Recap on the March 20 new board meeting

Last night’s inaugural School Board meeting overall was a pleasant surprise. We are encouraged that a majority of the new Board members are unafraid to dig and ask questions of the staff. We are particularly (and surprisingly) encouraged by Thad Mayfield. He asked a series of pointed questions regarding the request to renew the contract for copiers without putting it out for bid.  He also questioned the request for extending the contract for trailers while asking for additional money to purchase our own trailers. All in all, Board members asked good questions that had a user-centered focus, such as “what is the specific input of those impacted by what you are doing?”

The Board also put the kibosh on their participation in the lawsuit against the Governor. In reality, when you think about it, of course they would – they were appointed by the Governor (the defendant in this case) and his committee! But even so – we as taxpayers are happy to have at least this one legal expense off the table. For now.

We believe that the lawsuit will continue and Gene Walker will win – possibly forcing taxpayers to pay the legal fees in a judgement. Further, both Jim McMahan and Melvin Johnson voted “Yes” originally to enter the lawsuit and Marshall Orson was conveniently absent that day, which counts as a “Yes” as far as we are concerned.  Had those three (Orson, Johnson, McMahan) voted “No” then Pam Speaks probably would have voted “No.”  Nancy Jester already was the lone dissenting vote.  So, with 5 “No” votes we would not have spent more money on legal expenses and we would not be in this as yet unfinished conundrum at all.  Interesting that Orson and sidekick McMahan now think the money could be better spent elsewhere.  What has changed in the past few weeks, except the way the political wind is blowing now?  Too little, too late.

In addition, the Board introduced a new twist on their own meetings. Meetings will now  take place only once a month, on the first Monday of the month.  Instead of the community comments at the microphone, which never receive a response from the Board, they will begin the meeting with more of a Town Hall format, with the Board members down on the floor, interacting with the community and answering questions.

We are trying to determine what makes that approach different?  The Board’s long-standing policy (which we think is an incorrect interpretation of the law) was that they could not respond to community comments because the comment topics were not known in advance and could not be included on the published agenda.  Of course, that never stopped the Board from adding to and otherwise changing the agenda moments before it was officially adopted.  In fact, that happened last night.

Additionally, we don’t feel good about the change in scheduled meetings, introduced by Marshall Orson.  There is no time for Board members to ask questions and do their follow-up due diligence before having to vote.  Last night was a perfect example.  Without pausing to take a breath or ask the right questions — and there is a difference between asking questions and asking the “right” questions — the Board voted, nearly unanimously, to spend, sometimes unnecessarily, millions of dollars we don’t have.

All that said, we are a bit frustrated that many of our questions, published prior to the Board meeting, went unanswered.  Here’s a list of questions we think the Board should have asked of staff:

  • Why hasn’t anyone posted the new Board’s contact info online in order for the public to be able to contact us?  There has been plenty of time to get that taken care of.
  • Why are we providing cars to regional superintendents?  Has this been done before?  How does this benefit students?  There are no cars being traded in and we do not believe cars were provided to regional superintendents previously.  So, if they had cars, where are they?  Sold off the books?  Passed along to lower-level administrators?
  • Why are we buying new school police vehicles?  Do they use those cars for essential or dangerous police work?  What exactly do they do with these vehicles?  Drive them back and forth to work?  Why?  Do DeKalb County Police, who have a much more dangerous and difficult job, use county police vehicles for transportation to and from their jobs?
  • Why are we buying vehicles for SPLOST-funded work?  Where is the list of what is covered by SPLOST IV?  Where are vehicles shown on that voter-approved list? 
  • Document the mileage claimed for these vehicles.  How many of these miles were accumulated on-the-job? 

Many taxpayers drive cars and trucks as old or older than many of those DCSS wants to replace.  They know that being on the verge of bankruptcy is not the appropriate time to buy a new vehicle — or spend elsewhere unnecessarily.  “Belt-tightening” is called for.  SPLOST or General Fund — it is all tax dollars. 

