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Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

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.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 21:42

8 arrested in Georgia gambling raid

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

Car stolen from Athens repair shop

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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posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:23

Athens pedestrian critically injured after hit by Fed Ex truck

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

Athens pedestrian critically injured after hit by Fed Ex truck

@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.

posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 09:33

Bulldog statue reported stolen from Athens pet rescue

@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

Bulldog statue reported stolen from Athens pet rescue

@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

Athens man shot in behind while lying on couch

Who was he "lying" to on the couch?

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:53

Multiple burglaries and attempts reported in Athens

@jtsim: I think the "on switch" is located in front of the hand grip, below the barrel. It's a simple pull switch. Wink

posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:04

Bond hearing set for ex-UGA employee charged with child exploitation

" 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.

posted @ Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 07:48

Health exchange sign-ups far below expectations

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, ? 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

Kight: Credit cards offer more benefits than just convenience

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

21 arrested in coastal Georgia prostitution probe

@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

21 arrested in coastal Georgia prostitution probe

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

Oglethorpe man cited by patrol after chasing down truck that wrecked into building

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

Grand Canyon opens in state, fed nat'l parks deal

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

Americans anxious, irritated as government shuts down

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

Colbert man falls for scheme; sends $6,350 to unknown Jamaican

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. Sad

posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:23

Athens homicide parolee busted for drugs after traffic stop

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

Truck stolen from Athens Antique Mall

It might have been a good idea to have told the year model of the pick-up.

posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 06:38

Athens police investigating man with alleged foot fetish

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

Caterpillar looking to reduce its carbon footprint to zero

"Zero waste goal" It will be interesting to learn about their used toilet paper recycling program.

posted @ Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 16:53

Georgia boater dies after falling into lake

@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.

posted @ Monday, July 8, 2013 - 07:07

Woman on parole for Athens embezzlements charged with theft in Winder

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..

posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 09:45

Indicted GA state lawmaker to hold news conference in Monroe

[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. Sad

posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 20:21

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