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!

Rev BillyBob Whiskey

February 17th, 2010
10:57 pm

I rest my case. You have no ideas – just putting down those in leadership positions. not much effort there. Since you seem to be so versed in these out of the box efforts – enlighten us -we want to hear some. I have been at many meeting with Heatley where parents and citizens were present. never saw the behavior that you claim , maybe it is just you and your disdain for those in leadership. He has shown more leadership than the past 5 supers put together.

Anyone can come up with a surplus in good economic times. Even a blind squirrel can find a acorn under an oak tree. But it was those actions and behaviors of the old BOE that scared homeowners and business away from Clayton County. our home prices were going down 2 years before the present recession. Add to that the recession of the last 2 years- fewer taxes collected, fewer jobs, foreclosed homes. You wind up with deficit. and cutbacks and tax increases – just in an attempt to keep your head above water. Local and state governments by law have to balance the books – they are not the federal govt which feels it can run trillion dollar deficits until we – the US collapses. I am continually amazed at the short-sighted uninformed who are convinced their inadequate talking points will change minds.

Shannon, M.Div.

February 18th, 2010
11:52 am

1) Wow, renters don’t pay local property taxes? Isn’t it lovely that those developers and landlords, out of the goodness of their hearts, absolutely *refuse* to pass along the tax expense of their properties to their tenants. That’s a kind of generosity that we rarely see in business. What’s that? You think they probably *do* pass along the taxes? Well, so do I. To claim that “renters don’t pay property taxes” is asinine! Just because they don’t pay it directly to the county doesn’t mean they don’t foot the bill.

2) I’m horrified to hear about bus driver benefits being cut. That isn’t right. People should protest. I would far rather see administrative personnel take a 10 or 20 percent pay cut and use that to fund the bus driver benefits. Why is it that in times of need, those in power naturally turn to those with the least power and expect them to make sacrifices? It might be human nature, but it’s also morally abhorrent.

3) Those advocating that free lunches should be abolished are also morally wrong. I sincerely hope that none of you wanting to cut free lunches claim to be Christians (you obviously aren’t). If you do claim to be a Christian, may I please direct you to the New Testament? There are some relevant passages about “the least of these,” “suffer the children to come unto me,” and “blessed are the poor.” Even if you believe that the parents of those children are wicked sinners who squandered their chances at a successful life (which is ridiculous), why would you punish their children? You probably would then expect those hungry kids to perform well on standardized tests, where you’d like to tie teacher pay to their performance. Your callous cruelty nauseates me.

4) Some of you would like to be rid of the public school system altogether (along with most other government services–but not roads! Never roads! Roads are a God-given right in the Constitution, unlike that wicked, wicked mass transit that is only used by “those” people)… Well, that’s sickening, too. Everyone should have the opportunity for education. Vouchers? You want to move to for-profit education? How’s that worked out for healthcare? (Answer: we in the US spend more per capita on health care than any other country, and our health outcomes are lower).

5) Why, *why* do you not trust government–but you’re willing to sign over education, healthcare, and everything else to *corporations*? Government is at least responsible to citizens. Corporations are responsible only for making profit. They don’t exactly have a good track record of your best interests at heart! Work to make government better–because you *can* work to make government better. The more we privatize, the less we control… the less say we have in how things are done… the less power in the hands of the people. Sure, businesses would love to get their hands on those education dollars–but don’t deceive yourselves. It’s not for altruistic reasons.

Clayton Taxpayer

February 18th, 2010
12:18 pm

Well, those so called “part-time” positions that you think should be cut are bus drivers who start at 5:00 am getting those buses warmed for your little ones, to working well past 5pm to ensure that students can have remedial help. And for all those hours in between, you are “on-call” to do whatever the transportation administration deems necessary – from mandatory last minute meetings, picking up route sheets with last minute changes, etc. You can’t have another job to support yourself because CCPS says they are number 1, yet Heatley is ready to throw us up under the very buses that transport those children for the teachers to teach and the superintendent to supervise. Bus Drivers DON’T do this job for the money – it’s FOR the benefits.

fed up

February 18th, 2010
4:32 pm

Do teachers in Clayton County still have the right to a due process hearing before termination? According to information presented by reliable sources, we do not. Heatley has stated that there will be no reprimands, just immediate termination. How many lawsuits is he willing to have thrown in his face? Will Clayton County ever choose a local superintendent; someone who has a vested interest in the county. We don’t need a superintendent who only wants to show that he has the power. Napoleonic complex, I suppose.

