DeKalb County Schools,new high school?

DeKalb County Schools,new high school?

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Bubba J

Smithville, TN

#1 Apr 19, 2011
Does anyone know why the school system was pushing for a new high school? Don't we need to replace Smithville Elementary first? I found it odd that there has been work done to the HS but the Elementary is not even mentioned that a new one is needed.
CW03C

Smithville, TN

#3 Apr 19, 2011
Bubba J wrote:
Does anyone know why the school system was pushing for a new high school? Don't we need to replace Smithville Elementary first? I found it odd that there has been work done to the HS but the Elementary is not even mentioned that a new one is needed.
I feel the same way. The Elementary School needs a lot of work but it seems the school board only thinks about the High School. I wonder why they are pushing a NEW High nSchool so bad.
Blessed

Florham Park, NJ

#4 Apr 20, 2011
I also found it interesting how during the football season, the high school was the only school team being recognized while the Saints had their best record in school history with like only 1 loss. It seems the system only cares about the HIgh School in more ways than one.

I also agree about the Elementary School. My grand children go there and that school is the same today as it was when I attended it in the 70's.
Mom

Smithville, TN

#5 Apr 20, 2011
Blessed wrote:
I also found it interesting how during the football season, the high school was the only school team being recognized while the Saints had their best record in school history with like only 1 loss. It seems the system only cares about the HIgh School in more ways than one.
I also agree about the Elementary School. My grand children go there and that school is the same today as it was when I attended it in the 70's.
I have been told that the elementary school is full of mold. If so it needs attention now. The only complaint about the high school that I have heard is the hallways are too narrow. If the teachers would loose a few pounds the problem would be solved. The way I understand it the highschool has about the same number of students that were there when Mr. Johnson was principal.
crazy dekalb

Cookeville, TN

#6 Jul 19, 2011
Mom wrote:
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I have been told that the elementary school is full of mold. If so it needs attention now. The only complaint about the high school that I have heard is the hallways are too narrow. If the teachers would loose a few pounds the problem would be solved. The way I understand it the highschool has about the same number of students that were there when Mr. Johnson was principal.
The elementary school is full of mold, and they will not do anything about it. I know that someone called the state because of their child's allergies with the mold, and nothing was done about it, and the school board didn't do anything either. They know the problem is there, but they don't fix it. That school is OLD, older than the high school. If they need a new high school, whey did they spend all that money on a new chemistry lab? Makes no sense, just like everything else done in this county, like buying a shopping center that was literally falling in.
crazy dekalb

Cookeville, TN

#7 Jul 19, 2011
CW03C wrote:
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I feel the same way. The Elementary School needs a lot of work but it seems the school board only thinks about the High School. I wonder why they are pushing a NEW High nSchool so bad.
The only work that needs to be done on that OLD school is a bull dozier.
CW03C

Smithville, TN

#8 Jul 20, 2011
The main thing the schools need is an elected Superintendant and all new Board Members.
good idea

Cookeville, TN

#9 Jul 21, 2011
CW03C wrote:
The main thing the schools need is an elected Superintendant and all new Board Members.
That is true, and something that would have to be changed by our legislators.
Joe the country boy

Smithville, TN

#10 Jul 24, 2011
CW03C wrote:
The main thing the schools need is an elected Superintendant and all new Board Members.
You want him out then complain to the board members. That's one problem, no one complains to them. If people would call them day and night you might see some changes. Better yet run. I am not impressed with the way it is run. I have heard from someone that many times the director does not advertise or interviews for people. I have herd from a few people that he put people in positions and one I was told wasn't interviewed. This has happened more than once. We had a chance to get someone in the system that could have been a asset. The director didn't advertise the position or interview the person. If the feds get involved and find this stuff out he will have some explaining to do as by law you have to advertise jobs. Our system is as bad or worse than it was ten years ago in my opinion . I have heard one of these people snubbed is thinking about running for board member and will vote against contract renewal on the director when it comes up. Personally I would like to see it go back to electing the director. That way they have to keep 51% of the public happy. And more than 3 or 4 board members.
the way it is

Cookeville, TN

#11 Jul 25, 2011
Joe the country boy wrote:
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You want him out then complain to the board members. That's one problem, no one complains to them. If people would call them day and night you might see some changes. Better yet run. I am not impressed with the way it is run. I have heard from someone that many times the director does not advertise or interviews for people. I have herd from a few people that he put people in positions and one I was told wasn't interviewed. This has happened more than once. We had a chance to get someone in the system that could have been a asset. The director didn't advertise the position or interview the person. If the feds get involved and find this stuff out he will have some explaining to do as by law you have to advertise jobs. Our system is as bad or worse than it was ten years ago in my opinion . I have heard one of these people snubbed is thinking about running for board member and will vote against contract renewal on the director when it comes up. Personally I would like to see it go back to electing the director. That way they have to keep 51% of the public happy. And more than 3 or 4 board members.
If you want the director to be an elected position, you will need to talk to your state legislators and have them to change the law back to where they are elected and not appointed.
duhkab

