An estimated 3,000 students, parents and schools boosters marched through downtown Sunday afternoon in support of the March 23 1-percent sales tax referendum that would pump some $75 million into Baldwin County's financially ailing education system if enacted.
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#23 Mar 25, 2010
Where I'm moving has a better, although larger, school system. The property taxes fund a lot of it, and they are twice what they are here. We had the option of having a fundraiser or each set of parents just contribute $100 per year. I must say it was much better than having so, so many fund raisers like here. Their core classes are more advanced and there is more of them. The State places a higher priority on secondary schools than this one. Moreover, there are many people in the workforce, of course it's a city of 100,000, but these people place more of a value on the schools, and are much, much more active in PTA, PTO, school board meetings, and other school events besides the usual football like around here. If no more people had voted YES than come to PTA meetings, it would have never passed. They must have been afraid of losing football, because that is the best attended, most talked about, community supported(with taxpayer $$, I might add - City of Foley - $30K per year to Watson - City of Foley funding indoor practice center too)school event hands down. Not to say football is not large in other places, but there seems to be less of an emphasis on that and more on the overall aspects of education and funding of it. That's why I'm leaving - it's for my kids - and I mean it.
#24 Apr 10, 2010
As another retired school teacher I have expressed my recommendation of Voting NO. Eliminate Supervisors, Excessive Administration within each school, and many of the positions assigned because of busing and increased crime related to the schools. It is NOT the place of the school to hire additional instructors nor to take ILLEGAL ALIENS into the school system. In fact why not have the IRS send agents into the school, remove the students and family, sendingthe Illegals back home. Remove the COST of Busing from the Academic Budget (has nothing to do with academic attainment which is the purpose of education) and move it into Transportation. Leave the current budget for education and we have NO problem. Of course who gives a dam- about Transportation. Additionally the council should STOP playing "sympathy games" to gain the women's vote for higher taxes. Would not be a bad idea to remove all the current County Commissioniers and replace them with more fiscially responsible representitives. Could Drop Football!!!
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