No stimulus money for CCPS

During these financially difficult times, it would have been very easy for the Clayton County Board of Education to accept our share of the government’s economic stimulus package and worry about how it would be paid back later. Instead, they did the fiscally responsible thing by turning down money it knew they couldn’t afford to repay and remain out of debt.

Should CCPS accept the stimulus money?

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The Qualified School Construction Bonds allocation would have added almost $14 million to the CCPS coffers for construction projects. While some residents probably would prefer they have accepted this loan instead of extending SPLOST III, monies to repay this loan were not included in the original SPLOST’s estimates and the money would have had to come from somewhere else. According to news reports, CCPS has managed to stay out of debt since 1997 and if it can continue to stay that way, all the better for our the school system, our kids and the county in general.

In my opinion this was a smart decision by our BOE. Since SPLOST IV was approved by voters, CCPS will not need that stimulus money anyway.

Do you think the BOE made the right decision by turning down our share of the federal stimulus monies? Why or why not?

REMINDER: CCPS Superintendent Edmond Heatley is hosting a series of public forums throughout September. The remaining dates are as follows:

  • Wed. Sept. 23 at Morrow High School (2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd, Morrow)
  • Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro)

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What you deserve

September 16th, 2009
11:56 am

What would REALLY address the problems facing CCPS, more dollars for the schools or more discipline in the schools? But did voters choose to hold “the Marine” and the current and former teachers on the board accountable for discipline, or did they choose to instead write them another check?

Now how can anybody possibly say the voters as a whole aren’t getting the substandard school system they fully and richly deserve?

Clayton Resident

September 16th, 2009
12:29 pm

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Clayton Resident

September 16th, 2009
12:30 pm

I was glad they did not take that money, I think the old board would’ve taken the money, misspend it and then raise taxes to pay it back. Good job guys!

Political Spectator

September 16th, 2009
12:36 pm

How do we get on the news for being fiscally responsible? The land deal stayed in the news. Norrese Haynes platform was the land deal. The NAACP was live at 6:00 talking about the land deal. Where are these individuals when the system is doing something right!!!!!!

Black Rain

September 16th, 2009
1:01 pm

Of course we should hold the Super and the BOE accountable for discipline in our schools. But to somehow connect that with the SPLOST money is really reaching.


September 16th, 2009
2:33 pm

For once I agree with Black rain. Is the sky falling? LOL Discipline and the SPLOST money is like comparing apples to chickens. They both can be red , and can be grown on a farm. But that is where the comparison ends.

What you deserve

September 16th, 2009
2:51 pm

Whatever, what you fail to see is that if discipline isn’t addressed, SPLOST will go SPLAT, as far as actually educating students. And that will continue, no matter how many millions of dollars you spend on education in ClayCo.

But whatever, keep on ridiculing the need to address discipline in the schools. Keep on comparing it to the sky falling.

And keep getting, and keep paying more and more and more for, the substandard school system you richly and fully deserve.


September 16th, 2009
3:29 pm

@ What you deserve

You’re R E A C HING


September 16th, 2009
6:58 pm

We don’t need the stimulous money. We don’t need the SPLOST IV that just got voted in. We have fewer students, and a bad economy. What we need is to scrap or postpone most of the additional spending, tighten the BOE’s belt, and get some real fiscal responsibility.


September 16th, 2009
9:37 pm

Yes, CCBOE should have taken the stimulous money! Wow They could have re-hired the teachers they laid off when they miscalculated and loss 44 million dollars. But even more amazing was Clayton County Schools System leaving messages on taxpayers phone saying we could lose accreditation if we don’t pass SPLOST IV.How dare up scare the citizens by saying accreditaiton could be lost. Please explain to me what one has to do with the other. ILLEGAL!

