More budget cuts coming to CCPS

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley recently proposed across the board budget cuts which could save $85 million by the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Among other things, the budget offers a school year shortened by five days, some jobs will be restructured and/or lose pay and benefits while others are eliminated completely, summer school programs will be restructured for high school students and eliminated for elementary and middle school students.

Some have wondered what happened to the money from SPLOST IV voted in last year. According to the ballot, those monies were earmarked for various construction projects, acquiring land, new and upgraded school buses, instructional and administrative technology improvements, etc.  CCPS also wisely turned down $14 million in federal stimulus money (The Qualified School Construction Bonds allocation), which would have put the system further into debt since that money had to be repaid.

As per the Clayton News-Daily, some new positions will be created, including “… 18 new kindergarten-teacher positions (at an anticipated annual cost of $1.14 million), and 23 in-school suspension paraprofessionals (at an estimated annual cost of $443,053).” But even if all of the proposed cuts are accepted, Heatley still forsees CCPS owning a $18.3 million budget deficit by the end of fiscal year 2012. You can view the Superintendent’s budget presentation detailing the cuts online.

Which proposed CCPS budget cut would hurt students most?

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Do you agree with the Superintendent’s proposed budget cuts? What cuts would you like to see stay, and what would you like to see go? Is anything missing?

Don’t just post your opinion on this blog! Go to the CCPS web site to offer your own budget suggestions, and let your school board representative know where you stand before the preliminary 2010-2011 budget goes in front of the BOE in March and/or they vote to adopt same in May.

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weary in Clayton

February 15th, 2010
10:35 am

Is there a reason why teachers aren’t being paid until March 31 for teaching remediation classes? Why wasn’t this information communicated to teachers before the classes started? If the county was looking for volunteer teachers, that should have been specified. Who is Heatley? He has NEVER introduced himself to teachers.

Sgt. Rock

February 15th, 2010
11:09 am

In the current economic times that we are in it is critical to put EVERYTHING on the table for consideration. I agree with Dr. Heatley for taking this approach.

While he is considering recommendations to the Board it is also critical to look necessary programs versus “nice to have programs”. This also includes areas of personnel, logistics and maintenance.

To often government over reaches its defined boundaries with “great idea’s”. In times of robust economic income, it is easy to create services that stray from the core mission statement. It is great to offer these goods and services to students as a supplement to their education. What is often not realized is that there will be times of economic hardship (such as we currently experience) and previous “good yet nonessential programs MUST be cut. Dr. Heatley has the uncomfortable task to decide, based on input from advisors and his experience which to delete, change or maintain. It will be painful for everyone and I do not envy him for having to do this, essential as it is.

One of the substandard practices of government is that it has a built-in inability NOT to do five or ten year budgeting. Forecasting effectively, much as is done in private enterprise, allows to a large degree, income to equal expenditure, plan for growth, and to eliminate waste. The Superintendant and the Board of Education (or any other Government entity) doesn’t have this luxury so while draconian in its measures, viability must be preserved.

I have long been an advocate of higher property taxes to pay for “world class” amenities. The tax base however has collapsed in Clayton County due to the economic landscape and after years of cronyism, inept planning, mismanagement and incompetence. Now is not the time to raise property taxes for the schools but it is a time to “right size” the programs and policies which govern it.

It is incumbent on all players in government leadership throughout the county to work with Dr. Heatley and the Board of Education to restore balance in the form of enhanced property values, true economic growth and development and to exploit the geographic resources long ignored. All this would go far in producing income which support the schools.

The answer isn’t always more money as is seen here clearly. Many a fine education has been received in a one room schoolhouse (yes, they still exist today). Dr. Heatley’s focus on the core competency – EDUCATION, will go far in taking care of the budget issue.

What will it take?

February 15th, 2010
12:22 pm

Sgt Rock,
Thank you for your opinion, may I add that it is “incumbent” upon Dr. Heatley and the Board to work with all sectors of the community, including teachers, taxpayers and those who do not have children but pay taxes.

This new team of Board leadership leaves much to be desired when it comes to thinking out of the box to increase community and parental involvement. They keep doing the same things and getting the same results –nothing. Heatley has not bonded with the larger community. Clearly, he does not have the ability to get down in the trenches and roll up his sleeves to fix the problems that existed before he got here.

