should Tippah County Schools be consolidated??

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teachermom

Ripley, MS

#1 Mar 26, 2012
I think it would definately make more sense.. the 2 schools up for consolidation would be falkner(high school) and blue mt.(high school) send the high school kids to ripley... other places do this.. kids go to one school 1st-8th grade..then integrate into one larger high school..

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#2 Mar 26, 2012
Back to one school district and elect the superintendent would be a start. Never understood how the school board can take things away but to bring them back we have to vote it back in. We need to think more about our choices next time!
rhsbandrocks

Picayune, MS

#3 Mar 26, 2012
More kids in one school = more problems for the kids = More violence!!! Plus more students less teacher time with one on one student.
ilu

Birmingham, AL

#4 Mar 27, 2012
NO!! BM deserves so much more than to be put with Ripley!
honey you

Meridian, MS

#5 Mar 27, 2012
i want my kids to stay in blue mountain bc they get the help they need and if u put two school together it will be less help for the one that need it and blue mountain can have one on one if they need to and u dont hear a whole lot of trouble goin on there.

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#6 Mar 27, 2012
I don't like consolidation either. I don't like 2 school districts, 2 superintendents, don't know how many more workers to work in the offices. 2 seperate bus districts, 2 bus administrators and so on. Didn't like the millions spent in Ripley on the "event center" and other bldgs. We can change it with our votes though, but people don't vote here. So I guess we'll get what they give us.
rebelfan11

Meridian, MS

#7 Mar 31, 2012
Consolidation is something that is being talked about from the Governor down in Mississippi. There are 163 school districts in Mississippi and there has been talk of eventually having a 100 or so. Consolidation can be a good thing. However, it can also be a bad thing. Eventually Tippah County will see consolidation in the future though.

Since: Nov 11

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#8 Mar 31, 2012
One thing is for sure, if we consolidate I bet we will have the same amount of superintendents. Why have two school districts now. Our tax dollars are being pissed away by the so called intelligent ones of our county. Seems to me if they have masters degrees they should be able to handle one school disrict. How many plant managers do furniture factories have. We have one governor, one president, One sheriff, one police chief, one chancery clerk and so on. If they can't handle stress go into something else, don't waste my tax dollars.
savagenation

Ripley, MS

#9 Apr 1, 2012
Desoto County only has ONE (1) super int. and he has to over see one of the fastest and populous counties in the state of MS!! he has southaven, hernando,olive branch, walls, only one district, yet tippah county requires 2... lol explain that.

Since: Nov 11

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#10 Apr 1, 2012
They can't explain it. We need to put people in there that is more capable and responsible with our money and our children. Why did it ever split to begin with. Why did we loose our right to vote on the supeintendent. One thing is certain we can change it back. We just have to do it though. Why did we loose our right to vote on the police chief?
GrannyGoneWild

United States

#11 Apr 1, 2012
@huckaberry, you be hating Ripley for the event center at least its a pretty building and you want all school consolidated into One at Ripley, Then Ripley will get everything. So Go Tigers Go!! Not sure if you are for or against huckaberry!!!

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#12 Apr 1, 2012
GrannyGoneWild wrote:
@huckaberry, you be hating Ripley for the event center at least its a pretty building and you want all school consolidated into One at Ripley, Then Ripley will get everything. So Go Tigers Go!! Not sure if you are for or against huckaberry!!!
I not be hatin on ripley, you be readin da wrong stuff into what I be saying. Now, I beleive that there should be only one school district in the county and the superintendent be based in Ripley. Be voted on by the people of the county. If some don't like 5 board members we could have 2 per district. I want equality for all the schools. Better management of our money and better teaching for our children, that's all.
Granny

United States

#13 Apr 1, 2012
Id say print up a petition and get a lot of people to sign it and present it before the board North and south. But also everyone that votes for these board members be leary of who you put in office, I agree they have way too much power and nobody there to keep them in line. If they don't like the superintendent then they vote them out and put in someone that minds the board.
ilu

United States

#14 Apr 2, 2012
No!!!!! They shuld not be!
Granny

United States

#15 Apr 2, 2012
@ilu then you tell us why? In your humble opinion??

