This person should be on the BOE instead of what we have

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I didn't enclude the name at the end, because they may not like it, but this person's letter was right on!

"BoE ‘forced’ to build River’s Elementary?
Tue, 08/05/2008 - 3:17pmBy: Letters to the ...
One of the most unbelievable statements to come out of the SPLOST meeting held last Thursday was the school board’s insistence that funds from the school bond referendum “had” to be used to build River’s Elementary School, a school that most people now admit we do not need.

This is simply not true; they did not “have” to build an unneeded school.

The actual bond referendum that was passed stated specifically that bond proceeds were to be used to build new schools and improve technology throughout the school system.

Comptroller Laura Brock was technically correct when she stated that any unused funding would by law be returned to the taxpayers.

What she failed to point out was that Georgia law specifically allows for funds to be transferred from one program to another if there is no longer a need for a specific project.

Therefore, the $10-million Rivers elementary project could have been used to fund the technology improvement project.

The school board, however, opted to rush headlong by a 4-1 vote (Marion Key dissenting) to build Rivers Elementary. Very, very little bond money, if any, went to fund those “technology improvements.”

Now the school board is telling us we need a SPLOST to fund those same technology improvements that could have easily been funded via the bond issue.


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Submitted by G35 Dude on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 6:25pm.

OK a mistake was made. Maybe it can be corrected. How you say? I read that a couple of colleges want a campus in Fayette County. Maybe we can sell this unneeded school that we were "forced" to build to one of them?

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 7:12pm.

people have tried to figure out what to do with it. Clayton State has a satellite in PTC and not looking for another. The point is, these people make one fiasco after another at taxpayers expense.

The BOE doesn't know anyway out but to close Tyrone Elementary. I think they knew when they built it what was going to happen.

There was a big outcry from the public that there wasn't kids to fill it, nor extra money to build it. They did the opposite of what the taxpayers wanted.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 10:06am.

We should put a for sale sign on it and see what happens. What do we have to lose ?

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 10:24am.

by the BOE
Positive spin on school news costs Fayette taxpayers $183,000
Tue, 11/14/2006 - 4:35pmBy: John Thompson
Getting out the good news and achievements of students comes with a price tag in Fayette and Coweta counties.

In Fayette County, the public relations effort of the school system uses a number of different tactics and costs more than $183,000 on a yearly basis, according to information obtained by The Citizen.

The biggest chunk of money comes in the form of salaries and benefits to Public Information Officer Melinda Berry-Dreisbach and a secretary in her office. Berry-Dreisbach pulls down $63,348 a year, while her secretary makes $47,349.

For her salary, Berry-Dreisbach is the face of the school system in dealing with media requests and also sending out press releases to the local media touting the achievements of teachers and students in the school system.

She writes all the scripts for the education shows on Comcast Cable Channel 24 and also appears on camera for many of the programs, designs all slides that are shown on the channel and schedules the slides and videos for airing.

The system also contracts with a vendor to shoot programs for Channel 24 on Comcast. Berry-Dreisbach said the vendor is paid $22 an hour and worked more than 511 hours during the 2005-2006 school year for a total of $11,247. She did note that there is a $15,000 annual cap on the contract.

The budget also includes $31,000 for the printed flyers and brochures the school system publishes. Berry-Dreisbach said these include a three times a year newsletter, financial brochures and school calendars for all the students and employees.

Although not in the public relations budget, the school spokesperson also assists in getting items on the system’s Web site. Berry-Dreisbach said the cost to maintain and update the site is $50,827 per year, which includes server costs, software and salary for the webmaster.

In adjacent Coweta County, the system spends just over $135,000 for its public information department. Public Information Officer Dean Jackson makes $69,442, but does not have a secretary on his staff. The department pays $25,200 a year to Newnan Utilities for programming on its cable channel, and another $10,740 a year to Paper Moon Production for programming on Charter Communication.

Jackson explained the system contracted with Newnan Utilities several years ago for the service and now has a 24-hour station that repeats programming in six-hour blocks.

“It really helps us get out the message of what’s going on in the system,” he said

He said the school system’s Web site is handled by people in the technology department and did not have a breakdown of the actual costs of maintaining the Web site.

Both public information representatives are on call 24 hours in the case of a breaking school emergency.

Submitted by ptcmom678 on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 5:08pm.

and their spin doctors who put James Carville to shame on slanted news. I never watch Comcast 24, and don't know anyone who does on a regular basis. Do we really need a PR person whose SECRETARY makes more than most teachers? Oh yeah, isn't the secretary related to a BOE member? Nicole File, please tell me you're running in the next election!!!!!!

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