And then there are these questions that should have been asked regarding phasing out twelve instructional facilities:

  • Vote to approve capital improvements for facilities that are scheduled to be torn down? What kind of reasoning is that?
  • No immediate financial impact? Why?  When will there be an impact?
  • An increase in capital entitlement dollars? Is there a history of the Georgia General Assembly increasing funding of any kind for education?
  • Is there a history of DCSS ever reducing administrative operating costs?
  • Show us the calculations and the documentation – not guesswork – on which there is a reasonable expectation of increased legislative funding and reduced administrative operating expenses.

Just like dealing with recalcitrant teenagers, the Board must:  Question everything.  Assume nothing.  Ask the “right” questions.  And, always, the first question must be, “How does this directly benefit students and, especially, improve student achievement?   Money is tight – and what we have must go directly to educating children.

Good luck to the new Board!

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82 Responses to Recap on the March 20 new board meeting

  1. info says:

    Gardenerontheside,

    This teacher doesn’t understand why an SFA facilitator’s uncertainty is any more concerning than a classroom teacher’s. There were many teachers last year who didn’t know where they were going until the first day of pre-planning, and others who were moved to a different school during pre-planning. And no teacher will know how much he or she will earn next year until the super and board sort out the budget, which may not take place until June.

    And why shouldn’t these facilitators and coaches be paid the same salary/daily pay that a teacher does? They are no more qualified (PSC publishes certificates), and they appear to do less work (lesson plans to be submitted? assignments to be graded? grades to be entered? communication with parents? conferences? tutorials?).

  2. By the way, regarding the comments earlier …. I was not saying I trust any of the regional superintendents. I was just saying that I watched a YouTube video posted by Hennegan and that the agenda from the meeting made more sense with the understanding of Thurmond’s general notion of decentralizing the power. I’m fully expecting that once he has the job descriptions in place and everyone knows what is expected of them, he will then do the job of evaluating performance and then we will see the ousting of those who cannot perform the job they are needed to do.

    Anyone who has been reading or contributing here should know there is nothing “disingenuous” about us. We have been a part of this group for several years and were a part of the previous School Watch. We are here to help bring the corruption into the light and have always encouraged the entire district to work together, get to know one another, to see that what is keeping us divided is not really “us.” It is the politicians who were running things and who could continue to rob us blind while keeping us bickering and blaming each other. We are appealing now to the good citizens of BOTH Lakeside AND Tucker (And, by the way, the lots of other people who may not be a part of either group and are being annexed as well, like parts of unincorporated Decatur, Toco Hills, Northlake, Briarcliff, etc.) to see through this bogus movement and shut it down before it gets on a ballot.

    We know how hard it was to fight against the cell phone towers. And we had lots and lots of citizen support and we STILL did not make it on a ballot in any meaningful way. The referendum question was not our idea. We wanted to total ban from public school grounds statewide or just in DeKalb. We did not have one single resident over three days of hearings who spoke up in favor of cell towers. Only the lobbyists and they didn’t have much to say either, at least when we were in the room. We had three hours of citizen comments from all parts of the county and all economic backgrounds, and from all political parties.

    And still, our bill did not make it through a committee and to the floor for a vote. We had 16 of 18 of the DeKalb delegation in favor. We had 100% of the county commissioners on our side. If it is that hard to get on a ballot when it is truly what the people want, then it should not be this easy to get a new city on a ballot when it is clearly NOT what a large portion of them do NOT want and what an even LARGER portion of them know nothing about.

  3. The contracts that teachers, et al are asked to sign with DeKalb County School System are very clear. The agreement is to work for DeKalb County School System, NOT for a specific school. It is clear in the contract that DCSS may assign the teacher to any facility.

    BTW — take a look at the salaries from 2010, 2011 and 2012, by name, for the SFA Data Facilitator and the SFA Coach. See if they really were paid at “teacher grade” salaries after they were “promoted.” Just go to: open.georgia.gov. Or, send their names to DSW — we won’t publish them — and we will look them up for you. DSW’s e-mail is: dekalbschoolwatch@gmail.com.