We truly need a working warrior, who has not fallen in line with the status quo that put our school system in jeopardy. For example, my wife and I attended a meeting where one of the parents asked if he could change the time to 6:30PM. His reply was no, “I have a family to get home to.” Well he knew the kind of situation we were in when he signed on the job. So next time we hire a new superintendent, it should be understood that, he/she must go some extra miles and burn some midnight oil, to get us to that “world class” education our children deserve. As for the Board it is going to take two more election cycles before we get it right!

Oh yes, the budget, Kim, cross the board cuts means everyone, including high ranking administrators. This is not an across the board budget cut. Heatley is taking the heat but that goes with the territory and he is being very well paid and living a good life down on the lake.

kallen

February 15th, 2010
1:09 pm

What Will It Take? While the cuts made definitely were not as extensive at the administrative level, but there are a handful of suggested cuts listed on the proposed budget’s “Superintendent/Board” section and also in the “Reductions Already Implemented” section (Central Office Positions eliminated), according to the online budget – unless these were previously unfilled positions? Hence my across the board cuts comment, although unfortunately most businesses these days cut non-managment workers the fastest.

I agree that making meeting times accessible (at all county meetings) is necessary for community/parental participation. There are times I can’t attend BOE meetings due to my work schedule, commute & the timing of the meeting. I will say though that last fall, this blog (along with other news sources) advertised several meetings Heatley held in an attempt to communicate with parents/community which were not well attended at all. That being said, perhaps the timing thing can go both ways? Sometimes the community might have to work around the BOE schedule in order to get more involved, & the BOE needs to make meeting times more community friendly at least sometimes, as the BOC did years ago by holding meetings at 7:00pm. Simply put, there’s room for improvement on both sides.

Val

February 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

I think it is horrible that employees such as Bus drivers will loose all benefits. Some of these employees have worked 30 years and at their age to be without insurance is a crime. In light of Obama’s health care reform, this would be a SIN!!!

weary in Clayton

February 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

Dr. Heatley is renowned for making the statement that he has a family to go home to. He made the same statement to teachers at the forum hosted by one of the organizations for teachers. Now, if only principals and Dr. Heatley would understand that teachers have families to go home to and lives that exist beyond the walls of the school.

Val

February 15th, 2010
1:15 pm

We would not be in such debt if the school board would investigate the candidates that they elect into office. I believe we are still paying for the last 2 people that were fired. Just not right that the employees of CCPS have to pay for the school board’s mistakes.

Val

February 15th, 2010
1:21 pm

After Bus drivers leave the county because of lack of benefits, will Dr. Heatley then start charging students to ride a school bus like he did in his previous county, Chino Valley Unified District. Parents were required to pay 236.00 per child IF they qualified for services. Most parents in this county can’t even afford lunches and this could be the next possible step. It galls me that I pay school taxes, yet I have to pay for private school just so I can be somewhat assured that my kids will be safe and receive an education that is not disrupted by thugs trying to disrupt class because they don’t want an education. Something isn’t right here…

CC Resident

February 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

I doubt that you people would be satisfied with any superintendent. It could be Jesus Christ and you would still say he isn’t doing this or that.

The school is in disarray…there will be some unpopular decisions…PEOPLE WILL BE LEFT OUT. Even the top tier school systems in Cobb and Fayette are complaining about something..

Huh?

February 15th, 2010
3:58 pm

On his worst day, Heatley still seems better than John Thompson but time will tell. I support these budget cuts, even the best school systems in the country are cutting back in similar ways and there isn’t a business out there that hasn’t cut back. I am sorry for the students.

Val

February 15th, 2010
5:04 pm

Amen Double Action – all the while, living in apartments and not paying a dime of school taxes, while the residents who do pay taxes, have to send their children to private schools to ensure a proper education. I think if taxes where increased on apartment/trailer park owners, plus a tax on all cigarettes, and wine/beer – that could possibly even things out.

SA

February 15th, 2010
5:10 pm

Sorry to say but this is only the beginning of a school district that will barely be surviving on life support for a very very long time. This is what you get when the “status quo” of resident expectations stabilizes below acceptable standards. You lose good teachers, students and families, and your tax base. The only fix is for them to return. Give me a good reason why any of them would?

tony

February 15th, 2010
7:08 pm

First of all, Weary in Clayton, that is not true about remediation teachers. Teachers at my school are already getting paid. That is something your school has just made up. The thing that bothers me most about Heatley is that he ramrodded a new RIF policy through board so he will not have to consider seniority. So basically employees with over 20 years with the county can be cut. Ruining their retirement and basically their lives. That is just not right.

