Richmond school board follows cuts suggested by superintendent

Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:12 AM
Last updated 12:49 PM
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The Richmond County School Board approved the $225,241,336 budget recommended by Superintendent Dana Bedden in the special called meeting this morning.

The balanced budget includes a round of four-day furloughs for all employees, except those such as teachers, who the state requires to work all 190 days.

Dr. Bedden said the budget cuts are painful, but not as severe as some school systems are experiencing.

“I absolutely understand that our teachers are not getting paid what they’re worth, but the ones who get it know that we’re all feeling it as a team,” Dr. Bedden said after the meeting this morning.

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chi chi
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chi chi 06/04/09 - 10:31 am
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This is the 3rd breaking news

This is the 3rd breaking news article today with typos...get with it AC!!

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 06/04/09 - 12:34 pm
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A few questions this morning!

A few questions this morning! Those at central office are getting time off for the days that they are not being paid. Those at the school level are getting their pay reduced for the four days and are being required to work for free. Is this correct? if so, how is this fair? Additionally, why are there staff members at the board receiving raises this year, to include the new Human Resource manager? Why is the controller being moved at his current salary, and then a new controller hired to replace him at more than a 120,000.00 salary? If this were a state with a union, teachers would and should be crying fowl There certainly would be a class action suit pending for this action. I would also like to know if the outsourcing has been cut or is that still business as usual. While I understand the need for a balance budget, I do not understand why those who are working the hardest and on the front lines are being hit the hardest. The 09-10 calendar calls for more than 190 days of work for school staff members at the same pay, yet there is this reduction in pay. Can anyone explain this to me as a tax payer and a parent who is pro active for teachers ? If you look at the list of retiring

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 06/04/09 - 12:38 pm
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educations or the personnel

educations or the personnel list of those who are leaving the county, should that not be alarming, RCBOE is creating an atmosphere where educators are under appreciated and afraid to speak to board members. Who is looking out for the teachers, students and taxpayers? I am not sure anymore. I now understand why my kids can tell me how disgruntle their teachers are and I understand why the apparent morale in the county is at an all time low. If this budget was approved, why not post it for all tax payers to see, line by line?

disssman
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disssman 06/04/09 - 12:49 pm
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Not to worry, there will be

Not to worry, there will be plenty of Bonus money for Bedden and all hid Deputies and Assistants and Assistant Deputies. I would still like to know how 10% of the K-1-2-3-4 etc teachers got to the point that they are paid well over 100K a year in salary and benefits. And remember that salary is for 190 days a year not the approximately 250 days everybody else works.

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emporersclothes 06/04/09 - 03:41 pm
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Please, please, someone at AC

Please, please, someone at AC investigate this budget. What a fabulous opportunity for investigative journalism!!! We, the taxpayers and newspaper buyers of Richmond County, have a right to know a few bits of public knowledge. How much of our money is being spent on "Graduation Coaches" and "Instructional Coaches" while our tried and true veteran teachers are let go. I demand to know why my child must now sit in a crowded classroom when hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on frivolous educational fads (America's Choice, etc...) instead of tried and true veteran teachers. Is this not a misappropriation of funds, my tax dollars, my hard earned money from my pocketbook. Please, AC, find out the answers. Is Bedden getting kickbacks from the educational fads? Is he getting kickbacks from the College Board testing (AP folks)? This is all about the children of Richmond County.....their quality education....not how well "Instructional Coaches" can make pretty powerpoints. HELP!!!!!

Just the Facts Please
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Just the Facts Please 06/04/09 - 04:38 pm
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No union in Georgia for

No union in Georgia for Teachers by Georgia Law. We have NEA and PAGE but no union. Many times among my colleagues I have mentioned collective action as a way to help fix things in Georgia only to have it given lip service and apathetic reply that nothing will change. The time for action is NOW! The time for staying off of the sidelines is NOW! Management, the governor and the legislature will continue to cut teachers out of the education process! Why are we so low rated in the country in scores versus states that have teacher unions? The answer is clear management needs to be cut. Teacher's need a say so in the classroom again. The federal government and state government have dictated to us for too long. What would happen if the teachers decided to strike this fall? How long would it take the parents to force the governor and the legislature to do what is right? How long would they wait for the superintendent to restore their pay and give them the tools they need like BOOKS!