    One question: If, as you say, mileage is paid from the General Fund, then doesn’t it stand to reason that all the costs of ownership for these SPLOST-purchased cars — insurance, license plates, gas, tires, maintenance and repairs, etc — are also paid from the General Fund?

    Cars for regional superintendents are NOT required as support services vehicles for SPLOST projects.

    Many people in the private sector — perhaps some of whom are reading this blog — have jobs that require driving and submitting mileage reimbursement requests because they are expected to use their personal vehicles for work. But, they cannot submit mileage reimbursement requests for driving to and from work.

    Yet, the cars provided by DCSS to regional superintendents and the “security” employees are used for driving to and from work. Ziegler will also use her DCSS-provided car to drive to and from her fully-paid-for ph.d. classes. Following your line of reasoning, DCSS also should be providing cars to transient teachers who travel from school to school teaching specialized classes.

    We do not believe that cars were previously provided to the regional superintendents. No cars previously used by regional superintendents were being traded in. If they did, in fact, have cars provided by DCSS, what happened to them? A critical question NEVER asked by the BOE. We see Ramona Tyson’s fine hand all over this little scheme.

    These people are feeding from the public trough, sucking up monies that should and must be used in the classroom.

  4. Embarrassed Employee says:

    The school system is financial disarray. Employees have NOT had any type of relief, either financially or mentally, in YEARS. Thurmond was quick to point out that this is a state wide issue. Without sharing, assuming, he didn’t know, that other counties have received either bonuses, COLAS, or their step increases, SOMETHING. NOW is not the time to continue to reward the BIG people. It’s time to push some type of financial offering to the school house. You CAN’T keep saying this is because of the recession. This is because of greed and fraudulent acts. You CAN’T keep telling employees to “hold on”. Hold on for what? DeKalb has nothing to offer school house personnel. Ziegler and her crew have increased their retirement, increased their personal comfort level, and increased what they bring home. Schoolhouse employees have seen NOTHING. It’s time to put up or shut up. People think about how many teachers have education loans. The doctorate crew won’t have this and they make almost 3 times what a teacher makes. It’s a slap in the face and the system is letting teachers and below know just exactly how they feel about us. It’s all about perception people. I perceive ain’t s&$5 changed but the date. Enough is enough. Tax payers should be outraged. Every parent should be writing someone. This mess was big enough of a hot mess to make national news. It had corruption, power, sex, politicians, and money. Sounds like a Jackie Collins novel to me.

  5. Concerned Citizen says:

    You don’t mean that a 2nd grade teacher is making such an amount??? What can any of us do about that except to report it to someone who can do something about it? Please advise.

  6. Embarrassed Employee says:

    And it’s nothing but more BULL that we are paying Thurmond almost $300k just to get the system fully accredited. That’s all he believes he is charged with. $300k to work out a deal with the devil himself, Mark E.. We have been had, and some people don’t even know it. The new board members are clueless little pawns in this game.

  7. Embarrassed Employee says:

    Regarding Berry’s salary, I hope that it has been reset. She does have a doctorate, so I know she will remain on the higher end of the salary range. Can someone verify that when using the online salary info, does the amount shown include benefits in that calculation shown?

  8. dekalbite2 says:

    @DSW
    “Following your line of reasoning, DCSS also should be providing cars to transient teachers who travel from school to school teaching specialized classes.”

    DCSS used to reimburse teachers who serve more than one school if they traveled during the school day from one school to another. Do they not do that any longer?

  9. Embarrassed Employee says:

    Every art teacher that travels between schools should ask for one of the new rides.

  10. info says:

    Irwin asked why we would be supplying these administrators with cars in this time of budget crisis. After Thurmond cited SPLOST and McMahan did some quick calculating (I believe he divided the 67 cars by number of miles to determine that each car averaged 180,000 miles), the board approved the cars.

