sam's notes

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

New county commissioners get their first lesson on the school budget:

"The board room fell silent as Commissioners Mike Winstead, Paul Gibson and Kirk Perkins absorbed the news."

The part I found interesting was when commissioner Kay Cashion asked school superintendent Terry Grier whether or not the schools would have had discipline problems this year had commissioners funded $1 million to address those issues.

"There's no doubt in my mind, or we wouldn't have asked for the money."

I doubt it. Again, the $1 million was for, to quote other commissioners, "touchy-feely" sensitivity training for teachers. Even had the commission funded the request last year, I don't see how it would have been able to take effect for this coming school year.

No doubt the $1 million will be included in this year's school budget request. It will be interesting to see how the new commissioners react to that request.


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