Broke School System in Macon County?

Broke School System in Macon County?

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G Dog

Franklin, NC

#1 Nov 28, 2010
Wow! Somebody spent too much without planning for how to pay for it! Now, the budget busters, ie, County Commissioners and School Board members are going to have to come back to the taxpayers and beg for more money, Raise taxes, because they spent money like it grew on a tree. Forty Two million for a 5-6 School on land they paid $2.4 Million for, 10 useable acres, hmmmm, that's $240,000 per acre for land worth about $15,000, who owned that? Who were they related to? There should be an investigation into that purchase! The Town of Franklin is no better, buying land they don't use, spending over $1 Million to rehab a $250,000 Town Hall,$10,000 to furnish one office,$173,000 for a "security system" to protect the manager's gun collection, one he was fired over back in the 1980's because he took guns from the former sheriff. Is his sone still in prison? Yep, these local leaders applaud each other every week in the Press and Macon News but what have they done? Bankrupted the Town and County? How's that $25+Million Airport for 50 people working out? Lots of continuing expense there! The taxpayers sure get taken to the cleaners by leaders that want to impress their rich friends and feather their family/friend's nests. But, thats the way it is in politics where the politicians ignore the will of the people and elect immoral, lying people like they just did for the School Board!
Johnny Jones

United States

#2 May 14, 2011
The people of Macon County can expect more of the same if they don't get some good people to run for school board and hire an intelligent superintendent.

Brigman is a finalist for a job in Alabama and is playing the religion card there just like he does here, according to the paper there. He went to church colleges and was quoted as saying in his interview "from the church to the classroom....." just like he did here.

Between the arrogant church man Brigman and the former power hungry Shotwell, our schools are getting worse all the time because the superintendent and school board just let the county commissioners and airport do whatever will put money in all their own pockets.

This false "religion" is killing Macon County.
George Weinburg

United States

#3 May 14, 2011
Those last two superintendents Shotwell and Brigman have done untold damage to the county. But if the school board and county commissioners do not get turned out to pasture----and soon----- nothing will change. They'll be looking for more of the same after Brigman leaves.....another good old sleazy inexperienced Bible quoting boy who will carry their dirty water for them.... with a salary of $150,000+.
David Martin

United States

#4 May 15, 2011
Let's hope and pray that Brigman will get that job in Alabama.

What the school board did in not hiring Gene Young was a disgrace. I never did understand why they didn't make him superintendent unless it was simply that they wanted some outsider they could manipulate, one of Drake's "god squad" boys, which both Shotwell and Brigman were/are. They just thought Gene Young would go on doing the mundane "real school work" while the new Superintendent and Terry Bell would do the political stuff to build the new schools and get water to the airport and the "new industrial park" out there.

But Gene just quit rather than be insulted like that, and the schools have declined ever since with one fiasco after another, and with nepotism and back-scratching as the #1 personnel policy.

Have you noticed how quiet school employees are these days? They just keep quiet, never saying anything good or bad about the schools, at least not publicly.
Russell Maney

United States

#5 May 19, 2011
My friend who has a relative in the school system told me morale is real low and that most employees are hoping Brigman will leave. Cronyism is real bad they say, and Brigman is so arrogant and feels so self-important, and does not know much about curriculum. They also say that new expensive reading program is not a good thing. (Linda Mood Bell or something like that)
Roy Ledford

United States

#6 Jun 4, 2011
Well, unfortunately Brigman did not get that job in Alabama so we're still stuck with him.

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