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CCS board addresses residents' concerns

Friday, September 14, 2007

Terry Barr
While an agenda was printed out containing certain items, several Clay County residents had other things on their mind when they approached the Clay Community School Board Thursday at its regular monthly meeting.

Two specific items, the ongoing teacher contract conflict and a proposed building renovation project, were on the residents' minds.

In fact, one area resident seemed to get under the skin of several of the board members Thursday evening.

The resident questioned whether the board was already making its decisions prior to actual board votes.

The seven board members all seemed concerned regarding this issue.

"I'm offended," Board President Terry Barr said. "It's the first I've heard of it. I was rather surprised.

"It's not over. It's not been decided."

During the board comment portion of the meeting, several of the board members offered their opinions on the renovation proposal in addition to other items of concern brought up by residents.

"These were good comments," board member Len Fischer said. "I do have my concerns about (the renovation project). I have not made a decision. I'm still listening.

"We have a history in this county of waiting until it's too late."

Board member Steve Grigsby agreed, saying no decisions have been made yet regarding the proposal.

"There's been no decision whatsoever," he said. "There are a lot of items that need to be considered before we move forward. We're looking at a lot of scenarios."

The board announced Thursday that it will conduct the first of two public meetings regarding the issue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The meeting will take place at Clay City High School.

"Let us know how you feel about this project," Grigsby said.

He added he would like to see the teacher contract issue finalized as soon as possible.

"I want a teacher contract," he said. "There's not a board member up here that doesn't want a teacher contract."

The board also announced another public meeting regarding the renovation project has been scheduled to take place at North Clay Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 27.

The public is encouraged to attend both meetings to hear more about the proposal. Residents will also have the opportunity to speak at both meetings.

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It is good to see the board wants to hear from the community about their proposed building project. I hope they will listen to what the community tells them.

-- Posted by TaxPayer2 on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 9:47 AM

With all due respect, Barr and Grigsby have presided over what has been (even by Clay County Schools' poor track record) a very long stretch of board micro-managing and absolutely poor decision making. As Eistein said, we can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them. In this case you have some people whose own poor decision making has contributed to the continued disarray of CCSC being asked to lead us out. There is potential in CCSC, but leaders like Barr and Grigsby have already proven to be incapable of real leadership, so why should the community expect that they can help lead us anywhere but down the spiraling path downward that has coincided with their time on the board? It's time for the community to look for real leaders on the school board who will truly put the best interest of the District ahead of personal and parochial politics.

-- Posted by Kudzukiller on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 10:36 AM

Being a 1983 graduate of Brazil High School I still cringe when I think of the condition of high schools that all the students of Clay County attended. The reason those buildings were still in use at that time was because of years of arguing and bickering over what to do about replacing those buildings. This community REALLY needs to do move forward with this renovation project as soon as possible.

It is embarassing to think that some of our students are going to class in trailers. These were a great idea for a temporary fix some years ago when they were put in place. It seems that this community forgot these were supposed to be temporary.

Quit arguing and get on with it

-- Posted by Gizmo on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 11:07 AM

How can the school board take on a large renovation project when they cannot settle the 5 year teacher dispute? The community should impeach this school board. They have absolutely no compassion or emotion where the plight of the teachers are concerned. I can teach and teach well in my old classroom but I can't stay in a county where the teachers haven't had a raise in 5 years!!

-- Posted by 5longyears on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 10:37 PM

In regards to leaders on the school board: See how many people in the community you can find to run for school board, attend an average of (minimum) of 24 meetings a year at a pay rate of $2,000 per year. After taxes that come about to about $1,600 per year. Add in at least 2 hours per week reading information, a minimun of 3 hours per week either telephone or computer time, 2 hour minimum of board meetings, equals about $5 per hour, minimum at best. So you would have to question the motives of a SB member. It is not pay. SB does not control scheduling (Union per contract), finances, state funding (State), insurance carrier or coverage (Union per contract), retirement (Union per contract), classroom (that is up to the teachers), building management (principals), No Child left behind (Federal), how the teacher "feel about theirselves" (personal and group support) Then you would have to question the motives: see above. Power? See above. Micromanaging? Definition changes depending on whether it concerns your child or special interest. Number of people speaking up if it does not concern them or theirs: "0" Good Luck!

School board member, Terry Barr

-- Posted by faraway on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 10:18 PM

If Grigsby is so eager to settle the teacher contract, prove it!! This time let's see if the board can give the teachers an increase that applies to ALL teachers instead of the ones who are about to retire!!I'm sure the community doesn't realize that the other,so called, pay increase actually DECREASED for A LOT of the teachers!!Let's get these teachers what they deserve and went to college for...to make a decent living!

-- Posted by frustrated taxpayer on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 1:27 AM

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