Enjoy the holidays. Hug your children. Pledge to work hard for our schools in the new year.

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7 Responses to Enjoy the holidays. Hug your children. Pledge to work hard for our schools in the new year.

  1. dsw2contributor says:

    The chief investigator for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office was arrested (and jailed overnight in Rockdale County) for DUI and speeding:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/dekalb-prosecutors-chief-investigator-arrested-for/njbnw/

    Dekalb County corruption, the gift that keeps on giving….

  2. Teachers Matter says:

    My colleagues and I always work hard for our schools. It’s time for the county to work hard for us.

  3. Ned says:

    Completely off topic, and directed mostly to GTCO:

    What, if anything, is happening with the cell towers on school property? Thanks

  4. Funny you should ask about those cell towers, Ned. As we pointed out when the whole thing first started, it was too much attention paid to something that would not bring nearly the profit that was promoted. (Imagine if they had spent that energy focusing on student achievement!) In the end, the whole thing fizzled out because DeKalb County would not issue permits. You see, schools are not allowed to promote private businesses. If they are allowed to build a cell tower and profit from that service, then what is to prevent them from building a Chick-fil-A on the property? T-Mobile just slinked away because they certainly don’t want DeKalb to mess up their very profitable contracts with other school districts. (Profitable for T-Mobile, not so much for the schools…)

  5. howdy1942 says:

    First, Happy New Year to everyone.

    What is the latest with the charter system proposed by Michael Thurmond and tabled by the school board?

    What is the latest with the superintendent search? (The board was supposed to seek input from the public, but I haven’t seen anything about that.)

    What is the latest with Thurmond’s request to reserve $2.5 million for lawyers to fight Druid Hills?

  6. Thanks for asking, Ned. Glad to know that not everyone has forgotten about the topic because, unfortunately, it could come up again.

    Despite multiple appearances in front of the school board and Superintendent Thurmond, there has been little to no reaction to our request for a formal policy that would spell out exactly how this type of “side item funding” would be handled in the future so as to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. We even reviewed ” best practices” from other districts and wrote a referendum that they could have modified or simply agreed to if they really wanted to help heal old wounds and prevent future disasters from being relived again.

    Unfortunately, the zoning protection that most of us have enjoyed thanks to the county will no longer exist if you live in a “new” city. And, even the county has recently updated its zoning code on the subject of “wireless transmission towers.” So, it pays to pay attention to what is going on around you and let your elected officials know how you feel.

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