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HB 244 will not serve our state well. Any teacher evaluation system that relies this heavily on student achievement is malpractice. Shame on you Governor Deal and shame on you Dr. John Barge. You both have thrown our teachers under the proverbial bus. There goes professionalism; there goes autonomy for school systems to develop context specific teacher evaluation systems.

Shame, shame on you both--

posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 05:03

Shame on those of you to put someone down in order to make yourselves better. The inability to see and understand the complexities of a school or a system has obviously influenced the nay-sayers with 5th grade reading and writing skills to smear an outstanding and career educator. Dr. Noris Price is an exemplary leader; she is not afraid to engage in conversations, and to lead a system. Anyone who has lived in Clarke County knows that our school and its community are a much better place today than it was a few years ago.

I find it interesting that the "bloggers" can hide behind their comments and walk away. Your are faceless replicates of ignorance. Shame on all of you.

Dr. Price--our community is proud of you. Although it would be a loss for the schools of Clarke County, I wish you well in your candidacy. You deserve nothing but the best. And if you are reading this message, Dr. Price, please know that you have many strong supporters who stand ready and willing to "dress down the "bloggers" who are showing their ignorance.

posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 - 16:01

Hooker -- you are a strong leader...this recognition is a strong affirmation of what you do.

posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 20:35


My mother once told me to always "stay in my lane." School Finance is not my area of expertise but it appears that you know about this topic and hold perspectives about finance and expenditures. School finance is not the point here....the point is the CCSD is a great place for kids and teachers. Mother also implored me to be gracious. I will try to heed her wisdom in my perspectives.

This is what I know --

Evey school serves kids--the teachers are heroes, no saints. and they deserve to earn a great salary. I admire and respect teachers for the work they do to touch countless lives; my heart bleeds for teachers who are not supported by parents, the general public, etc.

Every school has leaders, typically a principal and an assistant principal, calculated by the number of students in the building. I shudder to think about how a school would function without principals and assistant principals. In fact, I wonder if teachers would be able to attend to the business of touching lives if there were no principals to shield them from the day-to-day work that has to be accomplished outside of the classroom.

Every school system on this planet has central office administrators. Try running a school system without central office leaders.

It takes an entire group of dedicated educators to work toward student success. And, the CCSD has organized itself in a way that has been able to get results--students are learning, higher numbers of students are graduating and attending college, and on...these are markers of success.

This discussion has reached a stone wall, and by the way, your perspective is being heard and I do agree that we are here for the kids, that we need to divert more money into education, and that we need to publicly support our school system.

So I am going back to my first post -- Bravo CCSD.

I am proud to know that my community has a school system that has accepted the challenge to do more with less--money, resources, etc and to make itself accountable for all efforts to support learning for all students. Austerity is no stranger to education.

To the CCSD, please accept my gratitude for the work you do. Although there are detractors from the cause of educating children, who hecktor publicly but can hide anonymously behind an avatar, know there is a ground swell of supporters in this community whose attention and good will have been garnered---CCSD I wish you well as you continue to move the dial toward higher levels of success for our students.

Ignore the detractors and keep your attention on what's most important--they kids.

posted @ Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 10:37


Hello: I appreciate your perspectives, and I do believe that systems and people change with the right leadership and support given to teachers. As far as money and finances, I have no knowledge or sense about this and the CCSD. My push in this and past posts is CCSD has done a great job moving the dial forward with student achievement and innovative programs for students to ensure learning and success for all.

It has been my pleasure seeing CCSD move forward. Just FYI, I am not an employee or member of the board. I am a resident of Clarke County, and I am sure proud of the great work the teachers, leaders, and other community members do to support student learning in the Clarke County School District.

Unfortunately, your own history and experiences in the past were not so good for you; it is, I believe, a different day in Athens and that Clarke County has a bright future as long as they continue their relentless focus on student learning. Given what I have seen over the past few years, I am very optimistic that the citizens of Clarke County will continue to hear good things about CCSD.

Have a great day ---

posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 - 16:12


Dear Scarborj: It sounds like you have had experience with the system some time ago. Things are much different within the CCSD. Austerity has hit every sector of life, even teaching. School systems agonize over spending, cuts, and other measures that have to be taken to balance the bottom line. But back to topic--the CCSD is improving--is embracing technology, and is supporting its teachers. Without technology as a foundation, our children will be lost in the next five years; they will not be competitive for the job market, for entering higher education--for surviving in a world that is not go to slow down.

The CCSD is keeping up and surpassing the "standard" in many, many ways. There are no lions, no stripes, no spots, but rather there are dedicated teachers and leaders working incredibly hard to educate the children in Athens, Ga.