    But no one supplied the data. These people may be in charge of a group of schools, but how many times a week or how many miles a day are these supers actually driving to and from their area schools?

    And did the county compare the number of miles these area supers drive compared to the number of miles sponsors of clubs (who are not paid extra money to sponsor clubs and activities) drive to and from practices, events, or competitions? And what about coaches (who may or may not receive $1,000 to $2,500 for the year) who have to drive to their practices off campus?

    Since the county has cut our work days and increased our workloads, many of us teachers have had to use more of our own time, our own computers, and our own paper. But then again, we’re only the ones working with students.

  11. @Concerned: We think Berry’s salary is high because she wasn’t demoted to teacher until mid year or so… not sure. Atkinson is the one who demoted her – she had tried to fire her, but instead gave her another job in the system. Same for Jamey Wilson, former head of HR. However, Tekshia Ward-Smith is no better than Jamey and we have no idea who has taken over the Title 1 job.

  12. As far as we know, yes, DCSS does reimburse transient teachers for mileage. But, they do NOT provide those teachers with cars so they can drive from school to school to school so they can do their job. DCSS’s mileage form makes it relatively easy to audit for errors, as well. The mileage form requires beginning mileage and ending (arriving at school or other destination that must be named) mileage. Mileage is NOT reimbursed for travel between home and the first job location of the day. Cars provided to security personnel, regional superintendents, superintendent, deputy superintendents, etc are used to travel between home and work.

  13. info says:

    DCSS wasn’t reimbursing teachers at the beginning of the year. This may have changed.

    The system/district (has Thurmond re-named us?) doesn’t reimburse teachers for miles driven to events, competitions, practices for clubs or other extra-curricular activities.

  14. No. Benefits are not included in the salaries shown on open.georgia.gov. Expenses are included in a separate category. And, only the salary paid is shown. Therefore, if someone moves from a higher paying to lower paying job during the year — or does not work for DCSS for a full year — it is obvious because a lower total salary is shown. That’s why we are pretty sure that Audria Berry is still getting her inflated salary. Probably because of Ramona Tyson who would have most likely stepped in to prevent Berry from being fired.

  15. Yes, we do mean that Berry — now a 2nd grade teacher — is making more than $100,000 per year. Who do you suggest reporting this to who could do something about this? We are not being facetious or sarcastic.

  16. Are you sure that transient teachers are not being reimbursed for mileage for driving between schools? Reimbursement was never officially available from DCSS for extra-curricular activities. A flat-fee was paid to teachers who were coaches or otherwise ran extra-curricular activities. However, in some cases booster clubs did “sweeten the pot” for coaches, band directors, etc.

    The correct name for DeKalb County Schools is DeKalb County School System. The name was changed to “district” by Atkinson without the Board’s permission.

  17. Embarrassed Employee says:

    Report it to the boss…Thurmond. Let him sort it out.

  18. Concerned Citizen says:

    The brilliant, insightful, but unknown poet of “Eugene P. Walker – You Must Go!” has probably already thought of this idea, but here we go: Walker can go back to an on-line school to get a degree or possibly renew his teaching certificates, if any. After that, he can go the HR, get down on his hands and knees, and beg for a teaching position. Then, after a long time (6-8 months), he gets a job in DeKalb at a school of his choice. I personally would place him teaching science at McNair Middle. After earning $19 an hour for an 8-hour day, he should have enough change to pay an attorney with degrees from John Marshall U. to assist him in screwing the DeKalb County taxpayers. Oh, Yes, Eugene, you really must go. Most of all, don’t humiliate yourself any further by begging. Unseemingly.

  19. Concerned Citizen says:

    Sorry, that’s $90 a day.