No smoke No smack

February 18th, 2010
7:26 pm

Heatley has a habit of being condescending with parents. I do not know what meetings you were in but I know the ones we were in and it was terrible the way he responded to some parents questions and comments. Perhaps you do not know this but we elected the BOE and they hired the superintendent. All of them get paid including the BOE who receive a monthly check. They work for us not the other way around. So go ahead and lick and lap if you want to but some of us are viewing this whole scenario with eyes wide open. The mere fact that you come on this blog and banter with me tells everyone a lot about where your head is. Short-sighted, uninformed and trying to paint a picture that does not exist fits you.

Rev BillyBob Whiskey

February 18th, 2010
9:14 pm

wow – what a stinging comeback – NOT. I have been in the trenches in this county for the past 12 years, I have seen all that happened from early on in our school system. The BOE pay is meager when you understand all the information – responsibilities – decisions – BS – they must deal with everyday. And our BOE does this for about 55% of some other metro area BOEs get. You must be extremely sensitive to straight talk from Heatley – you must want Heatley to coddle you like you want him to coddle your little darlings.

Labled

February 18th, 2010
9:24 pm

CCPS is in a finanical “Dire Straits”, how can they afford to pay an independent investigation for wayward CRCT testing at those schools. It’s something sinking about all this CRCT cheating that “Directly” affect students and student acheivement, but no SACS intervention, Hmmm! Now, it’s beginning to look like Clayton got “Duped” with accreditation loss! A loss that caused the ecomonical landslide for the county. Those responsible should be ashamed! One thing “we do” know is the loss “wasn’t” because for those old final four board member! They didn’t have that kind of money or power! Hmmm, I wonder who it could have been that caused this?

jimmy (conservative brother)

February 19th, 2010
10:27 am

My two cents, What is a good environment for students? We have fallen for the lie that teacher to student ratio really matters. It does not. We have fallen for the lie that year after year we need to spend more and more money to educate our kids. We do not. The best environment for students is one free of those who do not want to learn and one where the teachers are there to teach instead of “facilitate.” Yet students who want to learn are forced to try to compete with students who are there because the school has become nothing more than a daycare for some parents and teachers are told that they are there to facilitate learning and not to teach.
It is plain and simple. The system is screwed and needs to be scrapped. The system of Public Education in this country was designed by an elitist group of people who only wanted to create “worker bees” for the elites. Is it no wonder that students who graduate with honors from the public schools in this country more often than not have to take remedial courses once they go to college. I would suggest you read any book by John Taylor Gatto on the history of the public education system in America. Then read anything you can find on John Dewey who helped establish our system of “progressive education” then see if you do not come away with a little better idea of why we are where we are today with the messed up system we have.
We do not need to waist any more money on this system. We need to use the money in a more effective manner. I will not entrust my children to a system which was designed for them to fail.

BnB

February 19th, 2010
1:47 pm

You are right but not in the way you may think. The final four were not the only reason accreditation was lost – but were a good part of it. You have to go back a few years to another group lead by Nedra Ware, Connie Kichens and the other three influenced women on the BOE 8 years ago. Acceditation loss was a culmination of years of infighting – influence peddling, micromanaging.

But you are also right about wondering why Atlanta Public Schools are not drawing the ire of SACS. Guess it would be embarrassing to bring up probation to a system that had soo many schools on the cheat list, esp. just days after their Superintendent got an award for doing such a outstanding job with the Atlanta School system. GO figure. Maybe someone should call SACS and tell them (complain) about Atlanta schools. Isn’t that how the Clayton cebacle was supposed to have got started.

crazy in clayton

February 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

I have worked in this county for over 10 yrs. and I am devastated by his new proposals. All of us at our school have talked and talked this topic to death. He’s cutting jobs that benefit children!! I help 1st graders who are on Kindergarten level everyday-I work with Kindergartners and have to daily go to a 1st grade class to get them on level. People say”Kindergarten is just play time.” Have they seen the expectations for a kindergartener? Good Luck helping children after these cuts!!! We have had our heat in our school turned down until the children and adults wear our coats all day. Our school offers 3 options for lunch EACH day, 4 milk choices, 2 fruit choices, 2 vegetables and at times -pudding( 2 flavors). How about cut the food choices?? How about a 4 day work week? Maybe cutting remediation programs that show NO improvement–including paying teachers $25. per hour and then supplying a bus ride home on top of that!! If the parents want improvement in grades maybe they should be willing to pick-up their own children!!!! Getting rid of teachers and paras is NOT the answer!!!

