Fayette BOE: Fewer Students? Hire more teachers!

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Ever wonder why Fayette BOE can't budget?
Consider this:

School enrollment has declined every year for the past four years:
2005 - 22,338
2006 - 22,291
2007 - 22,190
2008 - 22,084

So what has Fayette BOE done in the face of declining enrollment?

Hire more teachers!

2005 - 1,529
2006 - 1,565
2007 - 1,620
2008 - 1,772

We now have 16% more teachers than we did four years ago, even though enrollment has been essentially flat for four years.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 6:33am.

I just went to the open government site and found that the PR person make in excess of S60,000. a year. If this person has an assistant, that is going to be about another 40,000. Do we really need this? I think there is a lot of cutting that could be done without touching the teachers.

Guys face it, you have let... some.... on the BOE run wild, and this is the result. They have bought excess land. Built schools in the middle of no where, sold some of the excess land to developers. I don't think it is even LEGAL that the BOE has become land speculators! You have voted people on the BOE that may be either very greedy or unbalenced, or both.

Submitted by bowser on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 9:20pm.

Hey Sniff, interesting numbers. A couple questions (honest ones, not like a lawyer where I already think I know the answer):

Are these all everyday classroom teachers? Or does it include "floaters" who go around "advising," the curriculum managers and support staff etc.

How many of these added positions were mandated under NCLB class size caps or other non-county rules?

What's your source on these numbers?


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Submitted by sniffles5 on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 9:54pm.

Information is hard to come by, given the "bunker mentality" of the BOE and its lawyers.

The state of Georgia audits our Board of Education every year. Their website is HERE. Type in "Fayette" for search criteria. The third report in the list (RPT 7413) has the most current information.
From the appendix I got the teacher census for 2005,2006 and 2007 year. The 2008 figure I got from the FCBOE website.

The student census for 2005 and 2006 I got from that audit report as well. The 2007 and 2008 student censuses I got from the Citizen article on declining school enrollments printed back in September.

I can't answer your other questions as there is no breakdown in the audit reports. I suppose one could do a Freedom of Information request, if they had $2700 they typically charge.

Submitted by bowser on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 8:52am.

Looks like credible info. I do think you have to be careful about what's actually under local control and what's not whenever you discuss school staffing and funding. But I'd certainly be interested in an explanation for the opposing trendlines. Maybe they'll put one on channel 24.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:46pm.

Great question, as some teachers already have full capacity classes. If some of these money saving schemes happen, they'll have even larger classes. Individual teachers will have a harder time managing 30-35 students, so plans are to take away the parapros too. Ya know, you just got to shake your head and wonder!

I am constantly amazed at the officials can foul up, for all the world to see, yet keep their job and come out smelling like a rose. If an employee were to come up with these hairbrained plans that didn't work, wonder how long he'd last. My, my, my!

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