Hundreds Show Up for Sumner County Commission Meeting

Aug 6, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WZTV Top Stories

An incredible turnout in Gallatin tonight as hundreds of people show up for an emergency meeting of the County Commission.

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melody

United States

#1 Aug 6, 2012
What's the deal??? Any progress??? What start
date are we looking at here???
shah nah nah nah

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 6, 2012
So when do the students go back ?!
nirysi portland tn

Franklin, KY

#3 Aug 7, 2012
Apparently our childrens education is less imporant than the almighty dollar! Sumner county parents get to wait in limbo for something to happen.
Toy Tiger

Gallatin, TN

#5 Aug 8, 2012
Most of those attending were school teachers and employees. The last figures I saw we had 1 employee to each student.
If thinks are so good why do so many sumner county student's parents have to pay for 1 or 2 years remedial courses before their high school grads. can do college work?
Toy Tiger

Gallatin, TN

#6 Aug 8, 2012
CORRECTION!!

1 employee for each 5 student.
Going Private

Hendersonville, TN

#7 Aug 8, 2012
Someone please explain to me how sports practices are continuing but school is closed?
FTP

United States

#9 Aug 9, 2012
Toy Tiger wrote:
Most of those attending were school teachers and employees. The last figures I saw we had 1 employee to each student.
If thinks are so good why do so many sumner county student's parents have to pay for 1 or 2 years remedial courses before their high school grads. can do college work?
So your a teacher huh.......I know who you are.....and you aint shit!
Paul Hull

Hendersonville, TN

#10 Aug 9, 2012
Given that as a parent I had no idea at all this was coming until I received a call from the school on Friday that it would be closed, I think it is reasonable to be forgiven for not making the meeting that was scheduled at the last minute. Had the school board or the county commission bothered to let us know this might happen before the last day possible, there might have been a greater show of support. However, they didn't even mention it at registration 2 days prior! This is ridiculous. It should have been solved WAY before now. Both the school board and the county commission should be held accountable. They have completely failed in their duty to make it work. I understand drawing a line for funds, I really do. However there also has to be a willingness to compromise on the part of the schools and a willingness to FUND the schools from the county commission. The whole thing has been handled poorly, from the lack of notice to the parents (read, VOTERS) to the lack of willingness to compromise. We should never have been caught off guard by this. It is our money, our public school, and our elected officials that are in the middle of completely failing at their jobs. I am hard pressed to think of any reason why I shouldn't start a campaign to remove every single one from office and start over with people who are willing to do their job correctly.
Toy Tiger

Gallatin, TN

#11 Aug 9, 2012
Sorry I am not a teacher.
It is time the school cut nonsenses programs and looked at living within the budget instead of doing it the union way. "What else can we ask for?"
Taxpayer2

Portland, TN

#12 Aug 9, 2012
Going Private wrote:
Someone please explain to me how sports practices are continuing but school is closed?
because sports are given priority over academics. they won't let this budget crisis affect the football schedule , I bet.
Paul Hull

Hendersonville, TN

#14 Aug 10, 2012
Toy, what nonsense programs are you specifically referring to? Please bear in mind that I have taken the time to actually look at their budget... I'm expecting a real answer, not "union way" stuff.
Caring parent

White House, TN

#15 Aug 10, 2012
Toy Tiger wrote:
Sorry I am not a teacher.
It is time the school cut nonsenses programs and looked at living within the budget instead of doing it the union way. "What else can we ask for?"
The schools have reduced the budget to the point of not hiring more teachers. The class sizes are climbing and the teacher salarys are being cut. I'm sorry you don't know the facts.
James

Houston, TX

#16 Aug 11, 2012
There are several things that can be cut from the budget:
1 Schools don't need to sponsor sports, there are all types of private leagues
2 There is no need for school to last over half a day, which will save on electricity,lunch, and teachers wages(which are unreal when you take into account the work maybe 1/2 a year and off every major and nonmajor holiday), but I know some of you will have to find a daycare or actually spend time with your kids in which you could teach them how to sing, and teach them how to run, play,(gym,recess,vocal).
3. As you know from above cut out all fluff, Gym, recess, parties, watching movies, and pretty much all the arts (which you can do privately or on your own very easily).
4. Don't need to replace or build a school when on can easily be repaired.
5. Remove all teachers unions and pay them what they are worth based on some way to measure their capacity to teach your children (Tests that measure the students in that individual class verses other teachers teaching the same class)performance based pay.
6. Fire the total school board and elect responsible individuals you know personally.
Just a thought.
Paul Hull

