A sad day for you Fayette County homeowners and your kids as well.

Mark your calendars folks.

A failure to actively oppose the changes in your school system may have finally struck what I think might well be a fatal blow to Fayette County.

Your property values, your way of life, and the reason Fayette County has been a desirable place to live and raise children is changing in front of your very eyes.

Indeed, if I am correct, you will have finally killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

Read This:

Cuts Hit Fayette Teachers Hardest

Ask a teacher- any teacher - if they are considering working in another school system. This pay cut will impact many of your teachers retirement negatively for the remainder of their lives.

Ironic that the best in the state are the lowest paid and now are taking the biggest pay cuts, don't you think?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 5:38pm.

I hope you're running for the school board soon!
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 5:58pm.

You don't think that's why he quit blogging here, do ya??? Nah, that couldn't possibly be it....

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Submitted by Cyclist on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 6:06pm.

do you think it? Anyways, he might be a liberal but he offered some pretty good ideas both in his pen and real name (which will remain anonymous).
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Submitted by Newsboy on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 11:52pm.

So the ajc 'discovers' that teacher pay in fayette is less than other metro systems, and this is news to ... who? certainly not the hundreds of fayette county teachers who, year after year, sign contracts knowing full well they could earn more in clayton, fulton, henry, dekalb ... but willingly sacrifice 'hazard pay' to work in a community where education is valued, students want to learn, parents are involved, facilities first-rate and programs on the cutting edge;

Where was all the outcry over teacher pay during the boom times from 1995-2005, when the district doubled in size -- physically, financially, professionally -- building 3 new high schools, 2 new middle schools, 5 elementary schools, a new gym at mcintosh, a fine arts theater at sandy creek, expanding or renovating (new roofs, a/c, kitchens, etc) at nearly every other school as well? Despite annual cuts in state revenue during the period, the system added hundreds of parapros, maintained low student-teacher ratios. created a K-12 strings program, kept art and music classes in all grade levels, replaced the entire bus fleett ... and on and on.

Where was the outrage? Every spring, the BOE is required by law to hold 3 public hearings before passing the FY budget that starts July 1. In 2003, my job required i attend those meetings, and not one taxpayer or 'concerned citizen' bothered to show up at any of them.

Outraged? should be ... because you have nobody but yourselves to blame.

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Submitted by wildcat on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 5:19pm.

Fifteen years ago I could have bought twice as much land in Pike County for the price I paid here, but wanted my kids in Fayette County schools. What a stupid decision. Now here I am trying to land not one, but two, p/t jobs to make up the difference in pay for this year. I will be looking at other counties for employment next year (or just change careers completely). I have no other choice as my bills will have to be paid. And it's not that I'm a slug, and opposed to working extra jobs, it's that I am also involved in Boy and Girl Scouts, Upward and other rec sports. You know, the kind of organizations that depend upon volunteers? I can't do both; there is not enough time in the day. I'll work somewhere else and continue to volunteer. What makes me the most sad is that I just changed schools and have rediscovered my passion for teaching. I absolutely adore my new school and don't want to leave. I hate that. Luckily, for my personal kids (I still have two in the system), I can do all the math and I don't suck too bad at English. What they don't get at school I can teach at home.

Submitted by tigger82 on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 11:39am.

My children have both attended Fayette County Schools. With the exception of a couple, they have always had fabulous teachers. We could have sent them to private school, but I cannot imagine them having better teachers or learning experiences than they have enjoyed at their Fayette County Schools.

I feel that we all need to thank the teachers and let them know how much we appreciate them.

I plan on purchasing gift cards to local restaurants and sending them with a thank you note to my child's teachers. I know it will not make up for the lost income, but maybe they can enjoy a meal and know they are needed and appreciated.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 7:39pm.

We tried our best with Houston, then Nicole File. I'm afraid that the teachers voted for the 2 that won. Why? because you ...trusted..them..why? No one knows. The point is now, what is everyone going to do about it? Find a job somewhere else? Or hit those who did this where it hurts the most. Power...that is what they wanted...are you all going to slink off like old cast off shoes? Or fight what is wrong?

Where the money went? There is a developer shrine sitting over on Sandy Creek. It is called Rivers Elementary.

Start a grass roots...everyone will support it. The people that got hurt are 1. teachers. 2. taxpayers. 3.kids...

Why? ..Who ..would have benefited from the risk with all 3 groups above? the developers! Personally I don't ..see...? where they paid any money...so why are they in the front?

