Board members talk about rezonings, programs at retreat

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Richmond County schools would most likely see a systemwide rezoning plan under proposals being discussed this afternoon at a school board planning retreat.

The rezonings would set up a "feeder system" in which all pupils from individual elementary schools would go into the same middle schools, and the same middle schools would then feed into the same high school, officials said.

Such a plan would hope to keep pupils together as they advance through the school system.

"It's going to be hell," said longtime school board member Marion Barnes of any large scale rezoning.

If the proposal is eventually accepted, rezonings would probably occur in phases, board members said.

School officials meeting this afternoon also were discussing expansion of enhanced programs that focus on various vocations and the arts.

Such programs might be considered for the new Pine Hills Middle School, expected to open next fall on Brown Road.

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lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/14/08 - 05:20 pm
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what is so hard about

what is so hard about rezoning??? the only h#LL mr. barnes is referrring to is the possibility of reduced student enrollment in some of the underperforming schools. if this is to occur then that would expose what most of the school tax paying citizenry has already suspected and that is richmond county has too many schools and some need to be closed. when you start closing schools then it reduces the need for BOE representation which translates into a loss of a seat on the BOE and someone has to go home. there is nothing wrong with sending children to schools closest to where they live, it is more cost effective and economical especially in this time of unstable gas prices. why whould a child living on lumpkin road be bused to josey high school??? because that is the only way to insure adaquate enrollment, expansion of programs is not enuff hey school board why not try mandating PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and GET RID OF ALL STUDENTS WHO DISRUPTVE THE NORMAL SCHOOL FUNCTIONS, send them back to their trifling parents, that may save some money and sounds like good sense to me and most decent taxpaying citizens, wait that's right you need butts in the seats in order to receive gov't $$$$$

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Fiat_Lux 11/14/08 - 05:21 pm
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Oh, groovy. Now some poor (as

Oh, groovy. Now some poor (as in 'unfortunate') kids will never be able to get away from their tormentors or the disrupters. What a great idea.

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mable8 11/14/08 - 05:22 pm
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Why is it necessary for the

Why is it necessary for the school board to have a "retreat" in order to discuss the business of the day? Just another way of spending the needed funds to educate our children--tell me BOE, does your retreat mean there will be less books for the students next term? If you cannot discuss business at the designated location for your meetings, then please resign so earnest educators can get in and make those decisions. I resent using tax-payer monies to fulfill your desire to have a weekend of free-loading at our expense.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/14/08 - 05:39 pm
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i agree mable, why can't the

i agree mable, why can't the big multi-million dollar building on the corner of 9th and broad st serve as a meeting place or "retreat" enuff or you tax dollars was spent to buy and renovate it for goodness sakes. ms. mable if you listen closely you will hear venus cain schreeching "FOR THE CHILDREN"

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askme2b123 11/14/08 - 08:02 pm
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jisomjr - The retreat is

jisomjr - The retreat is being held at the Richmond County Board of Education building located at the corner of 9th and Broad Street which happens to be 864 Broad Street.

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disssman 11/15/08 - 12:39 pm
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A retreat was a wonderful

A retreat was a wonderful idea as long as they wern't talking about school business. If they were talking business, then it would come under the open meetings act, wouldn't it? I can't find a meeting agenda on their web site so I guess it wasn't business!!

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