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Oh Dear Me

Cairo, GA

#22 Mar 7, 2013
That is where you are wrong. We do not get fully federally funded because our numbers are too low. The rest is made up by local dollars. The QBE also calculates how many administrators we are to have based on those student numbers. We have far too many multiple times over. If think fully funded means the locals make up any and all of the difference, then you are right, but to get our maximum federal and state dollars we do not have the correct number of kids enrolled in each of those schools.
Keep Calm and Carry On

Douglas, GA

#23 Mar 7, 2013
Oh Dear Me wrote:
That is where you are wrong. We do not get fully federally funded because our numbers are too low. The rest is made up by local dollars. The QBE also calculates how many administrators we are to have based on those student numbers. We have far too many multiple times over. If think fully funded means the locals make up any and all of the difference, then you are right, but to get our maximum federal and state dollars we do not have the correct number of kids enrolled in each of those schools.
Even I know it doesn't work that way. Gunny, you wanna chime in from Ohio?
girl

Atlanta, GA

#24 Mar 7, 2013
Wasnt this said about Broxton??
Truther

Grinnell, IA

#25 Mar 8, 2013
Awful wrote:
This is NOT a rumor. The principal told the staff this week. The closing of the school will be the DEATH of NICHOLLS. Vote NO on SPLOST. Look at the Middle School DISASTER. They have too many administrators and they are in it for DOLLARS in their pockets.
This is a flat out lie. Nicholls is due to get a new school constructed under the next SPLOST. Just saw it on the latest board meeting on tv.
Sherrie S

Douglas, GA

#26 Mar 8, 2013
The school is NOT going to be built in Nicholls. Ask them "WHERE" exactly they are going to build it. NOT in downtown NICHOLLS. I hope you believe everything that the BOE puts on tv... they diffuse any controversy as long as possible, then do as they want regardless of how the community of NICHOLLS feels. Why don't they close Eastside and westside and build a mega elementary school for them. They won't touch Satilla or ICE, Broxton, Ambrose or Westgreen, but Nicholls is the loser in the Coffee County School System. That school is the LIFE of NICHOLLS.
SittingInMyWigwa m

Winfield, IA

#27 Mar 8, 2013
Come on folk, let's be reasonable and use our minds! It has been known or at least rumored for at least 10 years that the long range plan included a new school for the Nicholls area which would also served possibly the West Green area too. I'm assuming at least the east side of West Green would be included in the "new" school line. Nicholls has the best kept school buildings and grounds than any other school in our system, plus the teachers are fantastic, let me say again..THE TEACHERS ARE FANTASTIC. The administrative staff is a little challenged in the area of professionalism,effectiveness, and fairness. Although the principal has been a good shot in arm for leadership and school morale. There still seems to be too many chiefs driving the good Indians, but that is another subject. A new school built on the existing property would still be too far from West Green and most likely not be sufficient in acreage. It just makes more sense to build a new Nicholls (area) school somewhere on the outskirts between Nicholls and Westgreen. This is simply in the early planning stages and there will be lots of discussion before final plans are made. Why don't we finally support what is best first of all for the students then secondly for the tax payers of this county. I support a new school. Vote Yes! Yes! Yes!
Oh Dear Me

Cairo, GA

#28 Mar 8, 2013
Funding is partially based on the student teacher ratio. This is not at the minimum for several of our schools.
Kindergarten 15:1
Grades 1-3 17:1
Grades 4-5 23:1
middle Grades 6-8 23:1
middle school 6-8 20:1
High school 9-12 23:1
High School Voc Labs 20:1

Then there are the rest of th 19 categories setting minimums for student teacher ratio. I know these seem small, but when you add the student numbers and the teacher numbers, it does not balance out. This is just one part of the equation that is one of the easiest controlled by enforcing district lines.
Sherrie S

Douglas, GA

#29 Mar 8, 2013
SittingInMyWigwam wrote:
Come on folk, let's be reasonable and use our minds! It has been known or at least rumored for at least 10 years that the long range plan included a new school for the Nicholls area which would also served possibly the West Green area too. I'm assuming at least the east side of West Green would be included in the "new" school line. Nicholls has the best kept school buildings and grounds than any other school in our system, plus the teachers are fantastic, let me say again..THE TEACHERS ARE FANTASTIC. The administrative staff is a little challenged in the area of professionalism,effectiveness, and fairness. Although the principal has been a good shot in arm for leadership and school morale. There still seems to be too many chiefs driving the good Indians, but that is another subject. A new school built on the existing property would still be too far from West Green and most likely not be sufficient in acreage. It just makes more sense to build a new Nicholls (area) school somewhere on the outskirts between Nicholls and Westgreen. This is simply in the early planning stages and there will be lots of discussion before final plans are made. Why don't we finally support what is best first of all for the students then secondly for the tax payers of this county. I support a new school. Vote Yes! Yes! Yes!
Nicholls needs that school in NICHOLLS. VOTE NO NO NO on any SPLOST. It is the only way to save Nicholls Elementary School. The teachers are GREAT even though the administration is lack-luster. The students are outstanding.
girl

