Protesters save CCPS art and music programs in preliminary budget

Monday night, 500 parents, students, and teachers protested many of the proposed budget cuts created by Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley in order to offset an estimated $49 million deficit over the next two years. One suggestion included cutting 37 days off the school year and making the school day two hours longer, which our Board of Education rejected.

“I am concerned about students being able to be actively involved in learning for two hours longer each day,” adds BOE Chairperson Pam Anderson. “I understand that such a move would save the district money, but I must have assurance that student achievement will not decline. We also will have to consider the effect such a move will have on after-school activities.”

According to the News-Daily, the list of cuts include: Reducing consultative teachers by 46 positions ($6 million); delaying textbook purchases in fiscal year 2012 ($2.8 million); reducing utility costs ($2.7 million); switching to a virtual alternative education program ($2.6 million); cutting 12 high school assistant principal positions ($2.3 million); eliminating school shuttle bus services in the district ($1.9 million); cutting eight coordinator positions ($1.9 million); eliminating the elementary school In-School Suspension program ($1.6 million); cutting six middle school assistant principal positions ($1.1 million), and reducing the school system’s transportation department budget by $1 million.

One cut many will approve of is CCPS no longer holding its high school graduation ceremonies outside of Clayton County. This has been a sore spot with many residents over the years, who preferred to see the money paid to outside facilities stay in county coffers.

Another public hearing will be held before the BOE approves a new budget at the end of June.

Your thoughts? Click here to view the Superintendent’s Budget Recommendations.

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SynamonSays!

March 8th, 2011
11:18 am

I would like to suggest that the BOE go to the Clayton County Legislative Delegation and ask them to lift the millage cap. This makes more sense than subjecting our children to a second class education. Which, I assure you will cause our property values to plummet even more! My concern is that none of the BOE members have even considered this. I am willing to draft a letter of petition calling on our BOE to work along side our senators and state representatives of Clayton County. Those two entities working together along with the support of the community can find an alternative to the present proposal that decimates our education system and lowers the standards for education. In attending the meeting last evening, I was surprised to see the obvious lack of participation and innovation on the part of most board members and the chair was less than professional in an exchange with one of the members. Watch it on the Clayton Education Channel.

personal responsibility

March 8th, 2011
11:23 am

Kimberly – According to the News Daily, the arts, music and PE programs were not saved by the protestors –

“Indeed, after the school board rejected the shorter school year, it voted to accept the remaining options as the district’s preliminary budget-reduction plan. That means the reductions to the elementary school programs are scheduled to go forward, with schools having to share counselors, and art, music and physical education teachers.”

These are tough times we live in, and $49 Million is a big chunk of money to cut from any budget. But, there’s got to be a better way. The arts teach problem solving and creative thinking, which are invaluable skills required to be a successful adult. And PE, with the obesity epidemic among young people. Without these being taught and practiced, I sincerely worry about our community’s future.

kallen

March 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

personal responsibility: I called it a save because reductions (in my opinion) are better than complete elimination of the arts, music, and PE in schools, which was the alternative.

But this is a preliminary budget so things can still change. Agreed that there has to be a better way, and hopefully they can find it by June.

Roach

March 8th, 2011
1:03 pm

Here is that positive comment you are always looking for, Kimberly. I applaud the super for presenting a range of options rather than just one, and I applaud the board for taking the time to listen. These are hard choices, and there are sure to be losers in the end. Yeah, sure, there is probably room for more cuts at the top of the administrative apparatus, but that won’t cover the bulk of the needed reductions. God bless those who must take the heat and make the best decision for the county.
A tax increase? That’s supposed to be a solution? We’re not talking about outlawing art and PE–we’re just talking about who’s going to pay for them. Here’s a question: once Clayton County establishes an uniquely onerous tax structure, what exactly are the offsetting benefits to residing in Clayton County (as opposed to neighboring counties) that would cause someone to put up with the extra taxes, in exchange for those benefits? To me, raising taxes sounds like one more turn on the death spiral.

Just My Opinion

March 8th, 2011
1:07 pm

Thank you Clayton County School Board Of Education Member Ms. Jessie Goree for standing up for the people at the School Board Meeting in stating forcibly in your dialogue with the Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley that he and your school board colleagues should have allowed more pople to sign up and also extending the amount of time allowed for public comment and that the school system’s decision to allow only 10 people to sign up for public comment because of the 30 minute total limit that the school board allows should have been suspended for this very important meeting.

