BOE to discuss proposed budget cuts tonight

This evening, Superintendent Edmond Heatley will present his proposed budget cuts to our Board of Education (agenda) amidst statewide education cuts so far totalling $1 billion.

According to the AJC, some suggested cuts include but are not limited to: 386 lost jobs including 187 kindergarten paraprofessionals, shortening the school year by five days, and part-time employees losing benefits. Although it was reportedly unknown how this will affect class size, odds are already overcrowded classrooms will see an increase. Very few administrative positions are expected to be eliminated and/or affected. While these cuts were initially predicted to save $85 million by the end of the 2011-2012 school year, Heatley now expects to end the fiscal year $62.6 million over budget. (At last night’s meeting, Heatley’s predicted the loss would be over $119 million)

Some good news is that unlike other counties, no schools are expected to close, and the remaining staff will not have to endure furlough days.

Did you take a moment to submit your own budget suggestions to the Superintendent or share your thoughts with your school board representative? Will you attend tonight’s meeting?

Additionally, according to the Clayton News-Daily, our BOE will review their strategic plan which outlines, among other things,  ”…performance objectives and measures for the district, and lay out steps for improving student achievement,” which is an important aspect to CCPS regaining full SACS accreditation status.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room (1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro) at 6:00 PM beginning with executive session and the regular work session to be held afterwards.

CCPS’ completed budget will be submitted on April 26.

59 comments Add your comment

WTF?

March 22nd, 2010
11:16 am

I”m not going but wanted to say Heathley is doing a good job under bad circumstances, can’t be easy although seems like more administrative and higher paying jobs could be cut to keep teachers in the classroom.

No teacher furloughs but

March 22nd, 2010
11:21 am

Doesn’t a reduction of the school year by 5 days translate into a hefty paycut for all concerned?

Clayco Mom

March 22nd, 2010
12:19 pm

I am glad no schools are slated to be closed. I have reviewed the budget and I am disappointed to see that elementary after-school remediation may be cut. My kids utilize this service and it really helps. However, it doesn’t appear that we are as bad as some other districts as it relates to budgeting.

Joe

March 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

Unless the budget cleans house at the central office, education in Clayton will drop even lower. It will mean larger class size, lower teacher salary, less materials, etc. The number of high pay employees at the central office needs to go. These overly paid people think they can improve education by a walk through a school with a check list of unnecessary items teachers have to have posted is not helping any child learn. Unless Heatley gets rid of these people there is no help.

Donald

March 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

I applaud this superintendent for making tough choices. I can hear the gnashing of teeth now and the howling about what people feel should be cut or not cut. Well, something has to be done! Not everybody will be happy with what’s cut, no matter what you do or don’t do. Bottom line is something or some program has to be eliminated or reduced because CCPS is in the red…If people accept that fact and move on, we will all be the better off for it.

RayJay

March 22nd, 2010
6:18 pm

If the C-tran people move back to public transportation (Fulton/Dekalb), that may reduce out enrollment and may help a bit on this budget. Maybe some of those that left when accreditation was lost, will come back. Might help too.

old timer

March 22nd, 2010
8:33 pm

Teacher assistants are necessary in the early grades. More important than administrators. Maybe county office stafe could all work 3 days a week in the K-1 classes…..They then would at least b e useful.

What you deserve

March 22nd, 2010
9:05 pm

Very few administrative positions to be eliminated. Business as usual. People tried to tell you, but you didn’t want to listen.

You had a chance to stop business as usual and you rejected it. You had a chance to reign in a dysfunctional overstaffed bureaucracy, and you rejected it.

So now you are left with the substandard school system you RICHLY and FULLY deserve.

REFORMER

March 22nd, 2010
10:23 pm

Two year ago there was an effort by the elite to destroy the school system and start over; however, they didn’t see the results of how the elite had destroyed the county, state, and the nation. Clayton Administration Building have more “Dead Weight” than anywhere else in the “WHOLE CCPS”! Now CCBOE will cut everything else and leave the lilly pink at the “Big House”. No heart by the BOE. Here’s an idea! Let’s help the “like the billboard say “Endangered Spieces” their parents are the majority and paid the majority of the taxes!

CVUSD

March 22nd, 2010
10:26 pm

As a parent/educator in Heatley’s former district – my advice is that you should demand a special independent audit. His numbers last year were pulled from the air, and after closing 3 schools – he high-tailed it out of town (to GA) when the audit found his numbers did not add up.

Parapros

March 22nd, 2010
10:42 pm

The “Parlimentarian Led” CCBOE is clueless and rely on the county’s elite to govern! Lower level employees will lost their jobs, but the county governmental CCPS administration building folks that do no instructional classroom work will still be employed! CCBOE won’t listen to the majority of the population and protect children education, however, they will made sure those “Folks” have jobs. BTW keep paying a useless “Ethic Commission” Splineless!

