ClaytonTaxpayer

ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago on The BOE candidates in their own words

Melody Totten, I am so grateful for your candidacy!! We need more like you -- intelligent, focused and committed leadership. Thank you for seeking a seat on the school board. I don't live in your district (unfortunately), but I will encourage all who do to support you. Much luck to you!! Looking forward to you joining Jessie Goree on the school board!!

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ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago on Clayton Schools’ HR department under scrutiny

M. Jackson, if there is an audit and public money is used to pay for it, then those who paid for it are entitled to review it. News Daily, please make the request on behalf of taxpayers. There is no such thing as a "verbal deliverable".

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ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago on Clayton Schools’ HR department under scrutiny

If Clayton County Schools pays a consultant fee to these two retirees for an audit, then as a taxpayer I will be requesting a paper copy of their findings. There is absolutely NO WAY my hard earned tax dollars will be used to "pay" for findings that I can not see. How will CCPS measure the deliverables if there is no report? I am putting you on notice-- document the work or risk being called out. Also, what is the point of not examining personnel files; records from interviews; credentials of HR employees; policies and procedures, compensation history and schedule; etc. As part of the inquiry, ALL of these need to be examined. News Daily, why are you not asking the questions about measuring deliverables? What are the goals of the inquiry and how will they be measured? How will you know your inquiry is successful if you don't have goals? Okay Clayton taxpayers -- let's wake up!!!!!

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ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago on Kimbrough: County voters should take care of home first

Sheriff, you are absolutely correct. I attended a school board election debate at Greater St. Peter and was quite shocked at who appeared at the event as candidates. One candidate said she would use money raised from students paying anywhere from one dollar to five dollars to wear jeans (instead of their uniforms) to support the district's budget. The district's annual budget is almost half a billion dollars. And she thinks adding $100 dollars or so would help fund a teaching position. Frightening, huh? Another candidate (short, blonde hair) couldn't string two coherent sentences together was voted by her colleagues on the school board to serve as the "legislative liaison." In other words, they allowed her to take her incoherent sentences beyond the county lines, on behalf of the board. Jesse Goree and another candidate (first name Jermaine) saved me from walking out of the debate. We MUST do better, either as candidates or as watchdogs. But then we are all probably asking ourselves, what's the point? Intelligent, articulate candidates are frowned upon in Clayton. So, go on sheriff and raise your beautiful sons and know that some of us appreciate your service. All the best to you and your family!!

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ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 5 months ago on Clayton Schools auditing HR department

In the words of Oprah Winfrey, "this, I know for sure." For decades, long before SACS found a need to consistently hold Clayton County Schools hostage for its board's behavior, the district has been nothing more than a jobs program. Thousands of employees, many of whom are supposedly trained in pedagogy but have no interest in ensuring that children receive a world-class education, work in Clayton for two reasons -- a pretty significant paycheck and because there is absolutely no accountability. What THEY know for sure is that they can spend decades in a school system; contribute minimal effort; get paid a pretty handome salary; and return daily to their homes in Fayette, Henry and surrounding counties with little threat of job loss for lack of performance. They spend their money in those counties; send their kids to high-performing or even mediocre public and private schools in those counties; and lament to their neighbors what a horrible place Clayton County is -- except of course, it's an okay place to pick up a paycheck. Meanwhile, parents in Clayton year after year send their children to classrooms where many of these people teach or serve as "building leaders", with little or no concern about their effectiveness. They don't review coursework; don't attend PTA meetings or teacher conferences; don't spend a day in the classroom to monitor or listen to the quality of instruction their child is receiving; don't attend school board meetings to listen to the board member with the short blonde hair speak incoherently about her experience and what she hopes to find in a superintendent; etc. Nobody -- parents, school board members or school leaders -- talk about improving student achievement, test scores, dropout rates, the importance of highly-qualified teachers and building leaders, clean facilities, million dollar contracts with no evaluation component to measure effectiveness, board governance, etc. Instead, what do we get? Certainly not an instructional audit. Rather, we get an interim supertendent whose first action as reported by the local newspaper is to extend contracts to two former (retired) school system employees -- not an instructional audit to examine what matters to students. We get a review of HR, something that matters to adults. And that, my friends, is the perpetuation of the jobs program. I pray that Ms. Jackson's comprehensive review examines who we are putting before our children and whether they are truly effective in delivering on their core business -- providing children, all children, with the world-class education they deserve.

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