The Depth of Torture In 1607

September 17th, 2009
12:08 am

I can’t believe this current black majority 85% CCBOE sided with They’re white controller CC Chamber of Commerce and Plutocrats to “NOT” except any of “President Obama” stimulus package for education. This “Whole Thing” has been hoodwinked and “Presented to the Blacks as a a Accreditation Loss issue. Why is a Black County money issues a SACS issue and with 57 illegal meetings and CRCT cheating all in the metro area “IS NOT”. Clayton’s Homeowner Association and the majority of the voting populous has to be “CRAZY”. Stimulus package money could have put “PLENTY of the 96% of the Lil black children parents back to “Work by now! Wow! This is a serious case of “DUMB” black leadership being led around by the nose ring white PLUTOCRATS; and told to “Abandon their offspring in the name of “LO” pray for the schools campaign, while he’s admittedd he’s “Son of Confederate” is the News Daily”. NUF SAID! Just make black folk say they’re mad at President Obama “Because” he’s Black!


September 17th, 2009
11:49 am

i beleive we all need dr trotter to weigh in on this

John Stewart

September 17th, 2009
12:21 pm

@The Depth of Torture In 1607. The screen name should actually be the “The Depth of Ignorance In 2009″. The move not to accept the stimulus money was a fiscally smart move period, if only previous BOC’s would have been so fiscally responsible. Oh the word is accept not except.


September 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

I just spoke with the Georgia State Deparment of Education for clarity
on this issue. Apparently, seven counties in Georgia because of their size and other factors were eligble to request permission to issue bond
for repair and modernization of public schools. This money could have been used for modernizing classrooms,providing students access to 21st century technology like broadband internet,computers,and state of the art lab facilities.
According to the employee who researched this for me,
Gwinnett County said “yes”, Dekalb County has not responded, Clayton said “no”, Cobb said “no”,Fulton will not accept 2009 allotment but will accept 2010.Richmond County has not responded,Atlanta said “yes”.
This is a separate issue from the SPLOST which only covers repair and
Everyone should remember that the CCPS introduced the idea of requesting the bonds initially,and then the School Board voted “no”
The citizens never had the benefit of a public meeting to discuss or
have any real input into these processes.
Since we are all concerned about the children, Do they need the other items not covered by the SPLOST and have the school board member allocated funding in their budget?


September 17th, 2009
2:46 pm

It just amazes me that so few people voted!!! No matter what the outcome people in Clayton County absolutely need to vote in each and every matter what!

Larry OKeeffe

September 17th, 2009
3:03 pm


There is much confusion and misinformation regarding the ARRA (Stimulus). Some individuals are using this confusion to promote their own agendas by purposely misleading and misinforming the public. I began researching this subject as soon as Congressman Scott issued his press release. Do not take any of this information on faith. It is available for anyone to find. Get it from the source not from manipulative persons who do not even give their real name.

The $13,793,000 released back to the state by the BOE this week was just one part of the ARRA. THE CCBOE DID NOT REFUSE TO ACCEPT ALL STIMULUS MONEY. My understanding is that this section provided for the issuance of 0% interest Qualified School Construction Bonds. Bonds that have to be repaid! There are other ARRA funds that are GRANTS and do not have to be repaid.

CCPS does not issue construction bonds and therefore could not take advantage of this opportunity. CCPS funds construction projects from a combination of SPLOST and state funds. A preliminary estimate from the State had $9,582,178 in accumulated funding and $2,668,158 in FY10 Entitlement funds- the system chose to submit an application for state funding, to be combined with local funds, for $5,210,624 for the construction of the new middle school. This is an example of how CCPS funds construction projects.

In addition to the Qualified School Construction Bonds there are other ARRA funds that the system is receiving. The first ARRA money allocated to the district was $12,279,145 in stabilization funds. This money is intended to offset state funding shortfalls and goes directly to the districts operating budget. These funds were directly offset by a new FY10 Austerity cut to QBE funding in the amount of $12,279,145 therefore the impact of the ARRA Stabilization funds was revenue neutral to the district for budget purposes. However if these funds were not available to offset the state shortfalls we would have faced even grater teacher / staff reductions and pay cuts / furlough days. Note we are not done with furlough days yet. The state is still coming up short on its revenue projections and may impose further cuts in 2010. They can’t spend what they don’t have.