Les

February 15th, 2010
7:10 pm

There are many other options to save money in CCPS but Dr. Heatley does not want to hear them because he has already made up his mind. Check out his reputation in China. Going to do the same thing here.

Papika Says

February 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

I must say, the BOE and BOC are doing their very bestest. We should all grovel and pay more in taxes to maintain the status quo. There is absolutely ZERO corruption and nepotism within their body’s of gubment. Vote them all back in and let Clayton continue to be a shinning starr in the metro Atlanta area. Amen.

BillyRip

February 15th, 2010
8:10 pm

When the county’s republicians took accreditation and miscalculated effect of losing accreditation and cost the school district 44 million dollars in federal and state funds; they in fact destoryed for the foreseeable future! Now, they want to come on the blog and cry about children and free lunch. Sad!

weary in Clayton

February 15th, 2010
8:36 pm

@Tony. That is strange. That is what we were told. We will not get paid until March 31, 2010.

bigdogears

February 15th, 2010
8:43 pm

I would cut out all free school meals. It’s not the government’s responsibility to feed your child! I would also eliminate school buses. This might be done to some degree if schools were smaller and located nearer to neighborhoods. I wonder how much of the county education budget is used on transportation and food? I’d increase property taxes with safe-guards to ensure that the additional funding was only used on education. I’d hire the best teachers and put any teacher in jail that’s caught cheating on tests.

Or we could just pass out vouchers!

oldtimer

February 15th, 2010
11:38 pm

What are the cuts at the top..Use to be one person did Social Studies , Foreighn lng. and vo-tec education..no problems…go back to that

Les

February 16th, 2010
5:36 am

ok so Heatley gave up his car… oh but wait now he gets a car allowance.

Get back on task

February 16th, 2010
8:05 am

This Board and this superintendent are making decisions based on bottom lines and no consideration for the quality of education that our children will receive. I agree with the blogger who says that the Board is not doing anything different to build the relationship. There are lots of parents and community people who have just shut down because this Board and Superintendent do not get it! Yes Kim it is both sides, yet right now the issue is the system and defending or placing blame does not help our children at all. We need people who love our children more than getting reelected or getting a six figure pay check.

Rev BillyBob Whiskey

February 16th, 2010
10:06 am

Dr. Heatley has had many meetings in the comunities to meet and listen to parents and citizens. Problem is – in most of them – only a couple dozen people show up. The fault of not bolding is clearly with those apathetic parents who do nothing of value – but complain.

Clayton Taxpayer

February 16th, 2010
10:11 am

Let’s see if Heatley is willing to give up his health benefits and a portion of his pay to better the school system. He shouldn’t demand something of his employees and not be willing to do the same.

I also don’t think we should NOT provide transportation for the alternative school kids. If their parents had to be responsible for their child getting to and from school, if their kids behavior started affecting their paychecks, maybe there would be some discipline at home instead of these parents expecting the school system to “babysit” them. Also, transporting kids who move out of our county to the school they were attending in Clayton is outrageous. What ever happened to being the new kid in school. It never killed one of us. Bus drivers in this county put up with a lot of crap from kids. I think they should be given a raise and keep their benefits. How many teachers turn their backs on 72 students and try to concentrate of the road and keep order, all without the support of school personnel? None…..just sayin’.

old timer

February 16th, 2010
2:31 pm

Maybe an across the board pay cut,say 5% for everyone who makes more than $70,000. It will not really help to cut bus driver benefits.Also cut employment at the county office by 10% this next year and the same the following year.

Tell The Truth

February 16th, 2010
3:14 pm

Many people here have collective amnesia. Just a year ago, you couldn’t pay anybody who was qualified to take the superintendent job here. Now, I hear all of these complaints as if Dr. Heatly isn’t doing a great job with the mess that he was given. It is unimaginably cold-blooded and un-Christ-like to even suggest that we should cut out the free lunch program to children who may only have that as a meal for the entire day. Children with sorry parents are not able to pull themselves up by their boot straps.

I have always said that Clayton’s biggest problem is that there are not enough middle income families to sustain the number of services that our county requires. The solution isn’t SPLOST, but to raise taxes, have a board appointed county manager and strict ‘enforcement’ of code enforcement. We can’t undo what was done with the over development of rental properties, but we can force them to live up to code. Most solutions that I’ve heard here lack a sense of practicality and are emotionally based at best. Who in their right mind can blame poor people who move to the cheapest county in the metro area which happens to have over 70% of its residents in apartment complexes? Is Clayton not the most logical/economical place for them? If this is the case, why then do long time residents, come on this blog and blame poor people for moving in the most affordable area, when in the past they voted for commissioners and mayors who allowed the county and its cities to become what it is today? I guess Wade Starr is responsible for the horrible deal that was made with the airport, right? I guess the current BOC are responsible for the lack of planning and development of the county in the 80s, right? I guess this influx of poor people ran all the investment bankers and neurosurgeons out of the county. Give me a break. Clayton County always has been a working class/poor county.

