Not two, but three public hearings on the LCBOE higher millage rate,
10 AM and 6 PM on July 15, 6 PM on July 22.
That rate still puts Lowndes
in the middle of school millage
for counties statewide.
And they published a budget summary before the hearings.
Here are videos of the school board candidates from
the “debate” of last Tuesday at VSU.
Remember, this school board election will be decided tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th, unless there’s a runoff for some seat,
so tomorrow is the day to vote.
This is everything they said at VSU, except some of the answers to the first question,
since I was late from the Lowndes County Commission meeting; sorry about that.
District 1: the incumbent, Mike Davis, spoke,
and challenger Bobby Watford was absent.
District 2: the incumbent Fred Wetherington, has chosen not to run.
All three candidates for this open seat spoke:
Eric Johnson, Tara Parker, and Mark Barber.
And here are videos when all three of the District 2 candidates also spoke:
Pushers of the charter school amendment must be desperate!
Blurring the line between public officials and private
citizens, state Attorney General Sam Olens wrote:
Local school boards do not have the legal authority to expend funds
or other resources to advocate or oppose the ratification of a
constitutional amendment by the voters. They may not do this
directly or indirectly through associations to which they may
That means organizations like the Georgia School Boards Association,
and perhaps, the Georgia School Superintendents Association, would
be barred from speaking out against the proposed constitutional
Will he next be telling the Valdosta City Council it can’t
pass a resolution opposing a referendum?
What exactly is the difference between that elected body and
an elected school board as far as expressing such an opinion?
And all of those resolutions were non-binding opinions.
The Valdosta Board of Education, followed by the
Lowndes County Board of Education, adopted a
“Charter School Amendment Resolution” or a
“Joint Resolution in Support of Quality Public Education”,
depending on which ones minutes you go by.
What does the resolution actually say?
“The Lowndes County and Valdosta City Boards of Education
request that the Governor and State Legislators commit their support
to adequately fund a first-class K-12 public education for students
in Lowndes County and Valdosta City and across the state of
Georgia,” the resolution states.
The resolution explicitly states that the boards are asking voters
to not support the Constitutional Amendment relative to state
I would argue that middle school teachers have some students who
simply don’t do the work. They get it; they just don’t do it. The
Lowndes policy calls for multiple interventions for obdurate
students, but wouldn’t a zero make an important statement?
How else do adolescents learn that there are consequences for failure to
comply with assignments? In the classroom, it is a zero. In the workplace,
it is termination.
The Lowndes County Schools recently released grading guidelines for
parents to clarify what has been our current practice on reporting
of grades and to reaffirm our commitment to mastery learning by all
students. For the past year and a half, our practice in grades 3-8
After apologizing for setting off a flash earlier,
I recommended the county video their own meetings,
so they wouldn’t have to depend on amateurs.
Lowndes County Board of Education had an open forum about school consolidation.
and they had their own person videoing the whole thing,
ended up on the web in a day or two,
which means that everyone in the county could see what was going on….
We get enough of that for free.
I’ll send you a bill!
The Chairman nodded, so I’ll take that for approval of billing by LAKE.
As my mother, who used to teach at Pine Grove Elementary School (not a High School at that time), used to say, it takes a big man to admit it when he’s wrong,
Fred Wetherington is a big man
because he thought it was a good idea.
He looked at the evidence; he looked at the research;
and determined it was not a good idea.
I look forward to the members of CUEE standing up and being big men and women
because the research, their own research, and the research that
we’ve heard tonight,
the research from Tennessee, and the research from Troup County:
consolidation is not a good idea.
And I’m still waiting for some CUEE big men or women….
Sam Allen offered his head as a
Dr. Smith replied it wasn’t clear enough.
Everybody laughed at that as this video started, in which Allen, president of
Friends of Valdosta City Schools (FVCS), and former
superintendent of Valdosta City Schools, asked several
questions, most of which Dr. Smith would have had to have had
a crystal ball to answer.
The questions included what will happen to certain programs,
and what will happen to Valdosta School SPLOST funds.
Lowndes County School System Attorney Warren Turner did clarify a bit of what
would happen if consolidation passes:
If consolidation occurs, there is no such thing as the Valdosta
City School System, from the date the Georgia Secretary of State approves it.
Once they certify the election, there is no
central office of the Valdosta City School System.
There is a property located on William Street that is part of the
Lowndes County School System….
The real question is where would the funds desginated for those facilities go,
and can you even spend it?
Tax Commissioner doesn’t know; Attorney General doesn’t know; and we don’t know.
What will happen to programs and SPLOST? —Sam Allen @ LCBOE 4 October 2011
Why we oppose consolidation,
Community Forum, Lowndes County Board of Education (LCBOE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 4 October 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.