There are also ARRA funding increases in Title-I and IDEA grants. On April 28, 2009 the State Board of education voted to allocate $9,627,508 in IDEA ARRA allocation for Special Education and $13,705,408 in Title I part A ARRA allocation for Disadvantaged Student Education to CCPS. A total of $22,332,916 in Federal Special Revenue Funds. The ARRA specifies that this funding is a supplement and not to be used to supplant existing funding. The district had to submit detailed plans for the use of these funds to the state before they are released for usage. It is my hope that these funds will be used to address the academic needs of our economically disadvantaged students (Title-1) and Students With Disabilities (SWD). Both of these subgroups have had a significant impact on the Districts AYP status.

This makes the total ARRA funds made available so far to CCPS $48,405,061 of which only $13,793,000 has been returned to the state for redistribution.

There are other ARRA funding opportunities that are smaller and determined on a case by case basis. For example there was funding available for the remodeling of school kitchens. I know we applied for this but do not know if it was approved or what the amount was.

Pray for our Schools
Larry OKeeffe

Larry OKeeffe

September 17th, 2009
4:34 pm

There have been postings on this BLOG that infer I am a confederate.(The Depth of Torture In 1607, and other incarnations) Let me state that I am not now or ever have been a confederate, first I am nowhere near the 141 plus years of age that would be required to actually have been a confederate. Second I do not support the ideology that is attributed to the leaders of those confederate states.

I am however the Great Grandson (not the son) of a confederate veteran. A story relating this fact was published in the Clayton Neighbor (not the News-Daily) on Wednesday March 11th, 2009 please read it for yourself. It relates the example of a young man who came to this country from Ireland by himself at the age of 14, to establish a place where he could live free from the famine and British oppression that was occurring in his homeland. My Great Grandfather after becoming established returned to Ireland and brought his mother and sisters to this country as well. When the call went out for volunteers to defend his adopted home he enlisted in the 17th Georgia Infantry, Company C “Columbus Volunteers”. Had he settled in the north he might well have been a member of a New York, Pennsylvania or Ohio regiment as were many other Irishmen. This land gave him refuge from famine and oppression and he felt it was his duty to defend it when called upon, as a man of honor he answered that call. He like many others that served was never a slaveholder nor was likely to become one having suffered from discrimination and depravation himself. I am proud of my heritage and will never apologize for it.

I am also a member of the generation that marched and fought for the attainment of civil rights. I have strong feelings about this. I am a believer in the dignity of all men and women, and find it offensive that anyone would imply that I support any activity that would subjugate any individual or group for the profit of another.

A great man once professed to this nation that he had a dream, remember if you would these great words.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”

We have the ability to live that dream, for all of us to sit down at that table of brotherhood. To do so means we must put out the fire of hatred and not allow others to provoke the rekindling of hatred among us.

The hate that individuals are attempting to perpetuate on this Blog and elsewhere is one of the reasons we are having such difficulty today. They find themselves without the ability to pursue their endeavors without resorting to sowing the seeds of dissention and promoting fear. They object to the efforts of individuals seeking to bring openness, transparency and accountability because they themselves fear these efforts will restrict and bring to light their own attempts at subverting the system for their own profit. They want to distract us by turning us upon ourselves. They seek to divide and conquer us, we must not let them prosper.

Pray for us all
Larry OKeeffe

Larry OKeeffe

September 17th, 2009
4:51 pm

This is my last of my rebuttals to previous postings.

There have been postings on this blog stating that the school system made calls to households supporting passage of the SPLOST. If anyone has proof of this let them take it to the DA because it is against the law for the school system to have used school resources to promote the passage of the SPLOST referendum. Also there is absolutely no correlation between the SPLOST and accreditation. For anyone to even consider this statement is ridiculous.

