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Salaries bring split vote to school budget

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     The tentative schools budget passed by a slim 3-2 margin at the Thursday, June 16 school board meeting, with board members Daniel Bell and Delaine Lewis casting a no vote based mainly on salary issues with two positions in the system.

See the full story including comments from Bell and Lewis in this week's edition.

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Lee
0 #11 Lee 2016-07-03 12:59
The budget for the schools in Pickens is WAY too high. Need to cut back and streamlining. Pickens school system salaries are bloated. All you have to do is look online and compare Pickens school salaries with the other counties. Over a third of the school employees are from out-of-county.
Let's work to keep Daniel Bell and Delane Lewis on the school board. They do indeed work for us taxpayers. The others who voted "yes" on the salary increases need to GO. WAKE UP, PICKENS COUNTY!
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Skip
+1 #12 Skip 2016-07-07 11:18
Quoting Lee:
The budget for the schools in Pickens is WAY too high. Need to cut back and streamlining. Pickens school system salaries are bloated. All you have to do is look online and compare Pickens school salaries with the other counties. Over a third of the school employees are from out-of-county.
Let's work to keep Daniel Bell and Delane Lewis on the school board. They do indeed work for us taxpayers. The others who voted "yes" on the salary increases need to GO. WAKE UP, PICKENS COUNTY!


Are you suggesting that salaries across the board are too high, including teachers? You realize that some of the salaries are the result of those folks obtaining advanced degrees, right? Up to and including doctorates. The state establishes a base pay scale, so what specifically are you suggesting on the salary issue? Across the board cut?

Also curious what you would "streamline". I constantly hear the talk of "waste", etc., and no doubt it exists, but very few have specifics in mind when pressed on it (e.g., "kitty").
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kitty
-1 #13 kitty 2016-07-19 19:35
The Financial Efficiency rating by the state for Pickens County School system is 2.5 stars out of 5. Pretty bad, considering all the money they spend! And they just keep spending more on exorbitant salaries and what do the students get from this? Check it for yourself:
http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2015/ I am voting against any incumbent school board member every time there is an election.
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Skip
-1 #14 Skip 2016-07-20 08:26
Quoting kitty:
The Financial Efficiency rating by the state for Pickens County School system is 2.5 stars out of 5. Pretty bad, considering all the money they spend! And they just keep spending more on exorbitant salaries and what do the students get from this? Check it for yourself:
http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2015/ I am voting against any incumbent school board member every time there is an election.


Two things: (1) Again I will ask: *specifically*, where will you cut? You can blather on about spending, but unless / until you can be specific, it's pointless. But you're not alone in complaining while lacking any real solutions. If that makes you feel better. (2) I notice you chose not to defend your RICO accusation. That was a (rare) smart move on your part. Actually "smart" had nothing to do with it - you simply realized you had said something stupid and got called out on it. I know you hate name-calling (unless you're the one calling names) so let me rephrase that to say "you said something that was factually incorrect" .... and if you're so intelligent and have all the answers, why don't YOU run for a seat instead of constantly b*tching about it? Might give you a different point of view.
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kitty
0 #15 kitty 2016-07-20 10:49
Run for BOE? are you insane? I am not a "local"-never happen. Only neighbors or friends or family get elected. Secondly, I am not politically correct, I wouldn't last 2 days. I don't put up with any BS. I don't sit in back rooms and connive and will not. I speak my mind and do not hide anything. That won't work in Pickens or any public service job, apparently.
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Skip
+1 #16 Skip 2016-07-20 11:41
Quoting kitty:
Run for BOE? are you insane? I am not a "local"-never happen. Only neighbors or friends or family get elected. Secondly, I am not politically correct, I wouldn't last 2 days. I don't put up with any BS. I don't sit in back rooms and connive and will not. I speak my mind and do not hide anything. That won't work in Pickens or any public service job, apparently.


What a load. And typically (for you) devoid of fact. And on review it doesn't even make sense.... "only neighbors or friends or family get elected"? Love to hear you lay out the factual case for that (or actually even explain the statement). You'd only last 2 days because your ignorance would force you out of office. Seems to me that if you were truly as you describe yourself (non-pc, etc.) that would seem to be exactly what could be useful right now across the political landscape, so.... I think it comes down to the fact that you would have to back up your baseless accusations. Which you can't do. And you'd have to propose some actual solutions. Which you can't do.
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Skip
+1 #17 Skip 2016-07-20 11:51
Quoting kitty:
I do believe there is an argument for the RICO act in Pickens. That aside the "new" positions with the exorbitant salaries have no job descriptions. One is called "Parent Involvement Coordinator" or some such tripe. Why would something like this be needed ? Why would it pay 80k per year? In my day, wouldn't that be called a Principal? or teacher? I will vote against every incumbent board member every time. Maybe with luck they stop voting for unlimited and foolish spending. Cut the BLOATED administration and bloated salaries. I fear the next thing we will hear, is they want all new laptops for the teachers again, for "the children". Wonder what happens to the old ones.... hmm


See? This is why I had to call you an idiot previously. You're not leaving me any alternative. I asked you before to specify where RICO applies. To say "I do believe there is an argument for the RICO act in Pickens" is only repeating what you said previously. I still think you have no understanding whatsoever of the Act. If so, lay out your case.

You say the new positions have no descriptions - have you called to ask anyone, or chosen to vent here only? In fact, have you asked about any of your other concerns or just posted here? I will say this (yet again): even when you present a legitimate concern (I actually happen to agree with you on this "parent coordinator" salary BS), you muck it up with all the other nonsensical accusations you post.

So last time I'll ask and then I'll let it go because you're boring me with your non-answers: you go on and on about waste, "BLOAT", salaries, etc. What's the solution? What specific salaries? How much? You are a typical whiner who cries "cut spending", but then has no idea what to do. Why don't you get involved in a positive manner and actually *DO* something?
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kitty
0 #18 kitty 2016-07-20 14:44
I do believe there is an argument for the RICO act in Pickens. That aside the "new" positions with the exorbitant salaries have no job descriptions. One is called "Parent Involvement Coordinator" or some such tripe. Why would something like this be needed ? Why would it pay 80k per year? In my day, wouldn't that be called a Principal? or teacher? I will vote against every incumbent board member every time. Maybe with luck they stop voting for unlimited and foolish spending. Cut the BLOATED administration and bloated salaries. I fear the next thing we will hear, is they want all new laptops for the teachers again, for "the children". Wonder what happens to the old ones.... hmm
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