What will it take?

February 16th, 2010
5:25 pm

He is doing an extremely poor job with the mess he signed on for. Let’s face it, we need a superintendent to come in and build a relationship within the community. Instead every time he shows up and parents and community are absent he takes an antagonistic attitude towards the community. Perhaps if he sought to bond with the bigger community he would have some success. Oh yeah we do not have our accreditation back, contrary to what some people think on this blog site. Do not let any of the board members up for re-election fool us in to thinking they got our accreditation back.

Oh Please Spare Me

February 16th, 2010
6:40 pm

Several comments here. @tony, remediation teachers were also told no money until March 31. Where is your school getting the money? As far as no one wanted the superintendent job, there were several who did, but this BOE somehow had their mind set on Heatley, despite the controversy under which he left Chino. And — Has the airport/Delta ever paid the school system the millions it owed in taxes? And finally, thank you previous school board for losing our accreditation and all the federal money. Unbelievable the impact those fools had on this school system.

Ed Pamer Jr.

February 16th, 2010
8:05 pm

Clayton county should have never lost its accreditation and really didn’t. No children has graduated with a non-accreditated diploma; but the last two graduating classes got off good. The rest of the students suffered; the school system loss well over 50 million dollars from the government. The whole accreditation loss issue was about trying to show the majority of voters (dems) what republician lead statehouse can do!

Rev BillyBob Whiskey

February 16th, 2010
8:09 pm

You want to let us in on exactly how you bond with the greater community when the most important community he should be able to relate to – the parents of these kids – don’t care to even show up. You want him to give out balloons or Chik-fila sandwiches.

And the acceditation – which was lost solely on the actions of the previous fool-laden BOE. Yes -this BOE did along with administrators and teachers – get back our accreditation. Who do you think did it Trotter? Starr? Eldrin? Scott?

Clayton is a haven for poor (ATL piblic housing evictees)- due to previous white commissioners out for a profit making cheap, small, concentrated housing. But no – 20 years ago Clayton was a middle class bedorom community largely airport workers.

No, Wade is not responsible for the bad deals of old, but given time, maybe he will eclipse those.

Tell The Truth

February 16th, 2010
8:14 pm

Double Action is a unconscionable pessimist who would complain about the taxes if he won 10 million dollars.

Clayton resident

February 16th, 2010
9:49 pm

This is messed up for CCPS employee who lose work and benefits and especialy kids. But like Ctran there’s no money! the only thing I’ll pay extra taxes for here is the school system but I get why some won’t . As others said Clayton is still suffering from that last sorry board and in particular the final four who wouldn’t just go away and I bet they left county already and Ericka Davis is again on the county payroll get rid of her!

Les

February 16th, 2010
10:20 pm

Employees would rather take furlough days to keep jobs. What is happening with the grading scandal at North Clayton High School? If he principal goes down so should the Chief Academic Officer who instructed him to change the grades. You know the one Heatley brought from Chicago, not the one he brought from California. Was it just me or did I misunderstand when he told the public he would not be bringing in outsiders?

Black Rain

February 16th, 2010
10:42 pm

The county has lost over 75 million over the past 8 years. It has nothing to do with either BOE or any Superintendent. It has to do with Sonny Perdue keeping school money in the state pocketbook to give out to other groups. So much for this Democrat/come/Republican and the education of our children.

Get back on task

February 16th, 2010
11:39 pm

We do not want chicken sandwhichs, we want capable people who can think out of the box and look at proven ways of increasing parental involvement. There are examples across the country but does this BOE and superintendent have the will to explore them? No they are too busy trying to get re-elected. The superintendent does not bring any fresh new ideas to the table.

Hayes Voyles

February 16th, 2010
11:39 pm

It is sad that this blogger, “Clayton Resident”, try to “persuade” readers to believe those four little old final four BOE member really destoryed the schools! The truth is actually when they were run off the school system had a “Surplus of Money”! That is possibly why they were run off; they refused to spend the children’s money on the on those who didn’t participate in those white flights out of here! He really know the real reason for accreditation loss, “he paid for it”!

