CCPS discusses, could vote on budget tonight

Thanks to a loss of tax revenue and state funding, Clayton County Public Schools expects to exhaust its reserve funds by June 2011 amidst budget cuts.

According to the AJC, cuts will include reducing the school year by five days, getting rid of summer school for elementary and middle school, eliminating Superintendent Edmond Heatley’s cabinet by three positions, and transportation for charter school students is also in jeopardy. Reducing the number of work days for employees and school board members salaries by 4.25 percent are also on the table as per the Clayton News-Daily.

CCPS expects to be out of debt by June 2012. Yet despite behind the scenes drama, some CCPS students are thriving as proven by the three seniors recently named Gates Millennium Scholars. We can only hope whatever cuts are implemented will not be too detrimental for future students.

What do you think of Heatley’s proposed budget cuts? What would you suggest CCPS do to balance the budget while offering students a quality education?

CCPS will hold a work session tonight at 6 PM (agenda) (CCPS Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro) to discuss the proposed cuts, which could be tentatively adopted.  If so, a public hearing will be held on June 7 before final adoption on June 28.

Also held tonight at 7 PM is an NAACP sponsored political forum featuring candidates from District 1 and District 4 at Riverdale First United Methodist Church (6390 Riverdale Road, Riverdale).

30 comments Add your comment

RamJet

May 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

You can either try to make responsible cuts or raise taxes. Right now – the school tax mill rate is max-ed out for Clayton

Bellwether

May 24th, 2010
8:07 pm

The State Board of Ed. has abdicated its responsibilities, now allowing overpaid calf herders like Heatley unlimited access to expand class sizes. The 2011-12 school year will like “Animal House IX with 50-60 kids per classroom in Clayton. All in CCBOE futile attempt to save a dollar. Children/teachers education will in fact suffer—rid yourself of more central office—dead weight. Now, what a novel idea!

Paying the piper

May 24th, 2010
8:28 pm

John Trotter tried to warn you; tried to warn you about out of town snake oil salesmen, tried to warn you about a top heavy CCPS administration that wastes literally tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, while stifling teachers with useless paperwork that takes away from the core business of teaching.

He tried to warn you about educational bureaucrats who don’t have the stomach to take a stand and let teachers hold students accountable for either work or behavior, even as that behavior continues to spiral out of control.

But instead of listening, you allowed the outside influences to play you for the fool, while they did their political power play.

So now it’s time to pay the piper. And pay, and pay and pay, while you continue to get less and less and less on your investment.

Open up your wallets; the Pied Piper of Chino wants his tribute.

Ramjet

May 24th, 2010
9:04 pm

You are crying wolf for no reason. But if you must find someone to blame – try the republicans for not having more regulations and blame the democrats for setting the banking industry up – by mandating to the banks than a expensive home was the right of every American – even for the guy working at McDonalds- under the Democrat nirvana can make payments on a 300K home.

Ramjet

May 24th, 2010
10:58 pm

Yeah Piper – why should we go outside the county – when we have our very own messiah in the form of John Trotter. GIVE US A BREAK. We know of JT and we have rejected his race-baiting – self-serving – self-gratifying rhetoric. We as a county have outgrown him and your mindless lapdog whimpering. IS this NH?

kallen

May 25th, 2010
7:06 am

For those who attended either the school board meeting or the political forum, what did you think about what you heard?

retired teacher

May 25th, 2010
9:59 am

I am very worried, just reading about it. What happens next year? Will the band-aid break?

kallen

May 25th, 2010
12:17 pm

School Board Candidate Political Forum
Tuesday, June 1
7:00pm
At: Lakewin Christian Center, 6449 Church Street, Riverdale

The truth

May 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

I think fayette is the only county w/o a major issue in their school system. No matter who is superintendent, people will always complain about “wasting tax dollars”…just like no matter who is president, some idiot will complain about “wasting tax dollars”. I’m sick of hearing it. Just send your kids to a private school or move to fayettevill….join forces with other and buy a house with all of your names on it to meet resident requirements

I am just saying...

May 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

I do not think he needs to risk it by depleting reserves.