Concerned Taxpayer

February 19th, 2010
7:27 pm

Now that the school system has agreed to spend $400,000 for GPS systems on maintenance vehicles and buses, how about using the End of Course Test results to evalutate teacher performance? And by the way, if you want to know where the folks who drive the maintenance vans with the Clayton County Schools seal on the side are in the mornings, try the Chick-fil-A on Mt. Zion Boulevard between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

Sarah Livings

February 19th, 2010
7:34 pm

NO NO NO to cutting media secretaries! NO NO NO to eliminating second librarians and bumping other librarians too.
THANKS!

No smoke No smack

February 19th, 2010
9:12 pm

You just do not get it. Some day maybe.

See It Coming

February 20th, 2010
2:42 am

Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut to the bare minimum that what they deserve! First, those employees were hum about only the BOE in they’re corner. Then they allowed the plutocrats to take accreditation for nothing but money for the “fairer” of them all. Now they’re screaming about “Cuts”. Send them all to the unemployment line! However, make sure you’re “Fair and Impartial” in they’re cuts; let’s no have a black school district ran by “them folk”!

Just a thought

February 20th, 2010
9:47 am

Cutting the school week down to four days will save tons in transportation cost, school operation costs such as electricity, lunch, etc. It’s not popular because as parents, we have to find alternative ways to educate our children on the day considered. Let’s please not be transparent and argue teachers should be there to teach. Then, you would sound like the school has become an institution that provides child care services. Use the time to take your children to the library. Education must first begin at home. It should be explored.

Sick n tired

February 20th, 2010
9:58 am

Why should kindergarten parapro’s be cut so that we can have more ISS parapro’s? Just send them all the Youth Detention Center for their rehab time. Why should the tax payers have to fund thugs? Why punish the para’s. This is a very screwed up system.

fed up

February 20th, 2010
12:06 pm

Clayton County PS are in a mess!!! The BOE has hired an aloof superintendent. The children run the schools. Teachers can’t teach because of severe discipline problems, and they can’t refer them to the office. Heatley can go back to the hills of Chino Valley. The CC BOE needs to find a superintendent who is genuinely concerned about education in the public schools. Heatley’s mantra regarding “It’s all about the children” is so cliche. Maybe that is why CCPS is one step away from being taken over by the state. CCPS should be all about EDUCATION; not supporting the welfare of a bunch of future illiterate prisoners.

Brain Dead

February 20th, 2010
1:05 pm

Wow! $400,000 for GPS systems on maintenance vehicles and buses, big money spent on a parlimentarian, big money spent on a so-called “Ethics Commisson”; everything other districts don’t have. Oh, that why CCPS’s broke! Come on, man! Why not spend the money on the least of these; like I see on the billboard (the endangered Species”!

Sgt. Rock

February 20th, 2010
1:50 pm

It is interesting reading the comments addressing the potential cuts. I know it is difficult to consder cuts especially if it affects you personally BUT

Every day in private industry there are cuts and restructuring (in both good and bad times). I have, over the years, also been affected by both.

And why not the same in Public Schools? Why not create efficiences? While there is no direct correlation to “profitability” there should be cost containment at a high rate of quantifiable efficiency of services provided.

That is the reality of what is occuring now. Yes, it will affect many of you personally. It affects people in private industry every day. It’s the nature of a competitive market.

What ever your background and profession, please don’t be lulled into a mentality of entitlement to the job (and yes, I mean government job too). In this “veil of tears”, nothing is promised and all can be lost instantly. Whether you are in government or the private sector, now or at any ohter time, your job is not safe. Always keep your eyes open and KNOW what will be “your next gig”. Anything less is being naive to yourself and cruel to your family that may depend on you.

On the Edge

February 20th, 2010
3:23 pm

Heatly’s budget proposal did not include one item related to athletics. Why? Is sports more important than teaching and learning? I think not, yet not one cut from the athletic dept. We do not need a 7th gr. team and an 8th gr. team. It’s one school. It should have one team for all to participate in. Cutting out all 7th gr. teams would save money- from the coaches stipend, equipment, officials, buses, fuel, building costs…etc., etc. If he is tring make make cuts equitable for all then it should include cuts to athetics as well.

