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"This has been weighing on my mind for some time now. I was just going to let it go but I feel that parents at Hightower Trail Elementary have the right to know where and what the PTO is doing at their 'board meeting.' At the end of 2011-2012 school year I was in the hallway, walking out after checking my grandchild out and heard (an officer) of the PTO say that they was having margaritas at their board meeting. That concerned me ... I'm sure that the meeting was not being held on school property and I am also aware that they don't have to hold their board meeting at school. My point is that I do not like the idea that they are having 'drinks' while they are discussing what 'our money' is to be spent on and the plans for our children's activities. ... If I'm not mistaken at the end of every school year there is an election for new or to keep the same PTO board members and I do not recall there being one. I do know that you can remain in the same position for a two-year term but we as parents/guardians have the right to vote for whom is going to be heading up the PTO. I hope there will be an election very soon when school starts back next week. I'm not sure what is going on with HTE and their PTO, but I'm far from being happy with them. I have yet to see anything that 'our money' is supposed to be providing for our students. We keep having all these spirit nights, fundraisers, etc, what is the profit going towards and why haven't we seen any of it? Maybe a newsletter once a month from the PTO stating what is going on with the funds. I believe that the principal, Ms. Bates, should look more in detail at who is on her PTO board and where and what they are doing at their board meetings. If things are not going by the PTO guidelines then it all will fall back on Ms. Bates. I'm sure that's one less thing Ms. Bates needs on her shoulders."
"In May of 2011, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Nesbitt's home where he was arrested and charged with one count of simple assault, family violence, and one count of misdemeanor battery. Does anyone know what his sentence was? It was fairly recent and I don't remember seeing an article about how it all turned out. I will definitely not vote for him but I was just wondering if all that was cleared up or still ongoing and what the final punishment was."
"I'm on the way to Chic-fil-A. They are a great company and I am proud of them for standing up to the gay bully movement. I accept gay people and never discriminate but I think it is wrong. I think they are committing sin. I forgive them but I will never tell them it is OK. My gay co-workers have no problem with my views and Mr. Cathy was not being intolerant. He was stating an opinion. I am sure there are gay people working for the company. Plus no one makes a chicken sandwich like them."
"Asking 'do we really want to wait another two years before voting on a project[?]" is little more than constructing a straw man to knock over; it is the wrong question. The question is, 'Is this the best way to address traffic?' and the answer is no. The only alternative is not to wait another two years for another boondoggle vote because neither the DOT nor the politicians have the courage or, perhaps, brains to do what needs to be done. Remember all the taxes that have not been used as promised -- the tire tax comes to mind, the years of Ga. 400 tolls come to mind -- and then defend the concept. By the time you read this, the issue of the T-SPLOST will have been decided, but the real issues are honesty, integrity, good planning, cronyism, political payoffs, useless pet projects, etc. Maybe that's what you should be thinking about in November when you go back to the polls."
"Good quote for school administrators to read: 'If your boss continually says, "I have an open door policy. Come see me if you have any issues,' you can assume they are a terrible manager. Good leaders are out and about checking on things and have ongoing dialogue and good rapport with employees. It is during positive focused dialogue that any 'issues' will come up. These should then turn into a to-do list for the manager to help make everyone successful. A leader that stays in their office is a sign of incompetence. They manage by hoping everything turns out OK. If your child's principal says this a lot, it means the same thing."
"I would like to make a call to the DA and judges for swift and severe action against the criminals in this town. The police seem to be doing their job and it is yours to pick charges and sentences that will prevent these criminals from trying it again. I would like it if you set Rockdale County apart from the surrounding counties by giving severe punishments to violent crimes, robberies, and drug offenders. Throw DUI in there too. I would like all of the deadbeats in the Atl. to avoid this area because we are tougher. We have been targeted as a good area to rob and snatch purses and such. We are counting on you to get creative and decide that Conyers will not be Lithonia."----
"Heck, I'm just glad we won't be spending hundreds of millions of street cars for Kasim Reed."
"As a teacher here in the county, I think it is important to let everyone know that my principal has told us that we have to let students turn in assignments late. Also, if they fail a test or quiz, we have to allow them to retake it until they pass it. I hate just ratting them out in the paper like this but they really don't care about us or our dedication to the students' success. They want graduation rates up because that is all the school board looks at or cares about. And instead of expelling the bad students like they used to, they just allow them to stay and somehow convince themselves that it is the teacher's fault for not giving students enough chances. So, if your kids are lazy and you want them to get away with that in an environment that will not prepare them for college, the high schools in this county are the best place for them. Also, this new report card system that they are paying God-knows-what for, is the catalyst for dumbing down all of the requirements. Bring on vouchers is all I can say."