  20. A South DeKalb Parent says:

    I wanted to try to find more information before bringing this up, but if we’re discussing people who are making high salaries with little to no explanation… Why is there a teacher listed as having made $157K in 2012 who was fired by DeKalb and had her teaching license suspended for 2007-2008 for making copies of questions from the Science EOCT (10 questions from the current year and 56 questions from the unreleased previous year’s test) and distributing these questions to students for “study” purposes? She alleged that an unnamed and unknown former student and some other unknown person gave her these materials in February or March of 2007. She took her case to the State BOE and they affirmed her firing due to “insubordination and willful neglect of duties.” She is currently listed in the directory as a Science teacher. What is wrong with this picture? There has to be more to this story. At least I hope so, but DeKalb surprises/disheartens me regularly.

  21. Embarrassed Employee says:

    Probably one of those back room legal meetings….that’s a part of EVERY meeting….again ask the boss.

  22. Gardenerontheside says:

    South Parent: Said teacher is an excellent teacher that fought the allegations and won. She was paid back pay.

  23. Teachers will be be sent a link by email Monday to their contracts as posted online. They’ll have to be signed online by April 4. That’s eleven days for teachers to make the most difficult decision they’ve probably had to make since they’ve been working for Dekalb.

    And by the way, their pay will be shown as a daily rate, giving Dekalb freedom to reduce teacher’s workdays as they please.

    For an already illegal contract of adhesion, this gives it that extra pungent smell.

    Let’s hope there are no IT glitches during those eleven days.

    This has to be one of Atkinson’s brilliant initiatives.

    Wonder if the 80 to 100k+ employees will see a daily rate. It’d look some teachers’ weekly rate.

  24. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    Mr. Thurmond, ask Ms. Berry how she enjoyed the Bahamas and Reynolds Plantation with Clew, on the taxpayers dime……. She should have been fired years ago!

  25. Regarding travel reimbursement: For any teacher in a Title I school, travel reimbursement was a bureaucratic nightmare, especially from the Audria Berry regime. I’m sure it got no better when she was reassigned. Staff was always losing the requests or delaying the payment for months.

    I’ve got a gut sense that any teacher requests for travel reimbursements, from Title I or county funds, have been a nightmare for the requesting teacher.

    Teachers please correct me if I’m wrong, and your travel reimbursement has been smooth and timely, and any communications with the reimbursement staff has been courteous and professional.

    And about the cars, will the county fuel the cars? Or do the drivers pay?

  26. Insider 1.0 says:

    There have been a lot of comments here regarding Instructional Coaches, but not all have them have been accurate. Every department has had its own coaches – Professional Learning, Special Education, English Learners, etc. However the department with the highest number of coaches was Title I (Office of School Improvement).

    Under Crawford Lewis, the decision was made to put a portion of the district’s Title I funds aside every year to hire Title I Coaches and Parent Involvement Facilitators. The numbers started out fairly small – – but grew every year during his administration. This became referred to as the F and F plan because so many of those hired were related to high ranking staff and/or board members and had little or no qualifications. Some of the salaries were completely out of whack with the experience, degrees, etc. In addition, these were eleven and twelve month positions which have a higher salary..

    This was all prior to America’s Choice. After the program was brought on, the Title I Coaches were forced to become America’s Choice Coaches, even they did not have a background in the program and often were trained at the same time as those they were expected to “coach”. When AC faded away, they went back to being generic coaches in the areas of Math and ELA, but they were still controlled by the Title I office. This meant that their duties, responsibilities, and assignments were restricted by Title I allowability. The entire job description was dissolved at the end of the 11-12 school year per Atkinson. All Title I Coaches were given teacher contracts for the 12-13 school year.

    This year principals were allowed to use staffing funds to hire instructional coaches at their discretion. These could have been teaching positions, but it was the principal’s decision to have them serve “on assignment” rather than in a classroom. The only schools that could afford to do this were Title I schools, because they had the funds. Since the beginning of this year, coaches report to the schools. NOT to the Title I Department. Some of the former Title I Coaches applied for and got those positions, but some left the district, took teaching jobs, or were promoted to other positions

    SFA Schools are the exception. That program and the site-based positions were forced on the schools by Atkinson and March and took all the Title I funds those schools were allotted at the beginning of the year. If SFA goes away (which it should because it is expensive, ineffective, and does not align with Common Core), then those positions could become either classroom or coaching positions funded by Title I funds. Again, it would be the individual principal’s decision.