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 1:37pm.

The problem is that most of Fayette Co has been fat and happy for long enough that real problems were ignored year after year, and when the last election came up, hardly anyone was interested in running or voting. Those that were interested seemed to be only partially aware as I heard so much praise heaped on Key and Todd and they are every bit as bad as the Smola's or Smith's. It's been broken for more than TWO decades and now the effects or being felt. The only thing keeping this school system at the top is dedicated teachers and involved parents.

Well parents, it's time to yet again get more involved. This time it's not about classwork or raising your children right or educational taxes or SPLOST, it's time to clean house on the bloated BOE and change the direction by replacing the BOE. Like, already.

The fact that you have an enormously bloated BOE with clueless people like Sam "What are Open Meetings laws?" Sweat, a lawyer from the same clueless planet, and another superintendent who never could get a school built anywhere in the same atmosphere as the budgeted costs still drawing big checks is an example of why so many distrust the public sector to do anything right.

The fact that the teachers bore the brunt of the BOE's lack of any kind of vision and please-just-pass-this-SPLOST-and-everything-will-be-fine isn't too surprising. Teachers in Fayette aren't viewed as lifers like BOE employees are. Everyone gets their direction not from DeCotis, but the BOE, and the BOE has failed miserably.

Quite simply, there isn't a "nice thing" to say about anyone on the BOE besides they took on a job with no pay, so hurray for volunteerism! We would have been better off if they hadn't scratched that itch to be volunteers in the first place. Volunteerism sux when the volunteers are worse than no one doing anything.

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 2:46pm.

I reply to NUK simply because this is the last comment I read. I agree with so much of what many are saying about our BOE. Everyone seems unhappy and would like to get rid of the whole bunch and especially the BOE administration.

My question, who do "they" answer to, they have to answer to someone . . .well maybe not, that's part of the problem. You see on my job if I do not perform as expected and in a timely manner, the word gets to Git my boss (yuk), and any problems are quickly taken care of. So who is the boss of BOE/administration? Perhaps we need to go right over them and complain to someone who will get it fixed. I know Git could give them some tips on getting results! LOL!

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Submitted by Newsboy on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 4:31pm.

No disrespect meant to eodnnaenaj1 ... but how can anybody be so ignorant of the way schools operate?

Who do "they" answer to? YOU
Who is the boss of the BOE/Administration? YOU
Who will get it fixed? YOU

Simply put ... Voters choose the 5-member board, the board hires/fires the superintendent, the superintendent runs the school system. End of story. You want to change things from the top? ELECT A NEW BOARD .... but that is exactly what Clayton County did in 2002, and see where that got them?

I'm starting to agree with Boortz ... stupid people should NOT have the right to vote. Or blog.


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Submitted by suggarfoot on Thu, 10/01/2009 - 7:14am.

over all of them. We are the final answer, and everyone is just sitting back and letting it happen.

"Perhaps we need to go right over them and complain to someone who will get it fixed."

Submitted by wevotedforit on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 8:22pm.

I have a friend that works in the school system and he said that they don't feel comfortable speaking out. The are suppose to put on a happy face while they are treated like dirt.

Submitted by allegedteacher on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 6:07am.

Your friend is correct. The political atmosphere of this school system is such that singling out the outspoken is a common practice. The administration plays personal interests against the common good, trapping those who wish to keep their jobs into a smile-and-say-everything-is-great coma. Having worked outside the schools for years before teaching, I was/am surprised that this is the only work experience I have had in which employees do not have opportunity to evaluate or rate their supervisors. If this was practiced, it would be the administrators who would be scared, for a change.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Wed, 09/30/2009 - 7:23am.

how hard would it be to get a petion n get a couple out n put a someone else on the ballot? Teachers, this could be your revenge.

Submitted by fayette911 on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 5:39pm.

Pay checks come out tomorrow for Fayette teachers. Went it hits the fan and they actually realize how much they lost to get a surplus back, it will get nasty (does that make sense at all?). Some teachers really don't have a hard figure in their head as to what they will lose for the next four months. If this doesn't shake up things in the county office/board NOTHING will! This is affecting people's lives, their retirement, their children, etc etc etc!
Tell me ONE other county in the whole state that has done this much damage to their teachers and I'll apologize! We as a community should be ashamed of the money management of the board and Dr. D.
I hope that this community will stand behind their teachers, but I have my doubts.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 7:53pm.

there is so much apathy here. That is why Darth Vader and friends always win!

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