Cobb School District under fire
July 13, 2013 11:28 PM | 1071 views | 3 3 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Donald Murphy’s July 7 letter in the MDJ (“Let Superintendent Lead”) is a typical example of what those who run any modern-day governmental or educational operation do when it stops working. They find someone else to blame and then convince those who control their destinies that their analysis is correct.

In the Cobb County School District, one of the board members produces a rabble-rousing newsletter in an attempt to force other board members to subscribe to his way of thinking. When the school calendar was under discussion, I attended a board meeting where the yelling, sign-waving rabble disrupted the entire meeting and would not stop.

When the board finally decided hire a new superintendent, they did so after talking with him for three hours, without any investigation into his background, to determine his previous experience and successes in another school district.

The number of administrative employees at Glover Street keep going up, without the knowledge or approval of the board, salaries of the Glover Street gang keep going up, while class sizes and the number of furlough days for teachers continue to increase and step increases for teachers are largely ignored. It’s getting harder and harder to determine whether the primary purpose of our school district is to educate our children or to support an ever-growing administrative staff at Glover Street.

Jim Stoll

Kennesaw

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anonymous
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July 15, 2013
The Glover Street staff does not keep going up and if you look at the numbers the admin office to teacher ratio at Cobb is lower than other metro districts. I do agree they need to look at all areas, including schools and support departments, to be efficient and reduce expenses
Gina Nasworthy
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July 26, 2013
Mr. Stoll, I understand your frustration. I reside in Sumter, SC and our school district has suffered immensely under Randolph Bynums rule. However under public scrutiny and public outrage Mr. Bynum has announced his resignation. I urge you and your community to hold the board accountable and demand change! Since 2011(Bynums employment) we have lost over 200 of our best teachers. The teachers have complained of intimidation tactics.Mr. Bynum too has issued teacher furlough days, requested before the state board that teachers not receive pay raises for the last two years and shuffled teachers and principals from school to school. His reasoning: to build their resumes. He and his staff, including some board members have taken expensive trips on the taxpayers dime, supposedly to benefit the children. We are elated that he will be gone effective Aug.30th 2013. The taxpayers of Sumter will save 175,000 annually. Stand up to the board, and remember those board members during the next election! I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor and remember it takes a village to raise a child!
Momof 2
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July 27, 2013
Just because the ratio is lower than other counties does not mean it isn't too much. I know for a fact that many of the Glover Street Gang cannot wait until 5:00 to relieve their boredom.

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