School Board Talks About East Kemper

There was a large turnout of community residents Wednesday night for a meeting with the Kemper County School Board.

Members of the East Kemper Elementary Improvement Committee on Consolidation
seeks solutions to the district's funding problems, outside of closing the school.

This is the first community meeting that the school board has held since it made public that it's considering closing the elementary school in Scooba.

School board officials say that they hoped to address some of the concerns and questions of the community, while community members say they hope to provide alternatives.

"We have proposed across-the-board salary cuts, merging classrooms, utilizing one building at East Kemper instead of the two buildings that we use now," said Wylenia Cherry, chair of the committee. "There are many classrooms that are empty on this side. Use alternative ways of merging and consolidating positions if possible."

"We don't have a time table on when the decision will be made, but we are also anticipating on when we will get official funding from the legislature," said Jackie Pollock, Kemper County school superintendent. "So until such time, a date has not been set as as to when a decision will be made by the school board. "

Community members say they believe that East Kemper Elementary is the livelihood of the community. There is only one school on the east side, and some say that closing would do more harm to the students children affected, than it would do good for the district.

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  • by Another School Employee Location: SCOOBA on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    I agree the employees on the committee should be SENT HOME.
  • by School Employee Location: Anywhere USA on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    Let's take a vote -- How many people out there agree that the Kemper County School District employees who are serving on this committee and made a suggestion to reduce salaries should remain on payroll. Please make your comments and forward this to family members, other educators and friends so that they may comment also. Keep it moving. Teachers, Administrators, Janitors, Cafeteria Workers, other school staff members let us hear from you. It doesn't matter if you live in Kemper or not; the point is we have a peer who are going against the other employees in a big way. This could happen in your school district, your city, your state. Submit your comments.
  • by Employee Location: Porterville on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    Ms. Pollock, I have a suggestion for you. When you start looking for deadwood to make up the short fall of $750,000, why not include the salaries of CC, JP and PM especially since they are recommending reducing other people's salaries. Just cut their salaries and teach them a lesson about fighting against their employer. You can hire first year teachers with less service to fulfill their positions. You can always locate a "special education driver". Get that CC Special Ed. CC you are special.
  • by Employee10 Location: Scooba on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    Ms. Pollock, this is a request, please take the bull by the horns and do what need to be done. Forget about that committee, they do not know what it takes to lead a school system. It is very easy to give advise when you do not know nothing. Ms. Cherry, I pray that you never get into a leadership position in the county, you are one person that I will not vote for. CC, you are nothing but uneducated LIP. Get off the soap box. Ms. Pollock, please do something about the employees who are serving on this committee and fighting the school district and you. Ms. Pollock, don't wait on the state, make a decision, and do what it takes to save this district from a state takeover!
  • by John Location: Dekalb on Apr 21, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    I say to Ms. Pollack and the department sit down and do nothing, let the State take over and see how the committee start ask how can we get our school back what can we do to help and not point finger
  • by Miss Location: Dekalb on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    We need to stop fighting each other and work together. Yes, the citizens of Scooba are concerned about the closing of the school. We all are, but to ask ALL of the staff to take a pay cut is unrealistic. Like someone said, several of the teachers have students at the school and bills to pay. The reality is that we can not afford to keep the school open. If there is another way to stay in the black, I am sure that Ms. Pollack will find it. This should not be about who we like or don't like. It should be about the children. KEMPER COUNTY WAS A GREAT SCHOOL AND IT CAN BE AGAIN. We just need the right staff. Give Ms.Pollack a chance. We didn't complain when we had someone else in office wasting our money, so why the hype now? To Man on the Street, if your child is in private school, you shouldn't care what goes on in the public school.We don't worry about what goes on at KA,so give us the same respect.
  • by District Employee Location: Scooba on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:21 PM
    To the Scooba Committee, how can you serve on a committee that is requesting a pay cut for the district employees when we have not receive a wage increase since 2005? I always felt that something was wrong with you. Some of you will do anything that will make you look important. You are fame seeker and your mouth is your worst enemy! You will do anything for a little "spotlight". And you will be the first crying for a wage increase.
  • by No Name Location: Scooba on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    To Man on the Street-Where did you get information concerning "mismanagement" of 16th section funds? If this did happen it was not Ms. Pollock, maybe previous administration. If you recall Ms. Wrong announced on public television in September 2005 that the school district was in the red. I am for Ms. Pollock, because I believe that she can move this district forward. Get your child ready, he or she will be able to return to Kemper in a year. I see, hear, smell & feel CHANGE for the good is coming. Please give her a chance. She came into a failing district. Let's work with her.It is time that the residents of Kemper work together. There is too much division in this county. Where there is division there is failure. Look around you and all you can see is "no growth" in Kemper County. All you see are No Jobs, No Businesses, No Traffic Lights, No Unity, No Nothing in Kemper County. But you do have a lot of uneducated lip service in Kemper County. I am against the Community Committee.
  • by Citizen Location: Scooba on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    C. C. I saw your picture in the paper. Are you willing to give up your paycheck? I guess so because you are on the committee, and that was one of your suggestions.
  • by Man on the Street on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    Kemper county's school system is horrible. The mismanagement of the school system's budget and the unreported gang violence makes me proud to say, I SEND MY CHILD TO PRIVATE SCHOOL! I wouldn't sugguest anyone sending their child to Kemper County Public School. I don't make much money but I know my child is safe and getting a quality education. Too bad I have to spend my own money, beyond my taxes, to get that. It really seems an injustice that the district was fined for mismanaging 16th section land. The only people it's hurting is the residents of the county, I'm just a citizen but shouldn't they have been prosicuted? Maybe someday I will be able to send my children to school where they live, it certainly won't be anytime soon.
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