So the Lowndes Board and the Valdosta board (several VBOE members plus Supt. Cason were present, and one repeated point was that the two school boards and staff talk to each other all the time) used CUEE’s questions to improve the case against consolidation while promoting community dialog. They even managed to criticize specific named individuals for specific messages they had posted, while not disparaging them personally. One board member even mentioned that a lawyer involved with CUEE was his lawyer and he expected that not to change after November 8th. Sam Allen of FVCS and several others asked excellent questions, which the Lowndes Board and staff actually answered as much as that was possible without predicting the future, occassionally calling on Dr. Cason for confirmation. Bravo, Lowndes and Valdosta Schools!
Also, bravo to Lowndes Schools Technical dept. for getting video of the event onto YouTube rapidly. I was there and took video, some of which I may post later so as to refer to particular segments. But this is a very good example of how local governmental bodies can make their own meetings available to the public themselves, thoroughly, completely, and with their own commentary. Bravo, indeed!
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all the other forums about school consolidation.
Financial Issues of Consolidation,
Community Forum, Lowndes County Board of Education (LCBOE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 1 November 2011.
Videos by lowndestech for LCBOE, the Lowndes County Board of Education.