Clayco Parent

March 23rd, 2010
8:32 am

They should close North Clayton High School. A whole bunch of incompetent teachers and administrators work there. Closing NCHS will save us in this county a whole lot of many and heartache. The students are out of control. Whatever happened to the grade scandal at North Clayton?

Please!

March 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

What you deserve

waaaa! waaaa! waaaa!

ccboeemployee

March 23rd, 2010
10:20 am

My job is on the line but I understand you have to do what you have to do I don’t like it but tha’ts the way it. I just hope they start at the top first.

Spectator

March 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Look around! Clayton County Board of Ed is not the only county in GA that is making tough cuts! Did you read about DeKalb, Cherokee, Fulton, Cobb, Henry and poor Fayette, to name a few? Yes, poor Fayette. Fayette’s budget is in crisis and the superintendent is conveniently retiring- no media attention on this!

Your argument about the fluff at the top can be valid if you write specifically about the positions that need to be cut. It is lazy to argue that all central office positions need to be cut. That is ridiculous and unrealistic. What positions at the top should be cut? I am curious.

It is my opinion there is some fluff positions at the building level as well as the county office. I do know there was a time we taught with out content specialists, instructional lead teachers, instructional coaches, math coaches, literacy coaches, EIP teachers, administrative assistants (entry level to administration in some counties) to name a few. I had to make magic happen with a piece of chalk and 35 students (or more) in a classroom. It looks as if we are headed back to those days!

i like to watch

March 23rd, 2010
2:13 pm

is elite the new codeword for plutocrat?

over it

March 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Just wait unitl Osama’s health care adds an additional 500M in cost presuure to the state budget, Clay Co will be lucky to scrap out a meager existence.

And reformer- your simian gibberish is comical.

RayJay

March 23rd, 2010
5:30 pm

If the BOE wants to contribute to the effort the Clayton school system is going thru – why doesn’t the school system dock their pay for not attending meeting of the BOE – scheduled and called. You could save half of one of the salaries of one lady who, lately, has attended less than half the meetings.

ASimpleTruth

March 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

I just wish more central office positions were cut. They are still paying favorities with the budget.
I was at the BOE meeting yesterday and thought that Healtley was grandstanding, however eloquent. He keeps changing his mind to please others instead of cutting out the fat cats and the waste. It is NOT the time to protect obsolete administrators. I’m glad teachers jobs are safe. I’m glad para-pros and bus drivers will be spared benefit cuts. The students are going to suffer if the board doesn’t seriously consider other changes, not just what they are being force fed!

2010 Vistors

March 23rd, 2010
10:51 pm

Heatley is employed by the elite; he is a puppet for SASC. His purpose is to “Disguise” the unlawful way Clayton lost its accreditation! The “Real Reason” Clayton loss it’s accreditation was a “Power Move” try to a democratic voting county into anything other than that! The only rich people in the county are the ones with the money to have the governor to take accreditation. Now, after the massive loss of money before SACS deplete the county; Clayton suffered more than any other county. SASC will immedately, give “Full Accreditation” back to try to get away from the “Ugly” republician move they pulled on a majority minority county! You know why ” The World is Looking” However, Like, ‘i like to watch” said the plutocrat don’t care!

old timer

March 24th, 2010
12:11 am

I know money is an issue..but getting rid of the nurses is not the answer. They provide valuable health information to all schools and take care of the kids…Most all states have nurses not “health profesionials”…get rid of two human resources people aor other equatable people at the county level and the money issue is gone..Or tell everyone who makes more than $100,000 to take a 10% pay cut and you have funded theimportant nurses….They keep kids well so they can be in school.

old timer

March 24th, 2010
12:12 am

Keep the nurses..They earn the money…Cut from Admin..

Look at the past

March 24th, 2010
7:02 am

Look at ALL the past Superintendants and realize that each of them promoted certain people for political reasons then also brought in an array of peers that only bloated the upper echelon. You figure 5 supers and 8 new hires from each super, that’s 40 new positions. They all seem to make $100K easily. I say terminate all new hires from each of the past superintendants, in the past 7 years and easily save over $4 million dollars.

Please!

March 24th, 2010
12:28 pm

2010 Vistors
Makes a good case for intelligence testing before being allowed to vote! Is there something in his drinking water?

Roach

March 24th, 2010
12:52 pm

The nurse numbers don’t make sense. It sounds like a financial wash, but the change will allow the system to hire dozens of uncertified people for health care jobs in the schools, despite the budget problems. Sounds like a “Friends and Family” plan.