My hope for 2013 is that our city, out citizenry of Athens, GA, can join together and support the CCSD achieve its goals. The CCSD will not sit back on its laurels--the CCSD will use the information from this visit to make even more systemic and sustainable changes--all to benefit kids. I have confidence in the CCSD and its people--teachers, site leaders, and the central office.

My wish is that we can be a community and for a day or two celebrate the milestones that have been made in the CCSD. We must celebrate this success and encourage our schools to reach even higher. When running a marathon, it is a lonely journey. But throughout the journey of completing the marathon, there are people who cheer the long-distance runners. Our school system--teachers--school leaders--and central office leaders--are all in for the long-term because they believe in kids and the work needed to accomplish the goal of educating our future.

I think we both wish the for many of the same things--primarily embracing the work that needs to be done to help ALL students.

Once again, thank you CCSD--this is awesome news, and I am proud to live in Athens and could not be more proud to see our neighborhood schools make strong strides in helping our children.

posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 - 06:33

@King Minos:

Let's establish that this is not good PR--the results of the visitation are an affirmation of the good work that is going on in the CCSD. I'd like to think that our community would hold hands, bury the hatchets of the past, and embrace the new dawn--a school system that works.

I find your idea about asking tough questions a solid one. In fact, the CCSD has been able to improve because they have asked the tough questions, they have gone down the tough road of making changes in a system to help it improve AND guess, what? The questions begged for better solutions--these solutions are why the CCSD is making such good progress.


posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 21:02


Although I appreciate your perspectives, perhaps the best way to address your experiences is to realize "THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW." These accreditation teams are very thorough; they ask questions in such a way and overlap their questions in ways that "dog and pony show" responses can be detected.

I'd like to think that systems can get better, that people can unite, and that as a collective we can bring out the very best in system and the people who work within the system.

The Clarke County School District is upward and will continue to get improve.

As a city, our citizens need to band together and support our schools instead of bashing them. Thank you Clarke County School District for keeping the collective eye on success for all students.

We can be very proud of our schools, our teachers and their countless hours of dedication to the children, the school administrators who work with teachers and students, and the central office for having the vision and the courage to keep moving this system forward.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 20:52


The report is the amplification and the summary of the work and the results--the dial is moving in the right direction. Let's not lose sight that the CCSD has made tremendous strides in moving that dial forward. Regardless of one's opinion about the value of accreditation reports...facts are facts-- CCSD is a great school system; has dedicated teachers and administrators AND all efforts are getting results.

I am humbled by the system's dedication.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:35

Please review the legend that indicates the meaning of these scores. The number 2 and above are rock solid. A score of "2" is not failing. Look at how many areas had upper levels on 2 and the number of 3's is impressive.

The CCSD has a razor-like focus on the success for all students. There has been a transformation in CCSD. That transformation has yielded numerous positive outcomes for students and the schools in which they learn.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:30

Bravo Clarke County School District for never giving up on kids and their families. As a resident of Clarke County, I am proud of this fine school system, its teachers, and the leaders who keep the light on student learning.

posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 21:25

CCSD is a great school system and one on the rise being noticed for the innovative work to support students and teachers. Ms. Sullivan-Jimenez--thank you for your column as this will help to anchor our community on what's right with the Clarke County School District. The CCSD has worked tremendously hard trying to close the gaps in student achievement, and the system is making significant progress across so many fronts. I am humbled by the work that our teachers, principals, and central office personnel do to make CCSD a great place for kids.

posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:19

To the teachers, students, and administration of Clarke Central High School--Congratulations on a job well done. Dr. Hooker leads by example and he empowers teachers and staff to do what they need to do to get student progress and achievement moving upward.

Please do not be discouraged or pulled down by the people who are constantly blasting the school and its system.

There are many people who appreciate your work--look at the quality of the sentiments being expressed by the community here.

I look forward to reading many more great things about Clarke County! >)

posted @ Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 06:38

Congratulations to the Clarke County School District and the very talented teachers and leaders who work every day to help the children entrusted to their care.

As a resident of Clarke County, I am proud of my local school system. Dr. Lanoue, thank you for seeing to it that children and teachers really matter.

Do not be distracted by these outrageous comments that do nothing but try to take away from the success that the CCSD is achieving.

Thank you to all of our teachers and leaders who have accepted the challenges of educating our children.

posted @ Friday, November 2, 2012 - 13:37

Fitness at 5 might have to change their ways.

posted @ Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 03:09

The Clarke County District is clearly becoming a leader in the state. We have much to rejoice about as the system continually grows and develops. Let's stop these rants about a system on the move.

posted @ Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 19:35

I am proud of the Clarke County School District. The leadership of teachers, principals, central office leaders, parents, AND our students is evident. I hope the citizens of Clarke County give applause and praise for a job well done. Kudos to Lanoue, Price, and Tavenair and a round of good cheer to our teachers and students.

posted @ Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 05:23

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