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As I read an area newspaper’s recent guest commentary by Aiken school board members Keith Liner and Ray Fleming, I could not help but think: All of the do-nothing desk jockeys at the Aiken public school offices must be able to walk on water!

When there are six schools in Aiken County that have been flagged as subpar, why are two of the Aiken County school board members praising the overpaid and underworked do-nothings at the board office on Brookhaven Drive when the improvements at North Augusta Middle School are only a drop in the bucket for the needs of Aiken County schools?

When North Augusta’s two school board members are singing the praises of this bunch of do-nothings – especially when North Augusta High School was one of the six schools that were flagged as substandard – that angers me, and it should anger everyone in Aiken County!

There are two main reasons why I refer to the Aiken County school administration as do-nothings. First, I absolutely do not believe that anyone in the school system deserves more than $75,000 when there are schools that are substandard! I will encourage the hiring committee to either renegotiate or release anyone who does not agree to a lower salary!

Second, I do not believe that there is not some federal or state funding that can be accessed to upgrade schools that are overcrowded, unhealthy and unsafe! Perhaps the upper crust at Brookhaven should earn their overpaid salaries by phoning, emailing, Facebooking, tweeting, snail-mailing and/or using carrier pigeons to the do-nothings in Columbia, S.C., and Washington, D.C., about our school needs!

Timothy Monroe Bledsoe

North Augusta, S.C.

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Chillen
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Chillen 12/13/11 - 10:48 am
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You will not fix the schools

You will not fix the schools until you do the following:
1. Get rid of the Federal Dept of Education and ALL federal intervention
2. Get rid of Teachers Unions
3. Get rid of tenure
4. Pay good teachers what they are actually worth (and get rid of the ones who aren't worth a darn)
5. Fix the parents

Barring all of that, I say vouchers are our only hope & best option. Vouchers sure worked in Washington DC.

pearlthesquirrel
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pearlthesquirrel 12/13/11 - 07:24 pm
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6.) Bring back discipline to
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6.) Bring back discipline to students (actually, the parents should be handling this).

Something strange is happening here: It seems education and the weather are very similar - everybody talks about it, but nobody does a darn thing about it. And my proof is the fact that there are only two comments here - case closed.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/16/11 - 06:23 pm
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"First, I absolutely do not

"First, I absolutely do not believe that anyone in the school system deserves more than $75,000 when there are schools that are substandard! I will encourage the hiring committee to either renegotiate or release anyone who does not agree to a lower salary!"

Why would anyone agree to pay cuts when they could go elsewhere for more money? What kind of people do you think you're going to get for under $75,000 per year? I can tell you- the dregs that couldn't succeed anywhere else.

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