    It should be noted that parents and communities are supposed to be involved in the decision making when schools choose how to spend their funds. If your child goes to a Title I school, find out how to get involved! Hope this information helps to clarify things.

  27. dekalbteach says:

    “And by the way, their pay will be shown as a daily rate, giving Dekalb freedom to reduce teacher’s workdays as they please.”

    While this is the first year that our daily salary is shown, it has been customary to sign a contract without knowing your salary for the next year. They usually put your current salary on the contract with a letter stating that until the budget is approved and furlough days decided, your salary isn’t really set. They have been reducing our workdays as they please for years now-this is nothing new.

  28. More on what SPLOST has to say about vehicles – From the DCSS website:

    Click to access master-plan-service-vehicles-%282011-06-06%29.pdf

    22. Transportation:School Buses and 23. Transportation: Service Vehicles: Project List, June 3, 2011
    Description (22. School Buses) SPLOST4

    FCC Narrowbanding mandatory upgrade, 995 buses and Center $400,000
    GPS Solution for Bus Driver Work Time and Attendence $175,000
    Purchase 32 Replacement Buses, various models $2,880,000
    Purchase 32 Replacement Buses, various models $2,880,000
    Purchase 35 Replacement Buses, various models $3,150,000
    Total $9,485,000

    Description (23. Service Vehicles) SPLOST4
    Purchase 26 Replacement Service Vehicles various models $780,000
    Purchase 27 Replacement Service Vehicles various models $810,000
    Total $1,590,000

  29. Thanks for the great info, Insider! That explanation was so helpful… BTW, why don’t you send Mr. Thurmond an email and tell him your thoughts on SFA? He says he’s listening!

  30. dekalbite2 says:

    “This year principals were allowed to use staffing funds to hire instructional coaches at their discretion. These could have been teaching positions, but it was the principal’s decision to have them serve “on assignment” rather than in a classroom. ”

    Then there is a problem with the principals’s decisions considering the Instructional Coach investment has not produced increases in student achievement. On the contrary, since funding was diverted from the classrooms into $10,000,000 a year in Coaching salary and benefits, student achievement has declined. Mr. Thurmond needs to look at every non teaching employee group or department and ask how they are improving student achievement.

    Teachers need to be involved in evaluating the efficacy of all non teaching groups or departments with respect to students. Teachers must be asked how every non teaching group or department is supporting students in the classroom. One of the BOE members the other night (I believe it was Mr. Mayfield) asked several pointed questions of Mr. Thurmond regarding the importance of surveys asking teachers to evaluate support personnels’ effectiveness. IMHO – this is long overdue.

  31. sam123 says:

    The Title I money for teachers needs to be used the way it used to be used before America’s Choice. We had Title I teachers that served students that needed extra intervention. They were pulled from the classrooms and they actually taught students! That doesn’t happen anymore. In recent years instructional coaches pushed data for Dr. Beasley and met with the teachers once a week during their planning time…lot of resentment due to that.. Atkinson got so many complaints about the coaches that she put them all back in the schools to be under the principals as SFA coaches etc. Many coaches worked 11 months and some made $90000 a year. There was also some funding done on a local level for the coaches.

  32. Atlanta Media Guy says:

    The surveys should expose some of weak MIS and Technical support the classrooms actually receive. It really depends on the school. Brantley looked very weak when he could not quantify the satisfaction of service for the last year, before asking the BOE to renew a contract. Mr. Thurmond should explain to him and others the way DCSS has done things is about to change! Great info insider! Another reason DSW readers should send emails to Thurmond with questions.

  33. dekalbite2 says:

    “This year principals were allowed to use staffing funds to hire instructional coaches at their discretion. These could have been teaching positions, but it was the principal’s decision to have them serve “on assignment” rather than in a classroom.”

