Graves Co Schools
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PTHS Alum

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Nov 13, 2013
Graves Co schools will be an embarrassment in several years thanks to your "No" vote yesterday. When your already rugged high school needs major renovations in just a few years and there's no money to pay for it and GCHS declines drastically, you'll regret yesterday's vote. Marshall hiked their taxes (and are higher than what Graves would've been) and it's no coincidence more people wish to attend Marshall County over Graves County. Their school looks nice--GCHS does not and is getting worse. Your county is a joke.
but

Mayfield, KY

#2 Nov 13, 2013
But they sure will have one nice football stadium and performance art center and isn't that what is most important anyways??

Sarcasm...
crossing guard

United States

#3 Nov 13, 2013
consolidating the schools was the worse thing that ever happened...
PTHS Alum

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Nov 13, 2013
crossing guard wrote:
consolidating the schools was the worse thing that ever happened...
I went to Paducah Tilghman but my kids live with their mother in Graves. My kids constantly talk about how their school is eroding. My ex wife thinks it's getting bad enough to actually send them to me in McCracken and have them go to school here. I have a feeling my kids won't be the only ones.
GCHS Grad

Portsmouth, VA

#5 Nov 14, 2013
As a graduating member of the 1st class to graduate from GCHS after being there 4 years (in 1989), the consolidation was the BEST thing that happened. Each of the community schools were erodind back then. I'm sure there would have been NO money to restore each of those schools to what they needed to be. I moved from the Mayfield district to the county district, and LOVED IT!! I no longer live in KY, and my current school district is hurting for money. I do think that the tax increase should have gone through (even though I HATE tax increases). We have to find a way to keep our schools going. Our country is falling behind, and this isn't helping.
moron

United States

#6 Nov 14, 2013
GCHS Grad wrote:
As a graduating member of the 1st class to graduate from GCHS after being there 4 years (in 1989), the consolidation was the BEST thing that happened. Each of the community schools were erodind back then. I'm sure there would have been NO money to restore each of those schools to what they needed to be. I moved from the Mayfield district to the county district, and LOVED IT!! I no longer live in KY, and my current school district is hurting for money. I do think that the tax increase should have gone through (even though I HATE tax increases). We have to find a way to keep our schools going. Our country is falling behind, and this isn't helping.
yeah its called not mismanaging funds! They get plenty of money to take care of all of the county schools its just misused! Of course marshall county taxes are higher its 1/4 the size of graves county!
PTHS Alum

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Nov 14, 2013
moron wrote:
<quoted text>yeah its called not mismanaging funds! They get plenty of money to take care of all of the county schools its just misused! Of course marshall county taxes are higher its 1/4 the size of graves county!
But their schools are so much nicer. And Marshall's high school has 300 more students than Graves. GCHS is pitiful for a school it's size. Marshall, McCracken, and Calloway are all much better school systems than Graves financially.
Answer you did not want

United States

#8 Nov 14, 2013
Graves County schools will go down the toilet.
correct answer

Mayfield, KY

#9 Nov 14, 2013
PTHS Alum wrote:
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But their schools are so much nicer. And Marshall's high school has 300 more students than Graves. GCHS is pitiful for a school it's size. Marshall, McCracken, and Calloway are all much better school systems than Graves financially.
That's the whole point. Those schools funds are properly managed. Mismanagement is the problem at Graves, not lack of funding.
Cardinal

United States

#10 Nov 14, 2013
PTHS Alum wrote:
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But their schools are so much nicer. And Marshall's high school has 300 more students than Graves. GCHS is pitiful for a school it's size. Marshall, McCracken, and Calloway are all much better school systems than Graves financially.
Add in Mayfield. Two straight years of teacher raises. Double the rainy day fund...new school additions coming...classroom upgrades.....

eagles nest has been crapped in this week...but look at it like this...with all that over paid help out there can figure it out...if not they will hire consultants who will reccomend the hiring of more board employees to figure it out
watchdog

Wingo, KY

#11 Nov 18, 2013
Did you know since 2000 Graves County has built 25million dollars worth of new stuff while Lowes and Cuba, Wingo has suffered You can,t tell taxpayers you need money to maintence and renovate buildings. Then get the people to put a tax on and build another building to maintain and this is pecisely whats happened over and over again. If you don,t want kids to leave the district quit trying to draw kids because you have fine facilites. And you just want numbers which means more money. We want QUALITY.
PTHS Alum

Fishers, IN

#12 Nov 18, 2013
watchdog wrote:
Did you know since 2000 Graves County has built 25million dollars worth of new stuff while Lowes and Cuba, Wingo has suffered You can,t tell taxpayers you need money to maintence and renovate buildings. Then get the people to put a tax on and build another building to maintain and this is pecisely whats happened over and over again. If you don,t want kids to leave the district quit trying to draw kids because you have fine facilites. And you just want numbers which means more money. We want QUALITY.
That's great and all, but the quality of Graves Co Schools has dropped drastically the last few years and will continue to do so. I agree with what you guys are saying about mismanagement of funds, but you're about to see Marshall, Calloway, and McCracken do laps around you guys in terms of quality.
parent