It seems that virtually all of the elected officials in Clayton County from the Clayton County School Board Of Education to the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners to all people in Clayton County who are in positions of great power, authority, and command like the Superintendent of the Clayton County School System are arrogant, noncaring, insensitive, and just plan do not care about the people in Clayton County and how we feel about a particular issue or concern.

Read Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley’s arrogant, smart, and short remark in the Clayton News Daily newspaper when board members asked him if he is willing to cut the high salaries of his high-level district administrators.

Dr. Heatley rejected this idea, claiming that it would not be enough to make up for the anticipated budget deficit saying that he and everyone else could work for free, and it wouldn’t be enough and that he himself could work for free for the next 10 years, and it wouldn’t be enough.

That was a very ignorant, flippant, insensitive, and stupid remark in that noone will work for free and is typical of the types of remarks that comes from the leadership of the Clayton County School System.

Further more, there should be no cuts in the physical education teachers and programs as the students in all school levels (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and the high school levels) need physical education and regular exercise as numerous studies have shown that kids do better when they exercise on a regular basis and have these programs in place in school.

The children at all age levels in Clayton County are mostly out-of-shape, overweight, act sluggish, have poor to below average body posture, are not as physically active as they should be and already eat poor quality foods (sweets, candies, carbonated sugar-loaded drinks, pastries) in the Clayton County Schools because these are the items that are mostly sold in school.

I have been mostly disappointed in the Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley and his performance in that he promised strong discipline in the school system which is not occuring in that these students run wild, his Principals and Vice-Principles at all levels of the school systems do not enforce the discipline rules and regulations that are already in place, they do not even enforce the dress code in that any one can see the students wearing inappropriate clothing not appropriate for the learning environment, and essentially has not been the strong, disciplined, and intelligent leader for the Clayton County School System that I had envisioned him to be.

When all is said and done and the budget for the Clayton County School System is formulated and finalized, it will not be a budget that will be in the best interests of the students in the School System, the Clayton County School Board Of Education will not listen to their constituents and their concerns and feelings and will vote the way they want to vote, will not hold Dr. Edmond Heatley accountable, responsible, and answerable in his performance and formulation of in my opinion is a very poor budget reduction proposal for the next two years and the parents and students of the Clayton County School System will lose out in the long run and will not be as competitive as it relates to their learning and their education with their student colleagues in the other Metropolitian Atlanta, Georgia School System.

Theodore Rice, ThD

March 8th, 2011
2:06 pm

Didn’t MACE warn you guys about Edmond Heatley? Hmm.

you gotta be kidding me

March 8th, 2011
3:18 pm

yes, lets tar and feather heatley

retired

March 8th, 2011
4:51 pm

Cut out one half of the staff at the county office…Cut salaries of those that make over $100,000…..cut some secretaries…..there are more ways than cutting fine arts and pe…

well,well

March 8th, 2011
7:21 pm

Synamon is right on one thing – we need to get our Clayton legislative delegation group to petition the state legislature to allow Clayton County to raise the top millage rate. OF course, the BOE has considered this. Our millage rate is one of the lowest in the metro area, which hurts the money going to the schools esp because of the housing market we have had in Clayton for the past 10 years. The BOE cannot make the Clayton legislative delegation group do anything – but the Clayton legislative delegation group can and will listen to the citizens and parents of our children. Don’t draft a letter to the BOE – draft a letter , or petition to the Clayton legislative delegation group. Now is the time for Sandra Scott – Valencia Seay, Gail Davenport, Mr Jordan and others to actually get off their collective a$$ and do something worthwhile for the people back home. Well – you can forget Sandra – after she was kicked off the last BOE – she wouldn’t raise a finger to help the schools.