SA

March 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

2010 Visitors and reformer, how is that any different than any other school district in the country? Politics, the rich, etc. all play a part no matter where you go. The problem in Clayton County is not the elite. The problem is the people who live here. The finger of failure points right at you. The fact that you continue to talk about things that happened yesterday means you’ve done nothing today. I suggest you do something – anything.

Tea Party Member

March 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

Get rid of some of the administration each school has. Clayco high schools on average has 1 principal 3 assistant principal. Cut it down to 1 Principal-1 assistant principal!

Shannon, M.Div.

March 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

The problem is that cutting positions by title isn’t really effective. Two central office folks may each make a nice salary. One of them is earning it. Same thing for assistant principals. And parapros. And teachers.

But how you go about developing a way to discern who is and who isn’t working and competent without allowing workplace politics into the issue… that I don’t know.

old timer

March 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

Roach…You are so right. Who sill do tube feedings, asthma meds, real medical emergencies, dealing sith kids and drugs, dealing with really sick kids. Even 50 years ago when I was in school we had “real” nurses. They even weighed us and measured our height each year. They checked our eyes and ears, discoveered lice, scabees and other dreaded diseases. It could be considered a good step to improving the overall health of urban children.They might see a problem before others and there by improve attendence and learning!

Barb

March 24th, 2010
8:33 pm

Remember how Heatley promised he would bring in people from the outside… well what about Stephanie Powell and Dana Carry….. Calif. and Chicago… big big salaries.

Time Is Constant & Continues

March 24th, 2010
11:13 pm

The Tea Party Society has destroyed the Clayton‘s school system; now we are suffering the ill-effects of “Teachers & Administrators Furloughs” still while Administrators are being paid a lot of money while your the children suffer! “Pay Attention”, The Pork Administrators is paying the Pork Teachers to “Dumming Down” the children and electorate of Clayton County! Furthermore, the plutocrats destroyed the school system to ensuring people who works 49% of the time have jobs in the school system. Like the billboard say “Endangered Spieces” their parents are the majority and paid the majority of the taxes! NOTE: Pay for the education of the least of these!

Please!

March 25th, 2010
9:08 am

(((Remember how Heatley promised he would bring in people from the outside… well what about Stephanie Powell and Dana Carry….. Calif. and Chicago… big big salaries.)))

Salary does not matter. What matters is how important to the school system are they. How valuable are they. That is what matters.

Please!

March 25th, 2010
10:15 am

Time Is Constant & Continues

Somebody please teach this person some vocabulary other than “plutocrats”. Different username, but always the same, “plutocrats”. Is there a way to ignore his posts here?

BB

March 25th, 2010
10:17 am

?? the Tea Party Society ?? You mean those who advocate local control of schools and against Wash. DC control of schools. Govt schools have not shown the best track record in teaching our kids – but they do the best they can with the raw materials you send them – your kids.

The Dumbing Down of your kids is not happening at school. It starts with you, parents and supposed leaders of the community – at home when you birth them all they way thru till they graduate or NOT, and they go out to an unsuspecting society. When you let them see things they should not – hear things they should not, becomeing parents when you are still wearing either “hoochie mama” or “pants on the ground” does not help either. Children should be protected and have some amount of innocence as they grow up. Not subjected to no rules or supervision, free to watch any TV show – movie, music video, – being around people that sane parents would kick out in the streets. Drugs – drinking – partying —fine , if that is for you – but think about those innocent lives impacted on a daily basis. And understand the damage you do – with no help from anybody but you.

oh, yeah. Hi, Dr. Dowell

old timer

March 25th, 2010
1:46 pm

BB I second most of your comments…..

retired teacher

March 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

Keep the nurses..cut some salaries at the top of the scale. Keep the nurses and add some to Middle and High Schools. Our kids need them.

BB

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Forgive the rant – late on coffee consumption.

Draconian

March 25th, 2010
6:43 pm

The Financial troubles started “Way” before the recent cuts! What is SACS for children education or playing politics? Metro area CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57 illegal board meeting. All affected children education, SACS did nothing. Question, is SACS about children education or local politics? The accrediting agency to try make some sort of statewide school reform legislation. It didn’t work! However it cost the least of these Clayton Children 44Million dollars! Now, more fallout expend to school system furlough and local other disasters. Clayton’s aristocrats should be ashamed!

Barb

March 25th, 2010
9:54 pm

sorry for typo.. I meant he promised he would NOT bring in people from the outside.