Pray for Our Schools
Larry O’Keeffe


September 17th, 2009
9:37 pm

Mr. O’keeffe, Bless you and along with the information you offer. Every one needs to know that those who disagree with Pres. Obama are not all racest. I wish he could be the one for me…I just do not accecpt his ideas. I really wanted a united United States and it was not to be.. I do not wish him ill, I just do not like his ieas!!! Bless us all!!


September 17th, 2009
10:06 pm

Larry, Larry, my dear, you have gotten upset over nothing. Were you blogging at work today? Settle down, my dear. Please, fellow bloggers, pray for Larry O’Keeffe. I have never called you a Confederate. Please people: Do not call Larry O’Keeffe a Confederate.


September 18th, 2009
11:51 am

Hey JT and your minions – you have been bested. Let’s now work for the betterment of our community and society. To build up and encourage- not attack and tear down. Which to you, pretty much means – Just Go Away.

Mr. O’Keeffe – thanks for being a voice of reason and good information.


September 18th, 2009
3:10 pm

Wow, I am fixated on JT, and I just cannot help. Please pray for Larry and me. And also for my friend Don.

The Depth of Torture In 1607

September 18th, 2009
6:59 pm

Since when have CCBOE been “fiscally responsible”. It’s more like they’re “Republician Controlled” in a Democratic County. They’re weak, that’s why they’re still be “Threaten” by accreditation loss. When everyone that look the SACS accreditation crisis objectively knows it was racism. Look Cobb’s BOE 57 illegals meeting and CRCT cheating run amuck, and no SACS intervention.


September 18th, 2009
7:01 pm

Once a “Confederate” always a Confederate!

Meet the new superintendent

September 19th, 2009
3:51 pm

Maybe part of the appeal, on the board’s part, of bringing in out of towners is that the BOE could control the spin about them. Here’s what some of those who got to see Heatley in action have to say about him.

-Their superintendent, Edmond Heatley, defected to Georgia. Around this time, an auditor said there was no data to support Heatley’s deficit projections and that closing the three schools wouldn’t save as much as Heatley had claimed.

-Heatley is widely viewed as a disaster. Observers fault him for stonewalling people, including his bosses on the school board, and giving them bad advice.

-Board member Michael Calta wasn’t going to defend Heatley to me. Calta pointed out that he voted against closing the three schools, saying the board was misled about the savings and was given only 48 hours’ notice of the proposal.

First Pulliam. Then Thompson. Now Heatley.


September 19th, 2009
10:26 pm

Once a Yankee, always an ID 10T

South Metro Realtor

September 20th, 2009
6:08 pm

Hey “Meet the new Superintendent”: Shhhh. Don’t confuse Larry with some facts. Shhhh. He’s still happy with Pulliam. Hairston, Chavis (brought to Clayton by Hairston), Pulliam, Thompson, and now Heatley. Wow…these out-of-staters have really ruined the Clayton School System. But, does anyone even care anymore? Nope. Look at the turnout to see the latest savior, Sgt. Heatley. Do you think that more than one handful of citizens (not employees) will show up at his next meeting? (Help, Synamon, help!) I guess that the illegal school board meeting which took place in California (when the board members met with Heatley and Alieka Anderson actually admitted this in a subsequent school board meeting, not recognizing that this meeting was a violation of the Open Meetings Law) actually resulted in the hiring of Heatley. Hatched in illegality. Hmm. Hey, where was Glenn Brock the whole time? Actually orchestrating the mess, I am sure. Didn’t the Cobb County School Board get caught illegally meeting in secret on 57 occasions? Glenn, where did you go to law school?


September 21st, 2009
10:38 am

Looks as though the J-ovial T-roll is still at it. Even impersonating Mr. B, now. So much B.S. from this man and so little space to print it. So much hate from one man. Mis-direction, mis-information, innuendos and lies are hardly the makings of meaningful discourse.

