School board needs schooling on money
February 28, 2014 12:21 AM | 2049 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I’m sorry, but I just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for the Cobb School Board. It’s becoming obvious they don’t know how to manage money.

They complain about not having enough yet they’re getting ready to spend $1 million they don’t have to create a teacher evaluation system when they could be cleaning mildew out of the elementary schools so the students have a healthy environment to learn in.

It’s obvious they can’t afford this. So why are they doing it? The answer is quite simple. They’re going to get a bunch of influential people to figure out a way to take the money from the taxpayer.

We’ve now got 16 of the most prestigious citizens of Cobb saying the school board needs money. Well that much is obvious, but where is it going to come from? Taxes, plain and simple. These people, who have dubbed themselves the Save Our Schools Advisory Council, say supporting the school system through property taxes alone isn’t enough, so the state should hike sales taxes and add the extra money to property taxes to ensure the school board gets adequate funding. So in other words we need to raise taxes because throwing money at a problem and hoping it goes away is always the best solution.

If I didn’t know any better I’d swear these people all worked for the Obama administration.

Do you really think raising taxes is going to help? It’s just going to make it harder for some people to buy groceries when they’re not making as much money.

Some families, like mine, shouldn’t have to worry about the county schools anyway because they don’t have children attending them. Why should a family have to pay for the schools when they don’t have kids in them? I spent the last seven years of my educational career in private schools and if I hadn’t I would’ve gone to Marietta schools. Despite this my parents still had to pay the property tax. Obviously there’s never been a justifiable reason for that. Who wants to pay for something they’re not using?

Yes the school board is lacking money, but raising taxes and spending what little they have is only causing more problems. They need to be more frugal. Instead of reconstructing elementary schools they need clean the ones that exist. And while basing a teacher’s evaluation on the quality of work by students makes sense they don’t need that sophisticated a program to do it. They also need to prioritize better and figure out which problems are more severe and fix them first. That’s how they’re going to solve their money problems.

Jonathan Worley

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Exploded Wallet
March 06, 2014
The true money issue comes with SPLOST. The school board used all this quick money to build build build but did not think of what it would cost to maintain those buildings. Kids don't need stadiums and glorious amenities at school. Education first and basic sports environment second. You get the nice sports scenery in college and beyond.
March 03, 2014
Actually, every homeowner should contribute property taxes for the public school system. Quality schools (or the perception of) is one of the biggest determinants of property value. So whether you use the schools or not, you should care about how the schools affect what someone will eventually be willing to pay for your home!
@ Jonathan Worley
February 28, 2014
You may not be aware that it's Georgia that is mandating new Teacher Evaluation.

You need to familiarize yourself with TKES - the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System. It's sooooo simiple that Georgia has a 500 page document that shows what districts must do so that they, and Georgia, comply with Federal Race to the Top funds the state already received.

The Fed's pledged to pull money from the state since Georgia didn't have its act together on the evaluation system.

Your article is also a bit behind as the Cobb District has delayed its work on the TKES tool pending what direction the state takes.

One last comment - you also need to understand that there is a difference between capital funding through SPLOST which pays for items like replacement schools and operations funding through property taxes which pays for teacher salaries. They are two entirely different buckets and SPLOST can't be used to fund teacher salaries.
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