Serfdom

May 25th, 2010
8:49 pm

Georgia and Clayton in particular in the future will be “Mendacity”. Because we’re broke and can’t afford the schools. Our kids will grow up too dumb to fool around with stuff like Math I, II, III &IV, they can’t understand anyway. I read just today the state got rid of all the class size limits and now the class size will be however many can be fit in a room. We might could need to buy some “loudspeakers” for the teachers but the good news is we “WON’T need as many teachers. That it, Heatley herd 100 students down to the auditoriums for Math I.

BnB

May 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

They had to try to stop the bleeding – or by next year the entire system would bleed to death – money don’t grow on trees – no matter what the DEMs tell you.

Political Failures

May 25th, 2010
9:07 pm

State funding pays for 147 days of school. Districts are on their own for the remaining 33 day. The Legislature only approved enough funding next year to cover 147 days of the mandated 180-day school year. The state says we must be in school 175 days (cut from 180), yet they are only paying for 145. This means another budget shortfall– more furlough days, more jobs lost, more cuts that will hurt kids, and, possibly, larger classes. How do they expect systems to pick up any More cuts and remain open? This is disaster. Someone answer me this “What have Clayton’s Delegation done for us in FY 2009/10/11”?

ASimpleTruth

May 25th, 2010
10:24 pm

Why oh why does Clayton County still have over 400 Central Office staff positions? Our children need teachers MORE!

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBANTS!!!!

kallen

May 26th, 2010
9:25 am

Please contact your representatives using the link below and ask them to extend unemployment and COBRA benefits through 2010 for the unemployed if you are so inclined.

You don’t have to write a letter yourself, just input your zip code so your representatives can be found, & the web site will generate a letter on your behalf if you prefer.

http://www.nelp.org/page/speakout/BenefitsNOW

Bellwether

May 26th, 2010
9:21 pm

The superintendent in Dekalb and the system charged with felony crimes and Dekalb still have accreditation! Dekalb have schools administrators convicted of CRCT cheating; Dekalb still have accreditation; the same happened in Atlanta! SASC is located in Dekalb! Clayton county residents and elected officials are splineless and gutless! Demand full accreditation NOW!

Curious

May 26th, 2010
9:28 pm

Someone please tell me why we lost accreditation?

Mary Clayton

May 27th, 2010
9:53 am

We lost accreditation because we has some stone cold idiots on the board who were clueless as to how to navigate the choppy political waters.

Ahh! You must be one of the old school board members!

May 27th, 2010
10:31 am

We lost accreditation because of those four stubborn losers, err, women who wouldn’t just go away forcing sonny perdue to remove them embarassing the county even more adding insult to injury. Every other board member saw the handwriting on the wall and bounced. If those last four chicks would’ve just bounced we may not have lost accreditation. Their stink lingers.

and yes this goes back to not only voters doing what their told, but also the corruption in this county that doesn’t make it easy for good candidates to step up and run for office because people here can’t think for themselves just vote for the biggest billboard. If anyone with the last name Scott or victor Hill or gets elected dogcatcher it’ll prove the people in that area have learned absolutely nothing and deserve what they get the problem is they don’t suffer alone their vote make the rest of the county look bad. But who cares riught? most of them rent and can bounce whenever they want homeowners are stuck.

Curious

May 27th, 2010
11:51 am

DoubleAction of Clayton County, you and “Ahh! You must be one of the old school board members!”say “it was found that the Clayton County School Board was being influenced by outside groups, they had failed provide leadership, serious allegations of misuse of school funds,” allegations that attendance records have been altered to avoid legal action or sanctions”, and they failed to follow their own ethical policies. And “we lost accreditation because of those four stubborn losers, err, women. No one when to jail. Remember, there’s no ethics under the gold dome! ” I still “CURIOUS” I still don’t see a “CRIME” Tell me again, why we don’t have full accreditation?

Someone Tell Me Why

May 27th, 2010
6:41 pm

Dekalb school system felonies, Cobb school system 57 illegal meetings and Atlanta school system CRCT cheating; Why haven’t SACS stripped they counties of their accreditation? From what I read hear from these bloggers Clayton old board member committed no crimes! There must be other underlying reason for Clayton’s accreditation loss!