You ever think (or can you)- that maybe the parents – who stood up against the BOE with the arrogant Haynes, Scott and Hunter – are ok for now and are either in agreement with the direction or are willing to give the new board and superintendent a chance to make progress without the ??great wisdom?? offered up from the Troll.


September 22nd, 2009
12:04 am

“Resolute”: What in the heck are you talking about? I don’t understand gibberish. If the citizens are happy with Sgt. Heatley, then great. Education is a local matter. Clayton County School System is the worst school system in the Metro Atlanta area, but if the citizens are happy with this, then great! Please pray for me, Larry, and my friend Don. We need your prayers. Troll, I appreciate your prayers! Troll, please pray for me, OK?


September 22nd, 2009
12:47 am

Bill Clinton. Red Skelton. Stephanie Phillips. Yes, it is Stephanie Phillips. Former Deputy Superintendent of School in Chino Valley, California. She recently was brought on board in Clayco (after her contract was not renewed in Chino Valley). I thought that Sgt. Heatley promised that he was not going to bring staff from California. Well, we knew that he didn’t really mean that.


September 22nd, 2009
12:02 pm

Hey Kimmie, Did the Filter gobble up my last post or is the response time just so slow? I offered up a nice post in praise of Larry O’Keeffe. I love his genius insights. He’s our very own Son of a Conderate Gnostic.

Meet the new superintendent

September 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

Can anybody, anywhere when it comes to Sam King, one of the names mentioned before “The Marine” was brought on board, where a media source has said, as has been said of Heatley, Sam King has been widely viewed as a disaster?

Can anybody, anywhere provide that quote as it relates to Sam King?

I didn’t think so.

I guess ClayCo is determined, once again, to learn things the hard way. And now that Heatley has already brought one crony in, I guess ClayCo not only wants to learn the hard one, but once again, they want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the privilege of learning the hard way.

Of course if this isn’t the case, then I’m sure people will quickly provide sources where it has been said, as it has been said of Heatley, that Sam King has been widely viewed as a disaster.

I wouldn’t hold my breath though.


September 22nd, 2009
10:42 pm

thank you Mr. Trotter – for your input – time after time after time after time after time

do you now have something going on with Mr. King – – pity that

Chuckie Chamber

September 24th, 2009
12:43 am

All you Blue Dog Republicans wanted this halcyon leadership in Clayton County. Now you have it. Are you enjoying it? Eldrin Bell, Mike Glanton, and Alieka Anderson. Wow. I stand amazed at the prescient leadership of this “Trilateral” and motley crew. You wanted it. You got it, Toyota! Hey, Wade, you were right in your prediction! LOL!


September 24th, 2009
2:08 am

Hey Guys: Have y’all notice how Kim has removed my adulation blog of L a r r y O ‘ K e e f f e ? Ahhhhh…tryin’ to censor the ole boy, I see. Without me, this blog is boringggggggggggggggggggg.


September 24th, 2009
5:40 pm

you – g y – JT are boringgggggggggggggggg.


September 25th, 2009
12:21 am

I see that the trolls are out tonight! Leave me alone! I love L A R R Y ‘ S insights, and I love L A R R Y ! I am fixated on JT. He fascinates me, even though he pays me no attention. Please, JT, please, give me some attention. Pray for me and Larry and my special friend Don!


September 28th, 2009
9:48 am

Enter your comments here The Clayton County Schools will need that extra money to settle all of the pending lawsuits by all of the fully certified and highly qualified retired educators who were denied teaching positions just because they are “old.” Age discrimination is against the law, and the cost of doing so for the Clayton County Schools will be very, very expensive. Get ready, Clayton County. The lawsuits are coming!


September 28th, 2009
5:19 pm

Hey Chuckie – Blue Dog is a term for Democrats that are fiscally concervative and socially progressive. – not for Republicans.


September 29th, 2009
12:16 am

I think that Chuckie was playing with your Clayco mind. Victory! Nike!