    Many principals like to have an “extra pair of hands” to complete administrative work rather than instructing students so I can see why many made this decision to keep the Coach position. Principals can use the Coach as an extra administrator which makes their job easier. This is not good for students since more resources go into the admin and support end rather than classrooms. This has been happening for many years. Ask parents if they would rather the extra person teaches students or helps out the principal in the administrative end. I doubt most parents would rather give up art or music for an extra non teaching position that is primarily administrative.

  34. Acheolus says:

    Especially when that “extra pair of hands” starts thinking that they ARE administrative, and begin to try barking orders at teachers. That goes over really well, let me tell you.

  35. John Hope says:

    “Many principals like to have an “extra pair of hands” to complete administrative work rather than instructing students so I can see why many made this decision to keep the Coach position. Principals can use the Coach as an extra administrator which makes their job easier.”

    Have you spoken to any teachers that actually said this? Most principals use coaches to do that, help teachers that need assistance. A reality check, not every teacher at every school is good teaching every concept to every student. I recall many teachers that were good in teaching language arts and social studies but not as good teaching math and science. If there is a school in DeKalb where every teacher is a strong teacher, they don’t need an instructional coach and could benefit from an extra teacher. Most schools have teachers qualified in teaching a variety of areas but may have weaknesses in some. Having a revolving door of teachers is not good for students and can cost school districts more money than investing in remediation.

    An instructional coach should be someone that can help struggling teachers with various instructional strategies. Most parents would probably prefer knowing several teachers have assistance many students having teachers that lack skills in certain areas. Instructional coaches are also known as master teachers in some school districts. If you know of one that lacks the skills to help the teachers they are hired to assist in improving their craft, they need to be identified and replaced. To simply say instructional coaches provide no value is ridiculous unless you are a perfect teacher. When used properly, instructional coaches can provide another career opportunity to those teachers that want to remain in the school without going into administration and be paid according to the value they bring to the school.

  36. Quagmire says:

    Regional superintendents or anyone do not need a car. Let them fill out the transportation log and get reimbursed at .55 a mile like everyone else. So unfair

  37. Quagmire says:

    Never had a problem with reimbursement for travel. Just complete the log accurately

  38. Dekalbite2 says:

    @ John Hope
    “Have you spoken to any teachers that actually said this? Most principals use coaches to do that, help teachers that need assistance”

    Yes I have spoken with them and yes many principals use the Coaches for administrative tasks.

  39. sam123 says:

    Any instructional coach will tell you that when they were under the county office and reported to Dr. Beasly, hours and hours of their time was spent producing data for him. I knew some coaches that complained all the time about that. Two different ones told me that they were staying up until two in the morning with that task.

  40. Fran says:

    Cheryl. The Lakeside City Alliance has NOTHING to do with Lakeside High School, Paul Womack or any of the school board members.

    Your claims are bordering on libel – “Because it is a group with questionable backgrounds, mostly tied to politics, who are attempting to undercut their own school district by claiming land that is already part of Tucker. ” “…a former legislator, a currently lobbyist who runs a landscaping and “turf” business (hence wanting to control Henderson Park for the money), a hotel developer (hence wanting to bring in tourism, not families), a media / PR person and a person who says he connects businesses with cities (hence, they want your money). Oh yeah, and their secret business partners who want to protect their privacy (because they know that their names would ensure a “No” vote from nearly everyone).”

    Their are no secret partners, the chairperson does not own a landscaping business (as you’ve stated in other posts “who is doing this to get the park contracts), her husband is not a hotel developer – he is an economist and consultant for the hotel industry, Levitas is not on board to become mayor, etc. They are – as is clearly stated on the website, in public at meetings – a group comprised of neighbors in unincorporated North DeKalb County who are studying whether the formation of a new city is both necessary and feasible to provide local control to our community.

    Between you, Tucker Civic Association, Tucker Historic Society and Honey Vandercreek, you certainly are doing a great job getting false information out to the community.

    And Cheryl, not all roads lead back to cell towers.

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