emporersclothes
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emporersclothes 06/04/09 - 05:17 pm
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to Just the Facts Please --

to Just the Facts Please -- How do parents get involved to protect the teachers? The Board members are smitten with Bedden and will not think for themselves, rather self-servingly. Can the Teacher's Union help me help the teachers who my child needs? How do parents participate in Teacher's Union?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 06/04/09 - 05:25 pm
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with the emphasis placed on

with the emphasis placed on sports(why not suspend all sports programs for a year or two) and the idiot board members okaying laying off/not renewing contracts of teachers no wonder richmond county with the exception of johnson, davidson and walker, consistantly do poorly on the CRCT. well voters by consitantly claiming "it's not my school board rep, it's the other ones!!!" this is what you get, a poorly proforming student population who most of them can't even read the diploma they are given

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 06/04/09 - 05:48 pm
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How about posting how each

How about posting how each board member voted! I think that would be interesting to see. I would like to see the budget and I believe that cutting teachers pay without holding meetings for community input is illegal. I could be wrong. If you going to cut each teachers pay by 4 days then 4 days should be cut out of the calendar. How can anyone condone teachers to work without pay? That isn't fair in anyone's book, especially when all others who are cut or furloughed are given the 4 days off.

Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 06/04/09 - 05:49 pm
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where is GAE and PAGE in all

where is GAE and PAGE in all of this?

lylagirl
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lylagirl 06/04/09 - 05:49 pm
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I can see the schools in RC

I can see the schools in RC becoming Corridors of Shame just like in SC. I do know they are petitioning to get the Super out of office in Edgefield.... just a thought.

lylagirl
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lylagirl 06/04/09 - 06:17 pm
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If I were a teacher, I would

If I were a teacher, I would just use those days as sick days and stay home, they can't dock you because they are not paying you anyway. I think it is ludicris to ask someone to work without pay when they are already underpaid. And I don't want to hear about everybody is feeling the crunch. Those bigwigs are not feeling the crunch as badly as the ones who don't make 100 grands a year. I have never seen anything like this before. This is simply crazy! Guess who will suffer...the children people so you can pay this charasmatic Super the big bucks to muck everything up...but mind you he will take his well deserved vacations while the little people will be eating spam and vacationing in their back yards!!!! Get real RC

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emporersclothes 06/04/09 - 06:22 pm
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We all have valid and thought

We all have valid and thought provoking questions that seem to border on legal issues. Receiving actual facts from the Board has been limited at best. Richmond county citizens just want facts: no interpretation, no spin, no opinion, no half approved numbers. The head of our PTO tried and got the run around. With no Union or PAGE representation for parents or teachers, perhaps Greg Gelpi could get the answers for us. Get answers from actual documents, not Bedden, not the Board. How about it AC?

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used2Bjonny 06/04/09 - 07:42 pm
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Yes, because states with

Yes, because states with UNION teachers do SO well...Jesus, what do you all smoke when you post?! And, btw, "furlough" means, you stay home and you don't get paid. It does NOT mean that you have to work the days, but don't get paid. Get a dictionary...

happy
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happy 06/04/09 - 07:57 pm
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Teachers are not being

Teachers are not being furloughed but our pay is being decreased. I also heard that they have sent some administrators to California for a conference and there will be a leadership team conference at Callaway Gardens this summer. Wonder where all that money is coming from?

lylagirl
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lylagirl 06/04/09 - 08:32 pm
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Your furloughed dollars!!!!

Your furloughed dollars!!!!

Damon Cline
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Damon Cline 06/04/09 - 08:39 pm
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Lylagirl, I'm glad you're not

Lylagirl, I'm glad you're not a teacher. "Ludacris" is a rapper. Ludicrous is the synonym for ridiculous.

Ode
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Ode 06/04/09 - 09:31 pm
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Government is poor and

Government is poor and wasteful and bureacratic. Nothing new here. Look at supply and demand. Nobody is forced to be a teacher. Their pay didn't get worse all of a sudden so it is hard to feel much sympathy for teachers. There are an abundance of teachers and maybe this will get some of the bad ones out of teaching.

lylagirl
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lylagirl 06/04/09 - 10:33 pm
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dcline is synonomous for

dcline is synonomous for ridiculus too!

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