outsidelookinin 1 year, 7 months ago on School chief’s contract will pay him $14,584 per month

Keep in mind that this salary does not include the normal benefits of a DCSS employee, such as insurance and retirement. He is basically getting paid cash. He is responsible for any and all benefits. If you were to look at previous superintendents salaries plus benefits, I would bet the made more than $175,000 per year. Look around the state and you'll probably see that this is fair compensation for a School superintendent. Did you really think someone would step into the mess that is DCSS and not get paid? At least give him a chance. He's been on the job 3 days and you're already poor mouthing him. I don't have a dog in the hunt any more since I left the area but if you ever expect anyone to pull DCSS out of the mess it's in you're going to have to support him.


outsidelookinin 1 year, 7 months ago on Guns without roses

I couldn't have said it better. Limiting the number of rounds in a magazine will not stop the deranged from committing horrific crimes. The term "assault weapons" is simply a fear tactic. More assaults have been committed using hammers and knives than guns.


outsidelookinin 1 year, 9 months ago on Georgia DOE places DCSS on high-risk status

Why do convicted murderers get to appeal? It's just a part of the process. At least the state has stepped up and started the process. Unfortunately by the time anything really gets done "old Number 34" will be long gone and the mess will be someone else's to clean up.


outsidelookinin 1 year, 11 months ago on Velvet Riggins trial gaining momentum

Temp workers are hired to manually enter the application data into a computer. The computer system chooses the federally required percentage (3% I believe) of applications that must be verified with proof of income. The applicant then may choose to provide proof and be approved or, if they choose not to provide proof, they will be automatically denied.

With 16000 students and an guestimated 80% poverty rate among them, you could safely assume that there will be about 12000 children that apply, (maybe more just a guestimate). It would be close to impossible to verify all of those applications. Not to mention the federal regualtions dealing with privacy of information and all that. The cold hard truth is that the system is terrible and lends itself to abuse, like most federal programs do. This is not a DCSS problem. It is a national problem.

In this specific case, it is a Riggins problem. She broke the law, and did so while acting as an elected official that swore to uphold certain moral values. If NOTHING else she should be ashamed of her own actions. But, as is par for the course, she is not ashamed, and in fact she is defending them.


outsidelookinin 2 years ago on Squawk of the day - August 26, 2012

Actually very few tax dollars are spent on athletics, comparatively, and most public school athletics depend on money gained from attendance. As to the necessity of inter-scholastic sports and all other after school programs, I believe they are a vital part of a child's development. Although education is the most important part of a child's learning, the lessons learned on the field, or in clubs or fine arts programs can dramatically effect what a person does with their life. Without these programs many kids are left to their own devices after school, and in Albany Georgia I think everyone knows what that can lead to!


outsidelookinin 2 years, 1 month ago on DCSS nutritionist quits

Good for her. Ms. Hayes has done more for Child Nutrition in the Dougherty County Schools than most will ever know. She has been recognized in the state and nationally for her innovative programs. She has increased student participation in breakfast and lunch through better meals and better service. Think what you want, she is someone that truly cares about the wellbeing of the children in this county, unlike the sol called "leaders" of the school system. Instead of standing behind her and applauding her efforts, the board tried to eliminate her because they viewed her as a threat.


outsidelookinin 2 years, 1 month ago on Luke: No anthem apology needed

Excellent! As someone who has actually performed in front of an audience, and had my share of "mind blanks" while singing, I could completely understand why he did what he did. I even commented to my wife that if it had been me, I would have had a music stand with the lyrics in front of me! He was well within his rights to have a cheat sheet and I think he did an excellent job. I would venture a guess that no one at the event even noticed it, and none of us at home would have either if the camera had not been right in his face. He did a fantastic job and has nothing to apologize for.


outsidelookinin 2 years, 1 month ago on Murfree told to tighten guidelines on contracts

Precisely. Put it in his lap to either lead, as he should, or they will get him out of the way. Give him enough rope to hang himself. To this point, all blame has been thrown at others. It's time for the leadership (I use that term lightly) to begin sharing in the responsibility of its actions.


outsidelookinin 2 years, 2 months ago on Squawk of the day - June 21, 2012

Funny no one mentioned anything about 1985 Oldsmobiles with low profile tires and rims that cost more than the car with a cheap radio so loud the windshield is about to rattle out, but then again I don't guess anybody wants to stereotype on here.