Cost Cutter

February 20th, 2010
4:31 pm

Some ideas.
Close some schools . Half the county left with foreclosures. Shorten the school day, double up like other systems have done in the past (double sessions,half go mornings,half go afternoons)
Eliminate sports, band, and extra curricular activities in the schools, until more money is available.
No more charging lunches over a certain amount.
School system start its own version of home school (similar to http://www.k12.com/gca/)
Pay cuts like everyone else has had to do recently.

Still Hoping

February 20th, 2010
4:45 pm

Think about it “On the Edge”. Athletics IS teaching and learning. Not to mention what it does for morale, promoting teamwork, motiviation, discipline, and a host of other things it does. It also provides a path for many to continue on to college. If you eliminate the feeder programs (7th grade), you now have thousands not learning the valuable things it provides and the likelihood that they will at home is small. It also means that thousands are at home and bored while their parent(s) are still at work. What do you think happens next?

Donald

February 20th, 2010
5:24 pm

Much as I hate to say it…Dr. Heatley is doing the right thing. People are out there screaming about this or that being cut, but the bottom line is something has to be cut….and I guarantee someone or some organization is not going to like whatever it is.

I say Tough…!!!!! My family and I have learned how to live off one meager income in this recession. It was hard at first, but we adjusted. The School System as well as every other bloated organization can and should do the same.

There is a lot of short-sighted people that are not going to like what I say next…It’s time for Clayton County to raise it’s taxes and reposition itself as a middle class county instead of a low-income haven. I think we should really look at raising the apartment/condo rental taxes two-fold as part of the increase. (I wonder if it is possible to write legislation make it tougher for people to buy housing and turn it into Section 8 housing?)

We also need to look at nearly eliminating the corporate taxes for industry. (I hear the screaming and gnashing of teeth, already….!) The increased taxes and loss of revenue form business taxes will hurt at first, no doubt. But eventually, it will raise the bar for homeownership and living in this county. We will attract more families and community minded people to move in and stay. It will also bring in much needed industry and jobs. The increased revenues can go towards cleaning up the County’s image (Just think what a revamped Tara Blvd & Hwy 85 could doing for our confidence!) and revitalizing our infrastructure.

sick n tired

February 20th, 2010
5:36 pm

To Sgt. Rock – I too have been affected by cutbacks. I worked for Delta for almost 20 years and just about every other day, rumors would fly and eventually come to pass. Many of us CAN get other jobs making much more money. However, many of us are there for MORE than the money. Being self-employed and having a child with special needs, puts me in a unique situation that enabled me to have affordable insurance ( from 1200 a month to 172 a month), plus, when my child was out of school – holidays and summers – I was able to care for him. Most daycares won’t take children like mine – or if they did, it would cost a fortune. Plus, do you really think that a parent worth their salt, would allow strangers to care for a child that can not convey how they were treated or mistreated? So, for most of us working these kinds of jobs, it’s not just about the money. Heck, take the pay and just leave the benefits alone. Before working for the county, I couldn’t even get life insurance on my son. How dare you insinuate that we are all so ignorant to believe that we are untouchable, however, unique situations – one of which I’m sure that you can’t comprehend, cause us to beg out to GOD to help us out. We aren’t asking for government help – just what we were promised when we were hired. Capish

sick n tired

February 20th, 2010
5:37 pm

and I meant capice!

Donald

February 20th, 2010
5:40 pm

Thank you Sgt. Rock…I knock it’s painful to lose a job, especially one where you have been on for a while. That being said, me and my family have learned through it all that we didn’t need all our “stuff”. Now we just have the essentials and our lives are much more fulfilling.
The job I am on now pays less than a half of what my other did, yet we are here and doing fine. The CCPS needs to take a hard lesson from the millions of Americans that lost their jobs and had to tighten their belts…

Cinnabon Says Today

February 20th, 2010
7:53 pm

I agree. We need cuts to start at Central Office. No more bloated bureacracy! No more double dipping or ‘consultants’ who were former employees. Next, cut out the food and out of state travel budget of the BOE. Also, implement furlough days for Heatley – he too can share in the pain like teachers. It’s time to trim the fat!

Les

February 20th, 2010
10:03 pm

Let’s talk about the cheating scandal. The principal of the year must have learned those techniques in her on line doctorate program. Actually, most of the so call, “Dr.’s” in CCPS have those degrees. The state of Ga. is about to stop recognizing them. Just look at the list, the top cheaters are the “Dr.s”. The Dr. at Lake Ridge cheated and still did not make AYP, go figure.