Hendersonville, TN

#17 Aug 11, 2012
1 I agree, but good luck getting that to fly in America.
2 There is no need for school to last over half a day?! Seriously? You actually think that as you watch our children falling behind the whole rest of the civilized world in test scoring?
3. The arts are not fluff. They are a very important part of a rounded education. Further, is there any justification at all to fail teaching PE in a society as obese as ours?
4. Schools are usually built because of population growth, not just on a whim to replace old ones. Getting funding to build a new school is NOT an easy task. You speak like you've never been in any of the old, outdated schools that are still used around here.
5. If we payed all teachers what they were worth, most of them would be making a lot more than they make now.
6. Because clearly it would work to have a bunch of responsible individuals that everyone in the whole county knows personally? That's not even a statement that references reality at all.
Also, do you have children? If you do, have you ever tried to get them to sit still for a day without exercise? If you don't, you need to hush trying to tell other people how to raise theirs.
yankee

United States

#18 Aug 11, 2012
Thank you Paul, you speak for many of us. There is a reason why the south has a "dumb" stereotype put on them and the lacking school system is a prime example why.
James

Lafayette, TN

#19 Aug 11, 2012
2. Our children are falling behind because of what and how they are taught, If you cover the things that matter Math, Science, History(the truth not liberal bs), English/spelling/reading,which can easily be covered before lunch, you have all you need the rest can easily be done at home the rest of the day.

3. Your children are over weight because they sit on their butt all day at school and do nothing strenuous whatsoever PE is a joke in schools, and it is not everyones responsibility to keep your kid in shape that is your own not publicly funded programs take some responsibility for your OWN child.
The arts teach them nothing constructive to the core tasks of education and if you like the arts pay for your own child to get them on your own.

4. I agree some what but a lot of schools are built because it is not their own money and they know it will please the masses that don't realize they will be in debt for the next foreseeable future and could have added on or made do with what they had.

5. No you wouldn't pay some one to mow half your yard for the price to mow the whole thing, and that is what we get with teachers they work half a year and demand a full years salary it is ridiculous.

6. You don't have to know them personally but I would find some one you could trust that does or not vote or them.

I have 4 and with the way I describe you have freedom to do whatever you want with your children you have the power to choose what "arts" or sports you want your child active in it is pretty simple.

They would only sit half a day with my plan and they make them lazy by making them sit there for 7hrs a day with limited physical action. My child will do what I tell them to do which is another problem with most parents I won't get into.
yankee

Bristol, TN

#20 Aug 11, 2012
James has my vote too
Taxpayer2

Mooresville, NC

#21 Aug 11, 2012
James wrote:
2. Our children are falling behind because of what and how they are taught, If you cover the things that matter Math, Science, History(the truth not liberal bs), English/spelling/reading,which can easily be covered before lunch, you have all you need the rest can easily be done at home the rest of the day.

3. Your children are over weight because they sit on their butt all day at school and do nothing strenuous whatsoever PE is a joke in schools, and it is not everyones responsibility to keep your kid in shape that is your own not publicly funded programs take some responsibility for your OWN child.
The arts teach them nothing constructive to the core tasks of education and if you like the arts pay for your own child to get them on your own.

4. I agree some what but a lot of schools are built because it is not their own money and they know it will please the masses that don't realize they will be in debt for the next foreseeable future and could have added on or made do with what they had.

5. No you wouldn't pay some one to mow half your yard for the price to mow the whole thing, and that is what we get with teachers they work half a year and demand a full years salary it is ridiculous.

6. You don't have to know them personally but I would find some one you could trust that does or not vote or them.

I have 4 and with the way I describe you have freedom to do whatever you want with your children you have the power to choose what "arts" or sports you want your child active in it is pretty simple.

They would only sit half a day with my plan and they make them lazy by making them sit there for 7hrs a day with limited physical action. My child will do what I tell them to do which is another problem with most parents I won't get into.
Agree-- and another thing -- fancy multi -million dollar school buildings don't make better schools anymore than fancy churches make better Christians. Think about that when you favor the tax increase.
yankee

Bristol, TN

#22 Aug 11, 2012
That is correct about "fancy" buildings but taxes pay for much needed things such as busses, gas, updated books, computers, paper, ect. I am for a state tax.
Taxpayer2

United States

#23 Aug 11, 2012
yankee wrote:
That is correct about "fancy" buildings but taxes pay for much needed things such as busses, gas, updated books, computers, paper, ect. I am for a state tax.
You're right , but what I was thinking about the 22 million dollar middle school that was built in Columbus School district and teachers were still laid off ! I know about the paper and supplies-- I am a teacher and buy much of my own supplies. I favor better management and more accountability rather than constant demands for more money.

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