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#16 Apr 2, 2012
I agree granny, ilu needs to tells us why. Any time that the right our fore fathers gave us in the constitution is taken away from us our democracy suffers. Power most of the time generally leads to the saying too big for your britches. 5 people take the right of 1,000's away means we have a serious problem with those 5. this is not a corporation run by the ceo and board of directors. It's run by the people we elected to do our job, not theirs. I agree with the petition and I see one coming soon!
Rutherford

Pontotoc, MS

#17 Apr 3, 2012
For those of you who believe there would be less one on one time for your children, I'd like for you to consider this. In actuality, there would be more funding available with the schools being combined. Therefore, the class sizes would most likely stay the same and even positions like "interventionists," would be implemented. These certified interventionists provide one on one instruction to struggling students. Also, with more funding would come more programs...like music, art, pe, computer lab, etc. I know all parents would like to see even the smaller schools have these programs...and consolidation could help provide them. I realize there's been a long time rivalary with Ripley and the smaller schools but consolidation could benefit all students by providing them a higher quality education.

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#18 Apr 3, 2012
Rutherford wrote:
For those of you who believe there would be less one on one time for your children, I'd like for you to consider this. In actuality, there would be more funding available with the schools being combined. Therefore, the class sizes would most likely stay the same and even positions like "interventionists," would be implemented. These certified interventionists provide one on one instruction to struggling students. Also, with more funding would come more programs...like music, art, pe, computer lab, etc. I know all parents would like to see even the smaller schools have these programs...and consolidation could help provide them. I realize there's been a long time rivalary with Ripley and the smaller schools but consolidation could benefit all students by providing them a higher quality education.
I for one don't believe that the smaller the class the smarter the child. I went to school when we had 45+ kids and learned way more than kids today. We had teachers that had the ability to teach and the backing to dicipline. 5 kids in an unruly environment and a teacher that can't or wont maintain control is wasted time. The schools we have now could offer the things you speak of. But not when we hire retired teachers/administrators that draw 35 to 45k a year and salaried at close to or more than their retirement. Paying two administrations to run a meager amount of children. Now when you combine anything you have to build new buildings, along with I'm sure many other unforseen things that come along with consolidation. It's a simple solution, demand more from the ones that spend your tax dollars and mismanage the education process. Oh, and when did interventionists come into play in our schools, if the kid needs dicipline send him to the principal, the old fashioned way. If we went back to one district and one superintendent we would free up 100's of k's. A lot of the times the simplist and best solution is the hardest to see. We want to look so hard for the answer when it's there before us all along, it's just been overlooked as outdated or just given up on. As far as the rivalry I know that. But rivalry can be a tool for all involved if played properly and the tax dollars dished out proportinately.
yesitstrue

Ripley, MS

#19 Apr 3, 2012
there is NO reason whatsoever for Tippah County to have 2 seperate school districts... as you can see, there has yet for anybody to give a logical, and common sense reason for there to be.. because there isnt!!

your right about the funding... if the schools were consolidated, they would qualify for more Federal $$$... there would not be less one-on-one..time.. and no teacher would lose their job because of consolidation...

look at all the lunch rooms, and staff that have to be funded.. all the different gyms, and ball fields.. the utilites...

If Tippah County wasnt so corrupt, and backwards, and so many people out for themselves,and the people just use common sense, then they could really make something nice out of what is here..

As far as teachers go, i dont know if this can be done on a (per school district) level or has to be state implimented... but i firmly believe teachers should be paid, by the results they get.. let the testing determine how much their salary is.. if a teacher bucks up about that idea and gets mad, then fire them, because obviously, they are only there for the paycheck, and dont give a hoot about the kids, or think they can bring home a BIG paycheck, as a result of their kids test results.. just think, if Tippah county started doing that, sure we would lose alot of teachers at first... but hey... those are the teachers we NEED to LOSE!! after awhile with the test score salary $$$ bonuses and higher pay, Tippah County would start attracting the BEST teachers.. and the kids would be smarter also!!! Win/Win..

but then that makes way too much sense, and requires people to be responsible for themselves and care about others and put forth extra effort.. so none of the above will ever happen in Tippah County..

Since: Nov 11

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#20 Apr 4, 2012
You are probably right because people are to lazy to change it by a simple vote!

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