to: just my opinion. – the structure is set for the BOE meetings, they can – and in the past, have set up meeting just for public comment, sometimes people show up – sometimes no one shows up, tho it is an option. The BOE and BOC have stressful jobs – especially in the times we are in now. Unlike many of the citizens of Clayton – these groups understand that you cannot just put out you hand to the federal govt everytime you have a want. Local and state govts – HAVE to balance their budget. PERIOD. Either make cuts to reduce costs or raise taxes. Simple truth. What Heatley said was true – taking money from 20 or 30 people in main office won’t do much in going after 50 million dollars. Heatley give it to you straight. Facts and possible ways to go on the budget. Sorry he did not suger coat it enough for you to swallow. You are right on a few things – discipline is and has been the major problem and hinderance to educating those children who actually can and want to learn. Case in point – the young man who was arrested this past week for sexual attack of a 15 year old girl. I have students tell me that this thug is known for roaming the hallways – not going to class and ignoring teachers and administrators. A tough disciplinary set of rules would go a long way to improve our student learning. If the parents do not like it – they can move about 10 miles in any direction and be out of Clayton county – and good riddance. You are also right – a school budget – with any cuts will not be in the best interests of the students. But in meetings, or talking to parents, or to supposed civic groups or teachers or on this blog – you only see it discussed as “what they cannot or should not do” – how about giving suggestions on what they could do – and make them reasonable and thoughtful and not childish and Me, Mine based.

Kim – any facility in Clayton would greatly restrict family involvement and attendance. Outdoor graduations are a joke. Hot – rain – yeah, great memories for the Seniors who have worked for 12 years to get to graduation. Or just to have only 2 or 3 family members able to attend because of space constraints in small buildings. Graduation should be a family celebration with immediate family, Grandparents – aunts,uncles , and family friends. Hell – we must have had 15 people at our student’s graduation at the DOME. There is no place in Clayton that can handle this. The Seniors pay dues – - don’t those help pay for part of the space for graduation sites.

Bob

March 8th, 2011
7:22 pm

Yeah Theodore – MACE wanted John Trotter.

Maddog

March 8th, 2011
7:24 pm

1. My kids don’t go to Clayton County Schools even though I live here.
2. What about vouchers?
3. I pay too much money to the county now, I don’t want to pay anymore, especially since my kids aren’t in the system.
4. Shut it down and start over.

say what?

March 8th, 2011
8:09 pm

Let’s raise the taxes on the few homeowners left in Clayton. It won’t matter to the landlords as this is a business expense for them, furthermore absentee landlords could care less if the schools are adequately funded because they do not live there, their children won’t attend a school in Clayton, and they don’t care who lives in their property as long as someone lives in the property. Raising the tax mill is not the solution. Everyone wants another group to be taxed to their benefit. Remember the recent outcry of the elderly/seniors having to pay $12 annually for the services in a million dollar facility. Somebody ought to support my way of living, or at least GIVE me something. Tax increases are not the answer. Before someone says “it is ONLY another $200/year, do you realize if people had more money they would be out of this county? Geesh, speaking up for other people’s money.

As far as more people being able to speak, from my understanding groups could have had their voice heard by standing together and allowing one person to represent the group. Many people called and emailed board members, so what would have been the purpose of allowing MORE people to speak? At some point communication has to end. Obviously, the board members heard the constituents and took some things off of the budget cutting board. Standing in front of a room full of people as if that is the only way to be heard, is nothing more than narcisism on the low level. Geesh, prolong the people’s business just so to get seen on a camera. Local TV is always trolling for people to say something negative about CCPS and Clayton, stick around your camera time will come around soon.

Ed Heatly sounded great in the beginning, but now that he realizes this county can match his talk with no work.

Roach- I concur. Many budget options is better than depending on one solution and being stuck. If we had to prioritize the elimination/reduction of the ES counselors, music, art, and PE, what do we do? Sounds like the special teachers will end up rotating schools, and the worst schools will get a counselor. such a tragedy, with central office unwilling to take a cut like everyone else.

Taxpayer

March 8th, 2011
8:21 pm

Synamon, the answer is not to lift the millage cap. The answer is for the school system to begin to prove to taxpayers that they are being fiscally responsible with the half billion dollars we already give them. Why should I continue to pay top dollar to folks who consistently deliver me a crappy product in terms of student performance? I agree with those seeking to reduce the salaries of administrators. Certainly, if the district doesn’t reduce the salaries, they should reduce their numbers. What are they delivering? What exactly are we getting for our money? How are they being held accountable for what they deliver or don’t deliver? And if they aren’t delivering, why do they still work in the system? A half billion dollars ought to get us significantly more than our children are getting right now. Just saying…

A Simplier Time

March 8th, 2011
9:59 pm

Really!