Denver, CO

#13 Nov 18, 2013
has anyone actually went and had lunch with their elementary aged child lately? it is a disgrace what they are feeding these children now days. sorry i know that is a little off subject.
Ron

White Plains, KY

#14 Nov 18, 2013
parent wrote:
has anyone actually went and had lunch with their elementary aged child lately? it is a disgrace what they are feeding these children now days. sorry i know that is a little off subject.
It is not just Graves.. Mayfield gets the same food.. The state/WKEC took bids on items and both schools have to get what the state allows them to order. State Problem...
parent

Denver, CO

#15 Nov 19, 2013
Ron wrote:
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It is not just Graves.. Mayfield gets the same food.. The state/WKEC took bids on items and both schools have to get what the state allows them to order. State Problem...
Some how I'm not surprised Ron.
PARENT 2

Mayfield, KY

#16 Nov 19, 2013
parent wrote:
<quoted text>Some how I'm not surprised Ron.
Try writing a letter to the Auditor of Public Funds, Mr. Adam Edelman. Maybe we can get an auditor to look into the contracting procedures for these meals. Could this be more cronyism going on with our children's meals? Would not surprise me at all!! We need more transparent and competitive bidding for these and all other contracting issues... this stuff of "sole sourcing" is utterly ridiculous, and is ripping us taxpayers off -- BIG TIME!!

No competition = extremely high costs = MUCH less than "best value" that is truly out there at a much more reasonable cost.

I encourage you to write this letter, pleading this school district and KDE and whoever or whatever other government entities are involved.
PARENT 2

Mayfield, KY

#17 Nov 19, 2013
PARENT 2 wrote:
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Try writing a letter to the Auditor of Public Funds, Mr. Adam Edelman. Maybe we can get an auditor to look into the contracting procedures for these meals. Could this be more cronyism going on with our children's meals? Would not surprise me at all!! We need more transparent and competitive bidding for these and all other contracting issues... this stuff of "sole sourcing" is utterly ridiculous, and is ripping us taxpayers off -- BIG TIME!!
No competition = extremely high costs = MUCH less than "best value" that is truly out there at a much more reasonable cost.
I encourage you to write this letter, pleading this school district and KDE and whoever or whatever other government entities are involved.
Sorry, I didn't finish my thought on my last sentence.
I encourage you to write this letter, pleading that this school district, KDE, and whomever or whatever other government entities are involved, be audited by Mr. Adam Edelman, KY's Auditor of Public Accounts.
Fed Up

Sacramento, KY

#18 Nov 22, 2013
PTHS Alum wrote:
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That's great and all, but the quality of Graves Co Schools has dropped drastically the last few years and will continue to do so. I agree with what you guys are saying about mismanagement of funds, but you're about to see Marshall, Calloway, and McCracken do laps around you guys in terms of quality.
All socialist government schools pale in comparison to a quality private education. Private enterprise (capitalism) beats socialism, every time.
Fed Up 2

Mayfield, KY

#19 Nov 22, 2013
Did you see how Superintendent Harrison quickly deleted item XVII -- Approve Travel for Board Members to NSBA Convention -- you know, their ANNUAL FREE VACATION for HARRISON, HOLMES, CURTSINGER and WURTH -- quite possibly the Board Attorney as well.

Apparently there we too many in attendance that supported the fight AGAINST their exorbitant tax increase.

Here's a prediction:

They will hold a special meeting, so that no one can witness their extremely SHAMEFUL behavior and vote IN FAVOR of THEIR FREE VACATION. That way, they can SHUN all taxpayers.

Anyone want to wager against this prediction? Let's keep our eyes open, so they will not get away with their "predicted" scheme.

They have no shame, which is why they MUST be removed and replaced by responsible and citizens.
Parent

Robbinsville, NC

#20 Nov 22, 2013
PTHS Alum wrote:
Graves Co schools will be an embarrassment in several years thanks to your "No" vote yesterday. When your already rugged high school needs major renovations in just a few years and there's no money to pay for it and GCHS declines drastically, you'll regret yesterday's vote. Marshall hiked their taxes (and are higher than what Graves would've been) and it's no coincidence more people wish to attend Marshall County over Graves County. Their school looks nice--GCHS does not and is getting worse. Your county is a joke.
HOW ABOUT YOU mind your own dam business. Paducah I am sure has its own share of problems. maybe you should focus on your own school. Trying to raise taxes to very high level is not going to solve our problems. Proper money management will be a good start.

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