0

DCSS backs off arts, physical education cuts

ALBANY, Ga. — Supporters of arts programs in the Dougherty County School System voiced their concern over possible budget cuts to music and arts programs in Superindentent Joshua Murfree’s proposed FY 2013 budget.

Early last month, Murfree presented to the DCSS Finance Committee a proposed budget draft with cuts to make up a $9.6 million shortfall in the upcoming school year. The proposal included $370,000 in cuts to “non-mandated programs, elementary foreign languages, art, music and PE.”

That proposal attracted a group of concerned citizens who lined up to speak at the DCSS Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

Juby Phillips, who helped organize the citizens group, was first to the podium.

“We understand that we are in tough economic times, but we are here to urge the board not to eliminate funding for the arts in the Dougherty County School System,” said Phillips.

Murfree assured Phillips that the system had no intention of cutting funding for the arts and that his proposed cuts had been misinterpreted by the media.

In other business, the board tabled reconsideration of the nonrenewal of Child Nutrition Services Director Vanessa Hayes, whose contract was not renewed on May 14. Her current contract expires on July 1.

The board also unanimously approved a change order for fuel dispenser purchases at the Transportation Department and approved the purchases of a new video conferencing system and an ICEE machine.

The board also announced that it will likely vote on the FY 2013 budget at its next meeting, scheduled for June 11 at 7 p.m. in the school administration board room.

Comments

tocar 1 year, 10 months ago

Start cutting some of the higher salaried positions that are dead weight and work down. I am certain many positions could be done away with or downsized. There is allots of dead weight at the top that is not needed.

1

chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

I do know that you do not need a PHD teacher to teach FFA at Southside Middle.

0

MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

A PHD AROUND HERE IS EQUIVALENT TO AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE ELSEWHERE.

0

PatrickY2K 1 year, 10 months ago

If a teacher earns an advanced degree, should the teacher be fired?

0

LGadson 1 year, 10 months ago

That's crazy. You can barely get an interview with just a Bachelor's. It's very competitive and very different outside of Dougherty County. The teaching degree is simply the primary part of what is done. But the area of concentration (which is what is really needed) is how they know where you're best needed for the students. A teacher/friend and I were switched over the summer because she has a Master's in math, and my background is in Biology/Chemistry. So now I'm the science teacher (love it loveit!) Science is THE BEST area to teach. EVER! (Go Army-Chemical Corps!!) So we are exactly where we need to be for our students.

0

waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

How about those Consultants with ties to the Administrators? Seems like a heck of a conflict of interest there. Now I work for a big Company, and one of the first orders when it came to savings was no more Consultants, and our Industry is a lot more complex than the School System.

1

Outtahere 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree with tocar - start at the top! This would work with the County budget as well!!

0

MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

IF YOU NEED SO MANY CONSULTANTS TO DO YOUR JOB PERHAPS THE CONSULTANT SHOULD BE HIRED. QUESTIONABLE USE OF DCSS FUNDS AND NEEDS TO BE SCRUTINIZED. FOR 91K SABBS SHOULD BE A DCSS EMPLOYEE. WHAT DID WILLIE AND SABBS DO FOR THAT KIND OF MONEY?

1

PatrickY2K 1 year, 10 months ago

I would love to know how the media misinterpreted the budget proposal, and added elementary arts to the chopping block. Does Dr. Murfree understand that when he says stuff, the media is either recording it, or writing it down?

Graduation Coaches are still outta here, right? What a waste of money!

1

Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

I would start at the DCSS building on Pine Ave and make each and every non-teaching employee in that building justify their existence. I would also cut each and every consultant. How can we find out how much has been paid, and to whom it has been paid? We need an insider whistleblower. This is ridiculous.

1

SMHgain 1 year, 10 months ago

"The board also unanimously approved a change order for fuel dispenser purchases at the Transportation Department and approved the purchases of a new video conferencing system and an ICEE machine" An ICEE machine?? Paying one consultant over ninety thousand dollars?? I would like to know what valuable knowledge this guy has provided the school system. Which school board member is his "friend"??

0

Sign in to comment