United States

#30 Mar 8, 2013
Sherrie S wrote:
<quoted text>Nicholls needs that school in NICHOLLS. VOTE NO NO NO on any SPLOST. It is the only way to save Nicholls Elementary School. The teachers are GREAT even though the administration is lack-luster. The students are outstanding.
When do we vote cause in voting hdck nahh!!
Sherrie S

Douglas, GA

#31 Mar 9, 2013
girl wrote:
<quoted text>
When do we vote cause in voting hdck nahh!!
SMART GIRL ... VOTE NO ! Keep NICHOLLS Elementary School "IN" Nicholls.
Oh Dear Me

Cairo, GA

#32 Mar 9, 2013
Do you realize that you can voted no all you want, but the BOE will find a way to close it and move it if that is what they want?

If they simply got rid of all those created positions and much of the top heaviness, we could afford a new school in Nicholls.
Common Sense

Birmingham, AL

#33 Mar 9, 2013
This is one of the problems that I see in our community. It's in others as well, but it's much more pronounced and worse in Coffee County.

Most everyone in these tiny little communities think they are better than the rest and don't give two hoots about what's best for the county or city as a whole. They just want to keep their little world as is. NES can close and go somewhere else and Nicholls is gonna still be Nicholls. It won't decrease or increase it's stature in our county. It's just a small little blip on the county map. Same mentality is found in Ambrose, Broxton, Westgreen, Axson, etc.

It is an absolute waste to have all these different schools spread out all over the county. It's a waste in the form of building costs, maintenance, multiple administrators, etc. Until these little communities start looking at the big picture and understand that if the county and city succeed, we all succeed, then we are going to continue falling behind other communities around us. Mayor Max helped to propel Douglas and Coffee County to the forefront and put us at a level where we legitimately competed with Tifton, Waycross and the like. I believe we've fallen backwards and that Mayor Dennis is capable of leading us back, but he can't do it alone. He needs the support of all Coffee Countians and there are times when you have to put your own petty desires aside and do what's right for the community. This is one of those times. Quit being a selfish brat and have the maturity to see what's best for the greater good.
Paw Paw

Douglas, GA

#34 Mar 9, 2013
Common Sense wrote:
This is one of the problems that I see in our community. It's in others as well, but it's much more pronounced and worse in Coffee County.
Most everyone in these tiny little communities think they are better than the rest and don't give two hoots about what's best for the county or city as a whole. They just want to keep their little world as is. NES can close and go somewhere else and Nicholls is gonna still be Nicholls. It won't decrease or increase it's stature in our county. It's just a small little blip on the county map. Same mentality is found in Ambrose, Broxton, Westgreen, Axson, etc.
It is an absolute waste to have all these different schools spread out all over the county. It's a waste in the form of building costs, maintenance, multiple administrators, etc. Until these little communities start looking at the big picture and understand that if the county and city succeed, we all succeed, then we are going to continue falling behind other communities around us. Mayor Max helped to propel Douglas and Coffee County to the forefront and put us at a level where we legitimately competed with Tifton, Waycross and the like. I believe we've fallen backwards and that Mayor Dennis is capable of leading us back, but he can't do it alone. He needs the support of all Coffee Countians and there are times when you have to put your own petty desires aside and do what's right for the community. This is one of those times. Quit being a selfish brat and have the maturity to see what's best for the greater good.
Coffee County is falling behind because of the current mentality of the Superintendent and BOE. Bigger schools are NOT better. Look at the Middle school fiasco ! Smaller children need the security and nurturing nature of their community. They feel competent and capable when they learn to function within that safe environment. NICHOLLS needs Nicholls Elementary School.
what

Norcross, GA

#35 Mar 10, 2013
Wasteful wrote:
It's a total waste of our tax payer money to have a school in Nicholls to begin with. From NES, it's 14 miles to Westgreen Elm, 16.5 miles to Eastside Elm, 18 miles to Westside Elm & 21 miles to Satilla Elm. All of those are well within an acceptable driving distance.
If keeping the school in Nicholls is what is going to keep businesses open, wouldn't the bank still be open? Having a school in Nicholls does nothing to drive the business community. But it does waste money. Consolidate the elementary schools, cut costs and quite wasting our hard earned tax dollars. I'll support you in voting NO for SPLOST, but I want Nicholls closed to go with it.
How about we close those schools? The argument can be made that they're just as close to NES and you can drive your kids here!
Gun Runner

Hamilton, OH

#36 Mar 11, 2013
what wrote:
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How about we close those schools? The argument can be made that they're just as close to NES and you can drive your kids here!
Agree.

Plus, being closer to the prison and detention center, it'll be easier to transfer those that continue to insist on acting out!

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