According to this news article the classes are getting more larger with fewer teachers: "Douglas County schools had 24,830 students and 1,936 teachers in 2009; today the county has 25,500 students and 1,718 teachers, for example, said John Zauner, executive director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association."
This works out to less than 13 students per teacher in 2009 with a whopping increase to less than 15 students per teacher today. Not exactly what I would call overcrowding, more like inefficient use of resources (teachers).
While we are looking for wasted money, how about the school schedule? We have relatively mild winters here and it cost more to cool (air condition) than heat. By starting school later in the fall and ending earlier in the spring, getting the same days of attendance by decreases "breaks", days of air-conditioning could be cut drastically. Resulting in dollars saved with no negative impact on the students education.
When constructing new schools, how about having windows that can be opened allowing comfort on many days that would require neither heat or air-conditioning? More money saved that would no have any negative impact on student education.
I guess the government doesn't like the competition, millions taken in by lotteries, but don't get caught giving cash payouts on a video game.posted @ Friday, January 3, 2014 - 23:55
A nine year old car in need for repairs left sitting for a year or more worth $34,000. Have I got a deal for them, I have located one on CarMax that could be delivered to them for a mere $30,000 with a $10,000 cash deposit. Here it is:
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One last thing I forgot to mention, pedestrians wearing dark clothing in the dark is a very bad idea. When walking, you want to do everything to make sure you are seen. Prayers for all involved in any way.posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:04
@Lady of the Lake: I agree "Too many people have been struck lately by vehicles!!! Everyone - pay attention whether you are walking or driving!!!!".
Whether walking or driving, if you can not do both walking/driving and texting, don't . If you can't do both walking/driving and talking on your phone, don't. If there is a sidewalk, pedestrians use the sidewalk and drivers use the road and everyone gets to live. If no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic has several advantages: 1. you can see the oncoming traffic and possibly take evasive action if needed. 2. you can make eye contact with the driver giving you an indication that they see you and hopefully aren't in some other world.
Everyone have a safe New Year.
@E.J.: If you go to any art display you will see works on display that have prices on them that make you think "no way is it worth that". Just because some one says a piece of art is worth "X" doesn't mean anything until someone is willing to pay "X" for it. Sometimes it even helps the value if the artist dies.posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 20:08
@E.J.: I don't believe Petzone paid $4,000 for the bulldog. I think it was donated and valued at $4,000 as an art piece. They are or were scattered around the area after having been "decorated" by various artist.posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 17:45
Who was he "lying" to on the couch?posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:53
@jtsim: I think the "on switch" is located in front of the hand grip, below the barrel. It's a simple pull switch.posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:04
" He resigned the position amid the investigation that concluded with his arrest, officials said."
What kind of dummy, knowing he was under such an investigation, would keep incriminating evidence around? Whether guilty or not, phones and hard drives would be destroyed, burned, and ditched never to be seen again.
What kind of a rocket scientist does it take to understand that the low enrollment numbers are probably the result of a non-functional website, Healthcare.gov ? If a private company paid someone the millions of dollars the government did to set up such a site that didn't work, someone would be getting fired.posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 08:00
If I had a child that would pay $300 for a pair of sunglasses and then carelessly leave them on a train, they would just have to do without the overpriced sunglasses and the $300. Sure the credit card company covered it but this is an expense that is figured into the rates they charge all customers.posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 - 08:43
@opinionated: Not saying the police should ignore any particular law, just saying that they should have priorities. You probably wouldn't be impressed if you were being assaulted and the police drove by saying "sorry, can't help you, we've got reports of a hooker down the street". So which crime would you want ignored?posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 22:40
I'm sure the residents of Savannah sleep better a night knowing the police have run out of murders, rapist, thieves, etc. and can now concentrate on these folks.posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 08:09
TheOtherSide "It would have been better if he had called 911 with a license plate # and description of the vehicle so an officer could be dispatched and observed the truck driver's actions firsthand"
You must have missed the part where : “He flattened it and then took off down the road,” said Webb, who explained he was already on the telephone with law enforcement when the truck started leaving"posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 10:06
So just exactly how did they close Mount Rushmore , hang a blue tarp over it? And did they fill the Grand Canyon with dirt? Where did they hide the Statue of Liberty? It sounds like they are probably spending more money "closing" some of these parks than it takes for them to operate them.posted @ Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 08:30
Does the shut-down mean we can expect to see the water and electricity shut off for the white house, Air force One grounded, and Obomas golf came canceled?posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:25
That reminds me of the time I won a new Cadillac. All I had to do was buy a box of ballpoint pens. I told them to throw the box of pens in the back seat and I would have cash on hand to pay on delivery. That must have been 20 years ago and I'm still waiting for my Caddy.posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:23
It looks like it's time to slap him with more probation. That should teach him that ACC is serious on crime.posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 07:26
It might have been a good idea to have told the year model of the pick-up.posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 06:38
It is very reassuring to know that ACCP has no crimes to investigate so they can devote resources to non-crimes.posted @ Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 19:09
"Zero waste goal" It will be interesting to learn about their used toilet paper recycling program.posted @ Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 16:53
@E.J.: PFDs are like seatbelts, there are some cases where you might be better off without them than with. But in most cases they are the best option. More people drown without PFDs than do with them and there is no way of knowing the number of people that are saved by them.
I'm glad you survived your canoe trip.
When I checked on Ga. Dept of Corrections website I couldn't find her. Then I saw why, it said: "First Offender Records are Unavailable
As required by Georgia law, records covered under Georgia's First Offender Act are not available on the Georgia Department of Corrections website."
So that is probably how she slipped by the background check..
[quote][b]woofie11[/b] - It would save taxpayers a lot if he just went ahead and jumped off that bridge while he was out there today.
Sorry to say the bridge isn't high enough or the water deep enough for that to do any good.posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 20:21
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more