Curious

May 28th, 2010
12:20 am

I’m sorry, but still “can anyone tell me why Clayton county lost accreditation “CAMPARED” to all the other metro counties with “MUSH MORE SERIOUS-ER charges than Clayton’s charges “STILL” have accredtiation? You know why daily bloggers, “Go ahead and say it we’re the racist rich”. We’re in charge! Now, how you like that!

cracker

May 28th, 2010
8:28 am

hey someone….. i know i know it was because of the plutocrats and the elite…. right?

say hey

May 28th, 2010
8:51 am

many times – ethics is not illegal – it is just plan wrong and that is why they were kicked out – the citizens of Clayton demanded it and the powers finally listened

you are kidding

May 28th, 2010
11:17 am

Ethics in ClaytonCo? You are kidding, right? The politicians here are bullies and corrupt to the core. As Sandra Scott told you all, “it’s all about the contracts.” You should have really listened to her and understood what she was telling you then. It is not about the kids, the homeowners, the citizens, or the constituents. It is all about the CONTRACTS!

Who gets this contract and whose family member gets this job and whose friend gets that job? Understand that and you will understand these elected officials and the companies they associate with. Isn’t that right Wade?

Remediation for the remedial citizen

May 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

Clayton never falls short of expectation when it comes to showing a lack of knowledge.

While it is true that most of the last board was a total embarrassment, that’s not why they were removed. If that were the criteria, most of the school boards in Georgia would be removed.

What happened in Clayton is simple. The GAE majority led school board started sensing a real threat to its power, so they joined with SACS to execute a political power play. The goal was to get rid of the non GAE members, but the GAE members who started the power play were so shortsighted about their own wrong doings it blew up in their faces and everybody ended up resigning or being removed.

Why do you think accreditation was removed after the 2008 class graduated yet restored before the class of 2009 graduated? Because there was no way the rich and powerful in Clayton would let Elgart affect their children’s chances of getting into college.

That’s not 20-20 hindsight either. Many people on many blogs told you that it would play out exactly in this way, and of course that’s the way it played out. It was a political power play.

It’s amazing that to this day, Clayton citizens have refused to allow themselves to be educated, which is why you have yet another school board that has done nothing to address the root causes of failure in CCPS, and yet another out of town snake oil salesman who claims that Clayton is on the way to being a world class school system.

You can believe all the talk of outside influences all you want, but the fact is, by its 11% voter turnout, by its blind faith in a series of out of town snake oil salesmen, by its refusal to truly educate itself on the politics behind the school board, and the dysfunctional rot in the school system bureaucracy, you end up with but one conclusion. Nobody did this to Clayton; Clayton did, and continues to do it to itself.

No curious they can't tell you

May 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

No curious, most bloggers can’t tell you why Clayton lost accreditation, because they are too emotionally invested in remaining ignorant, because that allows them to go back to watching American Idol without investing too much thought into what is really wrong with the school system.

cracker

May 28th, 2010
3:41 pm

i was wrong…it was the snake oil salesmen.

curious no longer

May 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

Say hey, no you’re wrong! Ethics violations in government are “Always illegal”! And you’re wrong again! If a “less than third of the Citizens” wanted the old BOE members gone they would have had a successful recall. Try again! This time “cracker’s right it was the plutocrats, they are white elite. Hey, Double Action, like Palin says, “how’s Clayton’s current “Functionality” now” err, working out fur ya”!

say hey

May 28th, 2010
5:47 pm

for Ms Scott is was all about bullying the coach for football tapes of her little darling for colleges. I heard he even made it for one semester. – it was using her position for advantage,- that is micro-managing and that is wrong.

curious – you have to get a third of all the registered voters signatures- verified to get a recall – which is just a vote opportunity to rid us of fools like those the governor kicked out. the names you get on the paperwork for a recall had to have been residents and able to vote in Clayton at the time of the last election. Clayton residents – with all the section 8 housing and the myriad of apartments in Clayton – are a transient society – making it extremely difficult to obtain the proper amount of names. You have no idea – in Ms Scott’s area that meant over 5000 legal -verifiable signatures. In an election where less than 2000 voted. If it only counted the number of voters in the last election, 700 names would have been a breeze. In politics – the fix is in.