Banks is shot down in flames---again.
by Pete_Borden
 CCSD/School Board
November 14, 2011 02:39 PM | 1442 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
In spite of having zero support for virtually the same request back in August, Board member David Banks, without consulting any of his fellow board members, during Wednesday’s School Board Work Session, presented a motion to pay all CCSD employees a 1% bonus, by Dec. 15.

In direct contrast to the information furnished by Chief Financial Officer, Mike Addison, and backed up by Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Banks says he “is sure it (the $7 million to $8 million required to fund this motion), is available”. Obviously, Mr. Banks’ strong suit is not economics. According to Addison’s report in October, the CCSD is looking at a $73 million dollar deficit. Banks wants to increase that deficit by 10% or more.

Not one single member of the board seconded his motion. It is, therefore, dead…..at least until he reintroduces it, which could be as early as the next meeting.

As has been typical of Banks’ tactics, he, once again, in an interview with the MDJ earlier in the week, tried to tie the “calendar issue” into the remuneration issue. Previously he tried to say that we had “given the employees the balanced calendar as compensation for cutting their pay.” That is, of course, hogwash. When the calendar issue was being debated, there was nothing brought up about the pay reductions. Listen up please, David. Pay reductions are about compensation. The calendar is about working conditions. No relationship exists between the two.

Of course, to most people, all this is merely Bank’s way of trying to ingratiate himself to the CCSD employees, in hopes it will help him win re-election in November of next year.

That being the case, were I in his place, the calendar is one issue I would avoid like a plague, since a great deal of the current calendar flap is directly attributable to his “flip flopping” on the issue back in 2009, when he voted for the balanced calendar, though he ran, and was elected, on a promise to support a traditional calendar.

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anonymous
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November 23, 2011
Banks is a prime example of how complacent people in East Cobb had become when making their choice in elected officials. As irritating as Banks is, I am afraid that there are probably somethings going on there that just make it a sad situation.
Banks :(
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November 16, 2011
Banks is an embarrasement to our great school district. I am not in Post 5, but certainly hope those people speak up next November and get him out.
anonymous
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November 23, 2011
Our school district is GOOD in educating our kids--better than the typical government school. But, our school district IS GREAT at wasting a whole lot of taxpayer money in the name of the kids.
eCobb Dad of 3
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November 15, 2011
Banks proposal was nothing more than a political ploy. It was fiscally irresponsible and as a post 5 voter I hope he gets tossed out next November.

To "Some Balance" there are a lot of people who did not like the balanced calendar. I being one.
eCobb Mom of 2
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November 16, 2011
Ditto - There are PLENTY of us who did not like the balanced calendar.
Say NO
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November 15, 2011
I would lose all confidence in the voters of Post 5 if Banks were to get re-elected. I would rather see him donate his re-election funds to teacher grants than wasted on a campaign.

Looking forward to getting this clown off the board!
Some Balance
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November 14, 2011
I have yet to meet an actual teacher, student, or parent who didn't like the balanced calendar or who wouldn't be happy with its return. However, this particular motion sounds silly.
Hey Some Balance
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November 15, 2011
I'm a parent and I do not want the balanced calendar. I voted for a candidate who clearly stated their position on year round school and a traditional calendar. I voted for that person; if they changed their position now after getting elected they would be no better than David Banks who is dishonest and irresponsible.
@ Some Balance
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November 16, 2011
Agreed on the silliness motion comment, yet please consider expanding your circle of friends. There are many, teachers included, who don't like the balanced calendar.
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