Alexandria, TN

#12 Jul 25, 2011
when you're children are in high school then you'll understand why they need a new one. students have classes in closets and teachers swap rooms all day long.
this county needs a lot of work but all anyone ever wants to do is fuss, no one ever wants to run for office or make their voices heard.
my school board member knows me well!
it's the good ol' boy system now just as it's always been and always will be.
Mr Carl

Smithville, TN

#13 Jul 25, 2011
duhkab wrote:
when you're children are in high school then you'll understand why they need a new one. students have classes in closets and teachers swap rooms all day long.
this county needs a lot of work but all anyone ever wants to do is fuss, no one ever wants to run for office or make their voices heard.
my school board member knows me well!
it's the good ol' boy system now just as it's always been and always will be.
Yes they may need more room at the High School. That sound like the main problem. But the problem at Smithville Elementary is a health problem. The mold there is making many sick and just think what it does to the young childrens lungs. I am not impressed in the direction we are going with the schools, if anything I think we are going backwards.
Whats wrong with the HS

Auburntown, TN

#14 Jul 26, 2011
The high school just got a new million dollar cafeteria only a few years ago and it has been renovated. Why fix the place up and then decide you want to build a new school? There is nothing wrong with the high school. With Mike Foster already spending 3 million+ on a building we don't need and the county raising employee wages what do you think property taxes are going to do in the next few years? Someone has to pay for all this shit! We simply can't afford a new school because we've been blowing money.
Mr Carl

Smithville, TN

#15 Jul 26, 2011
Whats wrong with the HS wrote:
The high school just got a new million dollar cafeteria only a few years ago and it has been renovated. Why fix the place up and then decide you want to build a new school? There is nothing wrong with the high school. With Mike Foster already spending 3 million+ on a building we don't need and the county raising employee wages what do you think property taxes are going to do in the next few years? Someone has to pay for all this shit! We simply can't afford a new school because we've been blowing money.
You brought up a good point on the HS just having a lot of improvements. One thing I am wondering is who are the people who have the land the director wanted to buy. Do these people have connections with the director or someone else political? There was something odd to me on that whole project. Even a teacher would not vote for it. Personally I would like to see a new elected director.
jess willard

Smithville, TN

#16 Jul 27, 2011
Why did the County Commissioners pay 125K for one acre of land on Hwy 56 and Church St. just to sit sit vacant for three years (except to park cars at Jamboree). But they voted down 52 acres for a future school complex for around 350K???

Maybe it's not necessarily school board that needs voting out, county commissioners apparently need some turnover too. Too many 'yes' men on there.
whoever

Smithville, TN

#17 Jul 27, 2011
I have an idea, why don't the middle school move to the Northside elementary school and give the high school their part and build a new elementary school for pre-K thru 5th grade. That way the younger kids won't be changing schools so often.
true

Cookeville, TN

#18 Jul 29, 2011
Mr Carl wrote:
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Yes they may need more room at the High School. That sound like the main problem. But the problem at Smithville Elementary is a health problem. The mold there is making many sick and just think what it does to the young childrens lungs. I am not impressed in the direction we are going with the schools, if anything I think we are going backwards.
I think someone should sue. Mold can be very dangerous and deadly. They know and the state knows about this, and they choose to ignore it. They really care about the health of the children and the teachers.
true

Cookeville, TN

#19 Jul 29, 2011
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2001/08/27/l...


The DeKalb County Board of Education might want to read this article so they will know what can happen to them.
duhkab

Alexandria, TN

#20 Jul 30, 2011
There are people to call and report the mold and all that if the school is truly that bad. Call the news media, call the state health dept., call someone, anyone.
Things can be done. If indeed the school is in that shape I surely would not send my kids there.

I've never had anything to do with the elementary schools, we moved here when our kids were older.

As far as the courthouse goes, have you ever spent any time there? There is no room there. No office space, no storage space no nothing. It's crammed wall to wall. Go there and talk to the people who work there. The register of deeds has been out of room for years.
That lot was purchased before the shopping center was available. It was purchased with a plan to make a court house annex. The shopping center really does make more sense and in the long run will save money. I'm not a fan of Mike Foster but this was the best choice.

Now for the pay raises. You go to work for the county and see if you can feed your family. Law Enforcement deserve more than $9 or $10 per hour. If they take the county health insurance it is so expensive it makes them getting about $4 per hour.

Do your homework before you bash.
Out of 95 counties in the state I believe DeKalb County may the have the lowest tax base of all.

No one wants to pay more taxes but if it improves services and helps our community, I'm all for it.
just saying

Alexandria, TN

#21 Jul 30, 2011
and I would never recommend anyone to read anything from anything called "enquirer". ha!

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