The fiscal and other messes belong to the previous two administrations, but chiefly McGinley. Some board members, like Coats, are leftovers.
But the current superintendent has done some serious house cleaning - Bobby, Herring, Martin, Winbush. Some board members really are working to make things better.
The writer needs to stop the talk radio act.
While the author is obviously incredible upset I don't see any insight on steps to correct the issue or the real reasons it occurred.
The fact that the budget last year was so overspent is, indeed, criminal. But closing Lincoln has been on the radar for years. Paying over 23,000 per student is idiotic, especially when the level of instruction is not up to par with the rest of the county. Lincoln has been small for generations due to it's location. Maybe in 20 or so years there will be enough folks at that tip of the county, but for now those kids deserve the advanced studies that Wando offers. If it means riding a bus for a while, then it is worth it. The kids at Dafuskee Is. spend a whole lot longer getting to and from school off that island to be educated. Again, it is the location, location, location. And NO ONE is guaranteed a job...not even in the educational system. If you are a good teacher, then you won't have trouble finding another position...if you aren't, and have been hanging on at Lincoln because you are marginal, then you can go work at McD's for $15.00 per hour.
I live in Dorchester District 2, my last child graduated in 1998, so I don't have a dog in this fight, however... What makes Wando students so special that they can not be put on a bus for 1 hour every day to and from school and be sent to Lincoln? On yeah, that's right their rich Caucasian Mommies and Daddies grease the palms of school board members by belonging to the school board members' clubs, donating money to their political campaigns, frequenting the businesses of school board members and spending their big Caucasian dollars at those businesses. They can exercise their US Congressional-given right to choose where their precious children go to school. They have the money t buy their children cars and let them drive to school no matter what their physical address is.
The school board says Lincoln is under populated and over cost. Well, if they took some of the money they (the School Board) is spending to build a new school in Mt. Pleasant and spent it renovating Lincoln, bringing it up to the standard of Wando, it would cost a lot less than buying property and building a new building. But the parents of Wando students think their precious children are too good to be bused an hour to Lincoln. I want someone from the School Board to say what makes Wando students more entitled to extra educational privileges than the students at Lincoln.
I am so thankful that when our family decided to make Charleston our home after my husband and I served in the first Gulf War (yes, we are both veterans, and I am disabled from that war) that one of our friends who taught at James Simmons and, another who was principal at Mary Ford, advised us to make sure we lived in Dorchester District Two. That says it all right there, as far back as 25 years ago in August, "don't put your children in Charleston County Schools!" When school principals and teachers advise you not to live where they work, there must be something wrong somewhere.
Maybe if the high and mighty in the Taj Mahal at 75 Calhoun had to work in the same conditions that many of the teachers work in, and child are trying to learn in, they would not be so free with the taxpayers dollars. Make those district administrators and their staffs work in offices with non-functioning air conditioners, let them breathe mold and mildrew Monday through Friday, wade through muddy water to the water cooler and back to their desks, work in hot portables where they have to walk outside in the heat, cold and rain to use the bathroom, I promise you they would be more careful how they overspend their budgets. No, they would probably just misspend even more, because their comfort is more important than the students the administration is supposed to be working for.
You are so right. I've said it from the beginning, fire everyone at the district office and the school board, but no, they are letting teachers go who had NO hand in this mess.
I don't understand this either. Where is the accountability? 18 million and the people who let it happen seem to be shrugging their shoulders and saying "Ooops. My bad."
I am a Lincoln Middle-High School teacher and the district not only closed our school but has left the teachers to fend for themselves. There was no planning done for where we would teach next year. They are not telling us what is to happen with our jobs. We are only told to do what we can to find a job. None of this was our fault and we are the ones who will suffer. The previous superintendent left with an extremely large payout. We should be getting the same for being forced out.
This is the result of a decades-long devaluing of education from the national level on down. When societies don't place a high value on cultivating intellect, they are left with ignorant people making ignorant decisions. And in the long run, stupid gets pretty expensive.
You should run for school board and work towards the changes you are asking for.
WOW somebody is getting so shrill here that my dog holds his ears if I just click on the page
Wonder who the P and C will fire first if they buy the CCP?
Bet the initials are MC
That "good response" included a few glossy pictures of tokens.
"Look at me. I was IN Conde Nast. On a BIKE. In Charleston. So I'm kind of a big deal."
