Richmond school board leaves millage rate unchanged

Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:46 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:22 PM
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The Richmond County Board of Education has tentatively approved keeping its millage rate unchanged.

The move this afternoon leaves a $1 million hole in the budget and runs the risk of a bigger hole should the state make more budget cuts.

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Just the Facts Please
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Just the Facts Please 07/16/09 - 04:51 pm
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Why are there more holes in

Why are there more holes in the budget? They are cutting more than $750 from every one. To be exact teachers will lose four days pay and still be forced to work the same amount of time. So Dr. Bedden and his fellows want to take more from teachers and students? Cutting pay, cutting staff, and I don't see Dr. Bedden taking a pay cut. Didn't he hire out the James Brown Arena and hire a speaker to come and blow smoke to the employees again? What's that costing the taxpayers? Better yet how many teachers and staff had to give up their 4days of pay without their consent so that they could do this superfluous act? Teachers in this state need a union to look out for them. They need to organize because this level of greed (where the superintendent gets 230K a year) needs to be checked. Tell me why teachers (most of whom went to school or had get go get classes to get certified) need an instructional coach? Why do our kids need graduation coaches? I thought guidance counselors were vetted to help kids graduate.

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jus sayin 07/16/09 - 05:34 pm
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Schools have too many fluffy

Schools have too many fluffy positions, I go to my kids school and see two or three ladies sitting around in office, none of which are willing to assist me, and when they do they have an attitude. Yea, adjust Bedden's pay, and cut his bonuses, let him feel what the teachers feel, well not really, I think he'll survive.

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jus sayin 07/16/09 - 05:35 pm
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Schools are charging more for

Schools are charging more for lockers and parking, my child do not work so the school still getting more from me.

ConsiderThis
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ConsiderThis 07/16/09 - 06:06 pm
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Just The Facts Please it

Just The Facts Please it appears you do not have the facts. The Supt. did not recommend the option the Board took. And if yu read the budget documents, Dr. Bedden took furlough days which resulted in a cut in pay. It is also apparent that you really have not taken time to visit a school to find out what a guidance counselors, draduation coaches do or the funding source. For example, the graduation coaches were paid via state funds previously not local funds and are not being paid for by federal funds. Please take some time to get the facts. Almost all your comments in your postare incorrect

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disssman 07/16/09 - 08:25 pm
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Jussayin it looks like you

Jussayin it looks like you need to study up on a thing called a budget. I wonder if the childs automobile is all that important or have you already set aside sufficient funding for college? I know you are not going to expect the rest of us to pay for college because you couldn't budget for necessary things.

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disssman 07/16/09 - 08:31 pm
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BTW what the taxpayers need

BTW what the taxpayers need to do is keep electing the same old dead weight and by all means vote for more splost which cost you everytime you go to a store. Well at least the non-profits won't have to worry about no customers, we will be paying their load anyway. In closing, if you think things are going to get better, you should think again, unless you know of a dozen or so manufacturing facilities getting ready to move in. Right about now is when the board should dust off a program Jimmy Carter had called Zero Based Budgeting. I hated it at the time, but it was the only way to deal with constantly dropping funds.

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LadyCisback 07/16/09 - 09:12 pm
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All I have to say the way he

All I have to say the way he handled the budget and making salary cuts were not well thought out and are not proper.. Cutting salary only makes unhappy teachers.. they have to work days that they are not getting paid for and still keep a happy face when parents come in and start calling you inefficient or incompetent because they can't control the little hooligans due to lack of training from home and still amidst all of this still keep a happy face.. I am so tired of hearing.. it could have been worse.. well I say BS!!!!!.. it's their pocket that's hurting, their moral that's hurting for feeling under appreciated, overworked and underpaid.. exactly how are salary cuts supposed to save money!!!!!!.. they were other ways!!!

Just the Facts Please
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Just the Facts Please 07/16/09 - 11:43 pm
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Yes Graduation coaches are

Yes Graduation coaches are state paid, where does the money come to run the board of education? What do Graduation coaches do that guidance counselors did years ago? So when they cut the budget where do they go to first? The very people who have to do the work of teaching and nurturing our young people. You insult them by having instructional coaches after they have already gone to school and learned how to be a teacher. The average teacher in Richmond County will be retiring in droves in the next ten years. So you are saying to vast majority of people who are already professionals that they must have and instructional coach to lead them. I thought that was what administrators were slated to do. You throw in theory that according to the data does not work. In fact student centered strategies in use in RCBOE along with state standards is another white wash from the ivory tower. So it will only go to make (those we entrust the education of our children to) them more apt to be apathetic and just tow the party line just to make the higher ups happy. Why teachers in this state are not unionized surprises me. If anyone needs a union teachers do.

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