March 8th, 2011
10:00 pm

Looks like we have finally got a leader, and allot of people who would love to micromanage him if they could. LOL

Melvin Cox

March 8th, 2011
10:30 pm

I just checked ch2 news and its true, Clayton County is featured in a breaking story on “Shredded Cell Phone Records Case Headed To Grand Jury”. SMDH!

SynamonSays!

March 8th, 2011
11:17 pm

Just my opinion you are right. Let me add that my disappointment is with the Board. I hate the idea of recall, but that word is sounding better and better after what I witnessed last night. We did not get what we bargained for and its time to stop the bleeding Clayton County! Some times we have to tear it down to build it up. We can not be held hostage by SACS or this Board! The BOE clearly need to take a look at the organizational chart.

I see stupid people

March 9th, 2011
6:43 am

I see violating the law got somebody in trouble. LOL!

SynamonSays!

March 9th, 2011
7:54 am

To all of you who frown at the idea of raising the millage rate for the schools. You may not think our children are worth it, but what about your property values? Do you not understand that until your school system rebounds, your property values will remain stagnant. Duh….. What leader Really?
Stupid people that is you…throw a rock and hide your hand.

retired

March 9th, 2011
8:54 am

The problem with raising the tax rates is that the homes in CC hold little value anyway…..cc already has the highest rate in the metro area I believe. The school board needs to do more with less and not cut stuent sevices. The human Resource director makes over $150,000 a year. He needs to go back to a school and be more useful.

Clayton resident

March 9th, 2011
8:58 am

I wonder if those pushing to raise millage rates own property in this county, I did a property search and found no results. Compared to that last board of ed who should’ve left without the threat of recall no way would we support recalling this board although we don’t agree with everything they do.

Clayton resident

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

So when you don’t agree with certain people your automatically stupid? No wonder this county is stuck in neutral.

Roach

March 9th, 2011
10:23 am

Good schools *are* worth higher taxes, but this isn’t about raising taxes to make our schools better. No, you are talking about raising taxes to maintain the inadequate status quo. If your car was a junker, and someone said, “Here, let me increase your payment on that same car,” would you go for that?
First have the plan to make things better. Then let’s talk about what it would cost, and where the money would come from. Right now, there is no plan.

PaprikaSays!

March 9th, 2011
10:35 am

Please keep our Superintendant, at least until accrediation is restored and we are almost there.
I may not care for his methods, but at least his children attend Clayton schools which is more than many BOE members can say. I doubt they could function at this junction without him. Once his contract is up, then we’ll see (however no more extensions). Stick to the plan, and handle SACS!

I don’t think we should recall anyone. Better the devil you know and all that. I doubt the voters could elect better candidates anyway. We do need better representation, but could better people voted in with our population? I wouldn’t mind a recall of our electorate!

As far as throwing rocks go.. hmm, where have I heard that statement before. Oh yes, your district 1 friend. Although lately, alot of ‘public comment’ and media rocks are being thrown, no hiding necessary, lol. But I guess that’s why your 3 friends recently passed that resolution, too many rocks in open palms no doubt. LOL!

P.S. Don’t swerve across the median driving home…HA!

CCPS Mom

March 9th, 2011
10:44 am

Right on Roach!! Could not agree more!! Let’s find out how we are going to spend the money before we freely give it away!

Brick House in FP

March 9th, 2011
1:20 pm

The loss of the accreditation of Clayton County’s Schools had very little to do with the down fall of this county. This county has been losing it’s stability and it’s long time residents since the early 1990’s. We can blame the voters in this county for all of our woes and problems for handing over our County Government to dysfunctional misfits.

While most of you are concerned about our county, let’s look in on whats going on the The Gold Dome, during Georgia’s General Assembly :

…. Immigration Bill Passes Ga. House

http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/hb87.htm

…Lets read how The Clayton County State Representatives Voted on this Legislation :

HB 87 – PASSAGE – March 3, 2011 – 3:33PM

The State Representative Votes from Clayton County

E – ABDUL-SALAAM, 74TH

N – NEAL, 75TH

N – SCOTT, 76TH

N – JORDAN, 77TH

Y – BAKER, 78TH

http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/votes/hv0094.htm

….When will Clayton County ever align themselves with The State of Georgia ?