Paprika$ays

February 17th, 2010
12:14 am

Thanks to all of you wonderful BOE and BOC officials who have won back our accrediation and the trust of the business community. Economic redevelopment is greatly increasing in Clayton and so is our tax base. Rich and upper class families are moving back and crime and drugs are way down. Code enforcement is on the ground and our streets are clean and safe.

I hope to welcome back C-Tran, I believe you guys will bring it back for our people. Thank you Eldrin, Alex & Wade. You wonderful leaders are doing excellent jobs. I believe you all truly care for our county and want our people to succeed. I trust you all. Your sacrifies have not gone unnoticed. You guys are shinning examples of good leaders. Keep up the good work.

Eyes

February 17th, 2010
6:25 am

Who is Heatley? You never see him and doesn’t come to the schools I wasn’t a fan of Dr. Thompson but at least you saw him around. Cutting teachers and Paro’s is wrong. What you need to do is cut the days to four a week you will save money. Don’t cut the staff I was layed off before school started.

Tell The Truth

February 17th, 2010
6:54 am

@ Double Action
“……….. you cannot make a silk purse from a sows ear.”

Have you been to East Point lately? Or what about Grant Park? Or Even even parts of College Park? Things can change for the better if you are forward thinking and have vision. The problem here is that far too many people are comfortable just lamenting about the past to focus on making improvements for the future. Everything is cyclical and I guess those who just complain will eventually see things change again.

i like to watch

February 17th, 2010
8:34 am

republicans and this blog is to blame

say what?

February 17th, 2010
10:40 am

If you did not attend any of the meetings with Dr. Heatley don’t complain. If you have not submitted your budget comments, don’t complain here. As far as Dr. Heatley making the statement that he has a family to attend to, I completely agree. He is just like the rest of us with family and parenting responsibilities, so why should he listen to gripes and complaints for more than an hour, and have to keep saying please write down your question or I have already addressed that issue for those who simply wnat to hear themselves speak. Bunch of moronic parents who are breeding the same. Get a grip. No executive signs a contract saying that they must cater to every whim and desire of the consumer/customer, why should he not have limits on his time?

The budget cuts are severe, and I agree that transportation to special school programs should be the responsibility of the parents. If your neighborhood school is insufficient move or work with the school. I think that mandatory retirement for those with more than 30 years of service should be implemented as well, because jobs are no longer a guarantee and being able to hire new hires for less pay may bring in some fresh ideas. No more sitting in a job until you feel like retiring.
For the person who thinks Heatley should give up his medical and dental benefits, what plan is he on other than the same one as all employees covered by TRS?

Jimmy (Conservative Brother)

February 17th, 2010
11:04 am

It just goes to show that the current system of public education is flawed. Local systems should not have to make so many drastic cuts. The local system should budget for what the local system can pay for instead they sit around and depend on money from the federal system and when that money slows to a trickle the local system is forced to make cuts.
Clayton County is still building schools though the population is decreasing. There is a huge school being built on Panhandle Rd and adding on to Lovejoy High School while there are subdivisions built over three years ago that are not even half sold and for the foreseeable future those subdivisions will remain that way. Why not hold off on that school and use the money to support the existing schools.
My wife and I have chosen to make sacrifices and send our children to a private school in an adjacent county. That way we have a little more say on what is happening to their education. It would probably be best if we had a system like some European countries where the money followed the student which would give the parent more choice and create more competition within our failing system.

Val

February 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

I agree, Jimmy. I wish I could send my tax dollars to the school in which I HAVE to send my girls. Public school isn’t an option, homeschooling isn’t either. I can’t leave my kids at home alone while I work. Too many home invasions.

Tell The Truth

February 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

@ Eyes
“What you need to do is cut the days to four a week you will save money.”

So cutting the days of educating in a system whose sole purpose is educating makes sense? I understand your issue with staff being laid off, but this is a school system who is already behind in a state that is behind, nationally. There is nothing that can justify a four day school week in a system so academically behind already.

My two cents...

February 17th, 2010
1:08 pm

@Jimmy Conservative: I live in the Panhandle area. WE NEED that new school. River’s Edge Elementary has over 1200 students. Students in modular classrooms in an elementary school is not an ideal environment. I approve of my TAX dollars (yes I am a homeowner and I shop in Clayton County) being spent on a school.