Oh Please Spare Me

February 21st, 2010
6:20 am

CCPS could save alot of money by eliminating all those academic coaches, school improvement specialists, etc. that spent VERY little time as classroom teachers, but now click around on their high heels and hold their clipboards and go around from school to school inspecting bulletin boards and asking kids “what standard are you learning?” How about ditching administrators who can’t speak with proper grammar, who can’t conduct a staff meeting with professionalism, who can’t write a coherent memo, and who seem to think it’s acceptable to humiliate teachers in front of the whole staff? I could throw up it’s such a farce. We need to go back to basics. This system needs to cut from the top those who are totally unqualified, and then down the line to the thug/thugette teachers who spend their day texting messages to their peeps.

cut sports

February 21st, 2010
2:22 pm

If sports at the middle school level are cut, parents will definitely go beserk. They place more emphasis on sports than academics. Truthfully, some of the bus routes should and can be eliminated to save money. At the end of the school day, there are more buses on the streets of Clayton than cars. If parents can drive their children to the bus stop and wait for the bus to come, they can certainly drive them to school.

leave Clayton

February 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

Lake Spivey’s residents should do what Sandy Springs residents did: consider becoming a separate village apart from Clayco.

Les

February 21st, 2010
8:18 pm

Oh spare me please…. you are sooo right.

Sgt. Rock

February 22nd, 2010
4:36 am

DA, you may want to review my post where I spoke of taxes in particular where I mention “Now is not the time to raise property taxes for the schools”. I have advocated higher taxes in the past (only for Clayton County) but now it would not be prudent to do so.

Sick n Tired, I do appreciate your need for benefits. All children and indeed those with special needs requiring extensive health or behavioral care return to us in love much more than we sacrifice for them as caretakers and family members! Every situation is unique as you stated and I will certainly be sending petitions of prayer for you and yours. You stated “We aren’t asking for government help – just what we were promised when we were hired”. I would encourage you to ask for help if needed. There is a time to do so regardless of personal feelings about it and I fully understand your willingness not to. The word “promised” that you used is interesting. It brings to mind promises employers have contractually made to me and colleagues over the years. One unique answer I received once concerning this word “promised” that I’ll never forget; “We’ll never lie to you, and what you were promised is true BUT the truth always changes”. Reflecting on that wouldn’t it be nice if promises were indeed a bond. I wish you only Best Regards and written with the utmost sincerity, Sgt Rock

Fish2774

February 22nd, 2010
10:02 am

Get rid of the commisioner and the rest of the board that’s robbing us blind. Victor Hill was a problem, they railroaded the police chief, and now wants to cut the budget which may affect our school systems again. We need and adminstration that’s for the people of the county and not for the profits of personal gain. The man was a crooked police chief in Fulton County that headed the notorious “Red Dog Unit”, and slide his way right down the road to Clayton County to continue his onslot. “Now that’s Gangsta”.

sick n tired

February 23rd, 2010
6:03 am

Did anyone happen to catch the article in the Clayton News Daily about Heatley wanting to spend $1 million dollars to update technology? What a joke…..half the people in this county don’t even own a computer. What’s he going to do, give all the parents who don’t one a new computer? Crazy – and everyone wonders why the employees are so upset.

matabla

February 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

I could not believe my ears at the CCPS Board Meeting last night. In the midst of the worst financial crisis in the systems history, some fool stands up and requests a million dollars for a new technology toy. Who is this idiot. We can’t afford to pay our teachers and he wants new technology. I’ve got a better idea. Don’t buy the new toy and fire this idiot. We’ll save the million plus his salary.

Who is the idiot identified as "old timer"

February 23rd, 2010
7:31 pm

It is apparent, from you “comments”, that you are out of touch. Your comments are ridiculous (both content and context). Have you ever been a teacher? Do you realize we have evolved from the 1950’s? Have you ever heard of a Standards Based Classroom? Heatley can “cut” all he wants. The only people who will suffer are the students of CCPS and the communities that the schools serve. We have issues of achievement and accountability in this district. The CCPS of old (pre Joe Hairston) didn’t do ANYTHING for children. We accepted the status quo. The few kids who managed to “excel” were the privileged few from the old Jonesboro High School (i.e. Lake Spivey’s mizers who didn’t want to pay the tuition to Woodward). Whoever you are, you need to wake up and spell the coffee. The world has changed; DEAL with it! However, the support for the school district needs to increase. Cuts need to be made wisely, not based on what a few people percieve. Have you even thought: How are these cuts affecting academic achievement in CCPS? What support do teachers and administrators need to meet the demands of NCLB? Focus on those two points and let me know what you think. Hey, check out http://www.georgiastandards.org and get updated. We are no longer in the one room school house with the textbook driving the curriculum. You are a joke! Seriously!

