As parents, students, and teachers get ready for the 2012 – 2013 school sessions, tensions are high because of the uncertainty that awaits them. The Dekalb County Board of Education, along with superintendent Ackinson, accomplished very little concerning the budget for the 2012 – 2013 school sessions this summer. Instead, there was confusion, in-fighting, name-calling, indecision, malice, strife, and envy that went on…just to name a few.
And because of all the in-fighting that is going on between school board members…they are unable to do the job the citizens of Dekalb County elected them to do…that is be good stewards of our hard-earned tax dollars, educate our children, and make the Dekalb County School System one of the best in the state of Georgia. In the latter, the school board has failed miserably.
Indecision creates problems for everyone. First, we were worried about funds that mysteriously disappeared. Second, what programs needed to be cut in order to make up that lost? Third, how much should they raise our taxes? Fourth, how many schools should be closed or not? Fifth, how many employees should lose their job?
Finally, as the school year nears, I can’t help but think about how this is going to affect the children. They will be faced with larger classes, new teachers with less experience, and classes that are cut because of lack of funding. Our school board members created these problems…and the only way to fix this problem is to elect New Qualified School Board Members.