…Why did only one Representative, from Clayton County, Vote Yea ( Yes ) to pass this Bill ?

StraightNoChaser

March 9th, 2011
1:28 pm

@SynamonSays!

Are you a homeowner in Clayco? Patiently awaits your answer.

I pay enough taxes in Clayco especially school taxes and we don’t have full accredited school system!!

Maddog

March 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

<is a taxpayer. No more taxes, how about better spending of what they get now.

well, well

March 9th, 2011
5:50 pm

say what —- you missed a couple issues – and ideas. You are only partially right – Raising on of the lowest millage rates in the area is part of the solution , and that 200 dollars you pulled out of the air is a scare tactic. Raising th millage rate 2 points may raise taxes on a home around 100 dollars.

ALso the central office did take pay cuts last year just like everybody else. Then along came the 8 million dollars from the feds that was supposed to be used to help keep teachers jobs – the teachers lobbied to have the money divded amongst the teachers ranks before Christmas. Now that the prospects of layoffs are looming – now they can think back to their short-sightedness and greed.

You should also know that the great Democrat in Republican-clothing Gov Perdure in the last 2 years has kept over 30 million that was to have come to clayton schools and 8 million a year for the 6 years before that.

Synamon – the only recall here should be the leader of the Clayton NAACP. Maybe you should volunteer to be on the Clayton BOE citizen finance committee – and see just what these people on the board are up against – it is easy, as you say, to throw rocks – but first understand what you are talking about first – and unless you have done as I asked or been in their shoes – don’t even dare to intimate that you understand the predicament that this county and this schools system is in.

You know as well as I – that the property values first started their downward trend when Atlanta started tearing down the projects for the Olympics and giving vouchers to those citizens to come to Clayton. And because the White Democrats in power for years before that – Bray and Crandell – they Atlanta immigramts had someplace to go. Not to mention the property devaluation because of white flight. And on top of that, the BOE of Nedra Ware and then the BOE oF Noreese Haynes and the resulting SACS discrediting our schools. Businesses leaving and others not coming to Clayton. And then the Demos and Repubs in Wash. D.C. causing the housing market crash and subsequent recession we still are in. We have – as homeowners – been hit over the head time after time after time

Brick house – the answer is all those who voted against the Immagration bill are flaming liberals – and cannot seem to use what little amount of brains that God gave them to think for themselves, selecting instead to go with the mob mentality to see where there compass lies.

God Bless Us ! every one.

Red Herring

March 9th, 2011
7:13 pm

Well, well looks like Rep. Scott has been inquiring about sidewalks for kids to walk on to school and back. Sound great, looks like moniker “well, well” got egg on the face. The only person in the delegation to worry about seems like the one that want to see the president’s long form birth certificate!

SynamonSays!

March 9th, 2011
7:40 pm

I a homeowner in the City of Morrow where I pay city taxes and a citizen of Clayton County where I pay taxes as well. The difference between my thinking and those who keep rallying against raising the cap, is that I intend to hold on to my property in Clayton County and I love where I live.

I am astute enough and care enough about my community to research how to get our property values to rebound. The answer is EDUCATION! EDUCATION! EDUCATION! May I suggest that those of you who do not get that just move. We are tired of your belly-aching! Lead, Follow or get out of the way!

godson

March 9th, 2011
8:17 pm

The Superintendent has a budget committee that doesn’t talk to parents or stakeholders and tells us we have a $50 million defecit. Has anyone from the commitee ask your opinion. So I am supposed to take their word for it. Let them show me how the money was spent to get in this mess. Where is the forensic audit. We have to be more engaged people. When will your Board elect come out to discuss the budget with its constuients. If they won’t do that why should I give them another tax increase. Do me a favor please email or call your board elect and see if they will set a time and date before june to meet their parents and stakeholders. If one does let us know.

Clayton County homeowner

March 10th, 2011
12:36 am

At Christmas, one of the Clayton County high school string ensembles was busking in the Morrow Starbucks. Why/ TO RAISE MONEY TO RENT A SCHOOL BUS TO GO TO THE SYMPHONY. Yes, the children for whom we fund school buses must PAY AGAIN to use them for an educational experience. I can see raising money to go out of town to a competition–but to rent a bus? Does this not seem like double-dipping to anyone? Anything more than $5 per kid seems way out of line.

