File: Schools’ fiscal responsibility vital to all of us

Tue, 10/07/2008 - 3:26pm
By: Letters to the ...

After attending the Fayette Chamber of Commerce education funding night on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, I am left with many observations about the lack of fiscal responsibility exhibited by some members of the Fayette County Board of Education (FCBOE).

I am running as a write-in candidate for FCBOE Post 1 against Janet Smola. I promise you, if I am elected to Post 1 of the Fayette County Board of Education, I will be a better steward of taxpayers’ funds in serving our students, teachers, and community.

A basic right of all taxpayers is knowing how their money has been spent and will be spent in the future. This ideal seems to be lost on some members of the FCBOE.

I agree wholeheartedly with the chamber’s guest speaker, Mr. Dennis Bega, senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, who stated that school boards are “stewards of public funds.”

Stewardship, originally a biblical practice, can also be practiced in the public discourse surrounding the operation of our county school system.

An example of lack of proper stewardship occurred in the fall of 2004 when the FCBOE asked taxpayers to vote on a $65 million bond referendum.

Projects earmarked for those dollars included Bennett’s Mill Middle School, information technology (IT) needs throughout the school system, land for another three school sites, and renovations and upgrades to existing schools.

Let’s focus on the school site land for a moment. The FCBOE spent $2.5 million on 130 acres of land for Inman Elementary School when only 30 acres were actually needed, a waste of funds on excess land.

The FCBOE spent $1.6 million purchasing 60 acres of land at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds for a bus barn. According to the Georgia Attorney General Opinion #98-12 for bonds issued under OCGA 20-2-430 and OCGA 20-2-431, it is improper to use bond funds for bus storage facilities.

The FCBOE also purchased land for a new high school on Lester Road in the middle of the county, and then sold all but 12 acres, with plans to build an indoor pool which was discussed this summer during the SPLOST hearings.

SPLOST funds cannot be used to build athletic facilities, according to ACCG SPLOST guidelines.

Although this high school site was supposed to complete the Cleveland Elementary-Bennett’s Mill Middle School-high school complex (and was promoted to the community as similar to the Starr’s Mill complex) the Lester Road high school property was quietly (??) sold.

The FCBOE then spent $1 million to purchase 60 acres of land for the new high school on Tyrone Road and Ga. Highway 54, just a stone’s throw away from the previous location.

It seems to me some current members of the FCBOE are more concerned about land speculation and land deals then being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.

I ask you, why is the FCBOE building schools along both Fayetteville bypass projects? Who stands to directly benefit from this?

To me, stewardship is about spending taxpayer money wisely and prudently, limiting and paying off any debt incurred. The FCBOE needs to be aggressive about how they manage debt and how it impacts the school system operations.

In March 2007, the FCBOE issued the second phase of the 2004 bond and received $30 million. The FCBOE stated, by their own projections, that if they built the two additional elementary schools as planned, they would have an excess student capacity of 3,713.

The FCBOE went ahead and built those two unneeded schools instead of using the bond funds to pay off existing debt or to buy technology, both of which are now included in the proposed SPLOST.

Please keep in mind that the FCBOE had to close East Fayette Elementary School to find students to populate the new Inman Elementary school. This was not part of what the taxpayers voted on in 2004.

State law, O.C.G.A. 36-82-4.2 allows for bond funds to be repurposed and used for purposes similar to those that taxpayers voted, as is the case for technology or paying off general obligation debt.

Instead, we have two unnecessary schools in under-populated areas of the county — and more debt.

Not only is this not good stewardship, it is not even mediocre stewardship, because the school system is obligated to operate schools that are not full and to pay the excess administrative (overhead?) costs for their operation.

It is precisely this type of illogical reasoning and obvious poor planning that compels me to run as a write-in candidate for the Post 1 seat now occupied by Janet Smola.

We must have someone in this position who will stand up for our community and demand that common sense be a factor in making multi-million-dollar decisions that affect thousands of students on a daily basis.

When my husband and I plan our family budget, we look ahead, determine our needs and figure out how income and expenses will vary in the future. We spend less than we make, we save, and we donate to charity and those in need. We try and practice faithful stewardship of what we have in managing our family finances.

I want to help the FCBOE, Fayette County, and you as a taxpayer improve the management of school funds and taxpayer money. I want to bring more fiscal responsibility to the leadership of the FCBOE.

