Sent: Tue, October 25, 2011 7:55:07 AM
Subject: Letter to the Staff
Attached is a copy a document that was sent to all Lowndes County
teachers and staff from Dr. Steve Smith.
Samuel Allen, Superintendent Emeritus [Valdosta City Schools]
REAL TRUTH: Continuing all of the current programs the Valdosta City
School System and the Lowndes County School System have would
millage rate of approximately 24 mills. Considering state law limits us
to 21 mills, some programs will be eliminated. The decision to eliminate
such programs will be recommended by the Lowndes County Superintendent,
subject to final approval by the Lowndes County Board of Education. There
will be winners and losers in consolidation and several current successful
programs will likely have to go.
Occupy the Voting Booth @ Vote No for Consolidation March 22 October 2011 Part 1 of 2:
No school consolidation,
Vote No for Consolidation March, Friends of Valdosta City Schools (FVCS),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 22 October 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman and John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
Here Amber, Bobbi Anne Hancock, LHS student Nathan Wilkins,
and VSU professor Karen Noll all march together.
They all Marched to Occupy Valdosta.
(Erin was in Atlanta, and Austin and others were out of town due to
VSU’s Fall Break.)
Doubtless there were others; nobody tried to take a head count of the crossover.
While I agree with most of
Karen Noll’s post,
especially the part about CUEE should come clean about why it’s spending
so much money on something about which it knows little,
I don’t agree that consolidating high schools would help.
I remember when Lowndes County consolidated two high schools into one, and the rationale was cost saving and more resources for science classes. What it was really about was football.
And it worked: Lowndes High School now often wins the state championship,
and Valdosta hasn’t in a decade.
While education lags behind.