I can’t help but think that Clayton County is hell-bent on driving our abysmal property values completely into the ground. I hope to be long-gone before then, and I’ll take my three degrees and corporate/university teaching experience with me. Wake up, Clayton voters! If you don’t demand a complete overhaul of our county government, you will lose what little opportunity exists for your children.

Really!

March 10th, 2011
8:11 am

I think the forum gets enough of an ear full from you already. I thought this topic was about the schools, not a stage hog.

SynamonSays!

March 10th, 2011
8:34 am

To the inquiring minds who want to know, I pay City and County taxes in Clayton County. Yes, I stand by my assertion that the millage cap needs to be lifted. Does this mean I have to pay more taxes? Yes!

Rex Mex

March 10th, 2011
9:07 am

Rep Scott inquires about side wallks BIG DEAL I’ve been doing the same thing as a private citizen. not impressed. Heatley is doing the best he can in bad circumstances and NO MORE TAXES until I see a return on the taxes I’m already paying.

Roach

March 10th, 2011
9:16 am

“In January, Clayton County posted the highest jobless rate in the metro area at 12.7 percent. Fulton was next at 10.7 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.5 percent), Cobb (9.6 percent) and Gwinnett (9.3 percent).”
Tell me again how a tax increase in Clayton County will make everything better, and why we should trust the “leadership” of Clayton County with one more penny.

billy bob

March 10th, 2011
11:21 am

no more tax increases. elected officials can take pay cuts if need be. Students can exercise after they leave school; k-12 education should only be basic education. Parents should do their part in educating their children as well in the evening (perhaps painting,drawing, playing an instrument instead of watching the television?) This is where self-application and personal responsibility come in. let them cut the programs, we are not responsible for making sure your children have well-rounded lives, we are only responsible for their basic education (where tax dollars come in)

Brick House in FP

March 10th, 2011
11:57 am

Roach : “Tell me again how a tax increase in Clayton County will make everything better, and why we should trust the “leadership” of Clayton County with one more penny”

The county taxes, that we are paying now, is going for more wasteful spending at a time we we are suffering through a depression in our economy. Now the BOC looking to create county manager post, to create more spending.
http://www.ajc.com/news/clayton/clayton-county-looking-to-866579.html

I also pay city and county taxes in Clayton County and I also have contributing to growth of the county in many ways over the past 35 years.
Why raise taxes in a county that don’t know the slightest notion about what prosperity means ?
Show me the the growth that our current elected county officials has contributed for this county, other than to live off of the fat of taxes. The only things I see in this county is more failing businesses and long lines at the Government Welfare Offices.

About thirty years ago, this county was busting out of the seams with prosperity; Look at our county now !!!

This county hasn’t known the meaning of pride in many years and for those who came after the aftermath of destruction of Clayton County; Your lop[sided opinions means nothing to those that invested our lives here.

sick and tired

March 10th, 2011
2:48 pm

It is time for Heatley and his overpaid crew to go. They have no vested interested in the CCPS or in Georgia period. He has disheveled this system with his arrogance and Napoleonic style of leadership. Let’s say good-bye to his hand picked incompetent principals (frat brothers) and incompetent APs. Hate to say it… but the system has changed drastically since white flight…

sick and tired

March 10th, 2011
2:50 pm

@ Brick house in FP: absolutely correct

Maddog

March 10th, 2011
3:27 pm

How about this, all of you who want a higher millage rate also know as a tax increase, fight for school vouchers. Then I might help you out.

Brick House in FP

March 10th, 2011
4:16 pm

How many of our elected officials, from Clayton County, has opened their homes strangers to provide food and shelter from the homeless in our county ?

How many of you has done this unselfish act of kindness, while living on a fix retirement income ?