Just the Facts

March 26th, 2010
5:26 am

Dr, Heatley is the first ethical superintendent that CCPS has had in years. Let the man do his work. One board member is particular thinks that she is the superintendent and keeps trying to get involved in the daily work of the district. She may single-handedly cause the district to fail in its attempt to regain accreditation. The ridiculous notation by MOBFIGURE sounds like the sour grapes of someone from the inside who was inappropriately promoted by one of our past foolish superintendents. MOBFIGURE does not even spell “accreditation” correctly. Dr. Heatley has a good understanding of that sad history and is working to correct the past wrongs. Georgia certification is not an issue as professionals already certified in other states are ROUTINELY given a year or more to convert their certification when coming to Georgia. Dr. Carry and Dr. Phillips are good people with more knowledge of the work than anyone the district has had in years. Each has relocated his or her FAMILY, and Dr. Heatley and Dr. Phillips have enrolled THEIR OWN CHILDREN in CCPS! What higher level of commitment do you require? Does the fact that Dr. Heatley has identified millions of dollars of proposed savings taken solely from the district administrative personnel roster tell you anything? Surely anyone can see that there are those at the central office with a financial interest in smearing Dr. Heatley’s name. MOBFIGURE sounds like one of them. P.S. – Did you mean GOFIGURE?

Lies, lies, lies

March 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Heatley cheer leader, you can no longer spit in our face and call it rain. We see clearly in spite of your snow job. Heatley is not the answer and we will not be taken in by those of you who try to create this image of a man who is self-serving no matter what you say on this blog. He and the board leave much to be desired for our children and teachers. That is except, Dr. Philips who would be a great superintendent.
This year election time erase the 4 board members and send Heatley with them! One day we will have a education system that really has our children’s education as a priority. We must first elect a board that can not be manipulated by the Spivey Lake status quo, whose children and grandchildren go to private schools that are paid for by the taxpayers of Clayton County.

Not this tiem!

March 26th, 2010
11:09 am

Just the facts, your manipulation and attack on other board members will not work this time around! Your promotion of Heatley who has lied to parents, teachers and others in the community will not stand. We are not fooled by him at all.

Arn

March 26th, 2010
11:34 am

Jessie, Jessie, Jessie

Whoa

March 26th, 2010
11:40 am

Dr. Heatley has done a good job. Some of you can do nothing but tear down others. Guess it makes you feel better about your own crummy lives. Try working with others in bettering our community – or we will be doomed to wallow in apathetic self-pity like you.

truth hurts...

March 26th, 2010
6:23 pm

Call it what it is and then do something about it.

Lisa

March 26th, 2010
8:03 pm

I believe that Dr. Heatley can cut the budget by eliminating numerous of unnecessary positions at the Central Office. CCPS have too many people at the central office who want to be in control, but they are not making any progress with our children. A school district as small as Clayton County doesn’t need all of those people making six figures to run it. But are all of those six figure positions necessary for the entire county to make AYP? No! CC has made AYP yet. Taxpayer dollars are being wasted on such positions. If that is the case, then teachers (the bottom of the totem pole) should make just as much money as those individuals at the central office. I am a parents, and I see teachers staying late or taking late evening phone calls from home just to ensure my child is successful. They are the ones who are making sure our children pass the CRCT/ and be a life long learner (not the principal, literacy coach, math coach, coordinator over every subject areas, assistant to the assistant) but the teacher. They are the ones who are bringing home less than 3000 a month, but working hard like they are bring home six figures. Parents and teachers need to stand up and make sure those unnecessary positons are been cut. When it all boils down, the teachers are held accountable for the learning of the children. Therefore, they shouldn’t get the worse side of the deal (budget cuts).

Please!

March 26th, 2010
8:21 pm

Lower class. It seems that allot of lower class have gotten into the school administration, the police Dept, and the Sheriff Dept, and other departments. They are like a little bunch of whiners just waiting to throw mud, at there bosses,or others for personal vendettas. Some probably have other motives, like wanting to get in office themselves, or they lost a political race in the past, and carry a grudge. They attack Heatley, they attack Turner, they attack Kimbrough, they attack the school board, they attack SACS. They are worthless to this county. Some have gotten tickets so they hate all police. Some can’t get attention, so they hate everybody. Some are flat out racists, both black, and white. I wouldn’t pay much attention to anyone spewing there venom here. It is fun to read though!

The WellBred

March 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

You guy let the same folks that sold accreditation come on this blog and talk. These are the same folks that cost the children well over 88 Million dollars over the last 2 years. Even with Metro Area CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57 illegal board meeting; SASC didn’t take accreditation. You goys are worthless. Tell SACS we want “Full Accreditation” back immediately. Why, because they took it “For Nothing” or “Racism”! Question, is SACS about children education or local politics?

Bart

March 26th, 2010
11:02 pm

So today at a meeting Dr. H was discussing the budget and he just kept laughing and making his stupid jokes (which by the way are no longer funny)… laughing all the while people will be losing their jobs, perhaps their homes, and having their lives ruined… so what is so funny about that?

middle school man

March 26th, 2010
11:03 pm

So can the principal of Elite Scholars be any more of a jerk?