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Cherokee School Board To Hold Public Hearing on Boundaries

The board will vote on the proposed 2013-14 school boundaries in December.

The Cherokee County School Board will hear from the public tonight on its annual school boundary reconfiguration process.

The board will hold a public hearing input meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Canton High School/School Board Auditorium. It will also hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.

The Cherokee County School District will open a replacement E.T. Booth Middle School facility in August and district staff met with parents of students who would feed into the facility to discuss the possibility of altering the grade configuration of three elementary schools.

A new Booth facility would have capacity of 1,500 and the district would like for the facility to encompass grades sixth through eighth.

That would mean rising fourth-grade students Boston, Bascomb and Oak Grove Elementary would attend fifth-grade at their respective schools. They would then move onto sixth grade at Booth. Clark Creek Elementary, which also feeds into Booth, opened this year with a fifth-grade class.

Boston, Bascomb and Oak Grove are the only elementary schools in the district that do not have a fifth-grade class. The district also met with parents of students at Ball Ground Elementary School to discuss the future grade configuration at that school.

The final recommendations will be considered at the Dec. 1 School Board meeting at 7 p.m. The boundaries will be effective for the 2013-14 school year.

Jim Beam November 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Over the summer when the 2013 CCSD budget was approved, Dr. P warned (in a Canton Patch article) that " some costs will have to be transferred to parents.." next year. Here's a link to the Patch article: http://canton-ga.patch.com/articles/cherokee-school-board-approves-budget When will he go into any detail about these vague threats? I know these cuts won't impact Dr. P nor his taxpayer-subsidized monthly vehicle stipend one bit...but Parents need to know now, so they can start saving up whatever $$$ is needed --- in addition to paying their property tax and ESPLOST funding -- to fund our half-Billion-$$ school district. If it's going to cost parents extra $$$ for their children to play sports or band, it'd be nice to know NOW, rather than next June. So Dr P - on behalf of all CCSD parents....what Costs do you intend on Transferring to us? If you're unsure, when do you plan on letting your employers - the taxpayers of CC and all CC parents - know? Remember - you work for us, not the other way around. If you could get that info out ASAP, that'd be just great - thanks!
Stevie Nicks November 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Mr. Dan, Were you at the Board meeting when the budget was discussed? I was and you are taking what was said out of context and using it to further your own anti-Dr. P/Board agenda. Kim Cochran mentioned looking into a "pay to play" situation where parents would be expected to pay more for extracurricular activities. Dr. P mentioned that the budget the Board was voting on had no provisions for that to happen, but said “if the current economic climate didn't change, some costs will be transferred to parents." I took that to mean that while this next budget did not take pay to play in account, that sometime in the future, parents may have to pay more for their children to participate in extracurricular activities. The link you provided to the Patch article also has a note from the Patch editor that says some of your posts were removed for violating Patch rules about personal attacks. The vitriol and rhetoric that you share on Patch and other places shows that you have a true hatred and disdain for our public schools, Dr. P and the Board. I am not sure what you do for a living, but I am glad that we don’t have people like you serving all the children and taxpayers in Cherokee County.
Monty Brewster November 02, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Taxes are going to soar when we have to start paying the new charter school tax.
Jim Beam November 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Taxes are already thru the roof to support our 48th-ranked public ed. system. Now P wants more!
Jim Beam November 02, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I do have a true disdain for people who waste billions of tax $$ propping up a failing school system while patting themselves on the back and whining for more of my $$. And if your assertion is true that future extracurriculars may need to be paid for by parents, why was Ms Cochran's suggestion of the same so negatively dismissed? Her husband wrote an editorial to the Tribune to counter the negative vitriol you people heaped upon her...yet here you seem to be OK with that when the super suggests it. There's no 'put of context' here. This isn't Fox News. P said exactly what I quoted - he needs to be clear what costs he's referring to. I find Dr. P to be an extreme hypocrite. He complains incessantly about funding yet we still pick up 100% of his 6-figure salary and perks package. He could be a leader here and forgo some of his considerable pay, but that would mean putting his $$ where his mouth is. I'm sorry you have such low standards for our county's educational leadership. I don't know what you do for a living but I hope you have nothing to do with the education of children. We need to teach our children to be strong and independent and not a bunch of sycophantic followers who refuse to criticize officials who aren't even elected. P is our employee. There is no need to worship this man.
Monty Brewster November 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Taxes going to out of state charter corporations from our 50th ranked corrupt politicians who receive campaign contributions from those corporations.
Monty Brewster November 04, 2012 at 02:47 PM
What about politicians that use millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for personal real estate bungles? Seems like you forgot your disdain as you hopped in their pockets.

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