Those of you, that have elevated egos, think again where you might be if you lose your source of income. Humility is a gift; Egoistical arrogance are self made illusions and it breeds nothing but destruction in our county. Our county was built on the hard labor and income of it’s proud residents; Don’t never forget this fact.

well, well

March 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

hey Red – With eggs you make omelets. It is always great to make inquiries that you know have no money to have happen. Besides Sandra Scott and Gail Davenport both – have pi$$ed off enuff people at the capitol – hence their “ideas ” will go nowhere – they burned those bridges willingly – years ago. And the fools here in Clayton put ‘em back in. Why? – because they “spoke truth to power” , in their way of thinking – problem is their way of thinking shuts the doors to opportunities that could be available – if they were not so damned determined to think that it is more important to “make a point”, than it is to do what can be done to actually help this county and this region. Even if they finally “got their hearts and minds right” – no one in the capitol will listen. You do have one thing right – that “birther” stuff is such a waste of time and effort.

Billy Bob is right – everyone should go read that entry again.

Basic education (along with discipline) is what our schools should be most concerned with and what they are charged to do – everything else is fluff and if you have the money go for the other stuff. It is hard though – to think the parents will take responsibility with their kids – when, at school meetings, it is the parents who come in looking like thugs and hoochees. And you wonder where the kids get it.

Clayton County counts and one of the smallest of the 159 counties in Georgia. But, it is consistently the fifth largest school system in terms of student population. It ain’t cheap to run a system of this size. The decline in Clayton and the resulting home value decline – is the issue when talking about money for the system. 20 years ago the home value base was able to keep up. Ms. Synamon is so absolutely right on this one, in the best way to make up at least some of this shortfall in money for the school system is to raise the millage rate a couple of points.

Hey Gosden – they (BOE)do every month – go sign up. then and ask for special meeting for just what you asked for. They are not here to spoon feed the electorate in Clayton – as does the federal govt and the Democratic party. They are in essence running a business – but having to go by the rules set up by the state and the federal govts. Which are again largely influenced – not by the parents – but by the teachers associations (unions) ( GAE NEA).

God Bless
Hey homeowner – with 3 degrees and teaching experience – what the hell are you doing here, find some common sense and go – for your own good.

Brick House in FP

March 10th, 2011
4:42 pm

…Let us read how much our State Legislators cares about the welfare of the children’s education in Clayton County :

“Legislators Approve School Board Reform Bill”
http://www.mycountypaper.com/claytonnews/headlines/91882154.html

…THE VOTES from Clayton County :

State House Of Representatives From Clayton County

Not Voting -ABDUL-SALAAM, 74TH

NO – DODSON, 75TH

Yea – GLANTON, 76TH

NO – JORDAN, 77TH

Yea – BAKER, 78TH

…State Senators From Clayton County

Voted NO – BUCKNER, 44TH

Excused – SEAY, 34TH

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/sv0807.htm

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0878.htm

…This Bill was created to deal with the mistakes learned by The Loss of Accreditation of The Clayton County School System.

…This is just a little part of The Aftermath.

Johnnie cakes

March 10th, 2011
4:43 pm

I saw today that President Obama has come out against Bullying in school – phrasing it as “Unacceptable”. Great – now that the thugs in Clayton wil be turning into pussycats, my students will be free to concentrate on learning – and not weapons and drugs and gangs and fights and sexual assaults and intimidations. I feel so much better.

Black Rain

March 10th, 2011
4:47 pm

Brick House – sometimes you come up with very good absolute truths.

Josey

March 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

BH in FP – Gail Buckner voted NO – Mike Glanton voted Yes – he then ran for Buckner’s state senate seat. He was defeated by Gail Davenport, who would have certainly voted NO on this legistation. Looks like the fools of Clayton got it wrong yet again.

County Cryers

March 10th, 2011
11:05 pm

Why are these “Cryer” always crying about a penny for kids education but said nothing about two unfunded wars, but keep hiding behind their keyboard in FP, well,well and Rex Mex. Sad, however, they think we should care about they’re interest.

Brick House in FP

March 11th, 2011
12:44 am

..Josey : “Mike Glanton voted Yes – he then ran for Buckner’s state senate seat. He was defeated by Gail Davenport, who would have certainly voted NO on this legistation.”

..It gets a lot worse :

…When Mike Glanton was running for State Senate, in District 44, His seat State House District 76 was replaced by Sandra G. Scott.

…Does anyone remember Sandra Scott ?

…Sandra Scott was one of four Clayton County school board members that was removed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2008.

http://www.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0….0961335,00.html

http://www.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.ph….,_Georgia,_2008

…Don’t blame Sandra for seeking office again, place all the blame on the brain dead voters that voted for her.