Amy4OurKids

Amy4OurKids 2 years, 2 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

continued from previous comment ... This is hardly transparent: Page 648, item 3000002-9990 reads like this:
Financial Services (3000002-9990-NA) FY2012 actual $258,771 FY2013 proposed $245,687 FY2013 Supt. Recommended: $245,687 Description: Banking fees and services for central office and local schools (includes investment advisor)


It is my opinion that this budget should be transparent and honest. If it is a great idea then disclose it. If it isn’t a great idea then get rid of it. We are in a fiscal CRISIS. Our kids deserve good schools and good teachers. Our class sizes should NOT have increased by an avg. of 2 per class. The Chamber Salary could put 2 or 3 teachers back in the classroom. Look at the budget … there are plenty of places to choose our kids over bureaucracy.

Give our kids the best schools in Georgia. Great Schools will attract many from other counties. People will move to Gwinnett in droves if we give our kids the education they deserve. Our empty homes will sell, our tax digest will increase and good things will follow.

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 2 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

As my child crams into an even more crowded classroom this week I wonder how did funds go for Chamber Salaries and not Teacher Salaries. As I read these articles I hear Gwinnett saying this is a great investment. If it is such a great investment then be upfront, be accountable and be responsible with our children’s education funds.
Show us how this investment paid off Show us where in the budget these salaries are disclosed, don’t hide it I asked Mr. Cost where this line item was in the budget. He kindly responded to me. It is : Reporting department - Financial Services (300002-9990) on page 648. Here is the link if you want to look it up yourself: http://votejenfalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/General-Fund-Budget-Book-FY2013.pdf


This is hardly transparent: Page 648, item 3000002-9990 reads like this:
Financial Services (3000002-9990-NA) FY2012 actual $258,771 FY2013 proposed $245,687 FY2013 Supt. Recommended: $245,687 Description: Banking fees and services for central office and local schools (includes investment advisor)


It is my opinion that this budget should be transparent and honest. If it is a great idea then disclose it. If it isn’t a great idea then get rid of it. We are in a fiscal CRISIS. Our kids deserve good schools and good teachers. Our class sizes should NOT have increased by an avg. of 2 per class. The Chamber Salary could put 2 or 3 teachers back in the classroom. Look at the budget … there are plenty of places to choose our kids over bureaucracy.

Give our kids the best schools in Georgia. Great Schools will attract many from other counties. People will move to Gwinnett in droves if we give our kids the education they deserve. Our empty homes will sell, our tax digest will increase and good things will follow.

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 3 months ago on LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

If paying the Chamber salaries is such a great investment then why not be transparent? Visit VoteJenFalk.Com - transparency is a huge part of her platform. I am sure you are finding interesting.

I believe that we need to view each and every GCPS budget dollar as a key to our children's future. Demand the BEST schools for your kids. Make sure our teachers are paid and furlough days go away before anyone in the central office gets another pay or benefit increase. If Gwinnett County had the very best schools, not only will our children get what they deserve but others will move here in droves. Empty homes will be sold, tax revenue will increase and good things will follow.

Vote for transparency. Vote for Jen Falk!

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 5 months ago on School board adopts $1.7 billion budget

They may not be laying off any teachers but they are not hiring any of the 500+ positions that will be open due to retirement or leaving the system. Instead an already over crowded classroom will get even more crowded. They chose to save $43million this way but they had other options. Here are some of the things they didn't choose to cut. Check out Jen Falk's blog .... http://votejenfalk.com/get-the-latest/on-the-campaign-trail/

Don't let this happen again. Let the Board and Mr.Cost's office know that parents and teachers are watching and we want them to put our kids first. Don't be afraid to speak up. Want help... I will help you. Jen Falk will help you ... Find your voice and speak up for your kids and teachers. They deserve better! I know we can give it to them.

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 5 months ago on School board adopts $1.7 billion budget

They may not be laying off any teachers but that isn't the full story. They are not rehiring the 500+ teachers that are retiring or leaving the system. Instead they are increasing class sizes. If a teacher has 5 classes a day they will have 10 more students on average next year. My son's 7th grade teachers avg. about 120 students this year. Next year it will be about 130 students. This is not acceptable. There were other options to save that money. They chose not to take them and our teachers and students will lose again. Here are some of the things they are spending money on instead of putting our students first. Check out all 3 blogs talking about the budget. Just follow this link.

http://votejenfalk.com/get-the-latest/on-the-campaign-trail/

Parents and Teachers need to stand up and be heard. Get involved now! Don't let this happen again and again. Ask the Board or Mr. Cost .... what is the long term plan? What are you thinking about to make next years shortfalls balance? Choose our Kids! Speak up!!!!!!

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