matabla

February 24th, 2010
9:18 am

Wow. I guess we just heard from the idiot. Clayton County Schools are equipped with some of the best technology available anywhere in the world. Technology that was purchased with proper funding. SPLOST. In order to obtain SPLOST funds the district had to have a plan and sell the citizens on the merits of that plan. Your rhetoric about standards are the words of a fool. The SPLOST that we recently passed includes 50 million dollars for technology. Have you already squandered that money. If this new toy has merit why did you not include it in the SPLOST and let the citizens vote on it. Why can no one find any reference to the company they want to pay a million dollars?. Is your brother-in-law starting the company today?

Bur most of all it is stupid and cruel to put your wants ahead of the needs of the students and teachers. If we can’t afford to keep them in the classroom, all the technology in the world won’t do any good.

cc taxpayer

February 24th, 2010
10:35 am

check out what else YOUR splost money is going to pay for….astroturf at two stadiums. i suppose that is for the benefit of our students as well. as a teacher AND taxpayer in this county, we have lost sight of what is important and that is the students.

it is stealing from the county when an employee (those with the high paying salaries) is completing school work for their masters and doctorate degrees while on the clock.

furthermore, there are telephones in every room at my school for a teacher to take care of SCHOOL business. yet 90% of the teachers spend valuable class time talking on the phone to friends and family (i witness this on a daily basis). parents should and would be disgusted if they truly know how little time was being spent teaching their child.

i am seeing no return on my money yet every day i am forced to looked around at how it is being squandered and that is sickening. taxpayers, especially those with children in the school system – get involved, voice your concerns. we will never see change if we do not demand it and we cannot demand it if we do not speak up.

Blood Bike

February 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

A great deal of crying going on here. The one person who is ultimately responsible for your kid is you. No amount of money or any other person besides you will make a difference. Read, study, and go over homework and other work assignments with your kids. Plus, higher taxes aren’t the answer. Getting the best bang for your dollar and holding people accountable is the way to ensure success Clayton County. Fire or vote people out who aren’t doing what they are suppose to do.

My 2 cents.

90 minute block schedule=too much money spent

February 24th, 2010
10:07 pm

How about eliminating this ridiculous middle school block schedule? I can certainly teach more students in less time every single day therefore eliminating the need for so many teams and teachers. Get rid of the sorry ones (yes they do exist even in the best middle schools) and keep the good ones. The good ones who care and don’t just turn their heads the other way because it is easier.

Joe

February 27th, 2010
6:34 pm

I bet if all employees had a few sick outs, money would be found and cuts would be found from the places they really needs to be cut. Teachers especially are the wimpyest of all employees! Let’s decide a day every week and everyone call in. If you have the sick days you will not lose pay. They can do nothing if you just take one day at a time. Don’t believe the threats the school system leaders! Showing them how valueable we are is the only way to bring about change. John Trotter and his small band of pickers willl do nothing for you NUMBERS COUNT. Mr. Chapman and CCEA can talk until they are blue in the face. The rank and file have to step up to the plate and get up off you A____ and take the days. This would be easy to plan by word of mouth! You just have to remember to stay home that day, if you are found at the mall or nail shops you can get in trouble if you call in sick and are caught shopping or playing. You DO NOT have to provide a Dr’s excuse for one day at a time and you cannot be denied the day off if you call in that day and say you are sick. You can’t schedule your day a week in advance. Everyone just start calling in around 5:00 pm on Tuesday night continue until you get sub-finder if you can’t get sub-finder call the school in the middle of the night if they have message machines, if not call as soon as someone arrivies at the school Simply say you are sick and will not be there very firm and if they want to say No that you must come in tell them you are about to throw up (gag) and also you must go to the bathroom before you go in #2 in you cloths, you will see them tomorrow and hang up. So everyone take one day ( the same day maybe a Wednesday) a week for a month. I bet things will change. Stop beginning wimps and do this!!

Ivan Cohen

March 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

It is only a matter of time before the State steps in to run your school system. Does become agonizing to see Clayton County tortured over and over again by the media. The inference is that there are no competent residents who can operate a school system. Someone, please say it isn’t so.