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Thursday, 05 May 2011


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matthew richard

what do members of the vsu graduate faculty of education have to say about this issue? for example, has anybody asked dr. schmertzing about consolidation?

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Which Dr. Schmertzing? Richard, Lorraine, or both? http://www.valdosta.edu/news/releases/diversity.032806/ Looks like they've both been involved in researching related issues. -jsq

Leigh Touchton

Tonight I went to the VBOE meeting and delivered the offical NAACP letter stating our branch's opposition to consolidation. I asked Chairman Warren Lee if he would discuss with VBOE attorney Gary Moser and let me know whether they are "allowed" to take a position on this. The reason I asked this is because one of my friends says that Dr. Cason told her that "they are not allowed" to take a position on this. To my mind, employees might not be able to take a position, but elected officials representing voters ought to clearly state their position on an issue as important as school consolidation.

After the meeting was over (it was a short meeting) I spoke to Board member Vanessa Flucas and she refused to commit to a position, she brushed me off and told me to speak to Chairman Lee. I asked Chairman Lee directly and he said he would discuss with Gary Moser, the VBOE attorney, and get back to me.

Then I asked Chairman Lee if the VBOE would please hold public meetings so they could hear from their parents what they thought about consolidation. He said something to the effect of he did not think that was appropriate because the parents had already elected him and the Board to represent them. ????? I hope I misunderstood. I told him that I had heard that some Board members were elected with intention to support consolidation but that I hadn't heard anything about that from any of them when they were running. He said he didn't know anything about that.

I'll let LAKE know if the VBOE members ever take a public stand on school consolidation.

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