No self awareness.
Good response: http://www.bikelaw.com/2016/05/05/biking-i…
1. We need more bike / foot infrastructure here in CHS. You know, like nearly every other nice city on the planet.
2. To leftists, EVERY cause they agree with is a civil rights issue and they are MLK reincarnate. EVERY cause they don't agree with is Nazism and you're Hitler if you disagree.
If you have attended any of the recent city council meetings, you have heard comments by at least a couple of council members in virulent opposition to the bike lane, but very little from other council members in favor, so...yes, I think it's important that pro-bicycle and pro-bicycle lane folks be heard loud and clear at this point. The City Council often talks about planning fifty years into the future (God forbid, it should be seven generations like our Native American brothers and sisters), and bicycles should absolutely be part of this future in order to promote health as well as reduce the exponential parts per million growth of carbon in our atmosphere (the current graph looks like we are climbing a cliff). Look at cities like Groningen in the Netherlands, where cycling initiatives have been so successful and beneficial to the community, that they are expanding these programs ever further. Somehow, when we look at where Charleston is as far as bicycle initiatives in relation to other communities both to our east and our west, yet our council members still pander to gas hog commuters while approving even more housing developments in their own districts, it starts to feel like a revolutionary tone is appropriate and necessary!
Frankly, the time it takes to get through the light at Folly Rd and onto the bridge from 61 has not seemed to increase at all with lane closure. Unfortunately the total time it takes to get through West Ashley or Johns Island up to Folly Rd has gone up dramatically. It was bumper to bumper on my short-cuts this week!
They've obviously retimed the traffic lights and made a mess of things. I assume the lights were retimed because of the new school start times and bus schedules but who knows. It does mean that any Ashley River Bridge traffic studies conducted prior to the retimed lights are now worthless.
"There are government services on one side of the bridge that people without cars or paying for transit cannot reach safely from the other side - that alone makes this an equity issue. That being said, there was no misrepresentation of motives at the rally."
This cracks me up. After I misrepresent the premise, I will categorically deny that there was misrepresentation. The fallacy in the logic is that the current level of access across the bridge is unsafe. There is a currently a sidewalk that provides access. I would be interested in any stats you have that relate to the number of injuries sustained by either pedestrians or bicycle riders on that particular bridge.
I understand that people need to ride bikes for transportation.
I understand that riding bikes in the street is dangerous mostly because drivers are assholes.
I don't understand why the Ashley River Bridge is unsafe to the point that we need to spend $1-2 million (I think was Post and Currier number) to retrofit a bridge that is already obsolete. Especially when you consider the pressing needs of infrastructure repair in the area.
Finally, this bike lane is not a demand of the poor community. The poor community wants better bus service. This effort is being pushed by rich hipsters appropriating the struggle of poor black people to justify the use of public funds to subsidize their hobby. It's fucking gross.
Chris Clark: I'm interested in the study you mention. Does it contain data that shows the demographics of the injured/killed (i.e., race, income, work/home location)?
'Bicycle infrastructure IS an equity issue.'
This is really the crux of the issue. But if an issue doesn't affect them, the right-wing dipshits that frequent this site will say it is completely irrelevant.
"My commute will be 3 seconds longer" *tears*
"Well, have they considered buying a car?" *laughs*
"Instead of being poor, why don't they just not be poor?" *arms crossed*
We should strive to provide access to all people--public transit, bike lanes, safe pedestrian infrastructure.
Cars are expensive to own and maintain, yet it is almost necessary to own one to access downtown from lower CoL areas of metro Charleston. Maintenance, gas, parking....it's a lot for a janitor at MUSC or a service worker downtown to afford.
Bicycle infrastructure IS an equity issue. People who are minorities and those of low income are disproportionately more likely to ride bicycles. They are also disproportionately more likely to be injured or killed while riding bicycles. If you don't believe me I'll send you an analysis of SC crash data from the past 7 years that shows it very clearly. There are government services on one side of the bridge that people without cars or paying for transit cannot reach safely from the other side - that alone makes this an equity issue. That being said, there was no misrepresentation of motives at the rally. Several council members are still not in favor of the bike lane regardless of the data that supports it - hence a public rally of support. Forty years is how long advocates in the area have been pushing to get the bike lane on the bridge. If you conflate those signs with a civil rights struggle that's on you.
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