I believe that it is essential that parents and taxpayers have a voice that is listened to and thoughtfully considered in the school system.

I would appreciate your help and ask that you select the write-in candidate box and enter my name, Nicole File, for Post 1 of the FCBOE.

Nicole File

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Okie on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 10:39am.

You will definitely be getting my vote. I'd like to know who is benefiting from the new schools and the bypass too! Not me, didn't want the school on my street or my street turned into a bypass! Double Whammy! We're just losing our peace and quiet, a lot of big trees, and in return getting noise and traffic! I can bet you there will be new subdivisions popping up along the West Bypass. I don't believe a word they said about traffic control in Fayetteville.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 5:17pm.

I went on line to to see if I could figure this out. It looks like about 9/27/02 or so the Board of Education bought land from the Lester Family LLC for the new cluster of schools. Then is looks like in 2004, after only one school being built,and not a complex, they sold the extra land to someting called Lester Road LLC, I don't think that has anything to do with Lester Family...

I looked a little more and I found a sewer easement for Lester Road LLc, and it seems to say the  Lester Road LLC, were Brent Scarbrough, Robert F. Rolander, Jeff Betsill, and Mark Jones. I could be wrong, I'm a novice at this.

Anyway, it does look like within less than 2 years, the BOE had sold the land around the new school to developers...suffice to say, that shouldn't help any overcrowding in the other ares, and may have been a boon for the developers. I would love someone, like Smola or Smith, to clarify this, as I'm sure it must be wrong.

But everyone, go to that site and see what you think. If we owned that land...why sell it and buy excess land somewhere else to build the high school, again to have to sell the excess to developers? I'm sure families with kids in grammer/ middle/ and high school, would have loved to put out/pick up, their kids in same place.

I'm now going to look at the land around where the new high school is suppose to be. I'm so bad at this, and don't know how to interpret this, would others please look too? I would hate to come up with, or give, the wrong impression.

Submitted by helpful lawyer on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 9:36am.

If you wish to look up official corporate information, this is one way you can do it.

Go to That will get you to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Click Corporations (green tab on top, at left).

Click Corporations Search (blue button, right column, middle).

Enter the first few words of the corporation’s name, and click the Search button.

In the list you see, click on the corporation’s name.

Click on View Filed Documents (on top).

Click on the Adobe icon to the left of the documents you’re interested in.

These documents should appear shortly and provide you the information on file.

Submitted by head_ragg on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 6:46am.

Registered Agent Information

Agent Name Smith, Teresa R

Businesses Represented by this Agent ...

Click on the Business Entity Name or Control No to view more information.

Business Entity Name Control No Type Status Entity
Creation Date

TCG HOLDINGS, LLC K932471 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 7/23/1999
TCG INVESTMENTS, LLC 0442310 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 7/13/2004
TCG RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, LLC 0442309 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 7/13/2004

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:16am.



Non-Profit Corporation - Domestic - Information

Control No.: J603790
Status: Active/Compliance

Entity Creation Date: 3/10/1986

Jurisdiction: GA
Principal Office Address: 256 COMMERCE DR., SUITE 447
Last Annual Registration Filed Date: 3/17/2008
Last Annual Registration Filed: 2008


Registered Agent

Office Address: 310 PENDLETON TRAIL
Agent County: FAYETTE

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:03am.

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:06am.

Submitted by head_ragg on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:55am.

gotta go, but TCG holdings is a development company

Submitted by head_ragg on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 6:53am.

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Submitted by alittlebirdietoldme on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:04am.

can't get this to work

Submitted by head_ragg on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 8:01am.

first go to the fayette county clerk web site then one the left click on


hit to accept dislaimer and proceed

then try putting in the address


TCG holdings ...or Fayette county board of education...or variations of board of educations name and you will see eye openers

look at Board of education and lester road llc, or I think another was ARC enterprises....Lester road llc and Lester family llc...ARE NOT THE SAME!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 4:54pm.

they should look at this

Submitted by head_ragg on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 8:02am.

everything Nicole says....

when I got throught looking, as a taxpayer, I felt someone had served me up on a silver platter and all I needed was an apple in my mouth!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 5:44am.

What a joke, I did a little more searching, and it is disgusting. I am going to vote F.I.L.E

you people really need to research this before you vote.

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