Luther King Jr. has an extremely HIGH crime rate. He was an empowering leader but everywhere his name is, it has a dangerous environment. Gangs, Burglars, people without homes, children with no parents, poor residents and terrible vandalism.

A name won’t do anything. I took a look at the school while no one was looking one day, and the design isn’t really impressive compared to the prototype animation that was released before it was built.

I have a feeling this school will just end up like all the other Clayton County schools. If they don’t get to the REAL root of the problem and stop stressing over UNIFORMS, then there’s no saving our Education System. If you’ve recently moved into Clayton County, MOVE OUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE CHANCE.

Tina Gray

August 6th, 2009
3:39 pm

I would like to know what color uniform the students have to wear?

musicman

August 11th, 2009
5:21 pm

Where is Charles R. Drew High School located? I’ve gone looking for it TWICE, but the address doesn’t exist.

This is the address listed on the CCPS website:
6237 Garden Walk Blvd. – Riverdale, GA 30274

is this correct?

CAL

August 12th, 2009
1:30 am

To the comment above about parents and children disrespecting teachers.Yes that is true for some, but not all. I come from a line of educators, so I have the utmost respect for teachers. I am not getting any help from the school. My daughter missed 65 days before the school filed truancy. Things like this need to change. I am a parent that needs help with there child. I don’t see a real concern to want and need to help the children of Clayton County. It should be more than just a paycheck. I believe Clayton County and the School system can over come all the discrepancies if they work together. More needs to be offered in this school system.

let talk we talk

September 7th, 2009
4:17 am

To the Comment that was made Clayton Country School system has change we see the people change But ,We all should come together and make a change we have People in Local Government say they will do what they want to do with my children your children the school will not give no one children a education Ms. Davis just did not walk back ( Mr.Bell) and the Member of the Broad vote her in the Meeting that how she come ,

Earthquake

September 14th, 2009
2:32 am

What is in a name? I was born anew, first, shinning, precious, wonderfully made. You can not remake me, but shape me, guide me, lead me, show me the way of the successful. The positive outcome of this experiment should not be put to rest until those who have endeavored to attempt triumph have been given their chance to do just that. Triump! The naysayers have no vision. I challenge ever Parent, Student, Teacher, and Educator to rush into the game or stay on the side lines. Don’t be discouraged just because something, this thing seems difficult. You can do it. All, hold each other accountable, after holding yourself accountable. Students, All of you attending this beautiful facility, challenge yourselves to make a difference. Others, be aware that there will be mistakes made, but don’t kill the spirit of this opening wonderment just for an opportunity to say I told you so. Why can’t we all of Clayton County show up to lend a helping hand to those that are there, even if the parents are indifferent, the educators too occupied, the students too bound by ancestry circumstance and chisel out the positive outcome that we so desperately desire and need. If you are not willing to do something besides talk, stand aside and let those who are in the pit take their turn. A brief story from Vietnam: Out of a Company of 130 that was over-run by a battalion of Viet-Cong regulars, six of us were accidentally left behind in a damp, mosquito ridden LZ. After 5 days without radio contact, a specific LT. manning a nearby outpost heard our transmission, connected us to HQ for our instructions. We were to stay put for three days and then hike eleven miles to link up with the LT at the outpost. All was well except for no water, wet and damp from head to toe and corroding batteries. Day two, the radio dies, 1000 mosquito bites, (count them) and the outpost is overrun and surrounded and we don’t know anything. What we know is how much we need each other, and what it is like not to stand a chance. After walking 9.1/2 of the eleven miles, with raggady cloths hanging off our weakened bodies, trench foot, and dehydration, we hear and see this LT and a red-haired boy of nineteen. We link up with each other without killing each other, and find out that HQ believes we six are dead and there will be no rescue. We must rescue ourselves if we are to be saved. There is a way to do this, however it will take rationing the water of the LT and the red-haired boy between eight desperately thirsty Titians.( 5 quarts) Five more days through this miserable existence and we are almost free. Except for the orders to survive at your own discretion, eight men less 323 pounds between them walked out that Jungle, join a firefight that helped save the very base camp that gave us up for dead and slid back into obscurity.
TITIANS, YOU CAN DO IT………………….

Jenny Lewis

January 1st, 2010
3:56 pm

Unfortunatley it didnt live up to the HYPE.School is as worse as the others.They should of put the money into remodeling Riverdale.and North Clayton.