John Stewart

February 17th, 2010
1:34 pm

@ Jimmy (Conservative Brother) You make a great point about the population decreasing. It is my opinion that many of these budget cuts are partially due to the economy yes, but also in anticipation of a semi-exodus of students and their families at the end of the school due to the death of C-Tran. The county has suffered because of greed at the hands of former/recent county officials and school administrators and now the umbilical cord of steady cash has been cut off. The advent of the Olympics offered such an opportunity to the former commissioners to fill their pockets and in turn created a vacuum by fleeing Clayco residents to be filled former residents of Atlanta displaced by the Atlanta Housing Authority. The problems that APS experienced for years became Clayco’s problems and has continued until today. Clayco never had a chance to have planned and sustained growth. Whatever created the quickest & fastest buck drove the change in the County. To quote Hip Hop Artist Nas “Recession is a blessing in disguise / For a new economy to rise something old has to die” As crazy as this may sound that is something that I believe applies to Clayton County. Call me the eternal optimist but I believe that the county is slowly turning the corner to become all that it should have been. We are making strides on many levels and I think we will see bigger steps taken in the months to come.

Rev BillyBob Whiskey

February 17th, 2010
1:35 pm

If there are so many examples across the country of people who can think out of the box and have proven ways of increasing parental involvement. Other than what has been tried here already. Put them here – I will personally hand them to Dr. Heatley myself. Othewise – you are just blowing smoke and talking smack, or visa versa.

No smoke no smack!

February 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

We elect and hire people to do a job. If they can not achieve the goals set forth, we then elect others and hire new ones. It is their responsibility to seek out innovative ideas like other systems. Instead they would rather keep doing the same thing so they can blame the community for not responding. Take off the blinders and go talk to Heatley and the BOE about stepping out of their comfort zone. I went to the meetings with Heatley and I was truly disappointed with his presentation. He was combative, defensive and rude to the few parents who did show. And he thinks we want to support that kind of leadership in our schools. No to Heatley and no to the BOE. It is true we did have a surplus when the old board was removed –sounds familiar. Heatley can continue to do what he is doing and we will not move forward in CCPS.

Hickville

February 17th, 2010
10:21 pm

Dr. Heatley, thank you for coming to Clayton County. But as we asked you were you sure you wanted to come to a system where the majority of the parents are apathetic? And the rest are just going to sit around and complain? Wah Wah Wah… Ain’t no one on this blog going to do anything accept run their mouths. I bet they haven’t even looked at the recommendations. The truth is all companies are cutting jobs and benefits. The bus drivers can leave if they want to but were will they go? I know they think they can get a job working for another district, but alas they are cutting jobs too.

People, this is not forever, just until the democrats and fix the republican created economy!

Concerned Taxpayer

February 17th, 2010
10:36 pm

The Clayton County School System is a jobs program, nothing more people. It is a district where principals and teachers seek employment because they understand that there is no accountability. Schools don’t have to meet AYP, test scores don’t have to improve, the superintendent can leave before 5 p.m. to be with his family, etc. and noone has a problem. I don’t even have the responsbility of a superintendent and even I work 10 to 12 hours a day on MY job!!! Clayton County Schools is one of the state’s largest employers with 8,000 employees. That is 8,000 people to support instruction in a school system with 47,000 students. That’s crazy, people. And take a look at the salaries. People get paid handsomely to produce such a crappy product. So, now do you understand why the association leader and the staff scream bloody murder when you talk about cutting positions. Who would want to get off THAT gravy train!!! Ever try to call the Fifth Avenue office and get a live person to answer one of the administrator’s phones. Good luck. I attended Board meetings for years, went to the forums, wrote letters to SACS, even met with coordinators and assistant superintendents and after more than 10 years, absolutely nothing has changed. I even took disaggregated data to staff and showed them information they should have already known. And guess what, students still aren’t learning. People get with the voucher movement, and get your children out of those crappy schools. Their future, most importantly, their ability to sustain themselves, is in danger.

Hunkerdown

February 17th, 2010
10:54 pm

You asked for solutions to this recession/depression facing the nation and CCPS; however, I must warn you that it’s tough but fair. Tough Love! From the Top-Down! It’s called “Drawdown; Barebone! Here we go! Cut all top level administrators, cut all so-called educational specialist– all of which haven’t done CCPS any good — look at test scores & state/national ranking! Get rid of all “Part-Timers”! Cut CCBOE salary in half–told ya, it’s tough! Come on — Superintendent–Cut your salary by $55,000 a year; Clayton is a “Low-Cost County” Yes, let’s fix the problem. Any takers? I have more!