Comments
1 - 6 of 6 Comments Last updated Aug 7, 2012
Terry Daniel

Ellijay, GA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Aug 7, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

From the T-C, July 26, I read that CRCT scores for grades 3 & 4 are about 15% below state average. One way to identify a problem is to find out when it started, so what has happened during this period that may have affected these scores? I can only think of 2 things: we have a new school superintendent that has made some drastic changes and we have young kids riding the busses 3 hours per day. Is there anything else?
Reality

Ellijay, GA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
Aug 7, 2012
 

Judged:

1

1

Defending an indefensible public education system is a VERY time-consuming job. But with lucrative $100K salaries on the line, keeping the gravy train running is essential.

There are stats to be collected, letters to be written, multiple personalities to be invented, LEPers to be blamed, and opponents to be attacked.

OTOH, although Gilmer's expenditures per student are way ABOVE average, and our grades are way BELOW average, we do have one of the finest BOE castles in the state. Well, expect for the contaminated soil underneath it.

Bought for "30 cents on the dollar", and now worth about $0.00 to any buyer who exercises due diligence, it turns out, oddly enough, that the castle is one of the best real estate investments they ever made. Millions were lost on Oakland and the 382 property.

We don't expect real estate tycoons like "The Donald" to be worrying about some steenking CRCT scores.

The chicken plant across the street beckons our graduates.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Aug 7, 2012
 

Judged:

2

2

1

Terry Daniel wrote:
From the T-C, July 26, I read that CRCT scores for grades 3 & 4 are about 15% below state average. One way to identify a problem is to find out when it started, so what has happened during this period that may have affected these scores? I can only think of 2 things: we have a new school superintendent that has made some drastic changes and we have young kids riding the busses 3 hours per day. Is there anything else?
If you look at the middle school scores they aren't too bad. This could mean that our elementary instruction several years ago may have been more adequate. But our current elementary scores are deplorable. The two reasons you stated, change of superintendent and long commutes are two possible reasons, but I think we also need to look at the fact that we have placed almost 1200 children in one elementary school. That is unheard of. And we did that with no extra resources allocated for additional instruction, after school help, tutoring etc.

I wonder if anyone considered busing 200 students from the already large school to Oakland making two medium sized schools?
crazy people

Ellijay, GA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
Aug 7, 2012
 
There was after school help available started in Feb and went up until crct at ellijay elementary 3 days a week and gms did 3 some after school stuff also
ironeagle

Conyers, GA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
Aug 7, 2012
 
crazy people wrote:
There was after school help available started in Feb and went up until crct at ellijay elementary 3 days a week and gms did 3 some after school stuff also
and I bet not one single low scoring child or parents attended
Numbers

Longwood, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
Aug 7, 2012
 

Judged:

1

procon1 wrote:
<quoted text>
If you look at the middle school scores they aren't too bad. This could mean that our elementary instruction several years ago may have been more adequate. But our current elementary scores are deplorable. The two reasons you stated, change of superintendent and long commutes are two possible reasons, but I think we also need to look at the fact that we have placed almost 1200 children in one elementary school. That is unheard of. And we did that with no extra resources allocated for additional instruction, after school help, tutoring etc.
I wonder if anyone considered busing 200 students from the already large school to Oakland making two medium sized schools?
I think you have your information wrong. There are still 2 elementary schools in Gilmer County, MVE and EES. EES was a combination of Oakland and EES last year. Oakland had a population of 300 students. The 4th and 5th grade students at Oakland and EES all moved to GMS. There were nearly 400 4th and 5th grade students at EES alone combined with about 90 from Oakland, so in reality there were about 200 less students at EES last year. MVE has a student population of about 600 students.

EPS did combine with EES and Oakland as well, but there are still less students in those 2 buildings that were there the year before. Those building are just under one principal instead of two.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

23 Users are viewing the Ellijay Forum right now

Search the Ellijay Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
GA Who do you support for U.S. Senate in Georgia i... (Oct '10) 51 min Cbutt 50,119
Capital Meats Truck-Buyer Beware (May '09) 1 hr paul 368
Do you approve of David Ralston as State Repres... 12 hr Bruno 6
Southside Auto Parts 17 hr mechanic 8
Sheriffs Office Wed Tracey 12
SACS investigates Gilmer BOE Wed Melvin 141
probation office Tue Pappy 5
Coosawattee River Resort Ripping Off Owners (Apr '07) Tue Love CRR 10,731
•••
•••

Ellijay News Video

•••
•••

Ellijay Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Ellijay People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Ellijay News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Ellijay
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••