School

One for Three is Good in Baseball

Chairman Richard Mecum

After Flowery Branch increased taxes, followed by the Hall County School Board increasing taxes, the Hall County Commission eked out a narrow 3-2 vote to hold the line. So with this victory, you would think that there would have been some decreased spending with this rollback…. If you think they spent less, you would be…

Schools getting hit hard this year.

First time school board members must be asking themselves why they ran for school board. The State starts by telling them they may stop paying for insurance for all part time non-certified employees. Then the State tells them they may take away the E-SPLOST penny in fuel tax by converting it to an excise tax.

Is it a $100,000 driveway?

BOE

Looks as though my amateur investigative journalism sparked the interest of the Gainesville Times today. The reporter repeated my questions and even raised a few of his own. But let’s just focus on a few main points for now.

Common Core Math Behind that BOE land deal…

Hall BOE

As the slow economy begins to rebound, our local governing entities are finding more money in their coffers for those good ol’ fashioned political land deals that we used to read so much about before the financial meltdown in 2008. You may have recently read in the local news outlets that the Hall County Board of…

Pick Me, Pick Me!

Oh, how I love me a committee.  It looks like our School Board has decided to put together a safety committee to deal with several of the issues that have gone on in our schools.   It seems like a reasonable idea and one that may let off the emotional steam from recent back to back…

At Least It Ain’t the General Lee

A recent story about state Schools Superintendent John Barge caught my eye while I was reading the paper at The Boar’s Nest.  It looks like Barge has been taking advantage of a $7,000 yearly car allowance even though the fringe benefit was cut out long before Barge took office.  You can read about the story…

Get back in line

School is back in session.  Over Christmas break I received a few e-mails from the radicals and Tea Parties concerning Common Core standards that we have started to implement here in Hall County.  For those who need to catch up, here is a balanced article from the Wall Street Journal.

Islands in a Steam

The City of Gainesville wants you to be in their city.  You may think you have a choice, but for 115 landowners, you don’t.  The city can and will bring you in without your consent or vote. 

What’s Good for the Goose…

I was recently contacted by a concerned parent regarding an issue with someone at a Hall County School.  The parent pointed out the Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures for Hall County Schools, specifically item 27 under “BEHAVIOR THAT WILL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES” that says; “Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting or erroneously reporting information regarding instances…